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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Māori Knowledge)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Name change from Māori Studies

Welcome to the world of Māori

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Māori Knowledge) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in Māori studies without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

A Massey Graduate Diploma in Arts (Māori Knowledge) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in Māori Knowledge. You can then go on to postgraduate studies in Māori studies if you wish.

An understanding of Māori language and culture is key to shaping the social, political and economic future of our nation. With a GradDipArts (Māori Knowledge) you’ll gain knowledge of Māori language, culture and tikanga. Explore how Māori culture and knowledge thrive and struggle in the modern world, and investigate issues of social justice and inequality.

Become a competent speaker of te reo

Our Māori language courses will help to build up your knowledge of te reo until you are a competent, if not fluent, speaker.

Choose your specialist study areas

Massey’s GradDipArts (Māori Knowledge) delves into a range of specialist research areas including Māori policy and development, Treaty of Waitangi politics, Māori health and Māori politics. Other study areas include Māori visual arts and Aotearoa heritage. Together, these will give you a sound understanding of Māori culture and society.

Learn from award-winning lecturers

Our Māori knowledge programme is led by staff who are leaders in Māori research. You’ll learn from winners of the Aotearoa Māori book awards, and recipients of New Zealand Fulbright scholarships. Our lecturers bring their knowledge and passion for Māori literature and development into their teaching to give you a creative and innovative learning experience.

Scholarships available

Te Putahi - Purehuroa Postgraduate Scholarships will be granted to outstanding students with demonstrated potential and ability to succeed at postgraduate level in academic programmes.

A good fit if you:

  • Have ever wondered where Aotearoa New Zealand’s culture comes from
  • Want a sound understanding of Māori culture and society
  • Are keen to learn, or improve your level of, te reo Māori


Your Graduate Diploma in Arts (Māori Knowledge) will be a great pathway to careers in a range of areas, including:

  • Community work
  • Foreign affairs
  • Māori development
  • Policy analysis
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Translation services

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