Master of Te Reo Māori


The Master of Te Reo Māori prepares graduates for a professional career in this area. It provides advanced knowledge of the language, an introduction to research, emphasising linguistic competence and critical thinking about a range of contemporary and historical aspects of te reo.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates wishing to enrol in the MTeReo must have either:

  • qualified for a bachelor's degree with a major in Te Reo Māori, with at least a B+ average in 60 points at 300-level, or
  • qualified for a bachelor's degree and have completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts in Te Reo Māori or Te Pourua Reo: Diploma in Te Reo Māori with at least a B+ average in 60 points at 300-level, or
  • qualified for a bachelor's degree and have both relevant professional experience and a high level of competency in te reo Māori, or
  • completed the four courses for the Postgraduate Diploma in Te Reo Māori with Merit or Distinction.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Te Reo Māori or use the admission requirements checker

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The MTeReo consists of an advanced language course and three other Te Reo Māori courses, followed by further coursework and research papers or a dissertation. Students will normally complete at least four courses before enrolling for a research dissertation.

Dissertation courses will normally be taken over the whole year, with the two research papers seperated into the first and second semesters. Students can begin their studies in February or July.


Two to three years full-time or up to six years part-time.

Subjects and courses

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Te Reo Māori.

For study planning help contact Aotahi - School of Māori and Indigenous Studies or the College of Arts:

College of Arts
University of Canterbury
History Building, Level 4
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2176
Email arts@canterbury.ac.nz