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Master of Sustainable Development Goals

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.
  • Some courses are offered in block mode.

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Entry requirements

Entry to the Master of Sustainable Development Goals requires a bachelor degree (or equivalent) with a grade average of at least B in the highest level courses.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

The Master of Sustainable Development Goals (MSDG) is a 180 credit  programme consisting of two parts. Part One is coursework and Part Two is a research practicum.

The MSDG is completed with a specialisation. The four specialisations available are Business and Sustainability, Disaster Management, Environmental Sustainability and Global Development.

At least a B grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two

This qualification may be awarded with Distinction or Merit. To be considered for Distinction/Merit all requirements must be completed within 18 months for full-time study or 4 years for part-time study.

The maximum time permitted for completion of the MSDG is 5 years.

Students who successfully complete Part One but do not meet the minimum grade average for progression will exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, Postgraduate Certificate in Arts or equivalent qualification from Business or Science.

Master of Sustainable Development Goals structure

The Master of Sustainable Development Goals consists of two parts:

Part One (120 credits)

131.704 Sustainable Development (30 credits)
131.709 Sustainable Development Goals in Practice (30 credits)

60 credits of specialisation courses

Part Two (60 credits)

131.810 Sustainable Development Goals Practicum (60 credits)

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


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How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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