Become a 21st-century leader in education
Learn the essentials about leading people and business in the context of international education. Our Master’s Degree Programme in Educational Leadership is a unique collaborative distance-learning programme. It is organised mainly online with three mandatory but interactive and fun intensive weeks in Finland.
This mid-career Master’s degree requires 3 years of work experience after Bachelor’s.
The programme focuses on state-of-the-art skills and concepts of international educational leadership. You will develop the necessary competencies for leading the human and technological changes faced by educational institutions. You will gain a deeper insight into the successful Finnish education system to transfer best practices to your environment. You will also acquire practical tools and theories about motivating and leading yourself and other educators effectively and ethically.
With this master’s degree, you will have the skills needed to develop yourself into an innovative future educational leader, change agent and policymaker. The degree programme provides you with the knowledge and skills to work in complex and diverse public or private educational institutions, HR management, governmental positions or NGOs.
- Learn the necessary competencies for leading the human and technological changes faced by educational institutions.
- Get direct personal contacts and deeper insight into the successful Finnish education system so as to transfer best practices to your environment.
- Learn practical tools and theories about motivating and leading yourself and other educators effectively and ethically.
- Benefit from our authentic learning approach, where all courses are designed to help you with your own development task, your Master's thesis.
- Become an internationally networked change agent that will make a difference.
The Master's Degree in Educational Leadership is a professional higher education degree. The programme focuses on state-of-the-art skills and concepts of international educational leadership. It enables graduates to change and reform educational policy and practices in their own country in international settings. The degree is focused on leadership and management with a specialisation of applying contemporary leadership skills in the context of education.
The degree complies with the criteria set by the Finnish national degree system as well as with the European framework for degrees and competences. The degree gives a qualification for a public appointment where a Master's degree is required.
As an applicant, you must have a feasible plan on a Master's thesis proposal which is submitted at the time of application.
This is a practical blended-learning full-time or part-time Master's Degree in Business Administration based on real-life authentic learning for a variety of different educational contexts. Participants will learn from analysing and discussing real cases and real-life problems. The programme has been designed with the most contemporary learning theories, allowing participants to apply knowledge to their particular context and attain positive student experiences. We want the learning and studying in the programme to be both an enjoyable and rewarding experience that will create long-term sustainable results.
This is a 90 ECTS credit programme with emphasis on studies required to develop and manage education programmes, institutions or organisations in the public or private sector. The estimated study time is 1.5 years with an extension option for those working alongside their studies. The Master's thesis project (30 credits) includes research seminars and is supported by methodological studies.
Structure of studies
The programme consists of 3 mandatory intensive weeks in Finland and individual and flexible online distance learning phases as follows:
- Intensive week 1 in Finland
- Intensive week 2 in Finland
- Intensive week 3 in Finland
A fourth face-to-face meeting in Finland is optional during the last part of the studies. The main part of the studies takes place collaboratively online.
During the first and second semester, you will learn the Master-level essentials about leading people, leading change and business and financial management. You will also consider and reflect upon various theories of learning and how your own views about learning and assessment impact your leadership decisions. You will examine leadership issues in curriculum design and implementation. The impact of educational technology and the affordances, opportunities and challenges that it provides will also be examined. These studies will be completed in collaboration with your student colleagues, during the intensive face-to-face weeks and then while working online with the support of TAMK facilitators. You will plan and further refine your development task topic and objectives and learn the basics of academic research. You will research your topic in theory and clarify the objectives and timeline of your development task (Master's thesis) that will ideally be done within your own educational institution.
During the third (and fourth) semester, you will work on your development project and potentially implementing the change in your environment using the lessons learned from the Master's program. You will deepen your understanding of successful change management by learning more about communication, conflict management and diversity management. You will consider the wider environment in which education takes place and its impact on educational policy and will scrutinise the emerging trends in education. Academic research methods will help you to conduct a high-quality empirical research. In the fifth semester, you will finalise and report your thesis results.
As an applicant, you must have a feasible plan on a Master's thesis proposal which is submitted at the time of application. The aim of this entity is to refine the initial practical development task into a disciplined final thesis based on the rules of academic writing. The writing of the final thesis is supported by seminars where you have the opportunity to report the progress of your work and to get feedback.
Participants, with a variety of cultural backgrounds and located in different countries, bring a truly international aspect to the degree. Application of learned content happens in the students' own environment and thus in a global context.
Graduates qualify for leading positions in the field of education in multicultural environments. It is envisioned that graduates gain leadership positions in educational institutions in both the public and the private sector. The degree provides graduates with the abilities and skills to work in governmental organisations, Ministries of Education and global NGO's.
Postgraduate study opportunities
TAMK's master's degree certificate offers you the possibility to apply for doctoral studies in other universities according to their admission policy.
Tuition fees and scholarships
The tuition fee for the programme is 10800 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.
You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:
- an EU/EEA citizen
- equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
- already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.
- -1 500 € Early Bird -scholarship, if whole year paid in one instalment by 31 May
- Academic Award -scholarships 25% - 50% for the second year based on credits gained
Graduating students can qualify for Academic Excellence -scholarships for a variety of reasons: exceptional thesis work, success in practical placements or project work. These scholarships are governed and awarded by the TAMK R&D Fund.
Students can also be sponsored by either family or organisations/companies. TAMK is currently negotiating company sponsorships for future students.