Master of Arts

The Master of Arts involves advanced study in an Arts subject and is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge of that subject. The degree also includes a substantial component of independent research. The Master of Arts maybe taken within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies.

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Master of Arts under Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Are you seeking the ability to think critically and communicate well? A Master of Arts (MA) from Waikato will teach you the skills to work independently and see a major project through to completion. These are characteristics that are highly sought after by employers.

Enrolling in a MA gives you the opportunity to engage in independent (but supervised) research in one or more of a wide range of Arts subjects. Graduating with an MA provides you with a gateway to a higher research degree or to a wide range of careers.

Master of Arts under Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

The recognition of Māori as an official language of Aotearoa has been accompanied by an acknowledgement of tangata whenua issues within the community and society as a whole. The ability to be fluent in both Māori and English has become increasingly important within a number of professional areas. These areas include: Iwi/hapu development, Education, Medicine, Research, Media, Government and Travel and Tourism.

You can choose from the following subjects: Māori Language/Te Reo Māori, Maori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori, Māori Media and Communication.

Industry Connections

The programmes within the MA host networks and relationships with a diverse range of national and international industry bodies. These include, the wider education sector (particularly with secondary schools), linguistic and cultural groups, creative, theatrical and performing groups, embassies, government, business organisations, historical organisations, international organisations, and industrial and professional groups or organisations.

Music and Theatre Studies, for example, have links directly with the public at large through the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. History has close links with the New Zealand Historical Association and English with Creative New Zealand and the Fulbright Foundation.

Career Opportunities

Our subjects equip MA graduates for specific careers. For instance, a Screen and Media Studies MA graduate might become a director or producer, a media relations adviser, a media research executive, a professional fundraiser, a public affairs specialist, a public relations consultant or a journalist. History MA graduates might become historians, museum curators, heritage researchers or work in community development (for instance, with tribal authorities). Foreign language MA graduates might work in the diplomatic service or become international marketing managers, trade commissioners, interpreters or translators – the possibilities are endless.

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Years 1.5
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $6,616-$7,926 per year
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International Fees $27,830 - $31,495 per year
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.


These are all the subjects available for the Master of Arts

Applied Linguistics
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Development Studies
Earth Sciences
Education and Society
Environmental Planning
Health, Sport and Human Performance
Human Resource Management
International Relations and Security Studies
Labour Studies
Management Systems
Materials and Processing
Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Māori Media and Communication
Political Science
Population Studies and Demography
Public Policy
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Social Science Research
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Management
Women's and Gender Studies

Scholarships and prizes

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Graduate study options

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Following the successful completion of the BA or BA(Hons) you may apply for the Master of Arts degree. The MA is awarded with classes of honours.

To be admitted to the MA, you must have completed a Bachelor of Arts (or equivalent) or a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (or equivalent) in the same subject and must have achieved a satisfactory grade average – normally a B+ average or better.

You will also need to have appropriate supervision arranged.

Admission criteria may vary so please consult the appropriate programme Graduate  Adviser for their specific criteria. Admission to the MA requires the agreement of the Chair of School or Programme Convenor of the main subject or programme and agreement of the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences (or nominee).

MA Degree Regulations


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

Graduate Support Administrator
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 837 9234

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4737 or + 64 7 838 4737

Degree Structure

Following the successful completion of the BA or BA(Hons) you may apply for the Master of Arts degree. The MA is awarded with classes of honours.

For students admitted directly from the BA, the MA involves three semesters of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study. It is made up of 180 points which can comprise of either a 120-point thesis, and 60 points from approved 500 level papers; or a 90-point thesis and 90 points from approved 500 level papers; or a 60-point thesis and 120 points from approved 500 level papers. In all cases, you must also include a research foundations paper.

For students admitted from the BA(Hons), the MA involves two semesters of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study. In this case it is made up of 120 points that comprise either a 120-point thesis; or a 90-point thesis and 30 points from approved 500 level papers; or a 60-point thesis and 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

Māori Media and Communication, Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori can be taken for the MA, but students must enrol through the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies.

Students who wish to take International Relations and Security Studies for the MA are normally required to include at least two of LAWS576, POLS502, POLS506, or POLS527 in their programme of study, unless these have already been taken as part of an earlier qualification.

Students enrolled in the MA may take up to 60 points from other subjects, subject to approval from the School. You should discuss your intended programme with the Graduate Adviser in each of the Faculties or Schools concerned. Individual subjects may have their own guidelines for numbers and types of papers outside the subject.

MA Regulations