MPhil Education Leadership and Management


Thank you for your interest in the LUMS School OF Education (SOE).

LUMS SOE is the fifth school at Lahore University of Management Sciences. It continues in the university’s tradition of academic excellence and world-class facilities, drawing on the experiences and skills of a dynamic group of educators and learners from across Pakistan and the world. Located at the intersection of research, policy, and practice, the School aims to provide strategic direction to the educational landscape in the country with a long-term vision to develop robust networks across the region.

Our MPhil Education Leadership and Management is a competitive 2-year Programme focused on producing educational decision-makers with a strong foundation in research. The Programme combines rigorous academics with in-depth practical training enabling students to think critically and innovatively about the educational landscape in Pakistan. Some of the areas we explore include change management, technology, curriculum/assessment, and the politics of education.

At the SOE, we look for individuals with the ability to thrive in, and add value to, our Programme. You are an ideal candidate if you are driven by a passion for learning, and committed to making a strategic difference in education at the national and international levels. Your strengths may include intellectual curiosity, attention to detail, and having balanced academic excellence with co-curricular diversity. If you want to be a leader of change to education in Pakistan, LUMS SOE is the place for you.

The MPhil ELM class comprises some of the country’s most qualified, diverse, and talented students.

SOE has attracted extraordinary individuals from different backgrounds: classroom teachers, nonprofit workers, social entrepreneurs, consultants, corporate employees etc. Despite interests in different areas, they all share a common passion: to be a leader of education reform.

Our students hail from all over the country, including Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Zhob, Sheikhupura, Gilgit, Nagar, Khairpur, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Peshawar, and Chitral, Kabirwala, Karak, Sukkur, Gujrat, Abbottabad, Alipur and Kot Adu.

The student body has a wide range of interests in the education sector, for instance curriculum development, education technology, teacher training, early childhood education, accessibility, educational psychology, skills development, special needs education, arts education, and education assessments, among several others.



MPhil Education Leadership and Management (ELM) Curriculum

The MPhil in Education Leadership and Management (ELM) is a two-year Programme which includes 27 credits of both taught and field-based interdisciplinary coursework, and 9 credits of the site-based Practicum which includes the prepatory proseminar and the semester long residency.

The MPhil curriculum is structured around five key components:

  • Grounding in analytical methods and tools for empirical analysis and engagement with education practice
  • Introduction to leading methodological and theoretical debates from multiple disciplines that shape the education sector
  • Core emphasis on leadership theory and application in the education space
  • Critical understanding of research driven models of school effectiveness and improvement in K-12 settings, including curriculum development, teaching and learning.
  • In-depth exploration of policy issues affecting education in Pakistan
  • Targeted research and field-based Practicum that will build on this academic training resulting in an MPhil capstone


First Semester, Fall


EDU 510 Interdisciplinary Theoretical Perspectives on Education

3 credits

EDU 540 Leadership: The Politics of Change

3 credits

EDU 560 Research Methods

3 credits

EDU 590 Observing Schools

1 credit

EDU 693 Academic Writing

1 credit

Second Semester, Spring


EDU 541 School Effectiveness and Development

3 credits

EDU 561 Applied Data Analysis

3 credits

EDU 562 Data Lab

1 credit

Elective 1

3 credits

Third Semester, Fall


EDU 650 International and Comparative Education: Political Economy and Policy Perspectives

3 credits

EDU 690 Practicum Proseminar

3 credits

Elective 2

3 credits

Fourth Semester, Spring


EDU 691 Practicum

6 credits


36 credits



The cornerstone of the MPhil ELM is the Practicum, which is a mandatory, intensive semester-long “residency” rooted in field-based research during which students will be placed in one of several educational organizations partnered with SOE. These partnerships will be facilitated by the Teaching and Learning Initiative (TLI) department at SOE and will include partners operating in the public, private, not-for-profit, and donor domains of educational service delivery. The Practicum will give students real-time exposure to challenges in education leadership while they are still in training, encouraging them to address these issues by developing research-based solutions to problems encountered in the field.

In preparation for this immersive field intervention, all MPhil students will take a mandatory 3 credit course (EDU 690: Practicum Proseminar) in practicum planning and development alongside a faculty mentor. This course and the practicum itself will build on previous courses in theory, methods and techniques and on school exposure that students gain through their field visits. Throughout the planning process, the student’s faculty mentor will provide clarity about the definition of success, act as an authorizer and guide, and assist students with strategic, real-time thinking and engagement with the project and organization.


The field engagement component of the MPhil ELM was developed with the intent to ensure students receive “real world” exposure to school settings through a series of visits over the course of two semesters. The field visits are managed by the SOE Teaching and Learning Initiative (TLI), the focal point for students to experience field work and hands-on learning in the education sector.  The field engagement Programme is integrated with the academic Programme in the form of two courses in the first year for which students engage with partner schools: EDU 590 Observing Schools (Fall) and EDU 541 School Effectiveness and Development (Spring). To facilitate this component, SOE has seeded over 40 partnerships with a diverse group of local schools and education organizations in both the public and private sectors.

The main objectives of the field engagement Programme are as follows:

  • Introduction to diversity in the provision of education through exposure to a variety of school organizations, management systems, pedagogical and classroom management styles.
  • Acquisition of sensibility and skills for structured observation and documentation through various methods such as field notes, interviews, classroom observations, focus group discussions, questionnaire and survey design.
  • Identification of research topic of interest and choice of organization for student residency.


  • EDU 522 Inclusive Education: Rethinking the Other
  • EDU 523 Cognition and Computers
  • EDU 552 Education for Sustainable Development
  • EDU 613 Education for Social Justice
  • EDU 662 Impact Evaluation Methods in Education
  • EDU 622 Educators’ Seminar: Special Topics in Teaching and Learning
  • CS 5613 Human Computer Interaction Design
  • MBA 6324A Strategic Management of Non-profit Enterprises

Important Dates

MPhil Education Leadership and Management (SOE)

Online Application Deadline (PST)
11 Mar 2020
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
12 Mar 2020
Deadline to take GRE/ GMAT
10 Mar 2020
Admission decisions
15 Jun 2020 to 15 Jul 2020

The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting periodically as well as the LUMS online application site.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2020 Admissions

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Programme. 

Admission is purely merit-based and rests solely on the following criteria:

  1. Academic Background;
  2. Performance in the Admission Test;
  3. Performance in the Interview;
  4. Work Experience (if available);
  5. Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  6. Letter of Recommendation (2 letters required, 3rd optional);
  7. Completed and submitted application form and supporting documents by the stipulated deadline


This is the minimum criteria that applicants need to fulfil in order to be eligible to apply. Fulfilment of this criteria does not guarantee admission to LUMS.

Academic Requirements for Fall 2020 Admissions

A minimum of 16 years of education is required for applying to the MPhil Education Leadership and Management Programme.

Applicants are expected to have obtained their Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree from the National or Foreign institutions that are accredited or recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan. Applicants who have obtained their degrees from institutions that are not listed with the HEC, Pakistan, will be required to obtain an Equivalence Certificate from the HEC. For further information, please visit:

Decisions on admission are made after careful evaluation of all applications. Evaluation for interview call is carried out based on a combination of factors such as academic track record, performance in GRE (General)/GMAT, and work experience (if available).


  • Applicants completing their last degree by June 30, 2020 are also eligible to apply.
  • LUMS graduating class of 2020 are eligible to apply on the basis of their 7th semester result.


Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2020 Admissions

Applicants are required to take Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in order to be considered for admission.

GRE (General)/GMAT is offered as a computer adaptive test worldwide. Apart from official test scores that LUMS will require directly from Pearson or Educational Testing Service (ETS) USA, applicants must submit or mail a copy of the unofficial GRE (General)/GMAT scores as soon as possible after taking the test. The LUMS code for receiving GRE (General)/GMAT scores from Pearson and ETS is 0679.

For further detail on GRE (General) or GMAT, please log on to  and respectively. The deadline to take the GRE (General)/GMAT is March 10, 2020.


  • GRE (General)/GMAT taken more than five years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid.
  • If applicant has taken more than one test, the best score will be considered for application evaluation.
  • Availability of valid GRE (General)/GMAT score will be mandatory for submission of online admission application.
  • Applicants who are admitted to, and join, the MPhil Education Leadership and Management Programme will get a refund of one GRE/GMAT registration fee.


Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2020 Admissions

Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before March 11, 2020; 5:00 pm (PST). The application form can be accessed online at In addition, all applicants are required to submit all supporting documents to the LUMS Admissions Office on or before March 12, 2020.

Application Processing fee

  • The application processing fee of Rs. 1200
  • The application processing fee of $81 for International applicants

Payment Procedure

After the successful submission of the online application form through the LUMS Online account on or before the application submission deadline, applicants will be able to print a system generated Application Processing Fee payment voucher.  For further details regarding Fee payment options Click here

Proof of Payment

A stamped copy of the payment voucher or a confirmation email of an online banking transaction constitutes proof of payment. Applicants are required to send a copy of payment proof along with all other required supporting documents as ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline.

Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope before sending it to the LUMS Office of Admissions. Applications or documents received after the stipulated deadline will not be processed.

Interview Performance

A merit ranking of candidates shortlisted for interviews will be created based on academic performance, personal statement, letters of recommendation, GRE (General)/GMAT scores and work experience (if any) of the applicants. Only short-listed candidates will be called for interviews.

Work Experience

We welcome a range of experience in applicants, from recent college graduates with no full-time work experience to those who have been working or graduated some time ago. Our greater interest is to bring together a group of individuals with a keenness to contribute to education reform in Pakistan. Evaluation is based on the quantity and quality of the work experience (if applicable).


There is no minimum CGPA requirement for applying in the MPhil Education Leadership and Management Programme.  

Yes. We encourage candidates who already have a Masters degree or any other graduate degree to apply. These can be from a variety of disciplines, such as engineering, business or law.

LUMS SOE has a substantial partnerships network where students will be doing field placement and residency exercises. Our partners include government institutions, private, non-profit and donor organizations. LUMS SOE is explicitly looking to secure job placements for its graduates at competitive market salaries. We are confident that LUMS SOE MPhil graduates will be in high demand in the education reform, entrepreneurship, edtech, research and policy job circles.

Moreover, over the years LUMS graduates have established themselves as highly marketable individuals with a diverse set of relevant skills. Our SOE graduates will also be adequately skilled for both the professional environment as well as undertaking entrepreneurial ventures. Our Career Development Office provides substantial assistance to students in seeking placements for internships as well as regular jobs. The Office helps them in resume writing as well as job search skills development and arranges interviews for them. Career fairs, company presentations, and on-campus interviews are some of the efforts in this regard.

After the successful submission of the online application form you will be able to print a system generated Application Processing payment voucher. Please print the voucher for making payments at Allied Bank Branches throughout Pakistan. The voucher can be paid:

We have received your application and it is in the process to be reviewed for admission.

Prior direct experience in education is not essential, however an understanding of your interest in this programme should be clear. Education is a field with multi-disciplinary overlaps. We welcome applications from candidates with a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. Candidates from any background with an interest in the field of education and potential to learn can apply.

No, the application form must be submitted online. Supporting materials are submitted by mail or in person. Electronic submission of applications allows for faster processing and for candidates to stay informed on the status of their application.

No, application fee is non- refundable.

You need to send us your supporting documents on or before the deadline advertised. If you can demonstrate that this took an extra day reaching LUMS, we will consider the merits of your claim. We strongly recommend you plan for delays if you are sending materials by mail.

It is very important that you keep our department aware of any address or email change. Please send an email at

No, there is no age restriction for admission to the MPhil Education Leadership and Management Programme.

Transfer of credits from another programme to the SOE MPhil Education Leadership and Management Programme is not allowed. All admitted students regardless of having an advanced degree will begin the programme as a first year student.

In truly exceptional circumstances the Admissions Committee may grant a deferral. All requests should be made in writing and will be reviewed on a case to case basis.

An applicant can defer his/her admission for 2 years by informing LUMS admissions office before the deadline.

Your Personal Statement should speak to your interest and commitment to the field of education. To help us understand, please discuss the following:

  • What experiences (academic, extra-curricular, work or life) have shaped your trajectory leading to a commitment to education? Prior direct experience in education is not essential, however an understanding of your interest in this programme should be clear.
  • How do you aspire to use this rigorous program beyond LUMS SOE for a meaningful career in education reform?
  • You may find it helpful to structure your statement around an educational problem in Pakistan that you feel should be addressed, outlining how you would solve it if given the chance.

You can send in your GRE/ GMAT un-official score report along with your supporting documents.

Two letters of recommendation are required by the office. You may submit a third letter of recommendation, if you prefer.

We recommend that at least one letter should be from a faculty member or an academic who has had reasonable opportunity to evaluate your academic aptitude. A second letter should be from a work or internship setting where your recommender can speak to your professionalism, work ethic and a project that you worked on with him or her. If you do not have any work or internship experience, but have volunteered in your community or at a school, you can ask for a letter from that organization. We discourage letters from individuals who only know you in a personal capacity (such as friends, family members, etc).

You must provide the online form for a LUMS Letter of Recommendation to each person who is writing your letter. The LUMS Letter of Recommendation format has specific questions which the recommender must address in the letter. The format is available through the online admission application under the recommendation letter section.

No, you should submit your online application within the stipulated deadline, and request your recommenders to give you the signed letters in sealed envelopes well in time so you can submit them along with the supporting materials of your application in person or via postal mail. All of this must be completed before the deadline.

There is no minimum required score. We plan to look at the entire application so that each candidate is evaluated in a holistic manner. A low GRE/ GMAT score should not be a deterrent to applying.

GRE/GMAT scores are valid for five years. GMAT/GRE taken five years before the admission deadline will not be considered valid.

Details regarding registration for GRE (General) and GMAT are given on and

1. Application for admission to the MPhil Education Leadership and Management Programme is an online process (there is no paper based application to fill out or mail).
2. After creating an online account and accessing the online admission application, you may begin to complete your information in the application form on the website.
3. You can work on your application at any time and submit it when it is ready. Please note that we expect applicants to adhere to the deadlines stated on the LUMS website.
4. You can "track" the receipt of supporting documents submitted.
5. The earlier you submit your application the sooner you can learn about the receipt of these materials. After submission you may print a copy for your own use.

Our GRE/ GMAT reporting code from ETS and Pearson’s is 0679.

GRE/ GMAT score is compulsory for submission of online application. You must submit/mail the copy of unofficial GRE/ GMAT score report as soon as you take the test. However, the official GRE/GMAT scores can be submitted later.

A merit ranking for interview short listing is established on academic performance, work experience (if any) and admission test scores of candidates. Those who qualify this comparative ranking are called for interview.

The interview is a key indicator of the potential of MPhil candidates to assume responsibility for advanced education decision-making, particularly in the Pakistani environment. During the interview the Admissions Committee tries to assess the applicant's leadership abilities, communication skills, aptitude for research thinking, and a level of awareness about Pakistani education. Final decision regarding admission is taken after the interview.

No, work experience is not compulsory to apply and anyone with a clear understanding of their interest in education will be considered.

Yes, even if you do not have any work or internship experience you can apply.

Yes, we value candidates with work experience.  We welcome applications from candidates with a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. We will be looking for you to demonstrate your potential as a leader and commitment to education while assessing your application.

Admission decision will be communicated through courier service; however, you can also check your application status through your online account. Regretfully, we are unable to provide information regarding the application status by telephone or e-mail.

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, all of them do not qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.
If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the university receives, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.


Fee Structure for FY 2020-21


Fall Semester

Spring Semester




Admission Fee (One Time Charge)



Tuition Fee



Semester Registration Fee



General Security (Refundable - One Time Charge)



Total Fee



Hostel Fee


Fall Semester

Spring Semester




Hostel Fee (double occupancy)



Hostel Fee (triple occupancy)



Important Points

  • The above breakdown of fee structure is for Year 1 of the 2 Year MPhil Education Leadership and Management programme
  • Fees are payable by semester according to the schedule given in the Annual Fee bill.
  • Through an amendment in the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 by Finance Act 2013, advance tax (under section 236 I) shall be collected @ 5% on the entire amount of fee (if Student Payable exceeds PKR 200,000 per annum excluding the amount refundable).
  • Advance tax paid on fee is adjustable at the time of filing of Income tax return. LUMS will issue Advance Tax Certificate in this regard at year-end.
  • University fees are usually announced once each year, for the following academic year. However, tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.


Refund Policy

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