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MPhil Educational Leadership and Management (ELM)

Program Overview

The MPhil in Education Leadership and Management (ELM) is a two-year program which includes 27 credits coursework and 6 credit hours research. The coursework includes core and elective courses. In addition, the program offers two specializations: i) Instructional & Teacher Leadership; ii) Educational Policy and Planning. The participants have to study two courses as a part of their specialization. The program allows the participants to do a 6 credit thesis or study two additional courses in lieu of thesis. The program employs a research-based pedagogy in all its courses.

Areas: Educational Policy and Management, Learning and Teaching, Leadership, Management and Organizations, Management of Change, Cognition and Computers, Quality Assurance in Education, Finance and Resource Management, Research Methodology

Duration: 2 years, 4 semesters

Credits: 33

Career Paths: The graduates can pursue careers as:

  • Researchers
  • Policy planners
  • Educational leaders, managers and administrators
  • Consultants
  • Trainers

Besides, most of our alumni have found M.Phil ELM degree useful for getting promoted as school administrators. Many of our graduates are presently working as school heads.

  • Program Mission Statement

    The MPhil ELM program aims at producing educational leaders who are conscientious of emerging educational needs; possess research skills; are aware of existing and emerging scholarship on educational leadership; and are able to apply the key leadership ideas and theories within their workplaces to ensure the academic achievement and holistic development of all the students. The program uses various forms of research activities to develop participants’ critical and creative thinking skills.

  • Program Objectives

    • To acquaint students with the knowledge about the key concepts of social science research; leadership theories; educational change; educational governance, policies; international educational practices; management of educational resources; and organizational working.
    • To empower the students as educational leaders who can apply theoretical knowledge to analyze and solve educational and managerial problems and plan for organizational development.
    • To help the students develop research skills and an unbiased outlook as researchers.
    • To inculcate professional and ethical values among the students so that they act as ethical leaders and teachers.


    The courses offered under the MPhil Educational Leadership and Management program have been designed in light of the above mentioned objectives. The program is updated on a regular basis in light of emerging scholarship of Educational Leadership and Management and the feedback of alumni and the members of the Board of Faculty.

  • Learning Outcomes

    After completing the MPhil ELM program, the students would be able to:

    • Identify and reflect upon the key leadership and management issues in educational settings.
    • Apply theoretical knowledge, gained in the degree program, at their workplaces to develop and lead teams; manage resources; improve academic achievement of students; and develop students holistically.
    • Pursue higher studies in any international University of high reputation.
    • Question and address inequitable practices in educational institutions.
    • Participate in policy dialogue on education at different forums.
    • Build and lead teams for educational change in their schools.
    • Act as ethical, instructional leaders in their schools.
    • Evaluate their organizations for quality of education and employees satisfaction.
    • Devise strategic plans for their schools.


  • Eligibility Criteria for Admissions

    Admission is purely merit-based and rests solely on the following criteria:

    • 16 years of education with a minimum 2.5 CGPA from recognized universities of Pakistan or abroad
    • Performance in the Admission Test
    • Performance in the Interview
    • Performance in the Graduate Assessment Test (GAT)


    Admission Test

    The main objective of the admission test is to gauge the applicants’ ability to cope with the rigor of the program in terms of language proficiency, logical reasoning, critical thinking and expressing ideas.


    The applicants are interviewed by the Admission Committee to evaluate their inquisitiveness and interest in the program, commitment and attitude towards learning, and their disposition of self-reflection.

    Graduate Assessment Test (GAT)

    The applicants are expected to present their valid GAT-General (conducted by the National Testing Service) score at the time of admission. The applicants who have not taken GAT-General will take university-based GAT after admission.

  • Courses

    • Year One (Fall Semester)

      Course Title Course Code Status Credit Hrs.
      Philosophies of Education ELM 701 Core 3
      Educational Leadership for Change ELM 702 Core 3
      Educational Governance: Policy & Practice ELM 703 Specialization 3
      Managing Learning in Classroom ELM 752 Specialization 3
      Total number of Required Credit Hours     9
    • Year One (Spring Semester)

      Course Title Course Code Status Credit Hrs.
      Qualitative Research Methodology SE 712 Core 3
      Comparative and International Education ELM 754 Specialization 3
      Teachers’ Professional Development: Issues & Solutions/td> ELM 753 Specialization 3
      Management of Educational Resources: International Perspective ELM 705 Elective 3
      Organizational Behavior ELM 700 Elective 3
      Total Number of Required Credit Hours     9
    • Year Two (Fall Semester)

      Course Title Course Code Status Credit Hrs.
      Quantitative Research Methodology SE 711 Core 3
      Educational Management ELM 704 Core 3
      Writing for Research Publication SE 713 Elective 3
      Educational Assessment   Elective 3
      Total Number of Required Credit Hours     9
    • Year Two (Spring Semester)

      Course Title Course Code Status Credit Hrs.
      Dissertation SE 717 Core 6
      Policy Analysis: Tools & Practices ELM 750 In lieu of Thesis 3
      Educational Planning: Tools & Practices ELM 751 In lieu of Thesis 3
      Total Number of Required Credit Hours     6
  • Degree Requirement

    For the award of MPhil ELM degree, candidates will either need to complete 33 credit hours of coursework or complete 27 credit hours of coursework along with 6 credit hours of thesis. The minimum CGPA requirement for the award of MPhil degree is 2.5.

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