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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in Human Services

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024

Campus

University of Otago

Summary

The Master of Arts (MA) degree normally requires at least one year of full-time study and entails completion of a thesis. The thesis is a major piece of supervised research on a topic of current interest.

The primary aim of the programme is to develop in a candidate skills needed to identify a significant topic, design and implement an extended piece of research, and present the findings in a form acceptable to an expert readership.

It prepares candidates for employment in education, regional and national government agencies, the private sector, and industry. The degree is also an possible qualification for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Intake: Anytime.

Entry criteria

Applicants seeking admission to a programme of study comprising of papers and a thesis (240 points combined) must either

Applicants seeking admission to the programme of study comprising the 120-point thesis only on the basis of completing the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects or equivalent must:

  • be a graduate with an average grade of at least B+ for the appropriate 300-level papers, or
  • have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
  • have undertaken a programme of study that provides adequate preparation for the thesis, and have achieved a grade of at least a B+ for the research report, thesis preparation, dissertation requirement, or relevant preparatory papers of the qualification concerned.<>/li>Applicants must normally have achieved an average grade of at least B+ in the papers at the highest level in the programme.

  • IELTS (Academic module) (including IELTS Online) - Overall score of 6.5, no individual band below 6.0.
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score of 90 and a writing score of 21.
  • C1 Advanced (previously Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) or C2 Proficiency (previously Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • Language Cert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill.
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • English New Zealand's Accredited Pathway Assessment - Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).
  • APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language Examination - Grade 4 or higher.

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