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.
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The Master of Arts (Māori Development major) is designed specifically to support your particular research interests and tailored to your individual learning needs. The learning environment is wānanga based, encourages inclusivity and discipline, and is informed by Māori beliefs and values.

Programme code: MX3689
Level: 9
Points: 240
Duration: 2 years full time / 5 years part time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 17 July 2017, 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

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

The papers provide a platform for developing chapters, artefacts or other key contributions to your thesis, exegesis and artefact, depending on which thesis pathway you choose.

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:
MAOR809 Tā Te Ao Mārama

and 75 points from:
ECON890 Development Theory and Practice
MAOR814 Special Topic in Māori Development
MAOR810 Research Methods and Indigenous Methodologies

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:

MAOR813 Reading Paper


CLSY999 MA Thesis

CLSY997 MA Dissertation
CLSY801 Site Based Research Project

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.42pm

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