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Bachelor of Arts

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 3 years full-time study or equivalent part-time
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.

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Entry requirements

To enrol in the Bachelor of Arts programme you must qualify for undergraduate admission, either through Bursaries and Scholarship Examinations, NCEA Level 3, New Zealand University Entrance, Admission with Equivalent Status, Discretionary Entrance or Adult Admission. Please visit for details.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


Double Major Transitional Provisions

Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled in a double major in Bachelor of Arts prior to 1 January 2017 who have completed at least 30 credits towards the degree may complete that double major by passing at least 120 credits in each of two of the majoring subjects listed in Regulation 7 including:
(a) at least 45 credits at 300 level for each major;
(b) any compulsory courses identified in the Schedule to the Degree.

These transitional arrangements expire 31 December 2023.

Planning your programme

How many courses should I take?

  • A full-time student will usually take eight courses (120 credits) each year. This can be spread across Semester One, Semester Two and Summer School.
  • A part-time student will usually take at least three courses (45 credits) each year. This can be spread across Semester One, Semester Two and Summer School.

What do I include in my first year?

  • All your courses should be at 100 level in your first semester.
  • You cannot enrol in a 200-level course until you have passed at least 45 credits at 100-level and the required prerequisites for the particular courses have been obtained.
  • In your first year (first 120 credits) you are expected to take:

230.110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking

  • During your first year, you can select a broad range of subjects which interest you.
  • Candidates who have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent may be granted exemption from the requirement to include courses 230.111 and 230.112 in their programme of study.

What about a major and minor?

  • You will be asked to enrol into a major, but you can always change majors at a later date if your interests change.
  • It is advisable to select two possible majoring subjects in your first year to ensure that you complete appropriate 100-level courses in both subjects; this will help broaden your options in second year.


Bachelor of Arts structure

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

The Bachelor of Arts degree consists of 360 credits (24 courses).

This includes:

  • Five core courses

230.110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking
230.210 Tū Rangaranga: Global Encounters
230.310 Tū Tira Mai: Practising Engagement

  • Nine courses in your major subject
  • Five courses in your minor subject
  • Elective courses to fulfil the remaining credit requirement.

Note: Up to 120 credits (8 courses) of can be from other undergraduate degrees. You may choose a minor subject from the BSc or BBS qualifications.

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

Majors or endorsements


All Bachelor of Arts majors are available as minors. The following minor-only subjects are also available in the BA:

Development Studies
Examine the processes that are transforming people's lives throughout the world.

Emergency Management
Get useful career skills in disaster prevention and management that can be applied in a range of fields.

Gain knowledge of French language and culture in an ever-growing multilingual global economy.

Planning Studies
Contribute to the design of better communities and sustainable use of resources.

Gain knowledge of the Portuguese language and culture.

Public and Professional Writing
Get the practical, discipline-focused writing skills you need to succeed in a variety of working environments.

Rehabilitation Studies
Get a broad general knowledge of the purpose, practice and philosophy of rehabilitation.

Te Reo Māori
Participate in a Māori language community in ways that reinforce the everyday use of te reo.

Theatre Studies
This exciting applied theatre and performing arts course combines theatre for social change with real-world communication techniques.

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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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