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What will I learn?

The education sector requires leaders who are knowledgeable in educational leadership, management and administration. The Master of Educational Leadership is a research driven, practical program designed to support current and aspiring educational leaders who wish to enhance their capacity within the context of their professional setting and meet Australian Professional Standards for Principals (APSP). This program explores new concepts and approaches to teaching and learning that highlight the partnership of teachers and administrators in building a culture of leadership in schools.

You can select appropriate units to meet your needs. Graduates have been successful in gaining promotion and/or admission to doctoral study.

It can be completed with or without a named specialisation.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • management and administration
  • educational leadership
  • policy development

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education and Arts



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$24,104.00 (12,90,364) per year
Estimate total cost: AUD $36,156; Unit fee: AUD $3,013

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

January 2022


Melbourne Campus

115 Victoria Parade,



3065, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold the equivalent of an Australian bachelor degree from a recognised university or institution with a pass average. Individual courses may also have additional specific requirements. English language proficiency requirement: Overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with an individual score of 6.0 for all tests); Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet based total of 79: minimum 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 13 in reading and 12 in listening; ACU English Language Test: B (65-74%); Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE of 176 (Minimum individual score of 169 in all tests).

For international students

Applicants must have completed the equivalent of a:

  • Bachelor degree in Education; or
  • Bachelor degree in an area other than Education and a recognised teaching qualification.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall score: 7.0; Individual score of: 6.0 in all tests

Pearson Test of English (PTE): 65 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT) Overall 94 minimum 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 13 in reading and 12 in listening

ACU English Language Test: A (75-100%)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE score: 185; Minimum score of 169 in all tests.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is one of the top three institutions in Australia for graduate employment.

  • Among top 2% in THE World University Rankings 2020
  • 1 of top 40 ‘Gen Y’ institutes in THE Rankings 2019
  • First in Australia for graduate employment (GOS-L 2020)
  • Top 300 university worldwide