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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Statistics)

Key facts

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

Be a highly sought-after graduate

With the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Statistics), you can study statistics 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 (Statistics) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to gain knowledge of statistics. You can then apply for postgraduate studies in statistics if you wish.

Improve your decision-making

The Massey GCertArts (Statistics) will teach you to interpret the science of evidence. Statistics allow us to quantify risk and make effective decisions even when we are uncertain about the world around us. Should I buy or sell my stock? Is this new treatment effective against breast cancer? What adverts should my website display to increase my revenue? How can I better interpret that weak distress signal coming from a vessel far out at sea? 

Using the recent explosion in digital data to answer questions like these makes statisticians some of the most highly sought-after employees.

Big Data = more jobs for statisticians

If you can interpret this explosion of information and data, you’ll be indispensable. Big Data has opened up a huge range of career opportunities for you if you’re talented in working with figures.

The Wall Street Journal said in 2013 that “Data Crunchers [are] Now the Cool Kids on Campus”. It’s a great time to be a statistician!

Learn the theory and the practice

As a Massey GCertArts (Statistics) student you’ll begin to learn the key theories of statistics, but you’ll also get the quantitative skills to conduct robust statistical analysis that’s effective in the real world.

A good fit if you:

  • Already have a degree in another subject
  • Want to create quantitative solutions to modern-day problems
  • Enjoy teamwork and collaborating with people from different subject areas
  • Have confidence with modern information technology
  • Are good at working with numbers


Statistics skills are useful in most areas of government, business, industry and the sciences. Jobs that require statistics expertise include:

  • Government: policy analysis, Census, law, national defence
  • Business: economics, engineering, marketing, computer science, data mining, business analytics
  • Physical sciences: astronomy, chemistry, physics
  • Health and medicine: genetics, clinical trials, epidemiology, pharmacology
  • Environment: agriculture, ecology, forestry, animal populations

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