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Secondary School Leadership, MSSL

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #215 (QS) Wellington, New Zealand| Online
Gain the skills you need to become a principal. Learn to lead a secondary school and raise student achievement through effective management, curriculum analysis and research-based decision making. The Secondary School Leadership programme is offered at the Victoria University of Wellington .
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You'll benefit from the research and teaching strengths of the Faculty of Education and the management acumen of Wellington School of Business and Government. By combining educational and business thinking, you'll gain the tools you need to develop innovative solutions to issues you'll face in the management of a secondary school. The Secondary School Leadership programme is offered at the Victoria University of Wellington .

Learn to use sophisticated data-analysis techniques to make sound, evidence-based decisions about school organisation and management. Examine the role of leadership and how to foster leadership in others. You'll develop techniques for planning and goal-setting and explore the different strategies for building strong relationships with community and stakeholders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Designed so you can continue working while you study, the courses are delivered through a mix of block format and online. 
  • Block courses are held on weekends and during school holidays. 
  • You'll need a computer with access to the internet as you'll use online conferencing during your study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree with a B average or a postgraduate qualification
  • To be in a middle or senior management position in a secondary school
  • To be nominated by or have the support of your principal
  • To be endorsed by a panel of principals and academic staff of the University as having the intellectual and interpersonal capabilities and potential to excel in a leadership role

Tuition Fee

The costs for this degree are still being calculated.

Living costs for Wellington

  • 1000 - 2300 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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