Master of Policy and Governance

Master of Policy and Governance

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: October 31
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: February
International tuition: NZ$39,000
Domestic tuition: NZ$11,303

Program overview

Drawing on UC's teaching and research strengths in Political Science and International Relations, graduates can obtain a professional qualification in public policy and strategic decision making. This Master's programme will provide advanced interdisciplinary training in just one year for those wishing to progress in local, regional, national, and third sector/not-for-profit roles in policy and governance. All students must complete the compulsory 30-point course POLS 440 Principles and Practice of Policy and Governance. You will also select elective courses. The Master of Policy and Governance (MPAG) comprises 180 points. Students can decide on the level of research that makes up their programme, choosing one of two options: 120 points of coursework plus a 60-point dissertation, or 90 points of coursework plus a 90-point thesis

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
To enrol, students need either: a bachelor's degree in any subject, normally with at least a B Grade Point Average in 60 points of 300-level courses in the majoring subject; or admission Ad Eundem Statum (with equivalent standing). All students will also need approval from the Programme Director and the Dean of Arts (Academic). English language requirements: IELTS Academic: an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking TOEFL iBT: total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. TOEFL PBT: with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5 Pearson Test of English (Academic): with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50

Career opportunities

The MPAG caters perfectly for students interested in policy and governance careers in local, regional, and national government, and not-for-profit/volunteer sectors. Graduates will leave UC having: built their knowledge in a chosen area engaged with senior staff and leading professional mentors conducted field-based learning conducted independent specialist policy research.

Campus location

Christchurch , New Zealand