Master of Arts
Complete your MA in three semesters
The Master of Arts is 180 credits. This means you can complete an MA in three semesters of full-time study. If you study part-time, an MA will normally take three years to complete. (In some disciplines - geography, social anthropology, sociology and politics - you can complete in 12 months of full-time study.)
Thrive in a world of constant change
Studying arts is transformative. Employers, industries and the labour market of the future need people who can thrive in an ever-changing global marketplace, and be able to effectively challenge and critique new ideas. Advancing your study to master’s level will further enhance your communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills so you emerge and thrive as a leader in your field.
Shape future innovation
The arts are your passport to all the world’s wonderful places. Studying at a higher level will open doors to new cultures, communities and opportunities, driving your ability to champion creative and innovative solutions for complex global issues. You will have the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a humanities or social sciences subject of your choice through a research report or a thesis.
Develop your future
The arts examine the social and cultural issues that affect people and places. Your advanced understanding of these issues will take your professional development to new heights and equip you to lead New Zealand into the future.
Graduates of the MA are adaptable and versatile. You will be able to work across a broad range of sectors and roles including:
- Aid and disaster relief workers
- Business managers
- Conflict resolution
- Customs / immigration officers
- Defence forces
- Disaster relief
- Family therapists
- Foreign affairs
- Human resources
- International business
- Media production
- Mental health practitioners
- Policy developers
- Policy development and analysis
- Project management
- Public relations
- Research managers
- Risk management
- School principals
- Sign language interpreters
- Special education needs
- Specialist teachers
- Teaching English overseas
- Travel and hospitality
The Master of Arts may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.
To be considered for Distinction/Merit all requirements must be completed within 18 months for full-time study or 4 years for part-time study. Students may change from part-time to full-time study (and vice-versa) prior to admission to part two.
Students enrolling in a thesis commence with part one followed by part two in the next enrolment period. Both parts combine to meet the thesis requirements with a single grade assigned to each part. If the thesis cannot be submitted at the end of the initial part two enrolment, the student must re-enrol in part two (and pay fees) each semester until submission is made.
The maximum time permitted for completion of the Master of Arts is 5 years.
- At least a B grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two - Coursework Pathway.
- At least a B+ grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two - Research Pathway.
- Students who successfully complete Part One but do not meet the minimum grade average for progression will exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.
- Defence and Security Studies
- Maori Studies
- Media Studies
- Museum Studies
- Social Anthropology
- Social Policy
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree or other relevant qualification (eg Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Nursing) for entry and admission to Postgraduate Study. Application to this university can be very strict therefore, it is advised to contact the school directly for assistance or visit the school offiicla website.
Applicants should have:
- A completed BA degree with a major in the intended subject
- A completed Bachelor’s degree with a minor in the intended subject followed by a Graduate Certificate in Arts endorsed in the intended subject
- A completed Bachelor’s degree followed by a Graduate Diploma in Arts in the intended subject
Students must achieve at least a B average in their 200 and 300-level majoring courses.
Students who have completed the following postgraduate qualifications may be eligible for direct entry to part two of the Master of Arts:
- A completed Bachelor of Arts(Honours) endorsed in the intended subject area. At least a B+ grade average is required for entry to the Research Pathway. A B grade average across the 700 level courses is required for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
- a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts endorsed in the intended subject area. At least a B+ grade average is required for entry to the Research Pathway. A B grade average across the 700 level courses is required for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
- Note: At least a B+ grade average is required for entry to the Research Pathway. A B grade average across the 700 level courses is required for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
- A completed Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching with at least a B+ grade average for entry to the Master of Arts (Second Language Teaching) Research Pathway or a B grade average for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
- A completed Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies with at least a B+ grade average for entry to the Master of Arts (Museum Studies) Research Pathway or a B grade average for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
If English is not your first language and the qualifying degree was not completed at a University where English was the medium of instruction, you have the additional requirement of having to achieve an IELTS of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5.
Students who have been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts or a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree may be eligible for direct admission to Part Two of the Master’s degree and complete a total of 120 credits, including all of Part Two.
Students who hold a Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Arts may be eligible to surrender the Diploma towards a Master’s degree and complete a total of 60/120 credits depending on course pathway. The maximum time-frame in which a qualification can be surrendered is five years from completion of that qualification.
English language requirements
- IELTS - 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
- TOEFL iBT - 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
- PTE Academic - 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
- Cambridge English - 180
- Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
- Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
- Encourage to study and research laws in New Zealand, it is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture.
- English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in New Zealand, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
- For scholarship opportunities, please browse through our webpage postgradasia.com to find out local and international opportunities.
- Encourage to visit http://www.massey.ac.nz/ for deeper and more information.
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