Bachelor of Arts – BA

Massey University

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Program Overview

Study a Bachelor of Arts – BA

A Massey Bachelor of Arts is your passport to discovering, questioning and understanding the big issues and big ideas. Discover new ways of making sense of life in the 21st century. You’ll explore humanity’s richness and diversity, its conflicts and cataclysms, its triumphs of art and knowledge.

With 27 majors to choose from, there’s something for everyone. You can also select your major in your second year, so there’s plenty of time to make a choice.

What you – and employers – are looking for

  • Give you the transferable skills demanded by employers

  • Position you for any career path you choose

  • Be intellectually stimulating

  • Offer you a rich diversity of subjects

  • Complement your major(s) and/or minor(s)

  • Help you make sense of and engage with the wider world.


AucklandNew Zealand

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

NZ$ 36,813


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

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Structure of the Bachelor of Arts

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

If you study part-time you will usually take at least three courses (45 credits) each year. This can be spread across Semester One, Semester Two and Summer School.

Core courses 230110, 230111 and 230112 must be completed within the first 120 credits, and 230210 within the first 240 credits of study towards the degree.

You need to pass five courses at 300-level for your BA. One of these (230310) is in the compulsory core and three are required for your major. If you are not taking a double major or a minor, you will need to take one 300-level elective course to meet this requirement.   

Year one

  • 230110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging
  • 230111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
  • 230112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking
  • 100-level major
  • 100-level major
  • 100-level minor
  • Minor
  • Elective


Year two


  • 230210 Tū Rangaranga: Global Encounters
  • 200-level major
  • 200-level major
  • 200-level major
  • Minor
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective


Year three


  • 230310 Tū Tira Mai: Practising Engagement
  • 300-level major
  • 300-level major
  • 300-level major
  • 300-level minor
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Courses are each worth 15 credits

Specific requirements
There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.  

English language requirements
To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.


Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

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.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The nature of work is rapidly changing, and our research with employers tells us that the BA is highly relevant to today’s business environment. Transferable skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and communication, which are at the core of the BA, ­will enable you to thrive in today’s job market.

Studying a BA at Massey will ensure you develop these skills and make you ready for the jobs of the future.

Our research tells us that our BA graduates work right across the public and private sectors. We have graduates working in:

  • IT and other tech sectors
  • education and training
  • health care and social assistance
  • public administration and government services
  • information, media and telecommunications
  • financial and insurance services
  • arts, design and recreation
  • defence.

Employers say:


  • “The BA prepares people for the future and the future labour market.”
  • “A BA provides graduates who have the skills in information analysis, writing and thinking that are vital to business in the modern age.”
  • “A BA teaches broad thinking and research abilities. It leads to articulate workers who are able to think for themselves.”
  • “Knowledge is moving and changing so quickly, and we need people who are critical thinkers and multi-taskers. I see these attributes more readily in a BA graduate as opposed to a more specialist degree.”
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