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Master of Educational Management

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 experienced educators who are looking to move into senior leadership or governance roles where they can have a bigger impact on organisational performance.

With the Master of Educational Management, you will deepen your understanding of transformative change, business strategy, financial analysis, and managing people within an educational institution.

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

The programme 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

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Key information

Years: 3 years part-time or 18 months full-time
Points: 180
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: July (B Trimester) 2021
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $12,418 per year
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Estimated Fees* (International): $46,950 per programme
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*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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Degree planner — Master of Educational Management - 180 points total

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To see the full regulations for the Master of Educational Management, please refer to the University of Waikato Calendar.

To be admitted to the Master of Educational Management, applicants must have a bachelor's degree 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.

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Regulations for the Master of Educational Management

Part One:

  • EDLED502 - Educational Leadership: Organisational Change and Development (30 points) - B Trimester
    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) - C Trimester
    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) - C Trimester
    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.

Part Two:

Choose ONE of the following papers:

  • EDLED501 - Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives (30 points) - A Trimester
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Take BOTH of the following papers:

  • MNMGT552 - Managing Projects in Organisations (15 points) - B Trimester
    Develop your skills in leading and managing business projects.
  • MNMGT553 - Managing People in Organisations (15 points) - B Trimester
    Managers are required to demonstrate exceptional interpersonal, intercultural and negotiation skills in every aspect of their jobs. Communication, organisational behaviour and HRM issues determine the culture of successful organisations.

Part Three:

Choose ONE of the following papers:

  • MNMGT555 -  Action Research Project (30 points)
  • EDLED504 - Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities (30 points) 

Take BOTH of the following papers:

  • MNMGT554 - Governance (15 points)
  • EDLED510 - Capstone: Application to Professional Practice (15 points)


Master of Educational Management (MEdM) Programme Leaders:

Dr Michele Morrison
Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education
Email: [email protected]

Dr Heather Connolly
Waikato Management School
Email: [email protected]