Master of Arts

University of Auckland

Program Description

Master of Arts

University of Auckland

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree allows you to pursue in-depth study and research in your subject area, and work alongside some of New Zealand’s leading academic staff.


  • Pursue in-depth study of your subject area.
  • Undertake research in an area of interest and work alongside some of New Zealand’s leading academic staff.
  • The University of Auckland is ranked 28th in the world for Arts and Humanities, and 36th for Social Sciences and Management (QS World University Rankings by Faculty Area 2015/16).
  • In Individual subjects we are ranked 23rd in the world for Development Studies, 26th for Education, 28th for Psychology, 33rd for Linguistics, 33rd for English Language & Literature, 44th for Geography, 49th for Sociology, and in the top 100 for History, Modern Languages, and Politics and International Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015).
  • Develop exceptional transferable skills while increasing your understanding of your field.
  • Be guided by academic staff who will help you develop your skills and confidence. For many students the relationship with their supervisor is the most valued part of postgraduate study.
  • Graduate with an internationally-recognised qualification from New Zealand's leading university.

Available subjects

  • Ancient History
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies (research masters only)
  • Chinese
  • Comparative Literature
  • Criminology (research masters only)
  • Development Studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Education (research masters only)
  • Employment Relations and Organisation Studies (research masters only)
  • English
  • European Studies (research masters only)
  • French
  • Geography (research masters only)
  • German
  • Greek (research masters only)
  • History (research masters only)
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Languages and Literature
  • Latin (research masters only)
  • Linguistics
  • Logic and Computation (research masters only)
  • Maori Studies (research masters only)
  • Mathematics (research masters only)
  • Media, Film and Television Studies
  • Museums and Cultural Heritage (research masters only)
  • Music (research masters only)
  • Pacific Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations (research masters only)
  • Psychology (research masters only)
  • Screen Production (research masters only)
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Translation Studies (taught masters only)
  • Women’s Studies (one-year MA only; research masters only)

Career prospects

With a Master of Arts, some of the fields you could work in include:

  • Advertising and public relations
  • Business and banking
  • Cultural heritage and the arts
  • Education and teaching
  • Government and the diplomatic service
  • Human resources and recruitment
  • Journalism
  • Management and administration
  • Media
  • Research and policy analysis
  • Social services
  • Tourism
  • Writing, editing and publishing

Degree structure

The Master of Arts can be taken as one or two-year degree, depending on your entrance pathway, and for most subjects is available as either a research or a taught masters.

The research masters can be made up entirely of a thesis project, or you can choose to complete a smaller thesis along with some taught courses. The taught masters allows you to choose a range of taught courses, and also includes a research component.

Academic requirements

  • To gain entry into the one-year Master of Arts, you must have a bachelor honours postgraduate arts degree, or postgraduate diploma in arts, or an equivalent qualification, in the intended subject, from a recognised institution.
  • To gain entry into the two-year Master of Arts, you must have a bachelor degree in arts, or an equivalent qualification, from a recognized institution.
  • Individual subjects and research masters may have additional requirements.
  • In assessing your application, we will take into account the ranking of the institution at which you have completed your bachelors degree as well as the grades achieved in the relevant subjects (you will need a grade-point average of equivalent to a B or 5).

English requirements

To be eligible for entrance into the Master of Arts programme, international students must achieve the following minimum test results:

Most Master of Arts Subjects

  • Academic IELTS 6.5, with no band less than 6.0
  • or
  • TOEFL (paper-based) 575 (TWE 4.5)
  • or
  • TOEFL (internet-based) 90 (written 21)

Master of Arts in Translation Studies:

  • Academic IELTS 7.0, with no band less than 6.5
  • or
  • TOEFL (paper-based) 600 (TWE 5.0)
  • or
  • TOEFL (internet-based) 100 (written 24)
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 9, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
July 2016
1 - 2 years
Full time
31,510 NZD
Start date Feb. 2017
New Zealand Auckland
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 31,510 NZD
per year
Start date July 2016
New Zealand Auckland
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End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 31,510 NZD
per year