Why choose distance learning?

Learning by distance allows you to fit study around work, social or family commitments. The convenience of distance learning means that you do not have to attend classes at times that may not fit in with your lifestyle. Distance learning also enhances your career prospects and helps you to achieve your personal and professional goals without having to leave your job. In some cases your employer may even cover course fees.

You can study wherever you live - rural, urban or overseas locations - with the convenience of course materials being available online or delivered to your home. While studying at home you may also be able to take advantage of the facilities we offer at one of our campuses near you. This gives you the flexibility to take advantage of all the supports and services available to Massey students.

The motivation and perseverance of distance learners sets you apart from other students and these are qualities highly sought after by employers. You can be assured that Massey University is committed to excellence in distance education and your qualification will be internationally recognized. Massey is known throughout the world as a leader in the design and delivery of distance education that meets the needs of 21st century learners.

10 reasons to study by distance at Massey University

Over the years approximately 250,000 people have chosen to study by distance learning through Massey University. Here are 10 reasons why students continue to choose Massey as the preferred university for flexible and distance study.

1. New Zealand's leading provider of distance learning

Massey University is New Zealand’s leading provider of distance education, with over 17,000 students every year choosing to enhance their career prospects and professional development through distance learning.  

2. Pioneer in online, blended and distance learning

You will benefit from our successful track record of more than 50 years of supporting distance learners. We remain the pre-eminent provider of university-level distance education in New Zealand and have an outstanding international reputation for using the latest technologies to enhance the learning experience.

3. Range of study options and learning pathways

Massey offers you a comprehensive range of course offerings and qualifications. Whether you are looking to expand your horizons or launch your career with one of our internationally accredited degrees, distance learning at Massey gives you the flexibility to design your studies to suit your needs.

4. Reputation for teaching excellence

Massey has excellent teachers. Our teachers have won more national awards for sustained excellence in tertiary teaching than any other New Zealand institution. Teaching matters at Massey. We are committed to providing an exceptional and distinctive learning experience for all students. You have access to the same quality of teaching as campus-based students and our teachers know how to design courses to keep you motivated and on track.

5. Rich digital and online learning environment

Massey has all the learning tools expected of a modern digital university and we have an international reputation for supporting distance students through our online learning environment (Stream). We are committed to enhancing your success by using new digital technology to allow flexibility, access to rich media and opportunities to collaborate online. 

6. Access to quality learning resources

We are experienced at developing high quality study materials that engage students through a mix of conventional and digital learning resources. Experts in their field develop your study materials and distance learners have online access to a wealth of additional resources and contemporary publications through our award-winning Library.  

7. Lots of support along the way

At Massey we understand the needs of distance learners. We are committed to ensuring your success and we support our distance learners through an extensive range of support services. Massey has a network of support staff around the country and we offer a comprehensive suite of services and resources throughout your study, including our internationally acclaimed Pre-reading Assignment Service.

8. Contact workshops and multiple campuses

Many of our courses include the option of contact workshops designed to provide distance learners with the opportunity to meet with staff and fellow students. These workshops help you feel part of the Massey community and we encourage you to take advantage of our modern campus facilities throughout your study. If you are near a campus you are also welcome to visit at any time.

9. Internationally recognised qualifications

Massey is a world leader in the delivery of tertiary education and is consistently ranked in the top 300 universities in the world. We have a well-earned reputation for providing world-class university education relevant to 21st Century learners. Our degrees and qualifications are taught by leading researchers in their field and they are internationally accredited and recognized by relevant professional bodies. 

10. Not just a qualification but preparation for real life

Massey graduates are work ready and make a significant contribution to the social, cultural and economic development of New Zealand. They get jobs and are sought after by employers. Many graduates work all around the world and Massey helps you to maintain fantastic connections to industry and community bodies. We ensure that our graduates are work-ready and employers report high levels of satisfaction with Massey graduates.

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