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MA in Christian Leadership in Education

Available: Part-time

Level: 9

Duration: 2 years

Delivery Mode: Face to face

Location and Starting date:

MIC Limerick and Glenstal Abbey, 1st of July 2024 (2 weeks summer school)


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

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Programme Overview

The Master's 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

6 full bursaries are available. Details of the how to apply for The Faithful Companions of Jesus Sisters (FCJs) Bicentenary bursary can be found here: Bursaries and Scholarships available click here.

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.

Student on the MA in Christian Leadership in Education with the word 'Leadership' in a graphic beside him
MA in Christian Leadership in Education
This programme explores educational leadership, policy, management & other key competencies
MA in Christian Leadership in Education
MA in Christian Leadership in Education
MACLE graduates at the MIC Conferring ceremony in 2018 with TRS faculty members

The MA in Christian Leadership in Education 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


Joanne Ferguson, Programme Coordinator



Deirdre Franklin, Arts Office

T: +353 61 204507


Programme Content

The programme consists of 12 taught modules—delivered face-to-face. 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 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.

Click here for English language requirements.

How to Apply

Applications for 2024 will open in early Spring 2024.

Starting date for this programme is July 2024. This programme will commence with a two weeks summer school on the MIC Limerick Campus. The dates for the summer school are: To be confirmed.

The FCJs are celebrating the bicentenary of their foundation by Marie Madeleine d’Houet in France and almost 180 years of education in the Limerick area and beyond. The Society promotes the Gospel values of justice, compassion, gentleness and excellence in every aspect of the education process. As part of their bicentenary celebrations they are very kindly funding six full scholarships. Further details on how to apply for these bursaries can be found here.

Please Note: This programme is not open to applications from non-EU countries. Application fees are non-refundable due to applicant ineligibility. See International programme listing here.

    For fees click here.

    To download an application form, please click HERE


    Note: This programme may attract a subsidy. Please contact the designated person below for more details.

    Arts Office
    Deirdre Franklin
    +353 61 204507

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    • Programme Overview
    • Programme Content
    • Entry Requirements
    • How to Apply
    • Ask a Question