Shaping leaders for community impact

Master of Community Action & Social Impact

Level 9 | 180 points | 18 months part-time study (subject to final NZQA confirmation)

This is a highly practical research Masters, grounded in indigenous-led research and methodologies. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop advanced understandings of social justice and cultivate research-informed skills to positively impact Aotearoa. Throughout the programme, candidates will implement a Social Impact Project in their own contexts and in collaboration with their communities.

This 180-point programme is flexibly designed to suit those working full-time or part-time in schools, community, public service, not-for-profit, philanthropic and social good sectors, as well as graduates from a range of disciplines.

Entry Criteria:

Candidates for the Master of Community Action & Social Impact will:

  • be experienced in activating, leading and serving in social justice for change;

  • be working in an education or community context;

  • apply to the programme with an idea for a Social Impact Project that they will lead in deep partnership with their community; and,

  • hold a Bachelors degree or recognised equivalent.

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Master of Community Action & Social Impact

How to apply

How to apply to the Masters in Community Action and Social Impact



1. Complete and submit this application form.

2. Email your CV to [email protected] including contact information for TWO referees.

3. Record a short video (no longer than TWO MINUTES) in which you answer the questions

  • What is a problem that your community is currently facing?
  • What is your idea for a Social Impact Project that might help?

Please email both your CV and your video to [email protected].

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Interviews & References

If your application is advanced, we will be in touch to arrange a zoom interview with one of our team members.

During this interview you will be asked to talk about your relationship and positionality within your community; and your initial ideas for your Social Impact Project.

Following your interview, someone from our team will contact your two referees.



If your application is successful, you will be invited to complete a full enrolment form.

Enrolment in the programme will be conditional on the completion of this form, including the submission of all required documents, payment of fees (which may be through Studylink) and other conditions (including a police vetting return).

Enrolment in the programme is at the discretion of the Ako Mātātupu Selection Panel.


Important dates

Applications are currently closed for this programme and will reopen in late 2024 for a new intake in March 2025.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.


Domestic students: $8,000 (+GST - TBC)
International students: $16,000 (+GST - TBC)

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