Massey University graduate profile

Our graduate profile describes the qualities our students should have when they graduate.

Coming from diverse cultures and backgrounds, graduates of Massey University have developed critical and comprehensive discipline knowledge, and the interpersonal and social skills, imaginative potential, and desire for learning required for resilient futures as citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific, and as global citizens.

Our graduates have an enhanced level of understanding and awareness of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its place in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand, and know how to incorporate this into their professional practice.

Our graduates know how to operate in culturally and ethically respectful and sustainable ways.

Massey University seeks to develop the following attributes in our graduates, corresponding to their level of study.


Theme Attribute
Disciplinary knowledge and skills A comprehensive understanding of their field of study, including the research and critical information literacy skills necessary to find, interpret, critically evaluate and apply information and generate new knowledge in inter-disciplinary, bi-cultural, and global contexts.
Creativity and innovation The application of creative and critical thinking and decision-making skills to achieve shared goals, and leadership and teamwork skills necessary for effective collaboration and innovation.
Resilience and
Resilience, flexibility and adaptability to recognise that learning is a process, and that growth comes from preparation, hard work and overcoming setbacks.


Theme Attribute
Cultural awareness Acknowledgement of diverse forms and traditions of knowledge and understanding the associated responsibilities in their respective disciplines in order to engage with diverse communities safely and with integrity.
Māori knowledge and understanding Respect for the place of Māori knowledge, culture and values in their fields of study and society.


Theme Attribute
Social responsibility Proactive engagement with local communities, iwi and hapū to contribute to the development of solutions to local and national challenges using evidence-based, approaches and constructive action for the common good.
Communication and collaboration Verbal, written, digital and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with in diverse situations and in both bi-cultural and globalised contexts.
Global engagement Application of knowledge and skills to the development of solutions for global challenges to social, cultural, indigenous, economic and environmental sustainability.