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A faster master’s
Gain a master’s qualification in the sought-after area of environmental management in only three semesters.
The Master of Environmental Management reflects the growing need to protect the environment and use resources of land, water, soil, plants, and animals in a balanced and sustainable way.
This programme will help you gain advanced knowledge in current land and water-based environmental management. You could specialise in the policy or economic side of environmental management. You can also study courses in important environmental management tools and techniques like GIS, Remote Sensing and Life Cycle Assessment. Your study will cover the following topics:
You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of how the natural environment functions. You will also learn how societal values, needs and attitudes are reconciled with the need to maintain the integrity of ecological systems.
Our staff are world-class academics publishing internationally, with strong connections to relevant organisations across areas associated with environmental management.
We have a large number of international students. They are attracted by the increasing relevance of a discipline that addresses global environmental challenges. The multi-cultural nature of the student cohort adds a unique dimension to the learning experience.
At Massey we are focussed on student success. Our lecturers are very approachable and open to giving advice on helping you plan your career and research ambitions in environmental management.
The programme has a solid grounding in both environmental management theory and applied components. Regular field trips take place around New Zealand and there are also opportunities to attend international conferences.
Postgraduate learning is a satisfying and challenging process. Environmental management is an exciting and rewarding area of study, leading to a growing number of careers.
Demand for people with environment management skills is growing in New Zealand and overseas.
Organisations outside of those directly related to environmental issues are increasingly recognising the need to have expertise in this area in every industry.
Your lecturers maintain excellent relationships with key organisations. These relationships give our students networking opportunities for future careers. Massey environmental management graduates are highly sought-after by employers and the majority of our students find employment before they graduate.
Nearly 30% of our graduates are employed in research, universities or district or city councils. Many are also in private consultancies and business.
The average annual salary for a graduate from our programme is over NZ$80,000.
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of Environmental Management (180 credits) you will have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science), or close equivalent, with a minimum B average in the majoring 300-level courses.
To enter the 120-credit Master of Environmental Management you will have been awarded or qualified for:
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.
Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements may be able to complete this degree in 120 credits.
Also attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
|188764||Advanced Environmental Management I||15|
|188765||Advanced Environmental Management II||15|
|188707||Environmental Management Principles and Practice||15|
|188708||Land System Change||15|
|145731||Applied Fluvial Geomorphology||15|
|189755||Soil and Water Pollution||30|
|189758||Advanced Soil Water Management||15|
|189753||Soil and Land Evaluation||30|
|189757||Advanced Soil Conservation||15|
|233710||Geology, Hazard & Society; Environmental Geology A||15|
|233711||Applied Environmental Geology; Environmental Geology B||15|
|283704||Urban and Farm Forestry||15|
|145739||GIS Principles and Applications||30|
|145740||GIS Programming and Practice||30|
|189761||Applied Remote Sensing||30|
|218769||Energy-Efficient Building Design||15|
|233706||Environmental Geographical Information Systems||30|
|233707||Environmental Remote Sensing||30|
|238700||Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Footprinting Principles||15|
|238710||Life Cycle Assessment and Footprinting Methods||15|
|238711||Life Cycle Assessment and Footprinting Case Studies||15|
|238712||Use of Life Cycle Assessment to Support Decision-Making||15|
|238751||Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emission Science||15|
|247790||Special Topic Applied Statistics||15|
|247791||Special Topic in Data Analysis||15|
|132735||Natural Resource Policy and Planning||30|
|152704||Business and Sustainability||30|
|178742||Environmental Economics for Non-Economists||15|
|228748||Climate Change Science and Policy||15|
|235701||Māori Values and Resource Management||15|
|235707||Māori Natural Resource Policy||30|
|132751||Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities||30|
|188751||Advanced Zero Waste for Sustainability||30|
|218761||Design and Management of Healthy Buildings||15|
|228750||Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development||15|
|Between 90 and 120 credits|
|188885||Thesis 90 Credit Part 1||45|
|188886||Thesis 90 Credit Part 2||45|
|188897||Thesis 120 Credit Part 1||60|
|188898||Thesis 120 Credit Part 2||60|
|188863||Environmental Research and Data Analysis||60|
The Master of Environmental Management is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
The first part gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research part of your qualification.
There are two pathways in the Master of Environmental Management – an Applied Pathway or a Research Pathway.
For progression from Part One to Part Two you must have achieved a Grade Average of B+ over the first 90 credits undertaken for Part One.
For Progression from Part One to Part Two, you must have achieved a Grade Average of B over the first 120 credits undertaken for Part One.
You may be required to complete one or more bridging courses, 188.707 and/or 188.708, should your undergraduate qualification be deficient in environmental economics or applied science.
The Master of Environmental Management is awarded without specialisations.
There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
For postgraduate qualifications where they are completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, or Distinction or Merit.
Look for information on ‘Student Progression’ in the:
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
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There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.