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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.

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 School of Education offers an Associate Teacher Postgraduate Study Award to associate teachers in recognition of their work in supporting the School’s initial teacher education programmes and students. More information here.

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)

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Key information

Years: 1.5
MEdLeadership Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,185-$7,740 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $30,695 (120 pts) or $46,045 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown 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.

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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.

Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least B grade average across level 300 papers and either:

(1) Major or minor in any of the subjects offered in the Master of Education or

(2) substantial relevant experience.

120 point Master of Educational Leadership available subject to meeting eligibility requirements - please see the MEdLeadership Regulations.

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

In order to be eligible for consideration for the award of honours, the requirements of the degree must be completed in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study from the date of first enrolment in the degree - please see the MEdLeadership Regulations.

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Study in Tauranga

Many of our 500 level postgraduate papers in Educational Leadership are offered fully online or partially online/on-campus (Hamilton and Tauranga).

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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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 EDLED501 & EDLED502.

180 Point Masters Study Plan Options

New paper codes were introduced in 2019.  Compare old and new paper codes here.


Research Methods / Research

A Research Methods paper, and at least 30 points of independent supervised research with a focus on educational leadership.

Choose one from:

And at least one from:

Ethical Conduct in Research Regulations can be found here. For advice about the online Research Ethics Application please email [email protected].


Choose remaining papers from:

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

Further Education papers can be viewed at Master of Education and Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies.


Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

Programme Administrators - Postgraduate and Research
Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721
Email: [email protected]

Jinah Lee
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7870
Email: [email protected]

Programme Leader
Associate Professor Rachel McNae
Phone:(+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7731
Email: [email protected]

Academic Coordinator Tauranga
Dr Nadine Ballam
Phone: (+64) 7 262 0547 Ext: 3547
Email: [email protected]
Based at our Tauranga Campus

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 8384610
Email: [email protected]

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