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Master of Arts (History)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Take your study of history to the next level

With Massey’s Master of Arts (History) you can build on your undergraduate interests and follow your interest history.

Find out more about the Master of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Understand the present by studying the past

History is a subject as large as our recorded past. Our cultural heritages, literature, arts, religions, politics, economics, social behaviours, buildings and landscapes all derive from past influences.

Studying history gives you an understanding of where we have been and how the world has changed. You’ll get an appreciation of how people have faced challenges at different times, with the benefit of hindsight.

Research your particular interest

With an MA (History) you can investigate a particular issue in great depth. You could focus on New Zealand and the Pacific, or study a particular era, such as the medieval period, or the 20th century. You could look at a theme, such as politics, sport or social history, or just pick what takes your fancy. The courses you’ll complete will complement your focus on your chosen research area by helping you develop your research skills and quickly master the research process.

Relevant to the past, present and future of New Zealand

Through history we can understand our past, explain our present and be better equipped to predict the future. At Massey, our history programme is focused on New Zealand history and New Zealand’s place in the world. We have the strongest focus on New Zealand history of any university in the world and New Zealand themes are central to our academics’ research. This combination means you will graduate ready to shape the future of New Zealand

Complete your MA in three semesters 

Massey’s 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.

A good fit if you:

  • Wish to stay relevant to advances in the study of history
  • Want to investigate a particular aspect of history for your thesis
  • Are keen to follow your intellectual curiosity and develop your research skills


With an MA (History) you can choose from a wide range of careers including:

  • Archiving
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Policy analysis
  • Teaching
  • Research management
  • Administration

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