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Entry requirements

Master of Information Sciences 180 credits

Admission to the Master of Information Science (180 credits) requires you to have:

  • a Bachelor of Information Sciences degree, or close equivalent, with a minimum B average in the majoring 300 level courses
  • A bachelor degree, followed by a Graduate Diploma of Information Sciences or close equivalent having achieved a B grade average.

Master of Information Sciences - 120 credits (thesis only)

Admission to the 120-credit Master of Information Sciences (by thesis) requires you to have a minimum B average for either of the following:

  • a Bachelor of Information Sciences (Honours) with an endorsement in the same subject as that in which the thesis will be done;
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences with an endorsement in the same subject as that in which the thesis will be done

Students should initially enrol for the Master of Information Sciences with no subject and in the professional pathway (180 credits). This offers maximum flexibility and you can change both the subject and the pathway as you progress through the first year. 

Documents you will need to supply to support your application:

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less). Required if you intend on a pathway which includes at least 90 credits of research.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


  1. All candidates commencing study towards the Degree of Master of Information Sciences on or after 1 January 2015 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations
  2. All candidates who commenced study towards the Degree of Master of Information Sciences prior to 1 January 2015, and who have passed at least 60 credits towards the qualification, may complete under the regulations in the 2013 Massey University Calendar, or transfer to these regulations.
  3. In all cases candidates must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion as specified in the Completion Requirements.

Master of Information Sciences structure

180 credit Master of Information Sciences

You will follow a parts-based course of study, which will consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits, normally consisting of 120 credits of courses (Part One) and 60 credits of professional project (Part Two)


A 180 credit master’s qualification is made up of two parts. The first part gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research part of your qualification. You must pass Part One before you can progress to Part Two.

For progression to Part Two of the Master of Information Sciences, a B Grade Average is needed for the Part One courses.

120 credit Master of Information Sciences - by thesis only

You will complete thesis courses to the value of 120 credits from Part Two of the Schedule.


The Master of Information Sciences may be awarded with or without a subject. Approved Subjects are: Computer Science, Information Technology and Software Engineering.

Time limits for completion for eligibility for Distinction or Merit

120 credits

Your 120 credit master's degree will carry the award of Distinction, if completed at a superior standard (equivalent to First Class Honours), or Merit (equivalent to Second Class Honours, Division One) if completed within one year of first enrolling in full-time study or within three years of first enrolling in part-time study.

180 credits

If completed within eighteen months of first enrolling in full-time study or within four years of first enrolling in part-time study, your 180 credit master's degree will carry the award of Distinction or Merit.

Maximum time to completion

  • 120 credit masterates must be completed within a maximum of four years.
  • 180 credit masterates must be completed within a maximum of five years.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the ‘regulations‘ tab. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

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