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1. Master of Leadership in Higher Education (MLIHE)
The Master of Leadership in Higher Education is an excellent program for those seeking leadership and administrative positions such as department chairs, directors, dean or higher positions within institutions of higher education. In the program, students will develop a strong knowledge of leadership and management skills applicable to higher institution for advancing institutional strategic plans and goals. The program emphasizes collaboration, inclusive leadership and application of knowledge and skills, and students will be encouraged to apply their skills to strengthen their institutions. The program will adopt a blended learning approach where course deliveries are done using a hybrid of pedagogical approaches, including face-to-face and online strategies.

Program Goals
The Master in Leadership in Higher Education program is designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Provide students with a sound knowledge base in higher education leadership, governance, and management.
  • Develop students' ability to challenge assumptions and values for the purpose of promoting diversity and equity in higher education.
  • Foster students' development as reflective practitioners who are able to identify and implement evidence-based leadership practice in higher education.
  • Prepare students to conduct quality research-oriented projects for improvement purpose in higher education.
  • Strengthen students' ability to integrate skills and knowledge gained through the program for the purpose of advancing institutional visions using research-informed practices.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon the successful completion of the program, students should be able to:

  1. Examine institutional issues to make informed and ethical decisions in diverse higher education contexts.
  2. Communicate and engage with diverse audiences about theories and best practices in higher education leadership.
  3. Develop strategic plans that are grounded in shared visions of higher education stakeholders including Faculty, students and community.
  4. Analyze and apply leadership theories and strategies to address an array of leadership and institutional issues in higher education.
  5. Manage change and transformational efforts to deliver evidence-based practices and programs in higher education contexts.
  6. Apply professional knowledge, aptitudes and technology options for leading and improving higher education workplace contexts.
  7. Conduct quality research-oriented projects to improve services, work conditions and learning in higher education.
  8. Promote equity and respect for diversity as leaders in higher education.
Program Structure
To be awarded the MLIHE, a student has to complete 33 credit hours, distributed as shown in Tables below.

Thesis Option
Requirement Credit Hours
Compulsory Courses 12
Elective Courses 12
Thesis 9
Total Credit Hours 33

 Non-Thesis Option
Requirement Credit Hours
Compulsory Courses 12
Elective Courses 15
Research Project 6
Total Credit Hours 33

Program Requirements – Compulsory
Course Name
Leadership and Governance in Higher Education
Program Planning and Evaluation in Higher Education
Leadership and Organisational Change
Action Research Methods
Master Thesis/ Research Project

Program Requirements – Elective List
Course Name
Mentoring and Coaching in Higher Education
Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness in Higher Education
Leadership for Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
Human Relations for Leaders in Higher Education
Student Affairs Leadership in Higher Education
E-Learning in Higher Education
Graduate Seminar


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2. Emirati Future Leadership Initiative (EFLI)
  • To be launched in the 2019/2020 academic session.