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Master of Public Administration

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of Public Administration requires that the candidate will:

  1. meet the University admission requirements as specified; and shall:
  2. have been awarded or qualified for a relevant Bachelor’s degree having achieved a grade average of at least a B- in the highest level courses, or equivalent.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

The programme offers a coursework pathway which culminates a 60 credit research report. During Part One of the programme Students will complete four 30 credit courses, three of which will be compulsory and one elective, over the duration of two (equivalent full time) semesters.

To progress from Part One to Part Two (60 credit Research Report), the student must have maintained at least a grade average of B- across the Part One courses. If the student does not meet this requirement, they may be awarded an exit qualification of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business provided that they have met the requirements for that qualification.

Master of Public Administration structure

Candidates for the Master of Public Administration shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits comprising Part One and Part Two as defined by the Schedule to the Degree.

The Degree of Master of Public Administration is awarded without a subject specialisation.

For progression from Part One to Part Two of the Master of Public Administration, candidates must have achieved a grade average of at least a B- over the Part One courses.

In cases of sufficient merit, the Degree of Master of Public Administration may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes.

Candidates who do not meet the requirements for progression from Part One to Part Two, or who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Business or the Postgraduate Certificate in Business should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

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):

152.700 Organisations and Management
152.740 Public Sector Administration
152.747 Local Governance: Context, Structure and Finance

Subject Courses (30 credits):

157.748 Advanced Management Analytics and Decision Making
152.707 Leading and Changing Organisations
230.702 Professional Evaluation Practice

Part Two

Compulsory Course (60 credits):

152.896 Research Report

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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