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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


Specialise in Security Studies for your Graduate Diploma in Arts at Massey

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 (Security Studies) 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 and conflict resolution, as well as cyber-crime at community and government levels. You’ll develop broad and transferable critical thinking skills.

Learn from the best

Our lecturers have professional and academic experience. Our courses are nationally and internationally respected. They are scholarly and career-focussed, and well-connected with potential employers. The qualification is designed in collaboration with an advisory board of New Zealand’s top defence and security officials.

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.

A Graduate Diploma in Arts in Security Studies is a good fit if you:

want to help keep New Zealand safe

want to make a difference in your community

can look for solutions in tough situations.

Entry criteria

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Security Studies) 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.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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