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Master of Arts (Museum Studies)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Shape our heritage

Massey’s Master of Arts (Museum Studies) will prepare you to meet the challenges of working in cultural organisations.

Find out more about the Master of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

With a Massey Master of Arts (Museum Studies), you’ll be prepared to deal with the issues that contemporary museums, galleries and indigenous cultural centres face in maintaining heritage collections and delivering high-quality community services.

Enhance your career

Your qualification can be a bridge between previous academic study and professional work in a museum, gallery or other cultural or heritage organisation. You’ll advance your knowledge of and abilities in heritage management and bicultural practices in the heritage sector, and build experience in problem solving and working in interdisciplinary teams.

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:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in a related area
  • Have a passion for heritage
  • Want to be more effective in your work in an organisation with a cultural or heritage focus
  • Want to investigate a particular aspect of museum studies for your thesis or research report


Our graduates are employed in museums, galleries and cultural centres but may also work as heritage field officers or cultural policy advisers for government and non-government agencies.

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