Program Overview

This Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed for education professionals who wish to create a superior educational environment. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to fulfill your potential as a strong academic leader, show you how leadership and learning are connected and enable you to reflect upon current practice in your organization and set a strategy for change.

Throughout this Mater of Educational program, you will gain a deeper understanding of how organizational behavior and leadership impact educational institutions, analyze education-related policies and the factors that affect their implementation in an educational context and design professional development programs in learning and teaching.

Throughout the program you will be supported in developing a flexible set of professional inquiry skills to inform both administrative and academic practices relevant to your work setting.  You will be prepared to produce action research and initiatives aimed at advancements in this dynamic field of learning and education and driving positive change.

Our unique six term structure offers you ultimate flexibility in terms of start date and study schedule and means you can complete the program in one year. This also allows you to better manage your workload as you take only two courses per term delivered in the evenings and weekends. If professional or personal commitments dictate that you need to miss a term, it is easy to catch up.  Ours is the only such program in the UAE that offers such flexibility.

Your investment in this program can be recouped in as little as 10 months as the qualification is your stepping stone to immediate promotion and career advancement.


Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

AED 87,750




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Core Courses

  • CAI 515 Curriculum Development and Instructional Supervision 

  • EDA 501 Leadership in Education 

  • EDA 540 Institutional Enhancement 

  • EDA 542 Professional Development 

  • EDA 580 Internship and Capstone Project 

  • EDC 514 Research Methodology in Education 

  • EDC 516 Program Assessment 

  • EDT 519 Information Systems in Education 


Elective Courses


  • EDA 511 Philosophy of Education  

  • EDA 512 History of Education in the UAE 3

  • EDA 519 Women in Leadership 3

  • EDA 521 Comparative Education 3

  • EDA 525 Qualitative Research Design

  • EDA 527 Quantitative Methodologies

Directly related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4.00-point scale, from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs.


English language proficiency requirements

For master program taught in English, an Official score report of international TOEFL (IBT) 79 or the ITP 550 (taken at Amideast) or the Academic IELTS 6.0 must be taken no more than two years prior to admission, or English EmSat minimum score of 1400 no more than 18 month prior to admission to Abu Dhabi University.

Students with a recognized bachelor’s degree and an EmSAT score of 1250, English Academic IELTS Score 5.5, or equivalent on another standardized test approved by the Ministry, can be granted conditional admission for one semester, and may take a maximum of six credit hours in the first semester of study.

International Students

We also welcome applications from students with a variety of bachelor degrees from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs, upon their successful completion of any required program foundation courses. These applicants will be granted admission into the program after the successful completion of some business foundation courses.


Transfer Students

Postgraduate transfer students may apply for credit transfer for courses taken prior to joining Abu Dhabi University only once, when they first apply for admission.

Abu Dhabi

Tuition fees structure & calculation

  •  Majors AED 88,200
    • Credit Hour Cost (Aed) AED 2,940
    • Required Credits 30

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree prepares graduates for teaching and executive positions at public and private schools. Administrative positions that might be available to those with a master’s degree in educational leadership include the Principal, Assistant Principal, Head of Department, Instructional Coordinator, Director , Supervisor, or Cluster Manager.


Master of Education in Educational Leadership has been designed to prepare current and aspirant leaders for services in six critical areas:

• Strategic Leadership

• Instructional Leadership

• Organizational Leadership

• Community Leadership

• Ethical Leadership

• Cultural Leadership


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