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
The programme takes expressions of interest any time during the year by contacting the MMIL Director. Enrolments must be completed by February in the year you intend to commence the programme.
The programme is held in various rohe across Aotearoa New Zealand each year. We believe it is important to take the programme to our communities.
For 2021, we will be receiving applications for a choice of two cohorts based in:
To enrol in one of the above cohorts, please submit the following via the online portal by 1 December 2020:
- 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 project scope that describes a project or initiative that you want you pursue during your PGCertMIL 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 send a scan of your transcript (please note if you should be offered a place on the programme, we will require a physical original).
We will notify you of the outcome of your application by 31 December 2020.
If you are accepted onto the programme, you will then be asked to enrol online through the myUC system.
For more information, please contact the MMIL Director at Aotahi.
The PGCertMIL programme comprises 60 points (two courses). This qualification can only be studied part-time and must be completed within 1 year.
Students study the following two courses 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
|2020||60||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$3,768|
|2021||60||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$3,809|
|2020||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$13,000|
|2021||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$13,600|
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 or the College of Arts:
Te Rāngai Toi Tangata | College of Arts
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800