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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Politics)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

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With the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Politics), you can study politics without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Politics) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of politics. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in politics if you wish.

Understand the world around you

Politics is exciting and relevant. It’s about contests for power and how we make decisions in society: who gets what, when and how, from the local community to the global level. It’s concerned with the conflict of ideas and values. It has to do with who governs, and how and why decisions that affect all of us (such as how much students should pay to study at university or whether the UN should sanction military interventions) are made.

Small class sizes and enthusiastic lecturers

At Massey, politics is taught in a small interdisciplinary programme where you have regular and close contact with academic staff. Your lecturers are active researchers in their respective fields. They are passionate about the subject matter they teach and bring that enthusiasm to the classroom.

A wide range of topics

With Massey's GCertArts (Politics), you could study how laws are made in New Zealand, what the rise of China means for the future of global politics, how Select Committees work, the Palestine/Israel conflict, or what concepts such as "freedom" or "justice" mean to different people. You might also learn about the main dimensions of key contemporary international conflicts.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in how decisions are made in society
  • Want a career where you can make a difference to the lives of others
  • Want to understand what is going on in the wider world


Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Arts (Politics) can lead to a range of careers, including:

  • Academia
  • Business and commerce
  • Diplomacy
  • Finance
  • Journalism and media
  • Policy advising and analysis
  • Public service
  • Research

Organisations employing our graduates include the NZ Defence Forces, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the Treasury, Air New Zealand, the Reserve Bank, the United Nations, TV3News and Amnesty International.

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