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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Master of Educational Leadership

If you are an aspiring or current educational leader who is passionate about leading improvements that serve diverse communities and learners, this qualification is for you.

This program is designed for the working professional so you have the option of doing the programme part-time and choosing online courses.

You will strengthen your understanding of your own school content and your role within it.

You will be able to understand, critique and contribute to research that is shaping Aotearoa New Zealand’s educational policy and practice.

Research masters

120-point or 180-point* option. Pursue research in an area of your choice that links to educational leadership, and work closely with University researchers in this field. Completion by thesis.

Taught masters

120-point or 180-point* option. Study at an advanced level around aspects of Educational Leadership. Taught options do not require a thesis.

Campus Information

Epsom Campus

The Epsom Campus is the main campus for the Faculty of Education and Social Work and is home to approximately 3500 students.


  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

10 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

This qualification will prepare you for leadership roles, such as in a school or centre, as well as for specialist education roles including senior management, mentoring and educational policy development. The research study options can lead to further study at the doctoral level.

Jobs related to this program

  • Education consultant
  • Policy development manager (education)
  • Professional development facilitator
  • School head of department
  • School principal
  • School senior leadership team member
  • Senior teacher

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Minimum program requirements

  • Normally this requires a completed bachelor honors degree or postgraduate diploma from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent postgraduate qualification from a recognized university (or similar) overseas.
  • A bachelor’s degree in education or similar undergraduate degree
  • GPE 5.0