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Master of Maori and Indigenous Leadership

  • Masters (Coursework)

Are you a professional working in an Iwi, Maori organisation, or another body that works with Maori communities, looking to progress into leadership? Would you like to take on a position of influence within the growing Maori economy, currently valued at $40 billion in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Duration
18 months full-time
Course Code
MMIL
Domestic Fees
$11,427 per year / $17,141 total
International Fees
$40,800 per year / $61,200 total

About this course

Are you a professional working in an Iwi, Maori organisation, or another body that works with Maori communities, looking to progress into leadership? Would you like to take on a position of influence within the growing Maori economy, currently valued at $40 billion in Aotearoa New Zealand? Do you have a passion for furthering the aspirations of Maori and indigenous communities?

This applied professional programme aims to equip the next generation of leaders across a wide variety of sectors with the skills, knowledge, and attributes necessary to advance the aspirations of Iwi Maori and other indigenous peoples, whether it be in a social, cultural, environmental, political, or commercial context.

Entry requirements

The Master of Maori and Indigenous Leadership (MMIL) is open to:

  • graduates of any bachelor's degree with at least a B Grade Point Average in 60 points at 300-level, and who have at least three years professional experience in the Maori sector; or
  • applicants without an undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification), but have qualified for the Postgraduate Certificate in Maori and Indigenous Leadership.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Maori and Indigenous Leadership or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

The programme takes expressions of interest any time during the year by contacting the MMIL Director. Enrolments must be completed by February in the year you intend to commence the programme.

The programme is held in various rohe across Aotearoa New Zealand each year. We believe it is important to take the programme to our communities.

For 2021, we will be receiving applications for a choice of two cohorts based in:

  • Rotorua
  • Taranaki/Whanganui

To enrol in one of the above cohorts, please submit the following via the online portal by 1 December 2020:

  • Personal Statement: a 1,500-2,000 word statement that describes your personal experience with and commitment to Iwi self-determination, as well as your study goals and expectations from this programme. Please include a project scope that describes a project or initiative that you want you pursue during your MMIL journey that you believe makes a significant contribution to our community, and how it contributes to Tino Rangatiratanga.
  • Curriculum Vitae: this should include any academic history, work history, and relevant experience. This is to establish you are or have been working in a role that contributes to Maori interests and aspirations.
  • If you also have an undergraduate degree, please send a scan of your transcript (please note if you should be offered a place on the programme, we will require a physical original).

We will notify you of the outcome of your application by 31 December 2020.

If you are accepted onto the programme, you will then be asked to enrol online through the myUC system.

For more information, please contact the MMIL Director at Aotahi.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

Graduates of this qualification will be in an ideal position to enhance the leadership capability in organisations working with Maori, including Iwi, Maori, government, community, and private sector organisations.

The graduating cohort will be expected to critically engage with and advance Maori aspirations in their strategic leadership careers. They will show the skills and attributes needed to lead and implement change in Maori and indigenous contexts.

Knowledge of indigenous development in a global context opens up job opportunities and scope as well.

Useful information:

  • Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
  • Te Ropu Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
  • For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
  • Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
  • Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.