Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership
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 Postgraduate Certificate aims to engage participants in critical analysis of models of indigenous development at an advanced level, preparing students for further study in the area of Māori and Indigenous Leadership.
- Developed in response to growing market demand for managers, governors and other leaders within all spheres of the 'Māori sector'.
- Students will gain an academic understanding of the organisational needs of the Māori sector and indigenous models of development in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
- Delivered through a culturally appropriate blended learning model.
- Our staff in Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies operate as a whānau, and we pride ourselves on being accessible, supportive, and engaged with a number of research kaupapa that focus on the advancement of Māori development and knowledge.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership (PGCertMIL) is open to applicants who have:
- at least three years professional experience in the Māori sector; and
- either have a bachelor's degree with a B Grade Point Average in their 300-level majoring courses; or
- been approved by the Head of School.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
Expressions of interest are welcome throughout the year by contacting the MIL Programme Director. The programme is held in various rohe across Aotearoa New Zealand each year as we believe it is important to take the programme into our communities.
Enrolments open 1 October 2022 and close 30 November for the 2023 intake. You will need to enrol via MyUC and upload the following documents:
- Personal Statement: a 1,500–2,000 word statement that describes your personal experience with and commitment to iwi self-determination, as well as your study goals and expectations from this programme. Please include a scope that describes a project or initiative that you want you pursue during your MIL journey that you believe makes a significant contribution to our community, and how it contributes to Tino Rangatiratanga.
- Curriculum Vitae: this should include any academic history, work history, and relevant experience. This is to establish you are or have been working in a role that contributes to Māori interests and aspirations.
- If you also have an undergraduate degree, please upload a scan of your transcript when you enrol. Please note if you should be offered a place on the programme, we will need to sight the original.
We will notify you of the outcome of your application by 16 December 2022.
For more information, please contact the MIL Programme Director.
The PGCertMIL programme comprises 60 points (two courses). This qualification can only be studied part-time and must be completed within 1 year.
The following two courses are completed on a part-time basis:
Successful students of this pathway can progress into the Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership, so long as they have not already graduated with the Postgraduate Certificate.
UC also offers the following specialising in Māori and Indigenous Studies:
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$3,981|
|2022||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$3,874|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$14,100||$12,261|
|2023||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$14,500||$12,261|
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership.
For study planning help, contact Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies.
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