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Master of Arts

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 18 months full-time; up to five years part-time.
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.
  • Some courses are offered in block mode.

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Details you need to know about the structure, courses and requirements for this programme.

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Entry requirements

Entry to the 180 credit MA requires a completed BA degree (or equivalent) with a major in the intended postgraduate subject, with at least a B grade average across the 200/300 level major courses.

Direct entry to Part Two (120 credits):

A B+ grade average in a BA(Hons) degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, endorsed in the intended subject area allows entry to the Research Pathway; a B grade average allows entry to the Coursework Pathway.


Students who hold a Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Arts may be eligible to surrender the Diploma towards a Master’s degree and complete a total of 60/120 credits depending on course pathway. The maximum time-frame in which a qualification can be surrendered is five years from completion of that qualification.


For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

The Master of Arts is a 180 credit parts-based programme. Students who have completed a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in the same subject area may be admitted directly to Part Two and complete 120 credits.

The Master of Arts may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

To be considered for Distinction/Merit all requirements must be completed within 18 months for full-time study or 4 years for part-time study. Students may change from part-time to full-time study (and vice-versa) prior to admission to part two.

Students enrolling in a thesis commence with part one followed by part two in the next enrolment period. Both parts combine to meet the thesis requirements with a single grade assigned to each part. If the thesis cannot be submitted at the end of the initial part two enrolment, the student must re-enrol in part two (and pay fees) each semester until submission is made.

The maximum time permitted for completion of the Master of Arts is 5 years.

Master of Arts structure

Study must be undertaken within a single subject area.

Grades achieved in the first 60 credits will determine eligibility for progression to the coursework pathway (minimum B grade average required) or the research pathway (minimum B+ grade average required).

Students who successfully complete Part One but do not meet the minimum grade average for progression will exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.

Transition Regulations (English endorsement only)

Students who have completed at least 60 credits towards the English endorsement prior to 1 January 2017 may substitute up to 30 credits from List B courses for courses included in List A. This provision expires 31 December 2019.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


Courses to the value of 180 credits selected from a single subject area following either a course work or research pathway.  Please refer to the ‘regulations’ button for full details on all courses available within this programme.

Majors or endorsements

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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