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Specialise in Mathematics for your Graduate Certificate in Arts at Massey
The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Mathematics) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of maths.
Open up a world of opportunities
A Graduate Certificate in Arts (Mathematics) opens up a world of opportunities. Maths is a product of human ingenuity that allows our modern world to exist. Examples of its use include securing sensitive communications using cryptography and calculating the geostationary orbit of a satellite. You’ll learn appropriate analytic and numerical methods for problem-solving which can be applied in a range of contexts and industries.
Get the skills you’ll need
Your mathematics qualification will help you develop a wide variety of skills and techniques, especially in calculus and algebra. You’ll learn to formulate, solve, restate and resolve problems, and interpret results. You’ll also build your knowledge of computational and digital simulation techniques. You’ll learn to communicate and explain concepts effectively with non-mathematical colleagues. This is a crucial skill, as many careers will take you into a team environment.
Learn from the leaders
Studying maths at Massey will give you access to some of the world’s top mathematical minds. Massey lecturers and postgraduate students are researching areas such as the modelling of geothermal processes, epidemiology, celestial mechanics, neuroscience, industrial mathematics, number theory, geometry and analysis. These projects show the generality, versatility and variety of problems offered. Your maths qualification will help you build up the skills and techniques you’ll need to be part of projects like these.
Once you have completed your Graduate Certificate in Arts (Mathematics) you can go on to postgraduate study if you wish.
A Graduate Certificate in Arts in Mathematics is a good fit if you:
- like to think things through logically and analytically
- enjoy mathematics
- seek new solutions to problems.
If you study full-time, you’ll take 60 credits per semester.
Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.
Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.
The GradCertArts (Mathematics) schedule includes some courses which have specific 100-level courses required as prerequisites which must be passed before enrolling in a 200-level course. Meeting prerequisite requirements may require you to study courses in addition to those specified for the GradCertArts.
Check the requirements for your courses before you enrol.
Please note: No 100-level credits can be included in the GradCertArts. Any 100-level prerequisite course that you need to pass before you start the Graduate Certificate in Arts should be taken under the Certificate of Proficiency Undergraduate.
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.
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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Courses you can enrol in
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Course code: 160203 Multivariable Calculus credits 15
The techniques of 100-level calculus are applied and extended in the study of infinite series, vector-valued functions and functions of two or more variables. Topics include convergence of power series, partial derivatives, double and triple integrals with applications to surface area and volumes, line and surface integrals.View full course details
Course code: 160204 Differential Equations I credits 15
An intermediate level course in the analytical and numerical study of ordinary differential equations, with an emphasis on their applications to the real world. Exact solution methods for ordinary differential equations. Systems of differential equations, matrix methods, phase plane techniques. Applications of differential equations. Numerical methods for differential equations.View full course details
Course code: 160211 Linear Algebra credits 15
Vector spaces, linear transformation, matrix representation, inner product spaces, isometries, least squares, generalised inverse, eigen theory, quadratic forms, norms, numerical methods.View full course details
Course code: 160212 Discrete Mathematics credits 15
Sets, logic, mathematical induction, functions and equivalence relations. Partial orderings, algebraic structures and morphisms. Error correcting codes and public key cryptography. Graph theory.View full course details
Course code: 160301 Real and Complex Analysis credits 15
Real analysis: inequalities, the continuum property, induction, sequences, functions and limits, continuity, contraction mappings and fixed points, differentiation, mean value theorems and Taylor's theorem. Complex analysis: geometry in the complex plane, limits and continuity, holomorphic functions, line integrals, Cauchy's theorem and some elementary consequences, singularities and Laurent's theorem, the calculus of residues and some applications.View full course details
Course code: 160302 Modern Algebra credits 15
Group theory - basic properties, permutation groups, finite Abelian groups, cosets, normal subgroups, homomorphism theorems, representation. Ring theory - integral domains and fields, ideals, homomorphism theorems, factorisation, extension fields.View full course details
Course code: 160314 Combinatorics credits 15
Permutations and combinations, binomial coefficients, the inclusion-exclusion principle, generating functions, recurrence relations, Polya’s theorem, topics in graph theory.View full course details
Course code: 160318 Differential Equations II credits 15
An advanced course in the analytical and numerical study of ordinary and partial differential equations, building on techniques developed in Differential Equations I. Ordinary differential equations: power series and Frobenius series solutions, special functions, Fourier series, Sturm-Liouville problems, qualitative analysis of nonlinear systems. Partial differential equations: classification of second-order equations, separation of variables, Fourier transforms, explicit and implicit numerical schemes.View full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Mathematics) 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.
English language requirements
To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
This qualification is classified as NZQF Level 7 and requires the same English language standard as most undergraduate bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
Can't meet the entry requirements?
If you need to do a course before you start your qualification, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Fees and scholarships
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.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
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.
- Student loans (StudyLink)
- Fees Free
- Student portal
This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.
Careers and job opportunities
As a graduate of the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Mathematics), you’ll have the analytical and problem-solving skills that employers are looking for. This could lead to a number of career options in areas including:
- finance and banking
- market research and big data
- public and private consultancies
- government departments
- research and development agencies
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.
Accreditations and rankings
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