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Master of Arts (Politics)

Key facts

Take your study of politics to the next level

With Massey’s Master of Arts (Politics) you’ll build on your undergraduate interests and get right into the heart of this exciting discipline.

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What is it like?

With a Master of Arts (Politics) at Massey you can further investigate topics in politics that have taken your interest.

Understand the world around you

Politics is exciting and relevant. It’s about contests for power and how we make decisions in society: who gets what, when and how, from the local community to the global level. It’s concerned with the conflict of ideas and values. It has to do with who governs, and how and why decisions that affect all of us (such as how much students should pay to study at university or whether the UN should sanction military interventions) are made.

Small class sizes and enthusiastic lecturers

At Massey, politics is taught in a small interdisciplinary programme where you have regular and close contact with academic staff. Your lecturers are active researchers in their respective fields. They are passionate about the subject matter they teach and bring that enthusiasm to the classroom.

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 politics
  • Wish to stay relevant to current debates in politics
  • Want to investigate a particular aspect of politics for your research report or thesis


Massey’s Master of Arts (Politics) can lead to a range of careers, including:

  • Academia
  • Business and commerce
  • Diplomacy
  • Finance
  • Journalism and media
  • Policy advising and analysis
  • Public service
  • Research

Organisations employing our graduates include the NZ Defence Forces, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the Treasury, Air New Zealand, the Reserve Bank, the United Nations, TV3News and Amnesty International.

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