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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Development Studies)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Transform lives with development studies

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Development Studies) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in development studies without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Development studies at Massey is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Development Studies) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in development studies. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in development studies if you wish.

Help transform lives

With development studies you’ll analyse and gain an understanding of the processes transforming people's lives throughout the world. Development studies seeks to understand differences, examine key development issues and ideas, and introduce skills to help solve development problems. 

You’ll study a number of subjects, so you can grasp the complexities involved in understanding the differences countries face in solving development problems.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree and want to expand your horizons
  • Wish to develop your interest in development studies
  • Are interested in pursuing postgraduate study


You’ll gain the skills and experience to begin your career in a wide range of government, non-government, multilateral and private sector spheres including organisations such as Red Cross, World Vision, the New Zealand Aid Programme, United Nations Development Program and Caritas. Careers for development studies graduates include:

  • Adviser in tourism, health, education or agriculture
  • Advocacy officer
  • Community affairs officer
  • Development officer
  • Diplomat
  • Human rights adviser
  • Policy analyst

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