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The Department of Educational Leadership in Paradigm University is designed to improve the leadership skills of educational administrators and enable teachers to push their career movement up the ladder in a school system. In addition, our MA program will help candidates to prepare themselves for their further doctoral study.

What is an MA in Educational Management and Leadership?

MA in Educational Leadership is a degree that offers career growth to educators. It can enable teachers and other educational professionals to become school administrators, such as principals or superintendents. MA students will take courses and topics topics such as educational technology, public policy, conflict resolution and organizational theory. 

Candidates for the MA in Educational Leadership learn many skills to bring with them into the workforce. Scholars learn management skills to build leadership abilities as well as organizational skills. In addition, they are taught technology skills that can be transferred to fields outside of education.

At paradigm University, Masters of Arts in Educational Management and Leadership is a two year program with 24 credit hours course work and 6 credit hours thesis. 

Master’s of Arts in Educational Management and Leadership

The online Master of Arts in Educational Management and Leadership from Paradigm University of Ethiopia Addis Ababa will help you become a leader or administrator in higher education.

Objectives of the program 

Master’s of Arts in Educational Management and Leadership is a unique modular and flexible program designed to reflect the needs of individuals or organizational cohorts. While each module has its own particular focus, all are concerned with investigating contemporary educational issues in the light of economic and social contexts, appropriate literature and the shared experience of course members.  Master’s of Arts in Education Leadership and Management designed for those who aspire to become, or are currently working as, leaders in an educational organisation. This postgraduate program is designed to offer professionals the opportunity to engage in systematic and analytical inquiry into the theory and practice of leadership and management in education. Students will use the knowledge and skills gained to improve their own practice, in leadership and management roles, across the whole range of educational institutions and related organizations. 

At Paradigm University, Master’s of Educational Management and Leadership follows the same pattern with other Master’s of Arts programs in terms of the credit hour requirement for your degree. You need to complete 30 credit hours course work and Master’s thesis. The MA in Educational Management and Leadership program is organized in 24 credit hours course work and a six credit hours Educational Research project. For more information, please read the frequently asked question section at the bottom of this web page. 


In addition to the general requirements set by the FDRE HEQRA the following are the requirements for admission to the Masters in Educational Management and Leadership program.

MA Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in any subject 
  • At least two years’ experience as professionals in an educational setting, including experience of leading other educators. We accept also applicants from a wide range of educational settings!
  • Educational institutions. As this is an applied course linking theory to practice, we also expect that you will remain in a leadership position throughout your studies.

Where an applicant does not have such qualifications, we invite them to set out in their personal statement why they are ready to engage with an academically rigorous program.

If you have a qualification in an unrelated subject or an unconventional career path with diverse work experience, we will consider your application on its own merits.

English Language requirements

We accept nationally and internationally accredited undergraduate degrees taught in English. If not you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body with 1st accredited degree.

Computer Requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. Certain courses may have additional requirements. 

MA Students Registered


meet the chairperson

Chairperson, Dr. Melese M

Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership

Dear Visitors,

I am pleased to welcome you to the Department of Educational Management and Leadership of Paradigm University. I have several years of experience in university teaching and educational administration and educational Research. I have a PhD Degree in Educational Management, Law and Policy from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. My research interest and publications include: Curriculum, Online Learning, Higher Education, Human Resource Management and Distance Education in Ethiopian context. I am a very welcoming leader and expert in students counseling. Should you have any questions regarding your courses or related academic issues, please feel free to contact me any time.

Melese Mekasha (PhD)

Chairperson, Department Educational Leadership

Phone: +251-929-190405


frequently asked questions

  1. The requirements to join Paradigm University undergraduate program is basically similar in all departments.
  2. It may differ from year to year; nevertheless it is always according to the guidelines set by the FDRE Ministry of Higher Education.
  3. Those from the preparatory program should fulfill the minimum requirement of the Ministry of Education in their national exams and /or;
  4. Those who prefer to upgrade or continue their degree in Sociology & Social Work need to have a diploma in relevant fields of studies from recognized higher educational institutions (universities and colleges).
  1. The program takes four years to complete.
  2. You have to successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate.
  3. You need to have cumulative GPA not less than 2.00 and remove the “F” grade scored in any of the courses.
  4. You Should meet the minimum requirement set for the major course which is you have to get a  “C” mark.
  5. It is recommended if a student could take approximately 7.5 credit hours every term to complete his study in four years.
  6. You can take more than or less than the recommended number of credit limits per term if you get approval from your course counselor.
  7. If you take less than 7.5 credit hours every term, you will need more than four years to complete your undergraduate study.
  8. The average annual  total credit hour you may be permitted would not be grater than 36 credit hour.
  1. Each module will be represented with Four Block letters acronym for the course. Followed by hyphen and terminated with four digit numbers as in ENLA-M1001
  2. Each Course will be represented by Four Block letters acronym for the course. Followed by with four digit numbers as in ENLA1001 (There should be no space between the characters in the case of course code)
  3. The first four digit is a convenient acronym of the course full name
  4. The –M in the module name represents the word Module and differentiates module codes with course codes (It is applied only to module codes; but not course codes)
  5. The Last four numerical digits represents the following:
  6. The first numerical digit represents the class year in which the courses may be taken. Thus 1 represents first year; 2 represents 2nd year… (1-4 undergraduate and 5-9 graduate courses)
  7. The 2nd numerical digit represents whether the course has one prerequisite, more than one prerequisite or has no prerequisites. Thus 0 represents no prerequisite; 1 represents one prerequisite and 2 stand for courses with more than one prerequisites (Ranges between 0-2)
  8. The last two numerical digits stands for the course numbers as indicated in the college’s central course catalogue. Each course in a college should have a unique number between 01 and 99 (Ranges between 01-99)
  1. A program clustered into nine modules each with three to five courses;
  2. A program composite of 40% descriptive, theoretical and positivist, and 60% normative, knowledge and capacity building courses;
  3. A program composite of 50% of endogenous sources and realities and 50%  exogenous sources and realities of specialized knowledge all gravitating to the main subject – matter civics and ethics;
  4. A program composite of systematic comparison and contrast between theory and practice with at least 15% field work and practical observations;
  5. The entire program to be guided by  Criterion-referenced evaluation approach, with continuous assessment as an integral part of the teaching learning process
  6. A program systematically periodized in to 4 phases. These phases are the following:
  7. Knowledge broadening Phase (familiarizing with academic civic and ethics)
  8. Knowledge–Building (Describing) Phase;
  9. Enquiry Provoking Phase; and
  10. Analysis conducting and criticizing Phase.
  11. A program composite of self confidence – building, self – expression qualities, dialogue provoking and consensus building techniques facilitated by group discussion sessions, multimedia lectures and students’ reactions, etc particularly through descriptive courses.
  1. The grading system is depend on the rules and regulations of the college as stipulated in the College’s Senate Legislation.
  2. Both traditional credit hour system and European Credit Transfer Systems (ECTS) will be used. 
  3. 1 credit hour is equivalent with 1.66 ECTS; thus a 3 credit hour course will have 3 x 1.66 = 5 ECTS
  1. Each course in the catalogue is assigned a credit hour and European Credit Transfer system (ECTS) point value so that teachers and students would understand how much time and load it takes to complete the course.Most Western European countries have moved to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
  2. This system was developed by the European Commission to provide common overseas procedures for recognizing studies completed within participating countries within Europe.In ECTS terms, 60 credits represent the full time load of an academic year of full-time study, 30 credits represent the full time load of an academic semester of full-time study.
  3. At the Paradigm College, this would equal 30 MC credits for a full-time academic year, 15 MC credits for a full-time academic semester.
  4. At Paradigm College, we use American Credit Hour system. In order to get the equivalence value of American Credit hour point to ECTS point, multiply the Credit hour points by 2 or (divide ECTS in half).Working Hours or Student’s work load is the average total time it takes to complete the course. Work load is calculated by multiplying every ECTS credit point by 25-30 hours.
  5. At Paradigm College we believe that one ECTS takes 25 working hours for many courses. For example, since three credit hour course is equivalent to 6 ECTS; In order to get the total working load or students working hours in a 6 ECTS course, simply multiply 25 hours by 6 ECTS gives us 150 Students Working Hour per 3 cr. Hrs course.

You can simply open the course breakdown page and you will find them in a series of tables. As all courses are organized in chronological order, you can see the list of courses you would like to take or check in their respective terms.

If you are not sure which course has a prerequisite or whether you can take a particular course in a particular term you can always consult your Course counselor.