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International Development, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #287 (QS) Palmerston North, New Zealand| Online
You’ll extend your abilities to analyse international development issues, collect relevant data, and write persuasively about development issues. Your Postgraduate Diploma in International Development from Massey University is also a pathway to advanced research at master’s level.
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Massey University was the first university in New Zealand to offer postgraduate qualifications in development studies. International Development program is built on that reputation by developing world-class courses in international development.

Learning outcomes

The professors and lecturers are scholars and active researchers, but are also people with experience in development policy and practice in diverse contexts including the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Development and Underdevelopment
  • Development Management
  • Gender and Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Globalisation and Development
  • Development Research Design
  • Development Practicum

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in International Development requires you to have a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Development Studies
  • You may also apply if you have a Bachelor’s degree with a B- average across the 300 level courses along with relevant field or industry experience of an appropriate kind and duration. You will need to provide you curriculum vitae outlining your experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23610 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23610 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4836 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4836 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Domestic students: 7400 NZD
  • International students: 36122 NZD

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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