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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

Be a highly sought-after graduate

The quantitative skills that you’ll gain from a Massey BA (Statistics) can set you apart from other graduates when applying for jobs.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

A Massey BA (Statistics) will teach you to interpret the science of evidence. Statistics allow us to quantify risk and make effective decisions even when we are uncertain about the world around us. Should I buy or sell my stock? Is this new treatment effective against breast cancer? What adverts should my website display in order to increase my revenue? How can I better interpret that weak distress signal coming from a vessel far out at sea?

Seeking answers to questions like these from the recent explosion in digital data makes statisticians some of the most highly sought-after employees.

Learn the theory and its practical relevance

As a Massey BA (Statistics) student you will learn the key theories of statistics, but you will also get the quantitative skills to conduct robust statistical analysis that is effective in the real world.

Big Data = more jobs for statisticians

The explosion of information and data available to the world has made those who can interpret it indispensable. Big Data has opened up a huge range of career opportunities for those who are talented in working with figures. The Wall Street Journal said in 2013 that “Data Crunchers [are] Now the Cool Kids on Campus”. It’s a great time to be a statistician!

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report conducted over nine years showed that science, technology, engineering and maths graduates have high relative earnings compared to other graduates.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to create quantitative solutions to modern-day problems
  • Enjoy teamwork and collaborating with people from different subject areas
  • Are confident working with modern information technology


Statistics skills are useful in most areas of government, business, industry, and the sciences. Jobs that require statistic expertise include:


Policy analysis, Census, law, national defence


Economics, engineering, marketing, computer science, data mining, business analytics

Physical sciences

Astronomy, chemistry, physics

Health and medicine

Genetics, clinical trials, epidemiology, pharmacology


Agriculture, ecology, forestry, animal populations

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