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Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership
Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership

Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership

  • ID:UC640117
  • Level:Master's Degree
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Month:$3,400.00
  • LivingFee/Month:$1,406.50
  • InsuranceFee/Month:$50.00
  • TuitionFee/Month:$3,400.00
  • LivingFee/Month:$1,406.50
  • InsuranceFee/Month:$50.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

The Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership (MMIL) is open to:

  • graduates of any bachelor's degree with at least a B Grade Point Average in 60 points at 300-level, and who have at least three years professional experience in the Māori sector; or
  • applicants without an undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification), but have qualified for the Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership.
Note: Applicants will also be required to submit a portfolio of professional experience, and attend a selection interview.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with 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, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 176 with at least 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • NZCEL:  Level 5

Course Information

Are you a professional working in an Iwi, Māori organisation, or another body that works with Māori communities, looking to progress into leadership? Would you like to take on a position of influence within the growing Māori economy, currently valued at $40 billion in Aotearoa New Zealand? Do you have a passion for furthering the aspirations of Māori and indigenous communities?

This applied professional programme aims to equip the next generation of leaders across a wide variety of sectors with the skills, knowledge, and attributes necessary to advance the aspirations of Iwi Māori and other indigenous peoples, whether it be in a social, cultural, environmental, political, or commercial context.

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The Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership programme involves 180 points as follows:

150 points of coursework

Compulsory courses

The four compulsory courses (120 points) are:

  • MAOR 430 Māori Leadership

  • MAOR 431 Comparative Indigenous Models and Theories of Development

  • MAOR 679 Cross-Cultural Research (which involves a research tour)

  • PACE 495 Professional and Community Engagement Internship

Elective courses

Students choose up to 30 points from any 400-level courses offered by UC, with approval by the Head of School.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Graduates of this qualification will be in an ideal position to enhance the leadership capability in organisations working with Māori, including Iwi, Māori, government, community, and private sector organisations.
  • The graduating cohort will be expected to critically engage with and advance Māori aspirations in their strategic leadership careers. They will show the skills and attributes needed to lead and implement change in Māori and indigenous contexts.
  • Knowledge of indigenous development in a global context opens up job opportunities and scope as well.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 600 NZD/per year

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