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Master of Arts (Geography)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Manawatu Campus

Summary

Take your study of geography to a higher level

With Massey’s Master of Arts (Geography) you can build on your undergraduate interest in geography and develop your critical research skills.

A Master of Arts (Geography) prepares you to be a thoughtful and knowledgeable local and global citizen. You’ll develop important career skills in research, spatial analysis, and evidence-based examination of the pressing issues facing New Zealand and the world today.

A Master of Arts (Geography) prepares you to be a thoughtful and knowledgeable local and global citizen. You’ll develop important career skills in research, spatial analysis and evidence-based examination of the pressing issues facing New Zealand and the world today.

Learn from a range of teaching methods

This diploma will allow you to investigate topics such as:

  • urbanisation
  • state restructuring
  • globalisation
  • geopolitics
  • agrifood
  • resource management
  • consumption.

Your courses will help you gain a global perspective drawing from international case studies and examples, while maintaining a particular focus on New Zealand’s place in a changing world.

Complete your MA in three semesters

Massey’s Master of Arts is 180 credits. This means you can complete an MA in three semesters of full-time study.

Careers

With an MA (Geography) you can choose from a wide range of careers including:

  • conservation and environmental research
  • energy development
  • resource management
  • forestry
  • public service
  • international development and diplomacy
  • local and regional councils
  • business and market research
  • teaching
  • tourism.

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester. Not all courses are available in every semester.

The Master of Arts (Geography) is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second. Read the regulations for this programme to find out more.

Grades achieved in the first 60 credits will determine eligibility for progression to Part Two.

  • For the coursework pathway a minimum B grade average is required.
  • For the research pathway a minimum B+ grade average is required.

Master of Arts 120 credits

If you enrol in a thesis, you commence with Thesis (90 or 120 credits) Part 1, followed by Thesis (90 or 120 credits) Part 2 in the next enrolment period. Both parts combine to meet the thesis requirements with a single grade assigned to each part.

If the thesis cannot be submitted at the end of the initial Thesis (90 or 120 credits) Part 2 enrolment, you must re-enrol in Thesis (90 or 120 credits) Part 2 and pay fees each semester until submission is made.

Entry criteria

To enter the Master of Arts (Geography) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a Bachelor of Arts degree (or equivalent) with a major in the intended postgraduate subject, with at least a B grade average across the 200/300 level major courses
  • a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a subject in the intended postgraduate subject or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts with an endorsement in the intended postgraduate subject, or an equivalent qualification, with at least a B+ grade average across the 700-level courses for entry to the Research Pathway or a B grade average across the 700-level courses for entry to the Coursework Pathway.

If you have a BA (Hons) or PGDipArts in the intended Master of Arts subject as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

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

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

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