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.

Ngaire Tihema

For my first 2 years at university, I learned valuable lessons of what not to do. For example, only enrolling in courses that were after midday so I had enough time to sleep in and recover from hangovers. I failed a couple of courses because I took education for granted.

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

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Years 1.5
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $6,616-$7,443 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
International Fees $27,830 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 Māori and Pacific Development

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
Political Science
Population Studies and Demography
Public Policy
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Social Science Research
Strategic Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Management
Women's and Gender Studies

Scholarships and prizes

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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.


Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

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

Degree Structure

120 Point Masters

The Master of Māori and Pacific Development involves two semesters of full time study or its equivalent in part time study.
Students may choose from the following options:

  • a 120 point thesis, or
  • a 90 point thesis and 30 points from an approved 500 level paper, or
  • a 60 point dissertation and 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

At least 60 points must be gained from a single subject. Up to 30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree.

Students should normally have qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma or its equivalent and have normally achieved a B+ or better.

180 Point Masters Requirements

To be admitted to the MMPD directly from a BMPD or BA, or equivalent, students will need to gain a high level of attainment in their relevant 300 level papers, normally an A-. This requirement, combined with the inclusion of an approved research methodology paper, will underpin successful completion of a significant research project of 60, 90, or 120 points.

This pathway involves one full calendar year or one and a half academic calendar years or its equivalent in part-time study. It comprises 180 points of which at least 60 points at 500 level from one subject must be taken, including an approved research methods paper, and any compulsory papers prescribed in the relevant subject. Students must take either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis, or a 60 point dissertation.


Students must have appropriate supervision arranged.