Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership

Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership

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Course title Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership
Course code PMACLDPET5
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Carl Mario Sultana
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
The Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership is a professional course designed to empower candidates involved in the leadership of schools and other faith entities. The programme of studies is intended to give a fresh and dynamic contribution to these institutions by fostering research and good practices in managerial and leadership skills. Moreover, this course will give due importance to reflective practice in Catholic leadership.

The programme of studies is a part-time taught MA spread over 6 semesters, with lectures held in the evening. The first four semesters consist of lectures for compulsory study-units which are assessed at the end of the semester. The final two semesters are dedicated exclusively to research and the writing of a dissertation.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a degree in education with at least Second Class Honours from this University or a degree from another university recognised as equivalent for the purpose, together with a minimum of five years’ teaching experience or

(b) any other degree with at least Second Class Honours together with a recognised teaching or education qualification and a minimum of five years’ teaching experience or

(c) a degree in education or a Teacher's Certificate, together with at least five years’ teaching experience and other suitable qualifications obtained following the degree or after the Teacher's Certificate or

(d) any first cycle degree with either the Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a recognised teaching qualification, together with five years’ experience in an education setting or

(e) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board of Studies, to be equivalent to the qualifications listed in paragraphs (a) to (d), together with at least five years’ teaching experience.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,800
Fee per semester: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
Students successfully completing the Master of Arts in Catholic School Leadership will be able to:

- discern what is required from leadership teams in faith formation settings
- outline the main aspects of contemporary Christian and philosophical anthropology
- describe the challenges and relevance of a leadership style based on the Catholic ethos
- gain insight, consciousness and conscientiousness of their professional role as leaders from a Catholic perspective
- gain deep understanding of leadership and strategic direction
- have a conceptual understanding of models of strategic leadership and decision making
- sustain and foster the Catholic ethos of Church schools and other faith formation entities through their managerial and leadership styles
- act within the boundaries stipulated by professional ethics, particularly with interlocutors
- develop an identity which is congruent with their role as Catholic leaders and character formators
- develop healthy, collegial and fruitful relationships with colleagues in order to collectively help interlocutors mature in human and Christian values through pastoral care
- critically evaluate their own dispositions and attitudes in their leadership practice
- critically engage in contemporary issues related to leadership from a Catholic perspective
This course is intended for two particular categories of individuals who are interested in enriching their profession with the philosophical vision of leadership from a Catholic point of view:

- those who are already involved in the running of Catholic schools and/or faith formation institutions,
- those who aspire to lead Catholic schools and/or faith formation institutions in the future.
The contents of the course are specifically aimed at preparing individuals who are aspiring to become leaders in Catholic Schools or other faith formation institutes. However, this does not preclude those who are people those who are already occupying a leadership role in Catholic Schools or faith formation institutes and wish to nourish and sustain their leadership roles from a Catholic point of view.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 11 May 2021

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.