Master of Educational Leadership

Enhance your career prospects with a specialised programme that challenges you personally and professionally. Make a difference to the quality of education and create opportunities for your future leadership in education.

Karen Pohio

PhD student, Karen Pohio is researching the experiences and communications that occur between families and schools.

Chandra Poudyal

Chandra is a doctoral student is researching the power relational issues in Nepalese private schools. Chandra, who is from Nepal chose Waikato because it is considered one of the most prestigious universities in New Zealand.

Gayleen Tarosa

Gayleen, who has been a teacher, deputy and acting principal in Vanuatu, wanted a postgraduate qualification that complemented her experience and broadened her knowledge. As a women educational leader, the MEdLeadership at Waikato fitted her requirements.

Melanie Taylor

For her thesis principal Melanie Taylor decided to research something she had first-hand experience of – starting up a new school from scratch.

Kerren Vali Vali

Since graduating with a MEdLeadership from Waikato, Kerren has secured her dream job.

Work with academics who are internationally recognised for their leadership research and practice. Develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader.

Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time over 18 months.

The Faculty of Education offers a Associate Teacher Postgraduate Study Award to associate teachers in recognition of their work in supporting the Faculty’s initial teacher education programmes and students.

Programme highlights:

  • Examine leadership systems and practices to support change and innovation in organisational contexts.
  • Inquire into personal leadership practice.
  • Understand, critique and contribute to the educational research that is shaping New Zealand's educational policy and practice
  • Locate leadership work in a framework of social justice and seek to make a difference for high-needs students.
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader
  • Enhance leadership networks by contributing to a vibrant professional learning community
  • Flexible delivery (NET/Block course)

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
Years 1.5
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $7,044-$7,588 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
International Fees $27,825 per year
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Scholarships and prizes

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Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least B average in the third year and a teaching qualification, and two years teaching experience.

Please include in your online application a 100-300 word statement describing your professional background and reasons for choosing this qualification.

120 point Master of Educational Leadership available subject to meeting eligibility requirements. MEdLeadership Regulations

Credit for Previous Study Information

Recognition of Prior Learning Information

RPLC500 Paper Outline


Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education

Faculty Administrator - Postgraduate Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721
Room: TC.2.46

Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy
Programme Advisor 
Associate Professor Rachel McNae
Phone:(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 7731
Room: TT2.12

Faculty Co-ordinator  - Postgraduate Studies (Tauranga) - Dr Nigel Calder
Phone: (+64) 7 577 8753
Room: WIND.V21

Degree Structure

Students are required to complete 180 points and there are three options regarding how study can be planned. It is recommended to start with the two required content papers PROF500 & PROF502.

180 Point Masters Study Plan Options


Research Methods / Research

A Research Methods paper, and at least 30 points of independent supervised research which should have a focus on leadership.

Choose one from:

And one from:

Research Ethics Application


Choose remaining papers from:

30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree.

Education papers may be viewed through Master of Education and Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies.

Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership (120 points)

Required Papers

Plus 60 points including at least 30 points from the Optional papers list above.