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Build your research skills while improving your professional practice

The Master of Education will update your professional knowledge and qualifications, while exploring new developments and changes in education.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Credits

  • 180
  • Duration

  • 1.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

Stay up to date with the latest education knowledge

Massey uses an enquiry-based and inter-professional learning model that results in high-quality, contemporary learning and teaching experiences. This can immediately be applied in your own setting. Our Master of Education offers the largest number of endorsements of any postgraduate degree of its kind in New Zealand. Alternatively, you may want to follow an unendorsed pathway where you can choose from any of the courses in the endorsement areas or the elective schedule.

Flexible study to suit you

You’ll benefit from a range of distance and blended-learning delivery options that provide flexible learning opportunities regardless of your location.

Learn from highly qualified, well-regarded teachers who are supportive and provide a high level of pastoral care. We use a variety of technologies to personalise your experience and provide an anywhere, anytime learning environment.

Advance through your studies

The Master of Education is a 180-credit degree, which means you can complete it in as little as 1.5 years of full-time study.

Join us in promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Becoming a teacher

Please note that the Master of Education does not qualify you to be a teacher. Explore education study options at Massey and the qualification you need to become a teacher in our education pathways tool.

Careers and further study


You will enhance and advance your career, depending on your specialisation, in areas such as:

  • education settings
  • TESOL settings
  • Kaiwhakaako Māori
  • special education
  • professional training and development roles within organisations (e.g. teaching hospitals, businesses, community organisations, libraries)
  • leadership roles in centres/schools and post-school settings
  • learning and instructional design
  • research and policy development.

Further study

If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


To enter the Master of Education you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • the Bachelor of Education with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, and have professional experience relevant to the intended postgraduate subject, or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, or equivalent, with a grade average across all courses of at least B (coursework pathway) or at least a B+ (research pathway).

If you do not have a Bachelor of Education or equivalent, you will need to supply a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV).

If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Education as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Research and coursework pathway

When you apply, you will choose either a research pathway or a coursework pathway

If you intend to do the research pathway (thesis) you will need to provide a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less) with your application.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

180 credits

Coursework Pathway

  • Part One research methods course – 15 credits
  • Part One subject courses – 90 credits
  • Part One course selected from the Schedule – 30 credits
  • Part Two professional inquiry – 45 credits

Research Pathway

  • Part One research methods course – 30 credits
  • Part One subject courses – 60 credits
  • Part Two thesis 90 credits

A specialisation (subject) is optional. Subjects include Part Two courses, and require 135 credits for the coursework pathway, or 150 credits for the research pathway.

Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements and have been granted credit for it, may be able to complete this degree in 60 - 120 credits.

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

Courses for this programme

Part One

Research Methods courses

Coursework Pathway
15 credits
267740 Mixed Methods Research in Education 15
267741 Indigenous Research Methodologies 15
267782 Quantitative Research in Education 15
267783 Qualitative Research in Education 15
Research Pathway
30 credits
267740 Mixed Methods Research in Education 15
267741 Indigenous Research Methodologies 15
267782 Quantitative Research in Education 15
267783 Qualitative Research in Education 15


Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Elective courses

253750 Counselling Theory 30
253753 Guidance in Education 30
253754 Family and Couples Counselling 30
253755 Culture and Counselling 30
254706 Advanced Studies in Curriculum Policy and Practice 30
254744 Educational Issues Among Pacific Islands Peoples in New Zealand 30
254773 Educational Policy Analysis 30
262751 Theory and Practice of Gifted and Talented Education 30

Part Two

Research Pathway

90 credits
267880 Thesis 90
267881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45
267882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45

Coursework Pathway

45 credits
267861 Professional Inquiry 45

Majors and minors

About specialisations

You may enrol in this qualification with or without a specialisation.

Master of Education without specialisation 

If you are completing the Master of Education without a specialisation, you must complete 120 credits from any of the subject schedules or elective schedule, one 15 credit research methods course (from 267.740, 267.741, 267.782 or 267.783), and the 45-credit Professional Inquiry course (267.861). This will allow you to construct a qualification individualised to your personal needs.

Master of Education with specialisation

You must complete at least 90 credits from the relevant subject schedule, including any compulsory courses. An additional 30 credits may come from any of the subject schedules, or from the elective schedule. All students must complete one 15 credit research methods course (listed above) and the 45 credits Professional Inquiry course (267.861). The focus of the Professional Inquiry should be in the subject specialisation area.

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Master of Education is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.

Coursework (Professional Inquiry) pathway

It is strongly recommended that all subject courses are completed first. The research methods courses should then be completed.

To progress to Part Two you must achieve a minimum B grade average in the first 120 credits of courses.

The Master of Education professional pathway is not available for full-time study. It will take two years of part-time study due to the sequencing of compulsory courses and professional inquiry. 

Research (thesis) pathway

It is strongly recommended that all subject courses are completed first. The research methods courses must then be completed.

To progress to Part Two you must achieve a minimum B+ grade average in the first 90 credits of courses.

Advanced entry

If you have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education you may may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • have a degree and some professional teaching experience
  • want to engage at the cutting edge of educational thought and practice
  • have an education topic that you would like to explore through research.

Meet our lecturers

Accreditations and rankings

QS ranking - Education

Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

Key information for students

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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.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

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.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

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.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

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.

Enrolling in courses

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:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

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.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

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.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

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:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

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.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships