Master of Commerce / Master of Arts

The Master of Commerce (MCom) or Master of Arts (MA) by thesis is for those graduates who wish to undertake a substantial independent research project. This gives them the opportunity to build on their experience in a relevant Honours programme (or equivalent), and apply their research skills to further specialise in an area of Public Policy of their own choosing. It is a good choice for those who want to undertake further research without the lengthy time commitment that a PhD represents.

The thesis requires the completion of a research study (including a literature review, data collection/analysis, findings) presented as a thesis of up to 40,000 words. It provides the opportunity to explore and make a meaningful contribution to a body of knowledge within a chosen area of inquiry. It is an effective way to demonstrate depth of knowledge in a topic for career positioning or advancement.

It is possible in certain cases to convert a MCom/MA course of study to a PhD. For more information, visit the Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research website.

Admission

To enrol in the MCom in Public Policy, you would normally need to have completed either:

  • a BCom degree including 40 points from PUBL 300–399 or PUBL 306 plus a major in Political Science, Economics or Social Policy (or, at the discretion of the Head of the School of Government, a major in a related cognate discipline from another university), with a grade average of B+ or better; or
  • a BCom(Hons) in Public Policy with Second Class Honours (Division 1) or better (or equivalent); or
  • a suitable alternative degree (or the equivalent in extensive and appropriate practical, professional or scholarly experience).

To enrol in the MA in Public Policy you need to have completed either:

  • a BA(Hons) in Public Policy with First or Second Class Honours; or
  • a suitable alternative degree (or the equivalent in extensive and appropriate practical, professional or scholarly experience).
From 2016, the School of Government is no longer offering an Honour’s degree in Public Policy. Please contact the Director of Doctoral Programmes to discuss alternative options or if you are interested in either of these qualifications.

Subject requirements

To qualify for the 120-point MCom or MA in Public Policy, you need to successfully complete the 120-point Thesis course, PUBL 591.

More details for the MCom and MA programmes are also available in the Master's Thesis Policy and the Guidelines for Master's Students.

How to find out more

Please contact:

Senior Lecturer
School of Government