What will I learn?

Advance your Bachelor's degree with postgraduate study and professional training in statistical techniques.

Statisticians are in demand. The huge variety and quantity of data generated today means more people are needed who can analyse it and make sense of it.

Victoria's Master of Applied Statistics (MAppStat) is designed to train you in a range of advanced statistical methods and give practical experience in the variety of work professional statisticians are involved in.

Develop your research, analytical, and client communication and consultancy expertise. You'll gain a toolbox of skills so you can solve real-life problems. Graduate prepared for a career with many different types of workplace including government agencies, science institutions and businesses.

Practical experience

Your programme will be made up of both coursework at the University and practical training in the field. The MAppStat has a professional focus and you'll complete a consultancy project and work experience practicum. This will give you a unique experience among applied statistics programmes internationally.

Work alongside other students in a consulting role with real clients such as clinicians or academics. You'll learn how to talk to clients about technical issues in a language they'll understand, and you'll make an oral presentation and write a report.

During your practicum you'll gain valuable professional work experience with a host organisation such as the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Statistics New Zealand and NIWA, or data science companies like Dot Loves Data or Harmonic Analytics. You'll be matched to an environment that suits your goals.

Advance your expertise with PhD study

The MAppStat prepares you for both a professional career and for PhD study. Because you'll complete study in research projects during your Master's year, you'll be prepared to go on to do a PhD thesis.

A PhD is the highest academic qualification offered by the School of Mathematics and Statistics. You’ll carry out original and sustained research under supervision from world-class academics.

Programme requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Complete 180 points

Include three core courses: Research Preparation (STAT 480); Statistical Consulting (STAT 501); Statistical Practicum (STAT 581)

Project (STAT 487)

Further approved 400-or 500-level courses worth 120 points including:

  • Research Project 1 (STAT 487) or Research Project (STAT 489)
  • The Head of School may approve substitution of Research Project 1 (STAT 487) and Statistical Practicum (STAT 581) with Applied Statistics Project (STAT 588).

Which department am I in?

Wellington Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$59,171.00 (US$ 39,919) per year
NZ $59,171 for the full programme

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

Application deadline

1 May 2022

More details

Start date

28 February 2022, 11 July 2022


Victoria University of Wellington

Kelburn Campus,

Level 2, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade,



6012, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need the equivalent of a Bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree from a recognised institution with at least a B average. A background in a particular subject area may be required or recommended. IELTS (Academic): Overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0| TOEFL (iBT): A score of 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing | Pearson Test of English (Academic): A score of 58 with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50 | C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)): A score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169 | C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)): A score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169 | Victoria University of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP): A minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4.

For international students

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject area

To be accepted by the head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington is in the top 1 percent of the world’s 18,000 universities for 20 subjects and in the top 2 percent of universities.

  • 5+ stars from QS Stars Rating of Excellence 2019
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  • First in New Zealand for intensity of high-quality research
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