Master of Educational Leadership

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
Online, Multi-mode
1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$3984 CSP
$18672 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2023
Applications open August 2022
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


The Master of Educational Leadership builds on the capabilities of current and aspiring educational leaders. The course is designed to support participants with varying leadership aspirations and career circumstances. Taught by active researchers and experienced practitioners, this course explicitly integrates theory, theology, ethics, philosophy and research to enable you to improve your educational leadership practice.

You will explore the purpose and task of education, and Catholic education in particular, as well as theories of educational leadership, management and administration, and learn to apply them appropriately to your own school culture and context. 


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • management and administration
  • educational leadership
  • policy development

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Educational Leadership, a student must complete 120 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Semester 1, 2023

EDLE650 Foundations: Vision and Mission of Catholic Education in the Contemporary World

EDLE654 Leadership in Context: Educational Narratives and Literacies for Learning Communities

EDLE652 Educational Leadership as Vocation and Service


Semester 2, 2023

EDLE651 Leading Learning in Catholic Educational Communities and Cultures

EDLE655 Data Information Systems: Using Research and Data for Learning

EDLE653 Integrating Capabilities for Renewal and Sustainability in Leadership


Semester 1, 2024

EDCP601 Capstone



This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

3.1 A student who has completed 40 cp with 20 cp from specified units in the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership

3.2 A student who has completed 80 cp with 20cp from Specified Units and at least 20 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership.

Additional course information

On-campus units may be offered during regular semester or school holiday periods.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. A recognised teaching qualification and a minimum 3 years teaching experience; OR
  2. A Bachelor degree and a minimum of 3 years relevant leadership experience. 

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

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English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7.0. Individual score of 6.0 in all tests.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.


Further study

Graduates of this program may be eligible to progress to a Doctor of Education or a Doctor of Philosophy.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$3984 CSP
$18672 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Deferment is available for one year. Some specialisations may not run every year. Find out more about deferment.

Staff Profile

Dr Christopher M. Branson

Professor of Educational Leadership, Faculty of Education and Arts, ACU Brisbane

Professor Christopher Branson holds the Professorial Chair of Educational Leadership and is the Director of Catholic Leadership in the La Salle Academy at ACU. Professor Branson has an extensive background in teaching and leadership having moved into the tertiary education sector after more than 30 years of experience in Australian schools and school systems as a teacher, head of department, pastoral coordinator, deputy principal, principal, educational consultant and supervisor of schools. This move to tertiary education followed the international recognition and adoption of the outcomes generated by his doctoral and postdoctoral research into how personal values influence the leadership behaviours of school principals. 

Professor Branson’s ensuing academic activities extended this research into issues aligned with the theoretical foundations of leadership, ethical leadership, leadership of organisational change, human resource management, leadership for social justice, and organisational culture. He is the author of three books and numerous chapters and articles published in both Australian and international books and journals.



“I believe in education and its power to change the world and this course is giving me the knowledge and skills to serve my mission with love and authenticity. Every child has the right to an education. My goals are to take what I am learning at ACU with the hope of inspiring and providing a better learning opportunity for children and women in my community.”

Educational leadership graduate

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