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Diploma in Arts

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available at all campuses or in any one year
  • Equivalent to 1 year of full-time study
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.

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Entry requirements

To enrol in the Diploma in Arts programme you must qualify for undergraduate admission, either through Bursaries and Scholarship Examinations, NCEA Level 3, New Zealand University Entrance, Admission with Equivalent Status, Discretionary Entrance or Adult Admission. Please visit the Enrolment website for details.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


Candidates who have passed 45 or fewer credits towards the Diploma in Arts prior to 1 January 2016 will transfer to these regulations and satisfy the requirements as specified.

Candidates who have passed at least 60 credits towards the Diploma in Arts prior to 1 January 2016 may complete the degree under 2015 regulations, subject to the normal time limit that applies to qualification completion.

Candidates who have passed at least 60 credits of study towards the Diploma in Arts prior to 1 January 2016 may choose to transfer to the 2016 regulations but must satisfy all requirements as specified.

These transition arrangements expire at the end of 2017.

Diploma in Arts structure

You have to pass 120 credits (eight courses) with at least 45 credits (three courses) at 200-level and/or 300-level.

All students must pass
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking

  • At least 60 credits must be taken from Part II, Part III and/or Part IV of the Schedule for the Diploma of Arts
  • Up to 30 credits may be taken from Schedules for other undergraduate degrees, with a maximum of 15 credits above 100-level.

To complete an endorsement you should pass at least 75 credits (five courses) in one of the subject areas named above, including at least 45 credits (three courses) at 200-level and/or 300-level.

The Diploma in Arts may be completed without an endorsement.

Regardless of whether you complete the Diploma with or without an endorsement, if you later proceed to the Bachelor of Arts degree, all of the courses in your Diploma of Arts can be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts.

Candidates who have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent may be granted exemption from the requirement to include courses 230.111 and 230.112 in their programme of study.

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

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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