2 years
Feb Jul
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 29,699
NZD 44,500
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

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. Highlights include:

  • 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.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
      • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
      • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
    • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
      • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.