Education (Educational Management)


A Master of Education (Educational Management) student

This course will be discontinued in 2018. Students interested in this area of study are encouraged to consider the new Master of Education with a Leadership and Management specialisation.

The Master of Education (Educational Management) is designed to develop your leadership skills and equip you for the 21st century.

The course integrates practical knowledge, conceptual frameworks and state-of-the-art research with a global perspective. It is structured to meet the needs of educators working in early childhood settings, primary and secondary schools in government and non-government sectors, as well as VET and tertiary sectors, and workplace training contexts.

With a strong leadership and management focus, the Master of Education (Educational Management) is a specialist qualification for those seeking advancement into senior positions.

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Entry requirements

  • A four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
  • An undergraduate degree and at least 50 credit points of graduate study in any discipline area, or equivalent.

Applicants without a relevant degree but with at least 6 years relevant work experience are encouraged to provide a CV with their application to be considered.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

Master of Education (Educational Management): 100 points

  • Course code: MC-EDEDMGT
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 50 points of two core subjects, 50 points of elective subjects.

Master of Education (Educational Management): 150 points

  • Course code: MC-EDEDMGT
  • 18 months full-time or 3 years part-time
  • 50 points of two core subjects, 100 points of elective subjects.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Education (Educational Management).

Prospective students are invited to contact one of the below course coordinators to discuss 100 point and 150 point entry requirements and options:

Master of Education (Educational Management): Research

  • Course code: 960EB
  • 18 months full-time or 3 years part-time
  • 25 points of core subjects, plus a 20,000 word thesis and a research methodology component.

Research students must maintain a grade average of at least 75% in all coursework to progress to thesis.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Education (Educational Management): Research.


These courses will give you:

  • a better understanding of current issues and challenges in education leadership and management, including curriculum reform
  • a national and global perspective on education leadership and management
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas, concepts and models related to leadership and management issues in educational settings
  • subject flexibility so you can tailor your study program
  • the chance to connect with local and global networks of like-minded educators
  • opportunities to participate in seminars with leading scholars and practitioners.


After completing one of these courses, you may be eligible to progress onto a range of research higher degree programs.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start year intake, 2018


Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017


Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Mid-year intake, 2017


Round 1 closes: 31 May 2017

Round 2 closes: 30 June 2017


Round 1 closes: 28 February 2017

Round 2 closes: 12 June 2017

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.

Application dates

There are two selection rounds each year for entry to the PhD and Masters by research degrees, and one round for entry to the Master of Educational Psychology/PhD and the Doctor of Education degrees. New applications can be submitted at any time, however all applications must be submitted and complete by the closing dates below to be considered for each round.

Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission into the course, as entry to candidature is very competitive. Entry to the PhD is particularly competitive; and an H1 (80-100%) overall grade is usually required to be admitted into this degree.

Semester 2, 2017

Applications closed on 18 April 2017. If your application was submitted but incomplete at that date, your application will be considered for 2018 commencement (please see below).

Semester 1, 2018

Doctor of Education and Master of Educational Psychology/PhD (combined degree): applications close 31 August 2017.

All other graduate research degrees (PhD, MPhil, Master of Education - Research): applications close 16 October 2017.

Semester 2, 2018

All graduate research degrees: applications close 18 April 2018.

We recommend you submit your application at least four weeks before the closing dates, just in case any additional documentation is required.

Please note: the Master of Educational Psychology/PhD and the Doctor of Education do not have a Semester 2 intake.

Application process

1. Write your research proposal

You must provide an extended research proposal with your application. Research proposals should be 1,500 words for PhD applications and 1,000 words for all other graduate research degrees.

They must succinctly address the following points under separate headings:

  • Aims of study: what's the proposed topic of your study and why is it important? What does your study want to achieve? What could your potential research questions be?
  • Key concepts and theories: briefly discuss key academic concepts and theories informing your study.
  • Approach and methodology: provide a brief overview of the approach and/or methodology you intend to use in your study.
  • Rationale for coming to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE): why is MGSE the right research environment for your project? Why is your prospective principal supervisor a good fit for your project (see below)?
  • Bibliography: list up to ten key references for your project.

Once you've identified a principal supervisor, your research proposal should also be updated to reflect who they are and how they may contribute to your research project.

2. Find a supervisor

Find a principal supervisor who will support your research proposal and application. Your supervisor must be a current staff member at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE).

We recommend that you search for a supervisor on the University’s Find an Expert page, or visit our current research projects page to find staff members working on research projects. Please attach your research proposal (or a short summary) and CV when contacting your potential supervisors via email.

You'll need to upload evidence of your intended principal supervisor’s support when submitting your application. This can be in email format and must include the intended supervisor’s agreement to supervise you should your application be successful.

Please note that all supervision arrangements are also subject to the approval of the MGSE Selection Committee. Support of a prospective supervisor does not guarantee entry to MGSE’s research higher degree program.

3. Apply online

Read the application information and apply on the Future Students website.

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Don’t forget to provide your research proposal and evidence of your intended principal supervisors support when submitting your application.

If you have any questions about how to complete or submit your application, please contact Graduate Research Admissions at


Prospective graduate research students will be automatically considered for scholarships as part of the graduate research degree application. Current graduate research students can apply for scholarships via their Student Portal.

Further information:

Application outcome

All correspondence regarding your application will be by email. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email explaining how you can accept your place.

Please note that for the current 2017 round, application outcomes for international applicants will be available in mid-June. Outcomes for domestic applicants will be available in late June.

For the next round (commencement in the first half of 2018), application outcomes will be available by early December.