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Bachelor of Arts (Statistics)

Key facts

  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available at all campuses
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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Bachelor of Arts (Statistics) structure

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

Possible First Year

You may know you have an interest in Statistics but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in Education, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology or Sociology to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:

230.110 Tūrangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking
161.120 Intro Statistics or 161.130 Introductory Biostatistics
160.111 Mathematics 1A

Choose three electives from:

134.101 Knowledge and Reality
134.102 Great Western Philosophy
134.103 Critical Thinking
134.104 Practical Ethics
160.103 Intro Mathematics
160.112 Mathematics 1B
175.101 Psychology as a Social Science
175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science
176.101 Intro to Sociology
176.102 New Zealand Society
176.104 Identity and Culture in NZ
254.101 Social and Cultural Studies in Education
275.102 Human Development

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas e.g. Business via the course search webpage.


All students majoring in Statistics are recommended to take a 100-level Statistics course, choosing from 161.120 and 161.130. For this you would need a basic background in Mathematics (eg Year 12/NCEA Level 2 Mathematics).

The more advanced statistics courses build on the basic concepts learned in the 100-level course. You will develop a wide variety of skills and techniques at the next level to enable you to competently undertake the more advanced courses.

Statistics Major

A major consists of 135 credits (nine courses) in Statistics.

Minor Requirements

A minor consists of 75 credits in Statistics, including one of 161.120 or 161.130 (or 161.101 or 115.101); 15 credits at 300-level; 30 credits at 200- and/or 300 level, and 15 credits at any level from the Statistics schedule.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year

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