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Master of Arts (Psychology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available for international students studying in NZ
  • Some courses are offered in block mode.

Develop your psychology research interests

With Massey’s Master of Arts (Psychology) you can build on your undergraduate interests and develop your research skills.

Find out more about the Master of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

With a Massey Master of Arts (Psychology) you’ll further explore the thoughts, feelings and actions of individuals and groups in social and cultural contexts. Studying psychology will help you make sense of the human impact on the world. This is your opportunity to take an issue in psychology that grabbed your attention during your undergraduate studies and develop it further.

Internationally recognised and market-leading in New Zealand

Massey graduates more researchers and clinical psychologists than any other university in New Zealand. We’re connected to a wide range of community and statutory organisations, and produce unique and applied psychology research and training that’s recognised nationally and internationally. This expertise enhances the reputation of your degree and ensures your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.

Complete your master’s faster

The Master of Arts has reduced from 240 to 180 credits. This means you can now complete an MA in three semesters of full-time study. If you study part-time, an MA will normally take three years to complete.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities for psychology by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

A good fit if you:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology
  • Want to stay engaged with the current debates in psychology
  • Wish to investigate a particular aspect of psychology for your research report or thesis


The knowledge of human behaviour and interactions that you’ll gain from a Master of Arts (Psychology) will be useful in many careers including:

  • Counselling
  • Human resources
  • Public health
  • Youth support
  • Policy
  • Rehabilitation psychology
  • Scientific research

Explore your psychology options

If you want to be a registered psychologist, you can explore your qualification options in our psychology pathways tool.

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