Master's degree

Master of Systems Change

03 October 2023

Study a Master of Systems Change through Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts at University of Canterbury.


Master of Systems Change

Degree Structure - Duration
18 months full-time


Master of Systems Change

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 (February)




Master of Systems Change students studying


Master of Systems Change


Note: The MSCH is currently not open to new enrolments.

Social awareness is becoming more integrated in all manners of government and business. We need effective change-makers who have the know-how and the professional skills to better our systems and social outcomes.

UC's Master of Systems Change (MSCH) gives you a recognised postgraduate degree in creating social change, including UC's support network of innovators, applied learning through practical projects, and a research thesis.

Master of Systems Change

Why Study - Body

Why study a Master of Systems Change at UC?

  • Unique degree in Aotearoa New Zealand and in international markets.
  • Ideal for working professionals with a blend of on-campus and online courses.
  • Gain networking connections through UC's contacts in business, non-profits, and government.
  • Customise project and research work to your own career goals.

Master of Systems Change

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

Note: The MSCH is currently not open to new enrolments.

You will need to hold a bachelor's degree (or an equivalent qualification), and have a B grade average or better in 60 points of 300-level courses.

Also required are three or more years of professional experience in roles relevant to systems or social change.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Systems Change or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

A portfolio demonstrating at least three years of work experience is required, and will be followed by a selection interview. Contact Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies for more information.

Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Master of Systems Change

Career - Body

Career opportunities

Your study will help you understand what kind of change is required and how to go about it - by looking at the purpose, processes, environment, and stakeholders involved. As a result, you will learn what is realistically achievable, plus gain skills in planning, cross-communication, collaboration, impact analysis, and more.

Government, social, and business sectors are all in need of graduates that know how to tackle the grand challenges of our world and make a real difference.

Useful information:

Master of Systems Change

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The MSCH is made up of 180 points of courses, which includes practical project work and completion of a research thesis.

Beginning in February, you can complete the degree within 18 months full-time, or within 3 years part-time.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Systems Change.


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