The Master of Art in Online Education Leadership and Management program is designed for administrators and managers within the education sector background. The program, offered by the recognized School of e-Education at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (Dubai) draws on the latest research in the area of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and their application at the managerial level in educational settings.

Leadership practices have shifted due to the integration of ICT in the workplace and management requires Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The 36-credit hour courses delivered in this master in education leadership program will explore methods of designing, implementing, analyzing, organizing, and evaluating contemporary resources so as to transform educational practices in line with globalization trends. A degree in education, more specifically a degree in online education leadership, is highly beneficial for working educators who constantly face challenges in the application of online technologies within the educational setting. For an overview of core units and electives you can study in this course, please see study plan.

Accreditation: This program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education’s Commission for Academic Accreditation.

General Admission Requirements: The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution with a minimum AGPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 Scale or its equivalent. For full admission requirements and transfer from other institutions, please see Postgraduate Admission Requirements.

Tuition Fees: AED 2000 per Credit Hour (36 Credit Hours)
For tuition fees and other academic program related fees, please see Tuition & Fees.

Target audience
This program is designed to attract an audience of teachers, principals, higher education faculty, adult education specialists, HR specialists, corporate trainers or coordinators interested in leading, administrating and managing educational or training institutions. Interested applicants need to hold a first degree in education, communication or social sciences (psychology, sociology, philosophy).
Program Goals
Develop learner’s knowledge and expertise in organizational management, ensuring accountability for performance measures and KPI development for e-learning at both strategic and operational level.
Develop learners’ ability to assess and evaluate educational technologies with regards to quality and ROI for educational settings.
Prepare learners to become effective leaders, aware of the latest advancements in educational technologies and able to make informed decisions.
Equip learners with critical understanding of the frameworks involved in the implementation and deployment of effective and innovative e-learning strategies.
Program Outcomes
Learners will acquire comprehensive and highly specialized knowledge in leadership and management in e-learning and technology-enhanced education, at the interface between education and technology
Learners will acquire advanced knowledge of applicable research principles and methods in technology-enhanced education, particularly with regard to leadership and management in this evolving field
Learners will master the processes of enquiry and knowledge production in the field of management and leadership of technology-enhanced educational settings
Learners will acquire a detailed body of knowledge of recent developments in strategic planning, policy making, finance and budgeting in educational and training contexts enhanced by technology.
Learners will be able to demonstrate advanced skills required by research, analysis, evaluation and/or innovation in the transition process towards e-learning and technology-enhanced education, so as to exercise leadership in this transition
Learners will be able to develop new knowledge and procedures supporting the integration of technologies in education, using highly developed cognitive and creative skills and intellectual independence
Learners will be able to demonstrate advanced problem-solving skills to analyse complex issues related to the transition process towards e-learning and technology-enhanced education, so as to manage the change, and develop innovative solutions and relevant proposals
Learners will be able to demonstrate planning skills to develop, execute and manage a major project in e-learning and technology-enhanced education using appropriate research methodologies producing sound conclusions
Learners will be able to demonstrate specialized communication and information technology skills to present, explain and/or critique complex issues related to e-learning and technology-enhanced education
Learners can function autonomously and/or take responsibility for managing professional practices, work, processes, or complex, unpredictable, and unfamiliar technology-enhanced systems requiring new strategic approaches, interventions, or conceptual abstract solutions
Learners can account for high level governance of processes and systems in e-learning and technology-enhanced education
Learners can analyze and reflect on sociocultural norms and relationships in e-learning and technology-enhanced education and act to build and transform them
Learners can initiate and manage professional activities in highly complex technology-enhanced educational environments
Learners can take responsibility for leading the strategic performance and development of professional teams and self in the transition process towards e-learning and technology-enhanced education
Learners can self-evaluate and take responsibility for contributing to professional knowledge and practice including unfamiliar e-learning and technology-enhanced education contexts
Learners can develop and implement further learning consistently and sensitively in this quickly evolving domain
Learners can consistently and sensitively manage highly complex ethical issues leading to informed, fair and valid decisions in this quickly evolving domain
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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Master graduates include

  • Director of Education
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Head of Schools
  • Principal
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Manager - Education & Training
  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Curriculum Enhancement Specialist
  • General Manager - Training Industry
  • Learning & Development Manager