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Master of Information Sciences


Focus on information sciences

The Master of Information Sciences will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in a range of topics within the area of information sciences.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Credits

  • 180
  • Duration

  • 1.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • Other

  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year

In the Master of Information Sciences you will study several topics in depth and explore how best to apply your new knowledge and some new technologies.

Studying towards your master’s is a satisfying and challenging process that will give you a sought-after postgraduate qualification. If you want to gain a more detailed understanding of an area of study, either for interest, or to perhaps move up the hierarchy in your career, you should consider this qualification.

What will you learn?

During your study you will learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analysis of, and solutions to, complex computing problems in areas such as:

  • machine learning
  • computer vision
  • system security
  • user interface design
  • data science and analytics.

At Massey you’ll be part of small, interactive classes where you can have close contact with your lecturer.

Include project experience in your CV

The professional practice project is an important part of this master’s (unless you convert to the research thesis). You will spend one semester working full time on your project.  You could have the opportunity to get involved in projects for real companies on real issues that they wish to solve. This can lead to employment with the company concerned and also adds substantial value to your resume when you are seeking employment.

180 and 120-credit Master of Information Sciences options

There are options to complete this programme as a three-semester 180-credit taught programme (includes an in-depth professional project) or a 120 credit research programme by thesis if you have the appropriate pre-requisites. A research thesis is recommended if you wish to progress to a PhD. See the Entry requirements and Courses and planning tabs for more information on these options.

Careers and further study


In demand

IT employers are constantly seeking increasing numbers of staff, often because of increased demand and new projects.  You’ll have an edge over those with a bachelor’s qualification.

A Master in Information Sciences gives you the best of theory and practice in information sciences. You will have the ability to step into projects in professional practice and it is a stepping stone into a leadership role. It will open up greater opportunities in your career, more quickly.

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.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


Master of Information Sciences 180 credits

To enter the Master of Information Science (180 credits) you will have:

  • been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Information Sciences or an equivalent qualification, having achieved a B- grade average or higher over the qualifying 300-level majoring courses; or
  • been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification, having achieved a B- grade average or higher over the 300-level majoring courses, and have at least two years’ relevant professional experience demonstrated via a portfolio, and an interview if required.

Master of Information Sciences - 120 credits (thesis only)

To enter the 120-credit Master of Information Sciences (by thesis) you will have:

  • been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Information Sciences with Honours or the equivalent qualification, having achieved a B- grade average or higher over the qualifying 700-level courses, or
  • been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences, or the equivalent qualification, having achieved a B- grade average or higher over the qualifying 700-level courses.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Other requirements

Documents you will need to supply to support your application

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • a CV and portfolio if applying on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree and at least two years’ relevant professional experience 
  • a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less). Required if you intend on a pathway which includes at least 90 credits of research.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

180 credits

Professional Pathway

  • Part One courses from the Schedule – 120 credits
  • Part Two professional project – 60 credits

Research Pathway

  • Part One courses from the Schedule – 60 credits
  • Part Two thesis – 120 credits

Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements may be able to complete this degree in 120 credits.

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

Courses for this programme

Part One

Professional Pathway (120 credits) or Research Pathway (60 credits)

Computer Science courses
159709 Computer Graphics 15
159731 Studies in Computer Vision 15
159735 Studies in Parallel and Distributed Systems 15
159736 Studies in Operating Systems and Architecture 15
159740 Studies in Intelligent Systems 15
Data Science courses
158739 Introduction to Analytics 15
158755 Data Science - Making Sense of Data 15
161762 Multivariate Analysis for Big Data 15
161777 Practical Data Mining 15
Information Systems courses
157701 Health Information Management 30
157748 Advanced Management, Analytics, and Decision Making 30
157749 Technology Innovation Management 30
Information Technology courses
158736 Advanced Machine Learning 15
158738 Implementation and Management of Systems Security 15
158740 Location Systems: Spatial Databases, Tools and Applications 15
158741 Location Data: Mapping, Analysis and Visualisation 15
158750 Information Sciences Research Methods 15
158751 Object-Oriented Software Development - Theory and Practice 15
158757 User Interface Design and Evaluation 15
158780 Information Technology Project Part 1 15
158781 Information Technology Project Part 2 15
Business courses
152700 Organisation and Management 30
156700 Essentials of Marketing 30

Part Two

Professional Pathway

60 credits
158888 Information Technology Professional Project 60
159870 Research Report 60
159888 Computer Science Professional Project 60

Research Pathway

120 credits
158897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60
158898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60
159897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60
159898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60

Planning your programme

Planning overview

Master of Information Sciences 180-credit

If you study full-time you can complete the Master of Information Sciences in three semesters (one and half years). This is a taught programme, and includes an in-depth professional project.

If you are studying the 180 credit MInfSc you should initially enrol for the professional pathway. This offers maximum flexibility and you can change the pathway as you progress through the first year. 

The 180-credit master’s qualification is made up of two parts. The first part gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research or professional practice part of your qualification (Part Two). You must pass Part One before you can progress to Part Two.

For progression to Part Two of the Master of Information Sciences, a B- Grade average is needed for the Part One courses.

  • Research Pathway: 180 credits consisting of 60 credits of courses (Part One) and 120 credits of research (Part Two).
  • Professional Pathway: 180 credits consisting of 120 credits of courses (Part One) and 60 credits of professional practice (Part Two).

Master of Information Sciences 120-credit – by thesis only

You will complete a thesis to the value of 120 credits from Part Two of the Schedule.

The 120-credit master’s requires one year of intensive, individual research working with an academic supervisor. You will need to arrange a suitable supervisor before you enrol in the degree.

A research thesis is strongly recommended if you wish to continue to PhD study.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • already have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification
  • want to learn more about a range of specialist topics
  • want to progress your career to the next level.

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Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

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You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

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Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

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Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

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