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Master of International Development

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  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of International Development requires you to have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Development Studies, or equivalent, with a minimum B average across the 200 and 300 level courses.

You may also apply if you have any Bachelor’s degree with a B average across the 200 and 300 level courses along with relevant field or industry experience of an appropriate kind and duration. Please note that field experience includes:

  • voluntary work (eg refugee resettlement with Red Cross, or supporting a disadvantaged community group in NZ);
  • other relevant work or experience (eg a social worker, nurse or teacher in NZ or overseas);
  • specific development experience (eg an engineer who worked in Nepal).

You will need to provide your curriculum vitae outlining your experience.

If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in International Development, or equivalent, with a B average, you can complete the Master of International Development with 120 credits. Please check the regulations for more information.

When you apply for 131897 Research Report or 131816 Thesis Part I you must submit a research proposal to the School of People, Environment and Planning.

Submission dates:
Semester One 2020 course 1 December 2019
Semester Two 2020 course 1 May 2020
Summer School 2020 course 1 September 2020

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


If you commenced study towards the Master of International Development in 2014 or earlier, you are advised to complete under the pre-2015 regulations.

Planning your programme

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

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search or contact Programme Coordinator of Development Studies Rochelle Stewart-Withers.

Master of International Development structure

You will successfully complete 180 credits (Coursework pathway) or 240 credits (Research pathway) by undertaking one of the following pathways.

Progression from Part One (120 credits) to the Coursework pathway requires a minimum B average across the first 120 credits completed in Part One.

Progression from Part One (120 credits) to the Research pathway requires a minimum B+ average across the first 120 credits completed in Part One.

Students who are not eligible to progress to either the Coursework or Research pathway may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in International Development, as appropriate.

Time limits

To be eligible to have the qualification awarded with Distinction or Merit:

Coursework pathway 18 months of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study

Research pathway 2 years of full-time-study or 5 years of part-time study

The maximum time-frame for completing the Master of International Development is:
Coursework pathway 5 years
Research pathway 6 years

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


Part One

Compulsory courses (90 credits):

131.701 Development and Underdevelopment
131.702 Development Management
131.707 Development Research Design

30 credits from:

131.703 Gender and Development
131.704 Sustainable Development
131.706 Globalisation and Development
131.708 Development Practicum

Part Two

Coursework Pathway:

131.897 Research Report International Development (60 credits)


Research Pathway:

131.816 Thesis Part 1 (60 credits)
131.817 Thesis Part 2 (60 credits)

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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