New Zealand’s defining university

For more than 80 years, Massey University has helped shape the lives and communities of people in New Zealand and around the world. Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey New Zealand’s defining university.

The nation’s most inspiring teachers

Massey University staff have won 17 national Tertiary Teaching Excellence awards in the past 13 years.

In 2001, the Government established Ako Aotearoa — the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Ako Aotearoa recognises and encourages excellence in tertiary teaching and rewards student-focused practices that promote effective learning.

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A global network of innovators

Each year, over 3000 international students from more than 100 countries study at Massey. Internationally recognised for its excellence in teaching and research, the University is regarded as an innovative and progressive institution.

A strong international reputation for excellence and innovation means Massey University boasts high-level collaborations with tertiary institutions around the world. Massey receives international accreditation for its unique world-class programmes in veterinary science and business.

Massey's Centre for Defence and Security Studies delivers professional and military education to the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

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Connected and relevant

As New Zealand's most innovative and connected university, Massey is a leader in distance and blended education. More than half of its students study part-time or extramurally, and the University has taught more than 250,000 students via distance learning both within New Zealand and globally.

More than 50 years of accessible, research-led education and close connections to its regional communities truly makes Massey New Zealand's defining university.

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Embracing new and emerging technologies to meet the needs of a changing world keeps Massey at the leading edge. Offering a mix of face-to-face and interactive online learning ensures Massey remains a truly contemporary university. Successful distance teaching of languages via innovative tools, including voice software, is just one example.

Online learning

Top in student satisfaction

In its most recent survey, more than 88 percent of Massey's students give top rating to the University's facilities, services, and academic programmes. Students at Massey are more satisfied with the quality of campus facilities and services than students at any other tertiary institution in New Zealand.

Growing satisfaction with student services

Proven leadership at every level

The New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study allows elite scientists to pursue fundamental scholarship at Massey. It is also the lead university in two Government-funded centres of research excellence:

  • The Allan Watson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution advances knowledge of the evolution and ecology of New Zealand and Pacific plant and animal life, and human history in the Pacific.
  • The Riddet Institute specialises in food and human nutrition sciences, with world-class competency in the areas of biomaterials science and digestive physiology relating to nutrient absorption and metabolism.

At the heart of New Zealand’s key industries

Massey is one of the worlds leading agri-food universities. As a founding partner of the Food Innovation Network, Massey works to support New Zealand's food industry – a sector the University has supported for over 80 years.

Leading vital New Zealand research

Massey University is highly rated in design, visual arts, nursing, public health, veterinary science, agriculture, and other applied biological sciences. The University ranks in the nation's top three universities for engineering and technology, physics, sport science, and statistics.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences houses one of the few Centres for Ecological Economics in the world, a Centre for Disaster Research, and the only Centre for Public Health Research independent of a medical school.

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Māori and Pasifika


Massey is committed to providing an academic focus for Māori cultural, social and economic development, retention and development of New Zealand's heritage, and advancement of indigenous peoples.
Its many centres include:

Massey is committed to providing an academic focus for Māori cultural, social and economic development, retention and development of New Zealand's heritage, and advancement of indigenous peoples.
Its many centres include:


Massey is committed to the Pacific community and realising its aspirations for greater participation in university education through the development of the Pasifika@Massey Strategy. Written by Pacific people to benefit the community in New Zealand and throughout the Pacific region, the strategy aims to increase gains for Pacific peoples through teaching, research, and consultancy services to make a positive contribution to Pacific communities and nations.

Its five strategic goals are:

  • Academic advancement
  • Professional development
  • Research capability
  • Cultural diversity
  • Collaborative partnerships

Substantive progress has been made:

  • The first Pasifika qualification, the Certificate in Pacific Development, was taught for the first time in 2010.
  • The first externally-funded Pasifika research was completed in 2009. Funded by Creative Arts New Zealand, this research explored the health of Pacific heritage arts in New Zealand.
  • Each Massey campus established Pasifika advisory groups to provide strategic advice on Pasifika matters and strengthen relationships with Pasifika communities.

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Creative solutions for a changing world

Massey is New Zealand's leading tertiary provider of creative arts education and boasts a world-class, research-led college based in Wellington. There, highly respected graduates push the boundaries of artistic expression and product design. In the past seven years, the University has had 84 finalists in the annual BeST Awards held by the Design Institute of New Zealand.

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Five unique colleges at the centre of everything we do


One of the largest business schools in New Zealand, the College of Business is a leading provider of tertiary education, research and training in business and management. With accreditation from AACSB International, AMBA, the college also has a wide range of programme-specific endorsements in accountancy, finance and aviation.

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Creative Arts

Over nearly 125 years, the College of Creative Arts has produced some of the country’s most respected artists and designers. Many of its graduates have been instrumental in forming New Zealand’s national identity through iconic imagery, and they have contributed to the country's economic growth through the creation of original, desirable, and sustainable designs.

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Massey's newest College offers a wide range of options for students looking to explore and develop a career that plays a vital part in building a healthier New Zealand. Our College of Health brings together leading academics and researchers in the areas of health and wellness education, innovation and research and food technology.

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Humanities and Social Sciences

With unique programmes and an international reach, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences comprises eight schools, centres and research centres, including the School of Public Health, the Centre for Disaster Research, and the School of Māori Art, Knowledge and Education. The College’s disciplines focus on the linguistic, intellectual, and cultural processes by which human beings make their lives meaningful, with special focus on human wellbeing and community sustainability.

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Excellence in the fundamental sciences – chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology – is intrinsic in the College of Sciences. Agriculture, veterinary and life sciences; land, water and the environment; and industrial innovation via engineering and technology broadly define the distinguishing character of the College.

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