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Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not all courses available at all campuses or each year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

A growing demand for your skills

With a Massey BA (Mathematics) you’ll advance your analysis and problem-solving abilities within the flexible and critical framework of the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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What is it like?

A Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics) opens up a world of opportunities. From securing sensitive communications using cryptography, to calculating the geostationary orbit of a satellite, maths is a product of human ingenuity that allows our modern world to exist. With a BA (Mathematics) you’ll learn appropriate analytic and numerical methods for problem-solving that can be applied in a range of contexts and industries.

Get the skills you’ll need

Your mathematics major will help you develop a wide variety of skills and techniques, especially in calculus and algebra. You’ll learn to formulate, solve, restate and resolve problems, and interpret results. You’ll also build your knowledge of computational and simulation techniques on computers. You’ll learn to communicate and explain concepts effectively with non-mathematical colleagues. This is a crucial skill, as many careers will take you into a team environment.

Learn from the leaders

Studying the BA (Mathematics) at Massey will give you access to some of the world’s top mathematical minds. Massey lecturers and postgraduate students are researching areas such as the modelling of geothermal processes, molecular dynamics, epidemiology, cell growth, celestial mechanics, neuroscience, phylogenetics and evolutionary trees, and the optimal decompositions of information systems. These projects show the generality, versatility and variety of problems offered to mathematically skilled scientists. Your BA (Mathematics) will help you build up the skills and techniques you’ll need to be part of projects like these.

A good fit if you:

  • Like to think through things logically and analytically
  • Enjoy mathematics
  • Seek new solutions to problems
  • Have a wide range of interests


As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics) you’ll have the analytical and problem-solving skills that employers are looking for. This could lead to a number of career options in areas including:

  • Finance and banking
  • Market research and big data
  • Public and private consultancies
  • Government departments
  • Research and development agencies
  • Manufacturing
  • Teaching

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