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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Planning Studies)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Plan a better future

With Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Planning Studies) you can contribute to the design of better communities and sustainable use of resources.

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Planning Studies) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of planning studies. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in planning studies if you wish.

A Graduate Certificate in Arts (Planning Studies) will help you make sense of the changing world, and participate in design solutions that are innovative, feasible, democratic and sustainable.

Shape the way we live, work and play

Planning studies is focused on improving the quality of life in our neighbourhoods, communities and society. Planners design for the future by improving human prospects in the face of rapid economic, environmental, political and technological changes. With this certificate, you’ll be introduced to situations common to planners where you’ll have to reconcile conflicting interests by finding common ground, then create innovative options and implement solutions.

Develop important career skills

Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts in planning studies has a strong focus on creating sustainable and resilient communities. You’ll learn about both urban and natural resource planning. You’ll also develop interpersonal, communication, ethical and conflict-resolution skills. These are essential for working in teams and interacting with people from diverse cultures, communities and backgrounds.

Learn from the experts

Your lecturers have extensive knowledge of planning in local and central government as well as in the private sector. They also teach on Massey’s Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning, which has maintained accreditation with the New Zealand Planning Institute for more than 35 years.


With a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Planning Studies) you could have a career in:

  • Private consulting firms
  • Regional councils
  • Environmental and other non-governmental organisations
  • City/district councils
  • Central government (e.g. Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation, New Zealand Transport Agency)

You could also continue your study and pursue an accredited planning qualification, such as the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning.

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