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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Use your social knowledge for a meaningful career

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

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

What is it like?

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities for sociology by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

A Massey Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in sociology. You can then go on to postgraduate studies in sociology if you wish.

Follow your interest in the social world

Sociology is about understanding and describing our local society and its global setting. Sociologists are interested in almost all aspects of the social world and in your Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) you’ll consider questions such as:

  • How is society structured?
  • How is society changing?
  • What divides or unites social groups?
  • What causes the inequalities we see in society?
  • How does power operate?

With a Massey Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) you’ll ask challenging questions about how power structures function in the social world. You’ll study culture, ethnicity, class, inequality, gender, mass media, politics, environment, social change and individual and group interactions.

Develop your critical thinking skills

This is a broad subject that will teach to you think critically about the world and to investigate social issues in a meaningful manner.

A good fit if you:

Are interested in exploring and understanding:

  • How everyday life is influenced by local, national and global processes
  • Social inequality and social justice
  • Culture and identity
  • Environmental, technical and economic changes
  • Conflict, power and social movements


The understanding of our local society and its global setting that you'll gain from a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology) opens up a wide range of career paths such as:

  • Research and policy analysis for central/local government and non-governmental organisations
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Community and social services work
  • Political advocacy
  • Running a business
  • Planning and consultancy
  • Advertising and marketing
  • TV/film production

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