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 MA in Christian Leadership in Education

Click here for our MA in Christian Leadership in Education Brochure

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1st June 2018.


The Masters of Arts in Christian Leadership in Education is an innovative postgraduate programme leading to a professional qualification. The degree is under the auspices of Mary Immaculate College and is awarded by the University of Limerick.

The programme will help build much needed educational capacity, respond to the widespread desire for an authentic personal spirituality, which is contagious, address the acknowledged 'deficit' in theological literacy and the widespread hunger for justice and inclusiveness in Irish Society”.

Programme Overview

The programme, which is offered over two academic years in part-time mode, will explore key issues of educational leadership, policy and management, within the context of faith based school environments.


The various modules will explore in depth the following areas: Educational Leadership, Policy and Management, Scripture and Theology, Psychology and Leadership, Group Dynamics, Spirituality for schools, Learning and Curriculum Development, Liturgy and Sacraments and, Emotional and Relational Competency, Educational Law, Reflective Practice, and Leading a Faith-based school in the 21st Century.

 The MA is designed as a specialist postgraduate programme to enhance the development of leadership capacity in the primary and second-level educational sector. It is open to principals, deputy principals, teachers and others aspiring to roles of leadership and management in education, from both the primary and post primary sectors.

Are you ready for a senior management role in education?

Do you want 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



The programme consists of twelve taught modules.

Modules will be delivered in both face-to-face and on-line 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.


Student knowledge and skills are developed in taught modules using a variety of methodologies and examined through continuous assessment.


The cost of the programme is E3,520 p.a. Part sponsorship from professional bodies has been made available. For further details please contact the course directors.

Tax Relief

The programme is eligible for tax relief under section 473A, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997.


Application forms must be submitted at least one month before commencement of programme. See website for full details. Late applications may be considered. After the completion of an interview, successful candidates will be invited to undertake the formal application process.


One of the programme’s recent MIC graduates, Cormac Bonner, Principal of the Presentation Secondary School, Milltown, Co. Kerry commented that;

Although I had a busy schedule as a Principal, I found the scheduling of the programme very manageable. I benefitted enormously from it and it has deepened my appreciation for my role as a school leader in the Catholic second level sector. I can wholeheartedly recommend it to principals and anyone aspiring to that role in the future. It enhances competence and confidence in all areas of leadership.”

Information on fees and sponsorship is available no request. The programme is eligible for tax relief under Section 473A, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997.

This programme is offered by the Department of Theology at MIC and the Marino Institute of Education and is under the academic leadership of the TRS in association with CEIST (Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust), which comprises five Catholic Religious Congregations engaged in post primary education (Daughters of Charity, Presentation Sisters, Sisters of the Christian Retreat, Sisters of Mercy, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart).

Entrance 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.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1st June 2018.

Fees (EU and non-EU)

For more information about fees for this programme, please go to the postgraduate fees 2017-18 page – click here

This course may attract a subsidy. Please contact the course leader for further details.

How to Apply

  1. Download and complete the application form - click here
    • 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.
  2. Return the application form plus application fee* by email to: admissions@mic.ul.ie or by post to:
    • Admissions Office, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Ireland
    • Telephone: +353 61 204348/204929

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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