Mathematics – Graduate Diploma in Arts

Build your knowledge of mathematics and learn how to communicate your findings, with Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Arts (Mathematics).

Where you can study

Auckland campus
Distance and online
Manawatū campus (Palmerston North)

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand, or studying on-line out
Note: Not all courses are available at all campuses or each year.

Specialise in Mathematics for your Graduate Diploma in Arts at Massey

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Mathematics) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in mathematics.

Open up a world of opportunities

Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Arts (Mathematics) opens up a world of opportunities. Maths is a product of human ingenuity that allows our modern world to exist. That may be securing sensitive communications using cryptography. Or it may be calculating the geostationary orbit of a satellite. With a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Mathematics) you’ll learn analytic and numerical methods for problem-solving. These 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. You’ll learn to formulate, solve, restate and resolve problems, and interpret results. You’ll also build your knowledge of computational and simulation techniques. You’ll learn to communicate and explain concepts effectively with non-mathematical colleagues.

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 versatility and variety of problems offered to mathematically-skilled scientists. Your maths qualification will help you build up the skills and techniques you’ll need to be part of projects like these.

Further study

Once you have completed your Graduate Diploma in Arts (Mathematics), you can then apply for a postgraduate qualification in maths if you wish.

A Graduate Diploma 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.

Planning information

Full-time study comprises eight 15-credit courses for a total of 120 credits in one year. We recommend you aim for 60 credits per semester.

Note: 160319 Mathematical Modelling is not available in 2022 and is replaced with 160314 Combinatorics. Providing you have passed the prerequisite course 160212 Discrete Mathematics, you can add 160314 using Special request/Special permission.

Official regulations

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.

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 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

Prerequisites
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.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
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 15 credits

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.

Prerequisites: One of 160101, 160112, 160133 or 228172

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Course code: 160204 Differential Equations I 15 credits

Exact solution methods for ordinary differential equations including the use of the Laplace transform. Systems of differential equations, matrix methods, phase plane techniques. Numerical methods for differential equations.

Prerequisites: 160101 or 160112 or 160133 or 228172

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Course code: 160211 Linear Algebra 15 credits

Vector spaces, linear transformation, matrix representation, inner product spaces, isometries, least squares, generalised inverse, eigen theory, quadratic forms, norms, numerical methods.

Prerequisites: 160102, 160112, 160133 or 228172

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Course code: 160212 Discrete Mathematics 15 credits

Sets, logic, mathematical induction, functions and equivalence relations. Partial orderings, algebraic structures and morphisms. Error correcting codes and public key cryptography. Graph theory.

Prerequisites: One of (160101, 160102, 160103, 160105, 160111, 160112, 160132, 160133, 228171 or 228172) and one of (159101, 159171 or 230112)

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Course code: 160301 Real and Complex Analysis 15 credits

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.

Prerequisites: 160203

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Course code: 160302 Modern Algebra 15 credits

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.

Prerequisites: 160211 or 160212

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Course code: 160318 Differential Equations II 15 credits

Ordinary differential equations: series solutions, special functions, Sturm-Liouville problems, Green's functions. Qualitative analysis of non-linear equations. Partial differential equations: method of characteristics, classification of second order equations, separation of variables, Fourier transforms. Introduction to numerical methods and software.

Prerequisites: 160203 and 160204

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Course code: 160319 Mathematical Modelling 15 credits

The mathematical modelling process and methodologies examined through a variety of case studies. Application of analytical techniques, numerical methods and computer software packages to the solution of differential equations, difference equations and linear and nonlinear systems.

Prerequisites: 160204 and one of (160203, 160211 or 160212) and one of (159101 or 159171)

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Mathematics) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

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.

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.

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.

Fees disclaimer

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 Diploma 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
  • manufacturing
  • teaching.

International students

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.

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