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Plan a better future
With Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Planning Studies) you can contribute to the design of better communities and sustainable use of resources.
Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Planning Studies) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of planning studies. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in planning studies if you wish.
A Graduate Certificate in Arts (Planning Studies) will help you make sense of the changing world. You’ll be able to participate in design solutions that are innovative, feasible, democratic and sustainable.
Planning studies is focused on improving the quality of life in our neighbourhoods, communities and society. Planners design for the future by improving human prospects. This is in the face of rapid economic, environmental, political and technological changes. With this certificate, you’ll be introduced to situations common to planners, such as reconciling conflicting interests by finding common ground. Then create innovative options and implement solutions.
Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts in planning studies has a strong focus on creating sustainable and resilient communities. You’ll learn about both urban and natural resource planning. You’ll also develop interpersonal, communication, ethical and conflict-resolution skills. These are essential for working in teams and interacting with people from diverse cultures, communities and backgrounds.
Your lecturers have extensive knowledge of planning in local and central government as well as in the private sector. They also teach on Massey’s Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning, which has maintained accreditation with the New Zealand Planning Institute for more than 35 years.
With a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Planning Studies) you could have a career in:
You could also continue your study and pursue an accredited planning qualification, such as the Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning.
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Planning Studies) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions.
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
From the Schedule to the Certificate including:
From your endorsement with at least 30 credits of these at 300 level
From the Schedule
|132217||Planning Hazard-Resilient Communities||15|
|132218||Building Collaborative Communities||15|
|132304||Tūhono Taiao: Foundation of Māori Planning||15|
|132305||Natural Resource Policy and Planning||15|
|132314||Transport and Urban Planning||15|
|150201||Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society||15|
If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits per semester.
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.