Massey's reputation and rankings

Each year more than 20% of Massey University’s student population study at postgraduate level, including 1000 Doctoral (PhD) degree students.

Massey University has an international reputation for its research innovation, practices and results, which are applied to postgraduate programmes of study. The University also has strong international links across the globe, with accreditation and endorsements across a number of programmes.

Massey University's teaching and research departments are divided into five colleges as follows.

College of Creative Arts

Based in Wellington, the College of Creative Arts is a world-class art and design school which:

  • Is ranked 3rd by RED DOT, the international design awards agency, which gives Massey a distinctive seal of quality for its design programmes
  • The first art and design school outside North America to be awarded “substantial equivalency” by the US accreditation body NASAD – the most comprehensive international benchmark for art and design education in the world
  • Number one in New Zealand for design and visual art research, according to the 2012 New Zealand government Performance Based Research Funding round.
  • Has a legacy of over a century of creative education.

College of Health

As the University’s newest college, established in 2013, we are focused on solving the most important health challenges of the 21st Century. The college connects people across five collaborative units with outstanding expertise and programmes in nursing (ranked in the top 100 nursing programmes in the world – QS rankings), human nutrition and dietetics, food technology, physiology, public health, sport and exercise, social work, environmental and occupational health, and disability and rehabilitation. It is also home of the Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology (MIFST) – a world-class research, teaching and business development facility. It is the leading and largest academic/research grouping in food and nutritional sciences in the Southern Hemisphere.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has a strong research tradition and profile, representing a diverse range of themes, research methods and groups, from individual researchers to major research teams and centres. It also has a strong outreach focus, and we are well-connected to Government departments including the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Development and Treasury. We are also connected to national and international research and policy communities, including the Health Research Council, the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

College of Sciences

Massey University's College of Sciences' world-leading scientists are internationally-acclaimed and ranked. Our programmes of study and research attract world-leading academics and we have active research collaborations with the world's most prestigious scientific institutions.
We demand excellence in our research and bring together experts from several disciplines to focus on four fields to further knowledge and make a difference in New Zealand and the world. Those fields are:

  • Agriculture, Veterinary and Life Sciences
  • Land, Water and the Environment
  • Industrial Innovation through Engineering and Technology
  • Natural and Fundamental Sciences

Massey Business School

As one of the country’s leading and largest business schools, Massey Business School is ranked among the top five per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited. Massey’s business and management programme has been ranked in the top 200 universities in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). We have programme-specific endorsements in accountancy, finance and aviation.

Massey Business School's discipline areas rank highly in the 2016 QS ranking, with Accounting and Finance ranked 51-100, Business and Management Studies ranked 151-200, Communication and Media Studies ranked 151-200. In addition, a number of academic staff are highly ranked, such as Professor Harald van Heerde who is ranked No.1 in Australasia and 11th in the world for Marketing. MBS is also highly accredited having achieved AACSB (General), AACSB (Accounting) and AMBA accreditations, and many professional accreditations including, Accountancy (ACCA, CPA, CIMA, CAANZ), Finance (CFA teaching partner), Property/Construction (RICS) and Communications (ACEJMC).

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