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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Social Policy)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Auckland Campus


Specialise in Social Policy for your Graduate Diploma in Arts at Massey

A Massey Graduate Diploma in Arts (Social Policy) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in social policy.

Get understanding and insight

You’ll learn what influences the development, implementation and evaluation of social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. You’ll study law, politics and the roles of central and local government in a democratic society. You will gain insight into the relationships that help shape legislation and develop policy, such as those between the state, judiciary, legal system, political parties and the public.

Apply your skills

Learn to apply your social policy analysis skills to a number of decision-making scenarios to result in better social outcomes. This could take many forms including a policy, project plan, submission or even the strategic direction of an organisation.

Further study

If you successfully complete your Graduate Diploma in Arts, you could go on to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts or a Master of Arts.

A Graduate Diploma in Arts in Social Policy is a good fit if you:

want to know who makes decisions on many of the important issues

want to find out how to influence those decisions

are keen to contribute to the cause of social justice.

Entry criteria

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Social Policy) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree or equivalent.

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

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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