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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Psychology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available at all campuses
  • Not available for international students

Understand more about yourself and others

With the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Psychology), you can study psychology without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (Psychology) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of psychology. You can then apply for postgraduate studies in psychology if you wish.

Get a broad understanding of psychology

With a Massey GCertArts (Psychology) you’ll explore the thoughts, feelings and actions of individuals and groups in a social and cultural context. Studying psychology will help you make sense of the human impact on the world. At Massey, you can choose from a wide range of courses that reflect the diversity of psychology. You’ll learn about the natural, social and biological sides of psychology, as well as research methods and applications of psychology.

You’ll ask questions such as:

  • How do people perceive, learn, think, develop, behave and relate to each other?
  • How does the structure of the brain affect behaviour?
  • What makes people different from each other?
  • How does being in groups affect people’s behaviours; how do social groups affect what we do?
  • How do factors like culture, gender, poverty and mental illness affect the way we think and behave?

A graduate certificate in psychology will equip you with valuable transferable skills including research, analysis, communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

Internationally recognised and market-leading in New Zealand

Massey graduates more researchers and clinical psychologists than any other university in New Zealand. We’re connected to a wide range of community and statutory organisations, and produce unique and applied psychology research and training that’s recognised nationally and internationally. This expertise enhances the reputation of your degree and ensures your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities for psychology by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

A good fit if you:

  • Already have a degree in another subject
  • Are interested in why people do, say, think and feel the things they do
  • Want a career where you can make a difference to the lives of others
  • Want to understand what is going on in the wider world


A GCertArts (Psychology) can provide knowledge and skills relevant to a broad selection of applied psychology areas including clinical, health, education, community, industrial and organisational psychology. These diverse options mean you can study what you are most passionate about and carry that passion forward into your career. 
The knowledge of human behaviour and interactions that you’ll gain from psychology will be useful in many
careers including:

  • Human services
  • Communication
  • Social services
  • Business
  • Counselling
  • Human resources
  • Public health
  • Youth support
  • Policy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Scientific research
  • Special education

Explore your psychology options

If you want to be a registered psychologist, you can explore your qualification options in our psychology pathways tool.

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