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Massey University’s Master of Aviation will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of aviation and advance your career.

Enhance your career prospects

Aviation industry personnel like those in many other industries, face increasing ‘academic inflation’. Senior aviation managers are required to demonstrate not only technical knowledge and expertise, but also advanced aviation qualifications and skills.

This programme is partly taught and also includes a professional research project.

What will you learn?

A Master of Aviation will give you the skills to work to a high level of academic achievement, work to deadlines under pressure and communicate your work effectively. All of these are essential skills to work at a senior level in the aviation industry, or to progress to a higher level of study such as a PhD.

A masters is a rigorous and challenging academic programme, but you will be rewarded with an in-depth knowledge of aviation that will significantly enhance your career prospects in the internationally-competitive aviation sector. 

180 credits

Massey University’s Master of Aviation is now a 180 credit master qualification. The 180 credit masters offers a rigorous programme of learning yet can be achieved in three semesters (one and a half years).

Two pathways to choose

You can choose from two pathways: research or professional practice.

1. Research pathway

If you choose this pathway your study will include 60 credits of taught courses including a compulsory Research Methods course. Part Two will incorporate a minimum of 60 credits of research.

2. Professional practice pathway

Those wanting a more practice-based qualification which reflects their industry experience should enrol in the Professional Practice option.

This option includes two compulsory aviation management courses, elective aviation courses and culminates in a 60 credit ‘Professional Practice in Aviation’ course. Students who are already aviation professionals may wish to draw on their current aviation role for the purpose of a case study.

International recognition

Massey Business School is ranked in the top 2% of business schools globally.

Turn your passion into a career

Massey University is the only place in New Zealand where you can turn your passion for aviation into a tertiary qualification. We are an internationally-recognised pilot training facility, but we also give you a broad knowledge of the global aviation industry. You will learn communication, management and administrative skills that will broaden out the range of careers open to you in the aviation industry.

Accessible lecturers

We work to help you succeed. Massey University offers smaller classes and more personalised learning than many other tertiary institutions, giving you greater access to lecturers and the help you need to succeed and thrive during your master’s study.

Research-led learning

Massey teaching is research-led and our academics are internationally-ranked and among the best in the world. Our teaching staff are widely published and are in demand as keynote speakers on topical global issues. International visitors regularly seek out visits to our facilities to learn more about what we do.

Relevant learning

Your lecturers and supervisors at Massey have strong connections with the industry. We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers.


Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

Visit the Master of Aviation page on the Massey University website for more details!




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