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Master of Arts (Maori Knowledge)

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Master's Degree

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Follow your passion

With Massey’s Master of Arts (Maori Knowledge) you can build on your undergraduate interests.

An understanding of Maori language and culture is key to shaping the social, political and economic future of our nation.

With a Master of Arts (Maori Knowledge) you’ll build on your fundamental knowledge of Maori language, culture and tikanga. You’ll explore how Maori culture and knowledge thrive and struggle in the modern world. You’ll investigate issues of social justice and inequality.

Learn from award-winning lecturers

Our Maori knowledge programme is led by leaders in Maori research. You’ll learn from winners of the Aotearoa Maori book awards, and recipients of New Zealand Fulbright scholarships. Our lecturers bring their knowledge and passion for Maori literature and development into their teaching to give you a creative and innovative learning experience.


Your Master of Arts (Maori Knowledge) will be a great pathway to careers in a range of areas, including:

  • community work
  • foreign affairs
  • Maori development
  • policy analysis
  • research
  • teaching
  • translation services.

Planning overview

The Master of Arts (Maori Knowledge) is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Not all courses are available in each semester.

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 Part One, followed by Part Two 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 Part Two enrolment, you must re-enrol in Part Two (and pay fees) each semester until submission is made.

Entry criteria

To enter the Master of Arts (Maori Knowledge) 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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