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Master of Communication

  • Masters (Coursework)

Massey's Master of Communication will deepen your understanding of communication practice.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
18 months full-time, 60 months part-time

About this course

Massey's Master of Communication will deepen your understanding of communication practice.

This is a unique qualification in New Zealand. You do not have to have a background in communication to complete this degree.

Our students come from a wide range of disciplines including arts, social sciences, law, education, design or health services. You may have found yourself in a work role with a communication aspect and you want better insights into the principles and practice of communication.

The Master of Communication will help you to advance your career and to understand better how to manage your role's communication aspects.

Entry requirements

Admission to the Master in Communication is open to students who meet the University admission requirements and have completed the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in a field related to the study of communication and have achieved a B grade average across the 300-level courses; or
  • Have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Communication with Honours or equivalent, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication or equivalent, having achieved a B grade average; and
  • Have achieved an IELTS of 7 with no band less than 6.5 within the preceding five years, if English is not the applicant's first language and the qualifying degree was not completed at a University where English was the medium of instruction.

Students who have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Communication with Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication or equivalent and who have achieved a B grade average would be eligible for a 120-credit Master of Communication.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Study locations

Distance Learning

What you will learn

In the first segment of the programme you focus on studying the field of communication and its possibilities. This covers the history and theory of communication across different scholarly traditions (from both humanities and business) and industries.

In the second you choose a personalised experience from both 'heartland' courses relevant to your discipline - for instance advanced journalism issues, technology and cultural change, linguistics, media practice, advanced public relations or advanced marketing and 'sister disciplines' such as quality management.

In the third segment of your programme you work on a research project of your choice that is relevant to your industry and discipline. For details see the 'Planning' tab.

Career pathways

Whether you are currently in a communication role, in a position that has a communication dimension, or would like to work in communications at a senior level, the Master of Communication can help you take your career to the next level. A master's qualification helps you stand out in the employment market.

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master's graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master's graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor's degree.