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Bachelor of Arts (Statistics)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


Be a highly sought-after graduate

The quantitative skills that you’ll gain from a Massey BA (Statistics) can set you apart from other graduates when applying for jobs.

A Massey BA (Statistics) will teach you to interpret the science of evidence. Statistics allow us to quantify risk and make effective decisions even when we are uncertain about the world around us. Should I buy or sell my stock? Is this new treatment effective against breast cancer? What adverts should my website display in order to increase my revenue? How can I better interpret that weak distress signal coming from a vessel far out at sea?

Being able to use data to find answers to questions like these makes statisticians some of the most highly sought-after employees.

Learn the theory and its practical relevance

As a Massey BA (Statistics) student you will learn the key theories of statistics, but you will also get the quantitative skills to conduct robust statistical analysis that is effective in the real world.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report conducted over nine years showed that science, technology, engineering and math’s graduates have high relative earnings compared to other graduates.


Statistics skills are useful in most areas of government, business, industry, and the sciences. Jobs that require statistic expertise include:


Policy analysis, Census, law, national defence


Economics, engineering, marketing, computer science, data mining, business analytics

Physical sciences

Astronomy, chemistry, physics

Health and medicine

Genetics, clinical trials, epidemiology, pharmacology


Agriculture, ecology, forestry, animal populations


A major consists of 120 credits (eight courses) in Statistics.

The more advanced statistics courses build on the basic concepts learned in the 100-level course.

For this you would need a basic background in mathematics (eg Year 12/NCEA Level 2 mathematics).

You will develop a wide variety of skills and techniques at the next level to enable you to competently undertake the more advanced courses.

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

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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