What will I learn?

Enhance your aviation career

Enhance your career prospects in the internationally-competitive aviation sector.

What is it Like?

Massey University’s Master of Aviation will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of aviation and advance your career.

Enhance your career prospects

Aviation industry personnel like those in many other industries, face increasing ‘academic inflation’. Senior aviation managers are required to demonstrate not only technical knowledge and expertise, but also advanced aviation qualifications and skills.

This programme is partly taught and also includes a professional research project.

What will you learn?

A Master of Aviation will give you the skills to work to a high level of academic achievement, work to deadlines under pressure and communicate your work effectively. All of these are essential skills to work at a senior level in the aviation industry, or to progress to a higher level of study such as a PhD.

A masters is a rigorous and challenging academic programme, but you will be rewarded with an in-depth knowledge of aviation that will significantly enhance your career prospects in the internationally-competitive aviation sector.

180 credits

Massey University’s Master of Aviation is a 180 credit master qualification. The 180 credit masters offers a rigorous programme of learning yet can be achieved in three semesters (one and a half years).

Two pathways to choose

You can choose from two pathways: research or professional practice.

1. Research pathway

If you choose this pathway your study will include 60 credits of taught courses including a compulsory Research Methods course. Part Two will incorporate a minimum of 60 credits of research.

2. Professional practice pathway

Those wanting a more practice-based qualification which reflects their industry experience should enrol in the Professional Practice option.

This option includes two compulsory aviation management courses, elective aviation courses and culminates in a 60 credit ‘Professional Practice in Aviation’ course. Students who are already aviation professionals may wish to draw on their current aviation role for the purpose of a case study.

Master of Aviation structure

The Master of Aviation is a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits comprising:

Part One and Part Two as defined by the Schedule to the Degree;

And including: At least 60 credits at 800-level in accordance with either the Research pathway or the Professional pathway; Attending field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

The MAv course of study for a candidate who has been awarded the Degree of Bachelor of Aviation Management with Honours, or the equivalent degree of another recognised university, shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits from either the Research pathway or the Professional pathway as defined by the Schedule to the Degree, including the completion of at least 60 credits from Part Two. For progression from Part One to Part Two in the MAv (Research Pathway), candidates must have achieved a Grade Average of at least B over the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One courses, including the compulsory courses. For progression from Part One to Part Two in the MAv (Professional Pathway), candidates must have achieved a Grade Average of at least B- over the courses completed in Part One courses, including the compulsory courses.

Which department am I in?

School of Aviation

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$30,730.00 (US$ 19,762) per year

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

Application deadline

1 May 2020

More details

Start date

24 February 2020, 13 July 2020

Venue

Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,

Turitea,

4474, New Zealand

Online/Distance (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$26,720.00 (US$ 17,184) per year

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

Application deadline

1 May 2020

More details

Start date

24 February 2020, 13 July 2020

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An appropriate undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution is required. English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); TOEFL iBT- 90 overall (min 20 in Writing); PTE Academic - 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 180.

For international students

Applicants for the Master of Aviation (MAv) will meet the University admission requirements as specified, and will have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Aviation, Bachelor of Aviation Management or equivalent qualification, having achieved a minimum B- grade average in the highest level courses. All students must gain admission as being eligible to proceed into this programme.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

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