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Executive Master of Arts in International Educational Leadership and Change (IELC)


What will I learn?

The Executive Master of Arts in International Educational Leadership and Change (IELC) is designed to develop leaders with the capacity to operate successfully in an international leadership environment, and lead educational change in the East Asian context.

The IELC is designed for leaders who want to make a difference in their own schools, in the region and beyond. In other words, it is for leaders who want to ‘give something back,’ leaders with a social conscience and civic responsibility.

Our aim is to bring together people from a range of professional and educational backgrounds to create a stimulating, creative and practice-focused learning network within which meaningful change can be discussed and enacted. As such, it is ideal for leaders involved in local education settings, those in international schools, and those who follow the International Baccalaureate or other national or hybrid curricula.

This network will provide academic support and professional insight into cultural differences in leadership and workplace practices, and opportunities for development that last well beyond graduation. Both intellectual and pragmatic support will be provided by a range of staff holding a wealth of academic as well as ‘real-life’ leadership experience in international contexts.

Our mission is to enhance the capacity of our graduates to contribute to social and educational development in the region today and in the future.

Programme Goals

Programme goals frame the learning outcomes for each course. Through the IELC, participants will:

  • Develop a theoretical foundation in theories of organizational leadership and change that strengthen their ability to analyze complex organizational and societal problems;
  • Grow as leaders who are able to analyze their own organizations as contexts for change and craft productive strategies for continuous professional development;
  • Enhance their personal development as organizational leaders, imbuing them with motivation, confidence and skills for life-long learning;
  • Broaden their awareness of global and regional organizational problems and identify evidence-based leadership practices that increase capacity for sustainable solutions;
  • Develop management and leadership skills that enhance their ability to achieve results with people and through organizational systems;
  • Cultivate their capacity for effective leadership in cross-cultural contexts;
  • Become part of a network of scholar-practitioners in the Asia Pacific region that will enhance lifelong learning and career opportunities.

Structure of the Degree

The degree programme is composed of eight courses. Six taught courses are delivered on-line, permitting participants to interact asynchronistic ally with instructors and each other. The online platform permits rich multi-media support. Additionally, participants complete one intensive weeklong School Improvement Institute that focuses on themes related to intercultural leadership and current issues such as accountability or using data for school improvement. Participants are required to join one School Improvement Institute, but may take a second in lieu of one on-line course. Finally, a School-based Inquiry Project focused on leadership, change implementation or school improvement in the participants’ professional context completes the required coursework.

All courses are taught by staff from EPL, APCLC and cooperating universities. All have international reputations and high levels of expertise in their fields. In order to ensure a grounded focus on problems of practice, experienced school leaders from the region ­also contribute to course delivery.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education and Human Development

Study options

Online/Distance (Two-years Part-time)

Tuition fees
HK$60,000.00 (6,27,615) per year
The tuition fee for the whole programme is HK $120,000 (HK $15,000 per course) (provisional and subject to adjustment)
Start date

Expected July 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university. English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no subtest lower than 6.0; or TOEFL 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or Other equivalent qualifications.

For international students

  • A recognized first degree
  • Non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate competency through one of the following minimum requirements which may be subject to adjustment.
  • IELTS 6.0; or a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test);or
  • Band 6.0 in the Chinese Mainlands College English Test (CET) (a total score of no lower than 430 if the test was taken after June 2005); or
  • Completion of first degree at a university where the programme studied was taught in English
  • Other equivalent qualifications.
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience in a role that offers opportunities to exercise leadership at the group, organization, or system level. If you are not sure of this, drop us a line.

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


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