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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 specifically designed for current and aspiring leaders in all education sectors and agencies. It provides a contemporary and academically sound, yet practiceoriented, form of sustained professional development. Explore theories of effective educational leadership, policy and strategy, human resources, and the complexities of educational organisations and how these relate to your practice. You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to conduct research on a topic that you are passionate about.


  • Achieve your Master’s in 1.5 years with full-time study
  • A strong focus on professional practice and practitioner research. You can choose between a full thesis or a smaller dissertation
  • Learning that is stimulating, critically reflective and relevant to your educational setting
  • Highly regarded academic staff with experience in practical and research settings in educational organisations
  • Part-time and full-time study options available
  • A combination of intensive on-campus study (during school holidays) and self-directed learning. This gives you the flexibility to decide when you want to study, while still providing you with lecturer support through ongoing personal or electronic communication.

Courses: See course information for this programme in the list below, and in the 2018 Courses for Educational Leadership and Management document.

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. Practicing 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 not your first language, you are will need 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.
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.
Organisation Theory and Strategy in Education (EDUC8886) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will analyse and critique organisation theories in the context of leading and managing educational organisations. The course will focus on organisational culture, managing change, collaborative decision-making and strategic management.
Human Resources Policy and Practice in Education (EDUC8888) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine the theory and practice of human resources management, including performance management and leadership development policy analysis in educational settings. Students will also apply theories of organisational learning to the resolution of organisational and people problems.
Thesis - Educational Management (EDUC9986) 0 credits (0 EFTS)Students will successfully complete research that contributes to the knowledge base on educational leadership and management and report on this research in a thesis.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A relevant professional qualification or degree with average grade requirements plus three years work experience in an educational organisation, currently work in an educational organisation and English requirements. Special admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


2 Years

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $4,054$8,108
Government tuition subsidy: $7,575$15,150

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$63,463
Earnings range$44,055 - $83,899
In employment81%
In further study9%
On a benefit1%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.