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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Economics)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

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

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Economics) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in economics. You can then apply for a postgraduate qualification in economics if you wish.

Get skills for your personal and professional development

There's much more to economics than you might think. With a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Economics) at Massey, you’ll investigate how businesses decide what to produce and how many people to employ, explore how people decide what to consume, and learn about big-picture world economics.

Economics is concerned with how to allocate scarce resources to competing ends, and you’ll get a good understanding of the implications of the choices made.

A GDipArts (Economics) from Massey will help you in your own decision-making, and in better understanding developments in the economy and society in general. It offers ways of thinking about the world that let you make the best of what you have, and improve on it.

Take a flexible approach to your degree

Massey's economics programme gives you flexibility in the subjects you study. You’ll gain a strong grounding in the core elements of micro- and macro-economics and then build on it by choosing from a selection of other subjects within economics.


Our graduates are sought-after by major public and private sector employers. When you complete your graduate diploma, you could join our graduates working in prestigious organisations in New Zealand and around the world.

The skills and knowledge of trained economists are highly valued by the public and private sector, large and small firms, large international agencies, schools and universities, economic policy-makers and social organisations.

You might work as any of the following:

  • agricultural economist
  • business analyst
  • economic consultant
  • energy research officer
  • environmental economist
  • health economist
  • international economist
  • micro-economics analyst.

The Treasury, the Reserve Bank and the World Bank all recruit economics graduates. But your Graduate Diploma in Arts (Economics) can also be the gateway to employment in many other areas, such as management, planning, politics, education, finance and banking, journalism or the media.

Further study

You can apply for a postgraduate qualification in economics after successfully completing this programme.

Entry criteria

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Economics) 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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