Master of Arts (Educational Management)

  • The programme aims to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and capability to your organisations effectively at a time of rapid change. 

  • The Master of Arts in Educational Management (MAEM) programme is designed for individuals who hold management positions in the education service (e.g. principals, vice-principals, heads of department and teachers with positions of responsibility and MOE officers); as well as individuals with managerial experiences from other learning and training enterprises (e.g. military, nursing and other private and tertiary educational institutions).

    This programme pursues three broad aims: (i) to enable aspiring leaders in education to become more informed about critical issues in educational management, and thus to apply intellectual approaches to their work (ii) to help them cope positively and effectively with the management challenges that are currently impacting on education (iii) to enable them to acquire a recognised and valued postgraduate award. The topics covered include: research methods in education (quantitative and qualitative); organisational learning and development; philosophy of education; interdisciplinary thinking for educational leaders; ethics and leadership for educators; assessment quality and standards; supervisory leadership and curriculum design; servant leadership; theory and practice of teachers’ professional learning; teachers as leaders; mentoring for professional development and leadership succession; management of educational technology applications; comparative issues in education; mentoring for professional development and leadership succession; school marketing; school and organisational effectiveness; historical and philosophical foundations of theories of educational policy; key issues in education policy; and leadership in early childhood and primary education.

    • A good Bachelor's degree
    • At least two years of managerial experience in either the public or private sector. You should be heads of school departments, vice-principals or principals of schools, inspectors and senior officers of MOE, faculty members of universities and polytechnics or supervisors and managers in the public or private sectors

    For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.

  • There are two options within this programme. You are required to either:

    • Complete 6 courses plus a dissertation (Dissertation option), or
    • Complete 7 courses plus MEM932 Critical Inquiry (2 AU)

    You do not have to make the decision when you apply. The decision on what option to select is usually made upon completion of four courses.

    Click here to view the programme manual.

    Important note for matriculated students:
    Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

  • The Master of Arts (Educational Management) is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. The candidature period is as follows:



    1 year


    2 years



    2 years


    4 years

  • Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

  • There are generally two intakes a year (January and August). You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June and November/December to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.

    Applications are to be made online.

    More information on required documents for application can be found here.

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  • “The Master of Arts (Educational Management) is the third Master’s programme I have taken. It is also the one that I've learnt most from. The modules are interesting and thought-provoking. One that I particularly enjoy was Ethics and Leadership.”  

    Quek Chin Joo, 
    Recipient of Educational Management Gold Medal, 2009

    “The rich exchange of ideas with fellow practitioners in the education field which included the lecturers in this programme, equipped me with an enriching experience which I would never have had, had I not overcome my initial inertia in signing up for this programme!”

    Rajasekaran s/o Sockalingam 
    Recipient of Educational Management Gold Medal, 2010

    “The journey on the Master of Arts (Educational Management) has been most enlightening and purposeful for me - enlightening because this is a journey of discovery of new knowledge and purposeful because the learning is most relevant to my professional work. The numerous dialogues and conversations with the lecturers have been most engaging. More importantly, the networking among coursemates is a great source of support and motivation. I wish all those coming on board a great learning journey ahead!”

    Tan Nguan Peng 
    Recipient of Educational Management Gold Medal, 2011

    “This three-year commitment has reinforced my belief for sustained life-long learning. The weekly readings and guidance provided by the lecturers and the intellectual discourses with my classmates who are educational practitioners have brought about rich, relevant and robust learning. I know that I have benefitted when I subconsciously brought theory into practice in my daily work.”  

    Benjamin Tan Aik Ti, 
    Recipient of Educational Management Gold Medal, 2013

    “Through the comprehensive range of modules in the programme, I was effectively able to develop research skills, build management competencies and inculcate leadership values - critical and lifelong principles that will continue to put me in good stead as a Head of Department and an aspiring school leader.”  

    Sek Kok Chuan Mervyn, 
    Recipient of Educational Management Gold Medal, 2014

    “The MAEM programme has definitely enhanced my acumen in the education setting. More importantly, the knowledge and concepts that I acquired in the programme and the insights shared by the lecturers have heighten my awareness about how the challenges posed by the 21st century economy can have significant impact to the education landscape and also, how and what schools/learning institutions should do to prepare students to be global citizens/workers to take on the challenges and the demands of the global workforce.”  

    Ho Wye Kei Benny, 
    Recipient of Educational Management Gold Medal, 2015

    • E-mail:
      (for administrative enquiries related to admissions and application)

    • E-mail:
      (for administrative matters related to programme matters such as time-table, study plans)

    • Programme Leader: Dr Zhang Yenming (until 30 June 2021) & Dr Wu Pinhui Sandra (effective from 1 July 2021)
      (for specific academic enquiries related to the programme such as curriculum requirements)