Master of Education (Educational Management)

Course 960MB (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 150 credit points taken over 18 months


Dr Lawrie Drysdale


Education Student Centre
234 Queensberry Street
Call: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Course Overview:

The Master of Education (Educational Management) 960MB is an 18 month course designed to prepare leaders in educational organisations to work in an international environment in the twenty-first century. The program is designed to fill a need for a specialist qualification for those who aspire to senior positions or seek further advancement in education and training in the public and private sectors. It is intended to be inclusive of those who work in fields variously described as early childhood, school, vocational, adult, further,higher, tertiary, university and in workplace training in other fields. The course aims to provide a blend of practical knowledge, conceptual frameworks and state-of-the-art research, and distinguishes itself from other Australian educational management courses by emphasising a global perspective.

This is a coursework-classified course.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who have completed the Master of Education (Educational Management) should be able to demonstrate:


  • an advanced knowledge and understanding of current management issues and challenges in relation to education;
  • an in-depth knowledge and understanding of various conceptual frameworks and theoretical perspectives presented in the course;
  • an understanding and application of the latest research findings in the aspects of Educational Management studied;


  • the capacity to understand and analyze advanced case studies of significant problems and issues experienced at senior levels in educational settings;
  • a global perspective in tackling management issues in education;
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas concepts and models related to leadership and management issues in educational settings
  • communicate, analyse, interpret and explain theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions related to educational leadership and management issues and challenges
  • capability to design, evaluate, implement, analyse, theorise about developments that contribute to the discipline of educational leadership and management practice or scholarship

Application of knowledge and skills

  • an appreciation of professional responsibilities and ethical principles associated with leading educational organizations.
  • Conduct a substantial research based project related to educational leadership in an educational setting
  • Demonstrate creativity and initiative in tackling challenges related to educational leadership and management issues in educational settings
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Students are required to undertake 150 points of study, consisting of

  • a core subject of 25 points
  • 50 points of masters-level coursework electives
  • a thesis of 20,000 words with a methodology component (EDUC90729).
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Not offered in 2014

Thesis and research methodology

Thesis code will depend on whether you are studying full time or part time

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Entry Requirements:

An applicant may be eligible for entry into the Master of Education (Educational Management) 960MB if the applicant has:

  • an appropriate undergraduate degree and an appropriate fourth-year level education qualification, or equivalent; or
  • an appropriate four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
  • an appropriate undergraduate degree and either a record of research and/or publication equivalent to year four in education or at least two years of documented relevant professional experience.

Applicants are required to submit a thesis proposal signed by their proposed supervisor and the Associate Dean (Research and Research Training) with their application.

Core Participation Requirements:

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Graduate School policy to take reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the Graduate School’s programs.

The core participation requirements for study in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education are:

In all courses

1. The ability to comprehend complex information related to education and the disciplines in which the student is teaching.
2. The ability to communicate clearly and independently in assessment tasks a knowledge of the content, principles and practices relating to education and other relevant disciplines.
3. Behavioural and social attributes that enable a student to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.

Students who feel a disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact Disability Liaison.

Further Study:

Graduates from this program are eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Education program or a PhD after completion of a 50-point Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Research, provided they meet the entry requirements and subject to achievement of an H2A GPA. Please note also that graduates of an undergraduate Honours degree may already be eligible for doctoral studies, subject to the same entry and achievement requirements.

Graduate Attributes: None
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