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Master of Arts (Defence and Security Studies)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Develop your security and defence research interests

With Massey’s Master of Arts (Defence and Security Studies) you’ll develop your research interests in the security and defence area of your choice.

Find out more about the Master of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

The Master of Arts (Defence and Security Studies) will give you advanced knowledge of historical and contemporary defence and security theory and practice. 

You’ll develop enhanced and nuanced understanding of national, regional and international defence and security issues in a joint, interagency and multinational context. You’ll then be able to apply your knowledge and innovative thinking in a practical context as a leader in the defence and security sectors.   

Complete your MA in three semesters 

Massey’s Master of Arts is 180 credits. This means you can complete an MA in three semesters of full-time study. If you study part-time, an MA will normally take three years to complete.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in defence and security studies or equivalent
  • Wish to participate in the debate about defence and security
  • Want to investigate an aspect of defence and security studies for your research report or thesis


Your Master of Arts (Defence and Security Studies) will give you a broad knowledge, and the skills and experience to pursue a successful career in defence and security in New Zealand or internationally. Defence and security studies are a great choice for a career in:

  • Civil defence
  • Diplomacy and conflict resolution
  • Disaster relief
  • Peacekeeping
  • Policy analysis
  • Truce monitoring
  • Education
  • Journalism and the media
  • Management
  • Planning
  • Politics

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