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Master of Emergency Management

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • 18 months full-time; up to five years part-time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

Full details can be viewed in the regulations.


An undergraduate degree with a minimum B grade average across the 200/300 level major courses AND at least two years relevant industry or professional experience.
A Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management or equivalent, with at least a B grade average

Note: Students with a Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Management may be admitted directly to Part II, completing 120 credits. Part II must be competed, with the remaining credits being selected from Part One courses.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme


All requirements must be completed within a maximum of five years.


Students who complete within 18 months of first enrolling for full-time study or within four years of first enrolling for part-time study may be eligible for Distinction or Merit.

Master of Emergency Management structure

Students will successfully complete 180 credits by undertaking one of two pathways - Coursework Pathway or Research Pathway (which includes a thesis)

Progression to Part Two (Coursework Pathway) requires at least a B grade average across the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One

Progression to Part Two (Research Pathway) requires at least a B+ grade average across the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One.

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


All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

Note: course 230.703 includes three compulsory workshops which students must attend in person. Please go to the course link for dates.

Compulsory Courses (60 credits)

130.705 Emergency management
230.703 Techniques and Methods in Evaluation Research

Elective courses

130.701 Natural Hazards
130.702 Coping with Disasters
130.706 Emergency Management in Practice
130.707 Professional Inquiry in Emergency Management
132.751 Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities

Part Two

Coursework Pathway (60 credits)

130.800 Advanced Leadership in Emergency Management 1
130.802 Advanced Leadership in Emergency Management 2

Research Pathway (90 credits)

130.881 Thesis Part I (45 credits) and
130.882 Thesis Part II (45 credits)

Students enrolling in a thesis commence with part one followed by part two in the next enrolment period. Both parts combine to meet the thesis requirements with a single grade assigned to each part. If the thesis cannot be submitted at the end of the initial part two enrolment, the student must re-enrol in part two (and pay fees) each semester until submission is made.

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

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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