Christian Leadership in Education

Programme Overview
The Masters of Arts in Christian Leadership in Education is an innovative, specialist programme to enhance the development of leadership capacity in the primary and second-level sector. It will help build much needed educational capacity, respond to the widespread desire for an authentic personal spirituality and address the acknowledged 'deficit' in theological literacy and the widespread hunger for justice and inclusiveness in Irish society.

Key Features
The programme, which is offered over two academic years in part-time mode (with the option of exiting with a graduate diploma), will explore key issues of educational leadership, policy and management, within the context of faith-based school environments. It is open to principals, deputy principals and teachers aspiring to leadership or management roles within the faith-based education sector. It is also open to those in Boards of Management or working with the Educational Trust Bodies.

The programme will be delivered by means of traditional lectures, workshops and some on-line exercises. The assessments vary across the modules, these include written assignments, on-line exercises and participation in workshops.

The MA in Christian Leadership helps applicants to develop knowledge, understanding, and skills in areas such as:

•Leading people; leading learning & teaching
•Strategic development, school self-evaluation, and improvement planning
•Current legislation and governance best practices
•Your own personal, spiritual, and professional development
•The nature of Christian educational ethos
•Competence in leading a faith-based school

Subjects taught

The programme consists of 12 taught modules—delivered in both face-to-face and online mode. Students will also be expected to be in a placement (normally the school where they are currently working) and to complete a minor dissertation (15,000 words approx.).

Students will be provided with skills in research methods with a view to their dissertation.

Those taking the Graduate Diploma will take the taught modules and exit after three semesters without completing the dissertation.

The various modules in the programme will explore the following areas in depth:

•Educational Leadership
•Policy and Management
•Scripture and Theology
•Psychology and Leadership
•Group Dynamics
•Spirituality for schools
•Learning and Curriculum
•Liturgy and Sacraments within the school
•Emotional and Relational Competence
•Education and the Law
•School Governance and Management
•Issues of Social Justice in Education
•Reflective Practice
•Leading a Faith-based School in the 21st century

Entry requirements

The normal requirement for entry to the programme is a First or Second Class Honours primary degree. Applicants with equivalent qualifications or substantial relevant experience will also be considered. Final selection will require attendance for interview and may require presentation of some previous written material.

English Language Requirements
Applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide evidence of their proficiency level English in the form of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 6.5 – 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any one component, or IELTS equivalent accepted by UL. Such applicants will also be required to undergo an interview through English.

Application dates

Applications for September 2022 entry are now open.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications: 1st June 2022.


2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

How to Apply
This programme may attract a subsidy. Please contact the designated person below for more details.

Download and complete the application form (via application weblink below).
•The application form must also include your university transcripts.
•In the case of non-native English speakers, a copy of IETLS is also required, or equivalent.

Please pay the non-refundable €50 application fee using Realex here, and return the application form by email to: or by post to: Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland, V94 VN26.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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