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Master of Educational Management

This is not a teaching qualification and does not lead to teacher registration. To become a registered teacher please look at Bachelor of Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, Master of Teaching and Learning

Advance your career as an aspiring senior leader in the education sector. Gain leadership and business skills, strategies and insights to deliver positive changes within your organisation and manage high-performing teams.

Meeting the complex demands of the education and training sector in New Zealand, and globally, requires educational leaders, trustees, policy advisors and senior administrators who can confidently make sound leadership and management decisions.

This 180-point part-time masters programme is designed for people who are looking to enter into, or progress within, a career in leadership and management in the education sector, where they can have a bigger impact on organisational performance.

The Master of Educational Management (MEdM) will deepen your understanding of transformative change, business strategy, financial analysis, and managing people within an educational institution.

Graduates who possess advanced professional knowledge of both leadership and management in the context of education are in great demand. For those wishing to move from middle management into senior roles, this qualification will strongly position you for a range of career opportunities.

You can study this programme part-time over three years by completing 60 points a year, or full-time over 18 months. Most of the education papers are also available online, offering participants the flexibility to study from home.

The MEdM is jointly delivered by the Division of Education and Waikato Management School. You will be taught by experienced lecturers who are experts in their field.

Participants will develop the skills and knowledge to:

  • Use appropriate leadership and management practices to initiate and manage positive change
  • Recognise ethical issues and responsibilities in the education context
  • Use research-led knowledge to advance professional practice and student learning

Please note: This qualification does NOT provide the depth of specialised study that is required for doctoral research. Additional research methodology and postgraduate papers would be required for admission to a Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy.

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Key information

Years: 18-21 months full-time; or 3 years part-time
Points: 180
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: February (A Trimester) or July (B Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $12,931 per programme
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Estimated Fees* (International): $53,855
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).*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.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Master of Educational Management - 180 points total

This programme is taught in Hamilton. Some papers may provide the option to study either Online (NET) or at the Tauranga (TGA) campus.

Please click on the individual boxes below to read more information about each paper, including study locations and dates.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please select the Hamilton-based papers (HAM) when you enrol for this programme to avoid any issues with applying for your visa.

DOMESTIC STUDENTS: You can decide to opt for some of the Online (NET) or Tauranga (TGA) papers if you wish.

Part Three: Applications (45 points total)

Take BOTH of the following papers:

  • Compulsory
  • Explanatory note
  • Option

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To be admitted to the Master of Educational Management, applicants must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised university, with at least a B-minus grade average in the 300 Level papers and some relevant work experience.

If you do NOT have a bachelor's degree, you may still be eligible for admission if you can demonstrate substantial relevant work experience and evidence of success in academic study. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Programme Leader.

International students:

International students also need to meet the English language requirements for postgraduate programmes.

International students can email their queries to [email protected]

Phone 0800 WAIKATO and chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Required documentation:

All applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae that outlines their training and experience in the field of education, management or administration (please refer to Regulations for the Degree of Master of Educational Management, clause 2c).

Admission to this programme may be subject to the completion of any qualifying papers, or additional work may be required.

Credit for Previous Study Information

Recognition of Prior Learning Information

Regulations for the Master of Educational Management

Part One: Foundations (105 points)

Take ALL of the following six papers:

  • EDLED502 - Educational Leadership: Organisational Change and Development (30 points) - B Trimester (July to November) - Hamilton & Online
    This paper explores key theories and practices of organisational development and collaborative change management in educational contexts. The complex drivers associated with change and innovation will be explored as a means to develop approaches to successfully respond to, embrace and lead change in education.
  • MNMGT550 Management Strategy in Context (15 points) - W teaching period (March to May) - Hamilton
    This paper applies key strategic, communication and marketing frameworks and tools to the analysis of real organisations, and then develops strategies to enhance their stakeholder centric positioning and performance.
  • MNMGT551 - Financial Analysis for Professionals (15 points) - W teaching period (May to July)
    This paper equips managers with the skills to determine the financial health of an organisation and make financial decisions, in order to support organisational resilience during growth, transformation, or a re-positioning of strategic priorities.
  • MNMGT552 Managing Projects in Organisations (15 points)
    Develop your skills in leading and managing business projects.
  • MNMGT553 Managing People in Organisations (15 points) - W teaching period (September to November) - Hamilton
    Managers are required to demonstrate exceptional interpersonal, intercultural and negotiation skills in every aspect of their jobs. This paper equips students with the skills and competencies required to enable, engage and empower workers.
  • MNMGT554 Governance (15 points) - W teaching period (July to September)
    This paper takes an ambicultural approach to governance and covers the practicalities of business governance, including ethical decision-making, fiscal, societal and environmental responsibility, and reporting.

Part Two:  Educational Leadership (30 points)

Choose ONE of the following papers:

  • EDLED501 - Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives (30 points) - A Trimester (March to July) - Hamilton & Online
  • This paper introduces key theories and practices of educational leaders. Major research theories and research findings will be critically examined against the realities of educational settings. The paper will also explore the shape of the educational leadership landscape in a New Zealand setting and allow students to examine their own leadership practice.
  • EDLED503: Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring (30 points) - A Trimester (March to July)- Hamilton & Tauranga (taught partially online)
  • This paper critically examines theories and models of continuing leadership development through mentoring and coaching. It focuses on the importance of critical reflection on practice, the change process through adult learning theory, and the leadership capacity building that is so important in educational settings. Participants will study the interpersonal skills and knowledge necessary for developing leaders and leadership. They will examine their practice in a coaching and mentoring context and articulate developing understandings.
  • EDLED505 - Educational Leadership for Social Justice (30 points) - A Trimester (March to July) - Hamilton & Online
  • This paper draws on research and theory from New Zealand and global contexts to critically examine leadership practices related to issues of social justice in education. This paper provides opportunities to engage in current debates related to equity, access, fairness, agency and success in education and offers a framework for raising socially just consciousness for action.

Part Three: Applications (45 points)

Choose ONE of the following papers:

  • EDLED504 - Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities (30 points) - B Trimester (July to November) - Hamilton
    This paper critically examines the contextual and relational nature of educational leadership in learning organisations and communities. Through examining and employing fundamental principles of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) - a strength-based approach to purposeful organisational change, participants will interrogate their leadership practice with a view to building, leading and sustaining flourishing learning organisations and communities. This paper seeks to enhance the participant's ability to strengthen professional relationships and engage individuals in change mechanisms within diverse communities of practice.
  • MNMGT555 -  Action Research Project (30 points)
  • This paper provides an opportunity for the student to investigate a topic in depth and conduct applied research that results in a report that will be of value to practitioners and or organisations. Through critical awareness of issues in a field of practice, students will develop and apply skills and techniques they have learnt through prior papers to existing or emerging problems in business.

AND complete the following capstone paper:

  • EDLED510 - Capstone: Application to Professional Practice (15 points) - A Trimester (March to July) - Hamilton
    In this capstone paper, students synthesise, reflect on, and apply the conceptual and practical knowledge gained throughout the MEdM degree to a significant contemporary and/or anticipated future issue of practice in their current educational setting.

Master of Educational Management (MEdM) graduates will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Confidence to make leadership and management decisions in complex and unpredictable contexts
  • Recognition of the integrative nature of strategy, communication, people management, marketing, governance and the financial frameworks that support educational institutions
  • Recognition of how to lead and manage for positive change
  • Awareness of the ethical issues and responsibilities related to leadership and management in an education context
  • Appreciation, self-realisation and awareness of the importance of lifelong learning


Programme Leaders:

Dr Michele Morrison
School of Education

Email: [email protected]

Pavitra Ramaswamy
Waikato Management School

Email: [email protected]