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MA in Christian Leadership in Education

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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

For details of 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

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
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


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 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.

How to Apply

Applications for July 2023 entry are now open.

Starting date for this programme is Monday 3 July 2023.

This programme will commence with a two weeks summer school on the MIC Limerick Campus. The dates for the summer school are: 4 July - 14 July. (Monday to Friday each week, hours 9am to 5pm each day).

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 9 June 2023 (late applications may be considered).

Bursaries will be available for 2023 intake. Further details on how to apply for these bursaries will be made available closer the time.

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.

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For fees 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