Master of Aviation

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Enhance your aviation career

Enhance your career prospects in the internationally-competitive aviation sector.

What is it like?

Massey University’s Master of Aviation will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of aviation and advance your career.

Enhance your career prospects

Aviation industry personnel like those in many other industries, face increasing ‘academic inflation’.  Senior aviation managers are required to demonstrate not only technical knowledge and expertise, but also advanced aviation qualifications and skills.

This programme is partly taught and also includes a professional research project.

What will you learn?

A Master of Aviation will give you the skills to work to a high level of academic achievement, work to deadlines under pressure and communicate your work effectively. All of these are essential skills to work at a senior level in the aviation industry, or to progress to a higher level of study such as a PhD.

A masters is a rigorous and challenging academic programme, but you will be rewarded with an in-depth knowledge of aviation that will significantly enhance your career prospects in the internationally-competitive aviation sector. 

180 credits

Massey University’s Master of Aviation is now a 180 credit master qualification. The 180 credit masters offers a rigorous programme of learning yet can be achieved in three semesters (one and a half years).

Two pathways to choose

You can choose from two pathways: research or professional practice.

1. Research pathway

If you choose this pathway your study will include 60 credits of taught courses including a compulsory Research Methods course. Part Two will incorporate a minimum of 60 credits of research.

2. Professional practice pathway

Those wanting a more practice-based qualification which reflects their industry experience should enrol in the Professional Practice option.

This option includes two compulsory aviation management courses, elective aviation courses and culminates in a 60 credit ‘Professional Practice in Aviation’ course. Students who are already aviation professionals may wish to draw on their current aviation role for the purpose of a case study.

International recognition

Massey Business School is ranked in the top 2% of business schools globally.

Turn your passion into a career

Massey University is the only place in New Zealand where you can turn your passion for aviation into a tertiary qualification. We are an internationally-recognised pilot training facility, but we also give you a broad knowledge of the global aviation industry. You will learn communication, management and administrative skills that will broaden out the range of careers open to you in the aviation industry.

Accessible lecturers

We work to help you succeed. Massey University offers smaller classes and more personalised learning than many other tertiary institutions, giving you greater access to lecturers and the help you need to succeed and thrive during your master’s study.

Research-led learning

Massey teaching is research-led and our academics are internationally-ranked and among the best in the world. Our teaching staff are widely published and are in demand as keynote speakers on topical global issues. International visitors regularly seek out visits to our facilities to learn more about what we do.

Relevant learning

Your lecturers and supervisors at Massey have strong connections with the industry. We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers.

A good fit if you:

  • Are passionate about aviation
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in aviation, or a relevant qualification
  • Are interested in a postgraduate qualification that combines both structured learning and research
  • Want to progress your career to the next level of seniority and stand out in the job market
Lkhagvasuren Togtokhbayar (known as Suren)
Master of Aviation (MAv)
Graduated in 2013
Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia

“I was immediately able to apply the skills and knowledge I learnt at Massey to my work and they were a real boost to my professional career…”

Since 1998 my career has progressed rapidly through the ranks of Mongolia’s national airline – Mongolian International Airlines (MIAT). From a position in the area of maintenance, I have been promoted through a variety of increasingly senior roles within the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia (CAAM) and today I am the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia.

My study at Massey began in 2012, when I completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation with Distinction. In 2013 I gained the Master of Aviation with Merit.

In 2012 I was promoted to General Manager of the Aviation Safety and Regulations Department of CAAM, a role I held until early 2013 until I was appointed the Director of the Department of Aviation Safety, Oversight and Regulations.

Attaining a Master of Aviation through Massey University was instrumental in gaining this new and prestigious position.

Today in my role as Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia, I am in charge of one of only 28 implementing agencies of the Government of Mongolia.

I would like to thank my academic supervisor in the School of Aviation, Dr Andrew Gilbey and also the New Zealand Government under whose NZ Development Aid Scholarship scheme I was able to complete my studies.


Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s aviation staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised specialists, for example:

Dr Andrew Gilbey

Dr Gilbey’s primary areas of interest are applied aviation psychology (e.g. pilot decision-making), general aviation psychology, underreporting of safety issues and mild-hypoxia.

Dr Gilbey is widely published in national and international journals such as the International Journal of Aviation Psychology and the Journal of Air Transport Management.

His BSc(Hons) and PhD (Plymouth and Warwick, respectively) are both in psychology. He spent six years as a soldier, much of that time with the 3rd Commando Brigade Air Squadron.

He was the recipient of the Massey Business School Supervisor's Award in 2014.

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