Faculty of Education and Social Work

Master of Arts in Education

Choose from advanced level courses and research topics in a wide range of areas of Education. Taught courses offer advanced knowledge in the field of Education and the research component allows you to focus on a specific topic. This qualification is offered through the Faculty of Arts and taught by Faculty of Education and Social Work academic staff.

Quick facts

120-point MA: One year full-time study, or up to two years' part-time study.
240-point MA: Two years' full-time study, or up to four years' part-time study.


Weekly lectures at Epsom Campus with selected courses taught at City Campus.
Research is carried out under the guidance of a supervisor/s.

Points per degree 120 point or 240 point (depending on entry qualification/s)
Start date Semester One or Semester Two
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Programme highlights

  • Pursue in-depth research in an educational area of your choice.
  • Work closely with university staff who are specialists in their field.


The MA in Education is available as a 120-point (thesis or research portfolio) or 240-point (courses and thesis or research portfolio) research masters.

Courses are offered in the areas of Adult and Higher Education; Philosophy, History and Sociology of Education; Educational Psychology; Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology; Māori Education; Literacy Education; and Research and Evaluation. You may be approved to include up to 30 points (120-point MA) or 60 points (240-point MA) from 700 level courses in other subjects.


Updated tuition fee information will be available at www.auckland.ac.nz/fees.

You may be eligible to apply for scholarships and University awards available to help you pay for your study. For more information, visit www.auckland.ac.nz/scholarships.

Entry criteria and Programme structure


Search for postgraduate courses

Use our postgraduate course finder to learn more about the taught courses available at the Faculty of Education and Social Work for your programme.

Further study

If you complete an MA in Education with First Class or Second Class (Division One) Honours, you can undertake a doctorate. The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers two programmes at doctoral level - the Doctor of Education (EdD) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD).


Fees and scholarships

Find out the cost of tuition at the University, how to pay your fees and important dates. 

You may be eligible to apply for scholarships and University awards available to help you pay for your study. Learn more about postgraduate scholarships and how to apply.


For more information and to apply

Contact the Arts Students’ Centre in the Faculty of Arts:
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85060
Human Sciences Building, 10 Symonds Street, Auckland

Refer also to the Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Guide.