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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Security Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Kick-start your career in security

With the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Security Studies), you can take security studies without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

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

What is it like?

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Security Studies) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of security studies.

You can then apply for a postgraduate qualification in security studies if you wish.

Our world provides numerous complex and multifaceted challenges to security. These include traditional interstate conflict, the threat of the spread of nuclear weapons, disputes linked to religious differences, control and exploitation of scarce resources, and the impact of globalisation and environmental change.

Get prepared for a career in security

Management of threats to security is an important dimension of government and public policy. If you‘re interested in local and global security issues, Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts will give you knowledge in this area.
Security studies is a fast-growing field, and entry-level positions increasingly require a qualification. This graduate certificate will prepare you for roles that are integral to the safety of New Zealand and the globe.

Unique in New Zealand

Massey offers New Zealand’s only specialist education in security studies. It examines security challenges such as biosecurity, conflict resolution and cyber-crime at community and government levels. You’ll develop broad and transferable critical thinking skills. You may also have the opportunity to do an internship with government agencies such as Customs or the New Zealand Police.

Learn from the best

Our lecturers have professional and academic experience. Our courses are nationally and internationally respected, scholarly and career-focussed, and well-connected with potential employers. The programme is designed in collaboration with an advisory board of New Zealand’s top defence and security officials.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to help keep New Zealand safe
  • Want to make a difference in your community
  • Can look for solutions in tough situations


With a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Security Studies) you’ll graduate in high demand.

By learning how people, property and information are protected, you can prepare for a career that’s challenging, rewarding and will help make the world a safer place. Knowledge of security can be applied to a range of professions and vocations such as:

  • Government or non-government agencies
  • Commercial companies
  • Security
  • Business
  • Foreign affairs
  • Trade law
  • Intelligence
  • Border protection
  • Law enforcement

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