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Master of Applied Statistics

Overview

Making sense of the world

The explosion of information and data available to the world has made those who can interpret it indispensable.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Campus

  • Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 180
  • Duration

  • 1.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

The Master of Applied Statistics is a high-quality programme combining taught and research courses at postgraduate level. It is a 180 credit qualification able to be completed in 18 months full time.

Learn from experts

Your lecturers in the Master of Applied Statistics are experts in their field. They are, leading international statistical research, with practical applications for worldwide issues. They are researching and applying their computational expertise, e.g.  to understand and forecast the spread of diseases, to develop statistical models of poverty and malnutrition in third-world countries or study biological complex systems.

Practical relevance

As a Massey Master of Applied Statistics student you will learn the professional practice of statistics. You’ll gain the quantitative skills to conduct robust statistical analyses that are effective in the real world.

You will gain competence in the use of statistical software, including the R software environment. You will graduate with the skills to draw appropriate conclusions from a statistical analysis and be able to communicate them to both a statistical or non-statistical audience.

A multi-disciplinary environment

When you study statistics at Massey, you’ll benefit from the multi-disciplinary environment, and world-leading faculty with expertise in all the sciences.

In-depth research project

You will be able to investigate a topic of interest to you, through the completion of an extended research project.

Careers and further study

Careers

It’s a great time to be a statistician! ‘Big Data’ has opened up a huge range of career opportunities for those who are talented in working with figures. Statistics skills can be applied in almost any industry.
Some key industries include:

  • business: economics, engineering, marketing, computer science, data mining, business analytics
  • physical sciences: astronomy, chemistry, physics
  • health and medicine: genetics, clinical trials, epidemiology, pharmacology
  • government: census, law, national defence
  • environment: agriculture, ecology, forestry, animal populations

The extra quantitative skills that you get from the statistics qualification can set you apart from other graduates when applying for jobs.

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.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

To enter the Master of Applied Statistics, you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree, with a major in statistics, or equivalent, with a minimum B grade average over the qualifying highest level (majoring 300-level) courses.

English language requirements

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

Massey University English language requirements

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

180 credits

From the Schedule to the Degree including:

Part One

Compulsory courses

Elective courses from the Part One Schedule

 

Part Two

Research report

 

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this programme

Part One

Compulsory courses

30 credits
161705 Advanced Statistical Inference 15
161770 Statistical Consulting 15

Elective courses

90 credits
161704 Bayesian Statistics 15
161709 Topic in Statistical Theory 15
161725 Statistical Quality Control 15
161729 Topics in Applied Statistics 15
161743 Statistical Reliability and Survival Analysis 15
161744 Statistical Genetics 15
247792 Special Topic 15
247793 Special Topic 15
Including up to 30 credits from:
161762 Multivariate Analysis for Big Data 15
161777 Practical Data Mining 15

Part Two

60 credits
161893 Research Report 60

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Master of Applied Statistics is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.  The first part gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research part of your qualification.

For progression to Part Two of the Master of Applied Statistics, a minimum grade average of B over all Part One courses is required (i.e. the first 120 credits).

Your qualification includes a research report to the value of 60 credits.

This qualification is awarded without a specialisation.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • are excited by the prospect of further study and research in statistics
  • enjoy teamwork with people from different subject areas
  • are confident working with modern information technology.

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Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

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Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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