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 program focused on producing educational decision-makers with a strong foundation in research. The program 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 program. 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 2020 inaugural 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, Sheikhupira, Gilgit, Nagar, Khairpur, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Peshawar, and Chitral.

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 (2 years)


Potential Core Courses

Methods and Tools Component:

1. Analytical Approach to Education Research

  • Quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Elements of field research (access; negotiation; consent; reflection; ethics)
  • Analytical writing: policy briefs; case studies; two-page memos
  • Developing and evaluating empirical arguments/claims

2. Education Research: Engagement and Practice

  • Analytical writing: policy briefs; case studies; two-page memos
  • Collaborative/Project-based Learning
  • Research dissemination skills (communication; presentation; networking; debate conduct)

3. Education Policy: Pakistan and Globe

  • Assessments and leaning outcomes
  • Learning processes; students, teachers and schools
  • Curriculum and textbooks
  • Education Finance and resources

4. Theorizing Education: interdisciplinary perspectives

  • Theories of learning and teaching
  • Developing the idea of an ‘educated member of society’
  • Discipline-based arguments in educational processes and practices (drawing on sociology, anthropology, economics, politics, development)
  • Learning areas could include relationships between education and: citizenship; language/ethnicity; gender; class/socio-cultural reproduction; public goods provision; human capital; public policy

5. & 6   Leadership and Policy in Education Component (students will choose 2 courses from this category)

  • Organizational Theory and Change Management
  • Effectiveness in Educational Administration
  • Management in Policy Environments


Potential Electives Courses

  • Teaching and learning through classroom observation
  • Technology in the Education Market
  • Computational Problem Solving in Education
  • Economics of Education
  • Philosophy of Education Issus in Education Psychology
  • Applied Data Analysis
  • Elite Interviewing
  • Courses from other LUMS schools (Business, Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law)


Practicum Prep: Faculty supervised planning and development
Practicum Project: Full time residency, working with an education organization on a mission critical project

  • 3 full days/week on site
  • 2 full days of writing
  • Bi-monthly group check-in, reporting, reflection, and progress
  • 1 faculty member to manage 10 students

For more information regarding our Partnership and Engagement Programme please click here.

Important Dates

MPhil Education Leadership and Management (SOE)

Online Application Deadline (PST)
14 Mar 2019
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
15 Mar 2019
Deadline to take GRE/ GMAT
14 Mar 2019
Admission decisions
15 Jun 2019 to 15 Jul 2019

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 2019 Admissions

Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Programme. Meeting this criteria does not guarantee 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. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Work Experience (if available)
  5. Letter of Recommendation (2 letters required, 3rd optional)
  6. Performance in the Interview

Academic Requirements for Fall 2019 Admissions

Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of sixteen (16) years of education leading to a Masters or Bachelor's* degree from a university recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.

* Candidates holding only a Bachelor's degree of less than four years’ duration will be required to produce an equivalence certificate of 16 years of education issued by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.

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 May 30, 2019 are also eligible to apply.
  • LUMS graduating class of 2019 are eligible to apply on the basis of their 7th semester result.


Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2019 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 14, 2019.


  • 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 2019 Admissions

Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before March 14, 2019; 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 15, 2019.

Application Processing & LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 1100.
  • The application processing fee of $76 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, work experience (if any) and GRE (General)/GMAT scores 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.


School of Education

Fee of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Education Leadership & Management Programme for FY 2018-19


Particulars Fall Semester Spring Semester
Admission Fee (One Time Charge) 72,100 -
Standard Tuition Fee 213,675 213,675
Registration Fee 23,000 23,000
Health Insurance (Per Annum) 1,650 -
General Security (Refundable - One Time Charge) 21,200 -
Total Fee 331,625 236,675


Hostel Fee for FY 2019-20


Particulars Fall Semester Spring Semester
Hostel Fee 25,300 25,300
Hostel Registration Per Anum 2,100 -
Hostel Security (Refundable - One Time Charge) 18,900  


Important Points

  • School of Education MPhil Programme has a standard tuition fee per semester.
  • 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 Rs. 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.
  • FEE REFUND POLICY Please carefully read the refund policy before making the payment, student is deemed to accept the refund policy once fee payment is made.


School Of Education - Fee Refund Policy FY 2018-19

Admission Cancellation

  • Nonpayment of applicable dues will result in the cancellation of admission.
  • An applicant who has been admitted and made all payments but remains absent without any prior notification (after the commencement of classes), will forfeit all dues already paid and his/ her admission will stand cancelled automatically without issuing any notice thereof.
  • In case an applicant’s admission is cancelled by LUMS, (s)he shall be entitled to get tuition fee, semester registration, hostel/residence fee, laundry charges, tuition and hostel securities refund; however, other components i.e. admission fee, hostel registration and advance tax will not be refunded.


Deferment Policy

  • In case a student applies for deferment before the commencement of classes then the Tuition fee, and Semester Registration fee will either be refundable or transferable to the year of joining (maximum up to two years). Whereas the Admission fee and Security will be retained as deferment fee that will be adjusted against fees at the time of joining. The student will be required to pay any differential amount in case of a revision in fee.
  • In case the student deposited fee prior to the commencement of the upcoming term/ semester, the paid amount will be adjusted in next year’s fee. Adjustment of due for students deferring in the middle of the term will not be carried forward to next year. The paid Security will be refunded subject to the clearance of all University dues.
  • No refunds will be applicable except the Security in case a student does not join the Programme (within the stipulated timeline). Refund of security is subject to the final clearance of all outstanding university dues.


Separation/ Suspension Refund Policy

  • If a student is separated/suspended from the programme by the University for Academic Reasons and has deposited the dues for the next payment, all such dues deposited will be refunded.
  • If a student is separated/ suspended from the programme because of disciplinary reasons or reasons other than academic, the dues deposited by him/ her for the current payment will not be refunded.  However, if for some reason, decision is delayed till the next payment and the student pays the dues for the next payment, such dues will be refunded.


Withdrawal from the Programme:

  • In case a student finds it necessary to withdraw from the Programme before the commencement of classes, (s) he must inform Office of Admissions ( in writing.
  • In case a student finds it necessary to withdraw from the Programme after the commencement of classes, (s) he must inform LUMS Programme Coordination Office of School of Education & Registrar Office.
  • Upon approval the following refund policy will apply:


Fee Component Deadline Amount of Fee Refund

Admission Fee

Non Refundable

Advance Tax

Collected under section 236 I of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001

Non Refundable

General Security

100% Refundable


Tuition Fee & Semester Registration
(Fall & Spring Semester)

Before the commencement of classes


Up to first seven (7) days of the commencement of classes


From eight (8) - fifteen (15) days after the commencement of classes


More than 15 fifteen (15) days after the commencement of classes

Non Refundable


Hostel/Residence Fee Refund Policy:


Hostel/Residence Fee Component Deadline Amount of Fee Refund
Hostel/Residence Fee Before announced Hostel check in


After announced Hostel check in

Non Refundable

Advance Tax

Collected under section 236 I of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001

Non Refundable

Hostel Registration

Non Refundable

Hostel Security

100% Refundable

In case of course drops, tuition fee and semester registration will only be refunded if all enrolled courses are dropped by student within the stipulated timelines as mentioned above.

  • The University reserves the right to change its policies and fee structure at any time.
  • Amount will be refunded within two weeks on receipt of refund application along with all required documents.
  • In case of any query regarding fee; please contact at