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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Security Studies)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


Kick-start your career in security

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Security Studies) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in security studies without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Security Studies) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in security studies.

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
  • 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 Diploma 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 diploma 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.


With a Graduate Diploma 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

Further study

Once you have completed your Graduate Diploma in Arts (Security Studies), you can then apply for a postgraduate qualification in security studies if you wish.

Entry criteria

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

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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