Master of Arts - Māori Development


Toiroa Williams

You can't underestimate the importance of education, says Master of Arts in Māori Development student Toiroa Williams. "Education is key. I encourage students — especially Māori — to further their education. My studies, for example, have helped me develop the skills to enter the media industry and tell Māori stories that matter to my whānau and myself." Read Toiroa's story here.
Māori Development integrates te ao Māori (Māori world view), te reo Māori (Māori language) and principles of social and economic development, which enables graduates to manage iwi (tribe) resources, community groups, develop research and staff government bodies.

The Master of Arts is a programme of advanced study and research. This qualification is structured to include both research methodology and coursework papers, followed by either a full year thesis or the option to pursue a site-based research project and dissertation.

Programme code: MX3689
Level: 9
Points: 240
Duration: 2 years full time / 5 years part time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 27 February 2017 / 17 July 2017

AUT encourages early application. This programme will remain open until all places have been filled.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to find employment opportunities in a variety of organisations including but not limited to:

  • Business Development
  • Community businesses
  • Non-Government organisation
  • Iwi Resource Management
  • Research
  • Public service.

Entry requirements

  • Guidelines to entry
  • Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and/or attend a selection interview.

Structure and content

Year 1

In the first year, students are introduced to the multidisciplinary study of development within culturally diverse communities. The core papers include: Tā Te Ao Mārama and Te Rangahau Research Methods. Students' research skills are developed in preparation for the thesis.

Year 2

In the final year, students write a thesis or complete a site-based project and dissertation.


30 points from:
MAOR807 Tā Te Ao Mārama

and 75 points from:
ECON890 Development Theory and Practice
MAOR800 Ta Mana o Te Reo
MAOR801 Te Reo Matahiko
MAOR803 Kōrero Whakarei: Māori Language Styles and Genre
MAOR804 Te Whanaketanga o te Reo: Language Change
MAOR805 Special Topic in Māori Development
MAOR806 Tūhinga Totoko: Creative Writing
MAOR808 Tikanga: Māori Protocols and Customary Practices
MAOR810 Research Methods and Indigenous Methodologies
MAOR811 Te Kōhure 1
MAOR812 Te Kōhure 2
PACS801 Contemporary Expressions of Pacific Identity
PACS802 Political Climate Change in the Pacific
PACS803 Pacific Ethnographics
PACS807 Pacific Development
POLS801 Indigenous Politics

It is recommended that students enrol in MAOR810 Research Methods and Indigenous Methodologies.

Or any papers listed in the Master of Arts table or other postgraduate papers with the approval of the programme leader

and 15 points from:

CLSY800 Reading Paper
POLS880 Policy Research and Evaluation
SOSC884 Social Research Design and Analysis
PACS806 Tangata Pasifika: The New Peoples of the Pacific
PACS808 Contemporary Pacific Literature


CLSY999 MA Thesis

CLSY997 MA Dissertation
CLSY801 Site Based Research Project

Last updated: 04-Oct-2016 2.22pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.