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Entry requirements

Master of Science 180 or 240 credits

Admission to the Master of Science (180 or 240 credits) requires you to have

  • a Bachelor of Science degree, or close equivalent, with a major in the intended postgraduate subject, with a minimum B average in the majoring 300 level courses;
  • a bachelor degree followed by a Graduate Diploma of Science or close equivalent, in the intended postgraduate subject, with a minimum B average in the majoring 300 level courses.

Master of Science 120 credits (thesis only)

Admission to the 120 credit Master of Science requires you to have a minimum B average for either of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science (Honours) with an endorsement in the same subject as that in which the thesis will be done;
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Science with an endorsement in the same subject as that in which the thesis will be done

Documents you will need to supply to support your application

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • A short summary of your research interests (200 words or less). Required if you intend on a pathway which includes at least 90 credits of research.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Master of Science structure

Master of Science 180 or 240 credits

For a Master of Science 180 or 240 credits you will follow a parts-based course of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 or 240 credits, comprising Part One and Part Two as defined by the Courses Schedule.

Master of Science 120 credits

For a Master of Science 120 credits you will normally complete 120 credits of research (thesis only) (Part Two), unless specified in the regulations for the endorsement as defined by the Courses Schedule.

Progression

A master’s qualification is normally made up of two parts. The first part gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research part of your qualification. You must pass Part One before you can progress to Part Two.

For progression to Part Two of the Master of Science, a B Grade Average is needed for the Part One courses.

Time limits for completion for eligibility for Honours, Distinction or Merit

120 credits

Your 120 credit master's degree will carry the award of Distinction, if completed at a superior standard (equivalent to First Class Honours), or Merit (equivalent to Second Class Honours, Division One) and completed within one year of first enrolling in full-time study or within three years of first enrolling in part-time study.

180 credits

If completed within eighteen months of first enrolling in full-time study or within four years of first enrolling in part-time study, your 180 credit master's degree will carry the award of Distinction or Merit.

240 credits

If completed within two years of first enrolling for full-time study or within five years of first enrolling for part-time study your 240 credit master's degree will be awarded with First Class Honours, Second Class Honours Division I, Second Class Honours Division II or a pass.

Maximum time to completion

  • 120 credit masterates must be completed within a maximum of four years.
  • 180 credit masterates must be completed within a maximum of five years.
  • 240 credit masterates must be completed within a maximum of six years.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

Majors or endorsements


How much will it cost?

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