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Diploma in Arts, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #287 (QS) Palmerston North, New Zealand| Online
Explore tertiary study with a Diploma in Arts. For many students, this is the first step towards taking a full Bachelor of Arts. The Diploma in Arts consists of eight courses (120 credits) from the Bachelor of Arts schedule, and is often used as a springboard to completing the full Bachelor of Arts degree.
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You can complete the Diploma in Arts with or without an endorsement in a subject area. Completing the diploma without endorsement lets you sample different subjects and build a qualification that reflects your own particular interests.

If you want to take an endorsement, you can choose from 25 subjects from the Bachelor of Arts degree, and major in the one that sparks your passion.

Massey’s Diploma in Arts is extremely flexible and you can include courses from many disciplines, including some from outside the humanities.

Programme Structure

Diploma in Arts structure

  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Classical Studies
  • Creative Writing 
  • Defence Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Educational Psychology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Entry Requirements:

Candidates who have passed 45 or fewer credits towards the Diploma in Arts prior to 1 January 2016 will transfer to these regulations and satisfy the requirements as specified.

Candidates who have passed at least 60 credits towards the Diploma in Arts prior to 1 January 2016 may complete the degree under 2015 regulations, subject to the normal time limit that applies to qualification completion.

Candidates who have passed at least 60 credits of study towards the Diploma in Arts prior to 1 January 2016 may choose to transfer to the 2016 regulations but must satisfy all requirements as specified.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29230 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    6480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6480 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Domestic: $6,480.20 - $8,558.10

Living costs for Palmerston North

  • 1100 - 2100 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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