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Master of International Development

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Manawatu Campus


Study a Master of International Development – MIntDev

In the Master of International Development, you’ll learn how global economic, social, political and environmental forces affect people and shape different parts of the world. These insights will allow you to recognise where inequalities lie. You’ll identify strategies to help overcome poverty and enhance human wellbeing.

When you graduate from the Master of International Development you will be able to:

demonstrate knowledge and skills that can be applied in developing policy and strategies, and in managing and evaluating international development programmes

critically and rigorously evaluate contemporary international development theories, policies and approaches

conduct independent research and analysis of international development issues, collect relevant data, and be able to write persuasively about this

demonstrate mastery of social science research approaches and techniques and be able to undertake independent research in a well-planned and ethical manner

interpret research findings and draw out relevant implications for development theory, policy and practice.

Learn from experts in the field

Massey University, in 1989, was the first in New Zealand to offer courses leading to recognised qualifications in Development Studies. In 2019 we celebrated our 30th anniversary! We’ve built on that reputation by developing world-class courses in international development.

Our professors and lecturers are scholars and active researchers. They also have experience in development policy and practice in diverse contexts.

A MIntDev is a good fit if you:

want advanced knowledge and skills in international development

value cultural awareness, sensitivity and empathy

take ideas about ethics, engagement and citizenship seriously.

Entry criteria

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Master of International Development you will have been awarded or qualified for:

a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Development Studies, or equivalent, with a minimum B average across the 200 and 300 level major courses, or

a bachelor's degree with a B average across the relevant 200 and 300 level courses and relevant field or industry experience of an appropriate kind and duration, or

a Postgraduate Diploma in International Development, or equivalent, with a B average.

If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in International Development 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

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT – Overall score 90, minimum 20 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 5
  • PTE - 58 overall and minimum 50 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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