MA in Educational Administration and Leadership

Program Profile

Qualification Awarded

MA in Educational Administration and Leadership

Level Of Qualification

Master (2nd Cycle Degree)

Offered by

Department of Education

Mode of Study

Full Time or Part Time 




In the current era, effective school leadership is widely recognised as one of the most important school factors on students’ academic achievement. Specifically, nowadays demands for the essential qualities of an effective school leadership are more important, than ever before, since the role of the school principal is a key component in implementing policies, innovations, promoting change, as well as improving the teaching and learning processes within the school organization. However, school principals and educational leaders in general cannot succeed, unless they are highly qualified and trained on various administration and leadership topics and tools.

The MA in Educational Administration and Leadership programme is specifically designed for school principals and leaders, as well as aspiring new leaders to reach their maximum potential in educational organizations, by offering tools and knowledge in critical aspects on the leadership function.  Furthermore, the programme is addressed to educators of all levels (elementary, pre-primary, and secondary education) and settings (formal, informal and non-formal education) of public and private education. In general, through the MA in Educational Administration and Leadership programme, students can develop a thorough and complete background on all major theories and research of educational administration and leadership, as well as to acquire a critical perspective and various leadership tools on topics related to effective and succesul leadership, human resource development, effective teamwork in education,  teaching and learning, technology and multicultural education ect.

Particularly, the design of the program is based on the following thematic units:

  1. Presentation of current theories and research findings on effective/ successful school leadership,
  2. Developing the skills and capabilities of school leaders to lead educational organizations successfully and effectively,
  3. Developing critical and analytical prespective on topics related to both the theory and practice of educational administration and leadership.

The language of instruction is Greek.

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, students are expected to:

  • Develop a thorough and complete background on all major theories and practice of educational administration and educational leadership,
  • Analyze and interpret behaviours in educational settings,
  • Select and implement appropriate leadership styles based on school and personnel settings,
  • Analyze and criticise research studies in educational administration and leadership,
  • Acquire a critical perspective and leadership tools on teaching and learning, technology, team leadership, cros-curriculum education and on other topics in school settings 
  • Develop a framework in human resource management,
  • Analyze the main principles on school culture as well as to improve, implement and/ or change school culture in school organizations,
  • Use technology and technological tools during their leadership practice, 
  • Work effectively with various internal and external school stakeholders such as teachers, parents, students etc., 
  • Develop an appropriate school environment and culture for all students,
  • Understand the decision-making process and human resource management

Graduates’ employability prospects

  • The design of the postgraduate program aims at providing educators and other stakeholders with the appropriate theoretical/empirical background based on the latest research findings and practical knowledge and skills, in order to become efficient school leaders and to address the multiple increasing challenges of leading a school in current school organizations both in the Cyprus and Greek context.
  • The graduates of the program possess all the necessary knowledge and skills required to promote an effective and successful school leadership for the benefit of students as well as the school organization in general.
  • Subsequently, graduates of the program can work as school principals/ assistant school principals at all levels of public and private education or be employed in other public services, in organization/institutions, semi-government organizations and private enterprises. Current students include teachers, vice principals and school inspectors, aspiring to further broaden their knowledge on educational management and administration.
  • Moreover, they can pursue further postgraduate studies at doctoral level.