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Master of Quality Systems


A unique qualification

Massey University offers the only quality management tertiary qualifications in Australasia.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Credits

  • 180
  • Duration

  • 1.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Note: This programme may have an on-campus or in-person requirement and therefore requires that students submit a current My Vaccine Pass on enrolment.

The Master of Quality Systems is unique in New Zealand. It is the only graduate-level tertiary academic qualification in quality management throughout New Zealand and Australia. It will give you a career advantage in seeking positions related to quality management.

What will you learn?

This programme focuses on developing critical awareness of and expertise in the following areas:

  • quality management and its component aspects (inspection, quality control, assurance and continual improvement).
  • contemporary quality thinking and methods including iso systems, statistical thinking, systems thinking, business excellence, lean and six sigma improvement.
  • the application of management theory to quality systems
  • ability to conduct self-directed research in an aspect of quality management theory or practice
  • research methods
  • management of people undertaking quality projects and the people-related aspects of quality programme implementation.

Topics you will study include quality systems design, lean management, six sigma statistical analysis, value chain management and quality improvement. You will learn how to undertake in-depth research, followed by your own in-depth research (thesis) on an area of interest to you.

Lecturer expertise

You will benefit from your lecturers’ real-world experience and continual involvement in research and academic debate around key quality issues. Award-winning, they are widely published in key international journals, and have experience in senior roles across many industries. 

Contemporary, relevant learning

The Master of Quality Systems gives you a comprehensive understanding of a quality-systems oriented organisation. You will learn the tools and techniques used within the context of management and leadership of modern organisational systems.  You’ll gain an in-depth insight into the most recent thinking and related approaches in this area.

Careers and further study


Every organisation has a ‘quality manager’, someone who is responsible for one or more of areas like

  • inspection
  • quality control
  • quality assurance
  • quality management
  • continuous improvement.

You could be employed in a huge range of industries and professions, including manufacturing, services, health care, local government, construction and the defence force.

Many graduates of the MQS quickly move into senior positions in the same or different organisations. Some have gone on to advanced study such as PhD.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


Master of Quality Systems 

To enter the Master of Quality Systems you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum B grade average over the 300-level majoring courses plus two years’ relevant professional experience, or
  • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum B grade average over the 300-level majoring courses plus five years’ relevant professional experience, or
  • a relevant Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent with a minimum B grade average plus two years’ relevant professional experience, or
  • a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum A- grade average over the 300-level majoring courses plus two years’ relevant professional experience, or
  • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum A- grade average over the 300-level majoring courses plus five years’ relevant professional experience.

If you have a relevant Postgraduate Diploma or bachelor’s degree with an A- average and professional experience as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations. The programme of study must include 240.758 unless already passed.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Other requirements

Documents you will need to supply to support your application

  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae (including education and employment for at least the last five years).

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

180 credits

  • Part One compulsory courses – 105 credits
  • Part One course selected from the Schedule – 15 credits
  • Part Two research report – 60 credits

Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements and have been granted credit for it, may be able to complete this degree in 60 - 120 credits.

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

Courses for this programme

Schedule A

Part One (120 credits)

Compulsory courses
105 credits
240756 Value Chain Management 15
240758 Research Methods and Skills 30
287735 Quality Improvement 15
287741 Quality System Development and Management 15
287745 Lean Six Sigma 30
Elective courses
15 credits
141724 Food Quality Safety and Innovation 15
152771 Management in Organisations 15
158739 Introduction to Analytics 15
161725 Statistical Quality Control 15
240753 Supply Chain Analytics 15
240759 Integrated Logistics 15
287740 Innovation Management 15

Part Two

60 credits
240887 Research Report 60

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

The Master of Quality Systems is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.

To progress to Part Two of the Master of Quality Systems you must achieve at least a B- grade average for the Part One courses with at least a B grade for the research methods course, 240.758.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • are in a quality or business improvement role and would like to move into a more senior role
  • wish to progress your knowledge of quality systems theory and practice
  • are an aspiring researcher, consultant or trainer in quality or business improvement areas.

Accreditations and rankings

New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation

This programme is endorsed by the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation (NZBEF).

New Zealand Organisation for Quality (NZOQ)

This programme is endorsed by the New Zealand Organisation for Quality (NZOQ).

UK Chartered Quality Institute (CQI)

This programme is endorsed by the UK Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

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Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships