What will I learn?

Learn how technology and enterprise connect

Combine your interest in business, organisations and entrepreneurship with an understanding of how information systems are a vital part of organisations.

What is it Like?

If you are interested in IT but prefer working with people and establishing client requirements, rather than immersing yourself in the technical details of software development, then the information systems major could be the right choice for you.

Information systems are everywhere

Information systems underlie all aspects of our lives, whether we are working, studying or at leisure. We spend more and more of our time online using the Web, mobile apps and all manner of internet-connected devices (the ‘Internet of Things’).

All around us systems like transport, manufacturing, banking and farming are increasingly connected and automated. More and more data is being created daily (‘Big Data’). This changes the way that government agencies and businesses process and apply information about their products, services, customers and citizens. Such systems are not only about technology. Their success depends on their designers having an expert understanding of computer software and hardware and the social, human and organisational contexts of these systems.

Join the trail blazers

Massey is a New Zealand leader in IT education and is the only university in New Zealand to offer both information systems and information technology majors in an undergraduate programme.

In demand

IT employers are constantly seeking increasing numbers of skilled staff. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

High demand areas include software development, business analysis, network security, project management and data/database. These are the key areas of information sciences you can study through the Bachelor of Information Sciences at Massey.

Understand technology and its users

An information systems professional understands how information systems must be invented and designed to meet the needs of people in real world situations.

When you study information systems at Massey you will gain skills in practical technical areas, such as how to create interactive websites or how to use databases to manage corporate data. You will also learn the essential soft skills of working with the users of IT systems, learning to understand their needs and how systems can be designed to meet them. You will understand the impact of ICT from an enterprise perspective, seeing how information systems are part of the larger mission of an organisation. You will learn about computer systems not just from the perspective of the system developer, but from the perspective of the manager, the administrator, the salesperson and the entrepreneur.

Sought-after by employers

There is a shortage of people with the skills that you will gain - as information systems graduate you will be sought-after by employers around the world.


Knowing the potential of information systems and having the ability to put this knowledge to work can result in a successful personal career, organisations that reach their goals and a high quality of life.

This qualification is well-suited to those interested in a career in management or administration in a technical environment.

Some examples of professional careers that could lead on from this qualification include:

  • Business and systems analysts
  • User support specialists
  • Database administrators
  • Technology officers
  • Trainers
  • Project managers
  • Independent consultants

Which department am I in?

School of Natural and Computational Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$30,860.00 (US$ 20,084) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 October 2019

More details

Start date

15 July 2019, 18 November 2019


Auckland Campus

Massey University Auckland (East Precinct),

Albany Expressway (SH17),



0632, New Zealand

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$26,835.00 (US$ 17,464) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

31 October 2019

More details

Start date

15 July 2019, 18 November 2019

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5); TOEFL iBT- 80 overall (min 19 in Writing); PTE Academic - 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 170.

For international students

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.

It is strongly recommended that students have studied Mathematics at NCEA level 2 or equivalent.

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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