What will I learn?

The MA offers you a range of choices. There are research and taught degrees, one-year or 18-month options depending on your possible qualification, and more than 40 subjects for study. Your academic background may enable you to study a subject different to that of your previous specialisation.

The research masters gives you an exciting opportunity to contribute to the knowledge in your field by completing a substantial research project alongside some of New Zealand’s leading scholars.

In a taught masters you can deepen your knowledge in small classes, enjoy close interaction with academic staff, and complete a smaller research project.

The MA in Education lets you pursue in-depth research in an educational area of your choice and work closely with university staff who are specialists in their field.

The qualification is offered through the Faculty of Arts and taught by Faculty of Education and Social Work academic staff. Weekly lectures are held at the Epsom Campus, with select courses taught at the City Campus. Research is carried out under the guidance of one or more supervisors.

Available as a 120-point (one year full time, two years part time) or 240-point (two years full-time, four years part time) degree, you can choose from advanced-level courses and research topics in a wide range of education areas, including:

Adult and Higher Education

Philosophy, history and sociology of education

Educational psychology

Child and adolescent developmental psychology

M?ori education

Literacy education

Research and evaluation

Programme structure

A 120- or 180-point programme with research and taught options, depending on your chosen subject. The structure of your programme depends on the subject that you are studying.

Taught (180-point)*

The Taught 180-point Master of Arts is set to be introduced for Semester 1, 2022. Once the programme is approved, applications will be open in Apply To Study.

Enter from an undergraduate degree

Advanced taught courses

A dissertation worth 60 points

One and a half years full-time or up to six years part-time

* Please note the programme is currently subject to final regulatory approval.

Research (120-point)

Enter from a postgraduate degree

Usually consists of a 120-point thesis or research portfolio

Some subjects offer a combination of a 90-point thesis and 30 points from taught courses

You may be able to include up to 30 points from other subjects

One year full-time or up to two consecutive years part-time

Taught (120-point)

Enter from a postgraduate degree

Advanced taught courses

A small research project such as a dissertation, usually worth 45 points

You may be able to include up to 30 points from other subjects

One year full-time or up to two consecutive years part-time

Only available in selected subjects

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Semester Two admission may not be available for some subjects.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
NZ$40,306.00 (US$ 27,048) per year
Tuition fee: NZ $36,086 – NZ $44,526 (This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year)

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

Start date

28 February 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

University of Auckland

City Campus,

Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes Street,

AUCKLAND CITY,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a 120 point Masters degree: Normally this requires a completed bachelor honours degree or postgraduate diploma from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent postgraduate qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Admission to a 180 point Masters degree: This normally requires a completed bachelor degree or postgraduate certificate from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account. Admission to a 240 point Masters degree: This normally requires a completed bachelor degree from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised university (or similar) overseas. Previous work experience may be taken into account. GPE - Grade Point Equivalent: 4.0; IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85

For international students

Research 120 points:

You need to have completed a postgraduate qualification, following an undergraduate degree, from a recognised university (or similar institution) in a similar discipline to your intended subject. You will require a GPE of 5.0.

Research 240 points:

You need to have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in a similar discipline to your intended subject. You will require a GPE of 5.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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

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