Educational Administration and Leadership – Master of Education

Take your passion for education further. Develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress your career as an educational leader.

Where you can study

Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students studying online from outside New Zealand

Specialise in Educational Administration and Leadership for your Master of Education at Massey

The Master of Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) will help you create and sustain ethical, inclusive and socially just learning environments.

Learn from the best

Massey is a leading provider of postgraduate qualifications in educational administration and leadership. You will gain insights into your own educational leadership practices. This is through analysing the latest theories, policies and practices. Our lecturers are experienced and aspirational practitioners with deep specialist knowledge.

Leadership of and for learning

The Master of Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) has a dual emphasis on applied educational leadership and critical thinking and analysis. Our courses are shaped by current, high-quality, national and international research. As well as our understanding of the diverse contexts of educational leadership practice. You’ll be encouraged to analyse and appreciate how theory and practise inform each other.

Join a learning community

Join like-minded educational leaders to critically reflect upon your own experiences as an aspiring or experienced educational leader. You will be part of a collaborative academic community. You will be sharing, exploring and debating current educational challenges and opportunities.

Flexible learning

Massey is a leader in distance learning. You will stay in contact with your lecturers and peers through our collaborative online learning environment. Distance learning lets you fit your study around your life and commitments. You can study anywhere, anytime. You can study full or part-time, whatever suits you.

A Master of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership is a good fit if you:

  • passionate about teaching and learning
  • currently an educational leader or aspiring to a leadership role.

Planning information

The Master of Education is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second. 

If you are planning your Part One courses for the Research pathway, you will need to pass only one 15 credit research methods course, not two, as indicated in the entry requirements for the thesis (267881 Thesis Part 1 or 267880 Thesis). The entry requirements for the thesis are being updated.

Course work (Professional inquiry) pathway

To progress to Part Two you will achieve a minimum B grade average in the first 120 credits of courses.

Research (thesis) pathway

To progress to Part Two you will achieve a minimum B+ grade average in the first 90 credits of courses.

Advanced entry

If you have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education you may may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Core courses for the Master of Education

As well as the specialisation courses listed below, this qualification has core courses that you will need to complete.

Master of Education core courses

Educational Administration and Leadership courses

Choose at least 60 credits from
Course code: 254770 Valuing Relationships and Practices in Educational Contexts, Settings and Communities 30 credits

A critical study of Western, Māori and indigenous approaches to the leadership of relationships and professional practice in the context of global demands for increased accountability, standardisation, and control in education.

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Course code: 259771 Educational Leadership in Action 30 credits

A study of leadership in action including reflective practice, and professional and curriculum leadership, based on selected organisational and policy contexts.

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Course code: 259772 Theory and Process in Educational Leadership 30 credits

A critical examination of discourses, policies and practices of educational governance, leadership and reform.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Master of Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • the Bachelor of Education with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, and have professional experience relevant to the intended postgraduate subject, or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, or equivalent, with a grade average across all courses of at least B (coursework pathway) or at least a B+ (research pathway).

If you do not have a Bachelor of Education or equivalent, you will need to supply a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV). Your CV should show at least two years of leadership/management experience in an educational environment (eg, Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Syndicate Leader, Nursing Programme Leader at a Polytechnic, Training Manager in a Hospital, Private Training Organisation (PTO) Team Leader, Head of Human resources in an educational environment, etc).

If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Massey University as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification.

You will need to provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Research and coursework pathway

When you apply, you will choose either a research pathway or a coursework pathway

If you intend to do the research pathway (thesis) you will need to provide a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less) with your application.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Scholarship and award opportunities

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Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

A Master of Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) builds on your professional experience as an aspiring, middle or experienced leader. It is an applied qualification that prepares teachers and leaders in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary contexts for the challenges of taking the lead in their educational settings.

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