Programme overview

Do you want to further your leadership skills by being part of a supportive environment with other education professionals? The Master of Educational Leadership and Management is a postgraduate programme for current and aspiring leaders in all education sectors and agencies. It provides a contemporary and academically sound, yet practice-oriented, form of sustained professional development. Explore effective educational leadership of and for learning, policy and strategy, leading and developing others, and the complexities of educational organisations.


  • A comprehensive, yet self-contained professional development programme.
  • A strong focus on professional practice and applied research. You can choose between a full thesis and a smaller dissertation (after completing the courses EDUC8881 to EDUC8885).
  • Learning that is stimulating, critically reflective and relevant to your educational setting.
  • Highly regarded academic staff with experience in practical and research settings in public and private educational organisations.
  • Part-time and full-time study options available (most of our students choose to study part-time).
  • A combination of intensive on-campus commitment (during nationally recognised non-teaching breaks) and open learning. This gives you the flexibility to decide when you want to study, while still providing you with the lecturers' support through ongoing personal or electronic communication.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised Bachelor’s degree in the same or similar discipline, with an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses; OR
2. A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to the above.
3. A minimum of three years appropriate work experience in an educational organisation.
4. Practising status in an educational organisation so you are able to conduct institution-based assignment work.
5. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
6. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Leadership in Education (EDUC8881) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine the core and contemporary leadership theories relevant to educational practice and settings. Aspects of leadership related to the management of diversity will be explored. Central to critical enquiry in this course is the concept of educational leadership.
Education Policy and Strategy (EDUC8882) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine and interpret education policy. They will gain an understanding of and ability to apply and evaluate concepts of quality, strategic and financial management, and strategic marketing in educational settings.
Human Resources in Education (EDUC8883) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine the theory and practice of human resources management, including performance management and leadership development in educational settings. Students will also apply theories of organisational learning to the resolution of organisational and people problems.
Organisation Theory in Education (EDUC8884) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will be able to analyse and critique organisation theories in the context of leading and managing educational teams and organisations. The course will focus on collaborative decision-making, organisational culture and change management.
Educational Research Methods (EDUC8885) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine the general range of research traditions employed in education and specifically those which lead to change. They will determine the range of methodologies associated with these traditions and apply this knowledge in the preparation of a research proposal.
Development Issues in Educational Leadership & Management (EDUC8887) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critique the knowledge base of an educational leadership and management issue.