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Master of Māori and Pacific Development

The Master of Māori and Pacific Development builds on the knowledge of core indigenous concepts, cultural and historical understandings, ethical, methodological, environmental and sustainable development.

The Master of Māori and Pacific Development (MMPD) will take you through an advanced assessment of the underlying concepts and principles associated with social, cultural, political and economic development for indigenous peoples.

You'll explore approaches to solving problems in the theory and practice of indigenous development, and more so in the realms of Māori and Pacific Development.

You can be assured that you are studying with the best. Our lecturers remain at the coalface of global development challenges and discourses including the refugee crisis, climate change, environmental issues, economic development challenges, labour migration, sustainable development, poverty and illiteracy.

You'll be learning with those who are recognised as development practitioners in NZ, Pacific and internationally through their projects, networks and collaborations. This includes projects for UNESCO, ASPBAE (Asia South Pacific Association for Adult and Basic Education) and other civil society groups. Our staff are also working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as agreed upon by the United Nations in 2015.

Career opportunities

  • Government Ministries and Agencies
  • Public Corporations
  • International Organisations
  • Public Service/Administration
  • Local Government
  • Small and Medium Business ownership
  • Business Planning
  • Appraisal and Evaluation
  • Negotiation and Facilitation
  • Health, Training and Welfare
  • Local and Tribal Authorities
  • Marae, Community  and Non-governmental Work
  • Research, Consultancy and Needs and Impacts Assessments

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Key information

Years: 1.5
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,748-$7,592 per year
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Fees (International): $30,095 (120 pts) or $45,140 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
*Tuition fees shown 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.

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Candidates for the Degree must have:

  • qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Māori and Pacific Development, or the degree of Bachelor of Arts of the University of Waikato, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or
  • qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours, or for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies, Postgraduate Diploma in Te Reo Māori, or Postgraduate Diploma in Tikanga Māori of the University of Waikato or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  • satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
  • In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.

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Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

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