Entry & Admissions Criteria

Where no additional or specific entry criteria have been listed on a programme, the requirements will normally be:

Admission to Master’s degrees (Level 9)

All students (domestic and international) must:

  • have completed a Bachelor’s degree, Bachelor’s degree with Honours, or a Postgraduate Diploma in a cognate subject, recognised by WBoPP;or
  • be able to demonstrate at least five years equivalent relevant practical and/or professional experience; and
  • provide evidence of ability to complete academic and other requirements (special admission requirements).

Admission to Postgraduate Certificates and Postgraduate Diplomas (Level 8)

All students (domestic and international) must:

  • have completed a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or a Bachelor’s degree in a cognate subject recognised by WBoPP; or
  • be able to demonstrate at least five years’ equivalent relevant practical and/or professional experience; and
  • provide evidence of ability to complete academic and other requirements (special admission requirements).

Admission to Bachelor’s degrees (Level 7)

Domestic students under 20 and all international students must:

  • meet the University Entrance criteria as specified by NZQA or have education achievement at least equivalent to NZQA University Entrance. Where an applicant did not attend schooling in New Zealand, the relevant equivalent to University Entrance will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and
  • meet all programme entry requirements; or
  • provide evidence of ability to complete academic and other requirements (special admission requirements).

Domestic students over 20:

  • students who do not hold a University Entrance qualification or equivalent may be eligible for admission to a Bachelor’s degree programme subject to any entry and selection requirements specified in the respective programme regulations and have evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

Admission to Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas (Level 7)

All students (domestic and international) must:

  • have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; or
  • have completed a minimum of a two year diploma equivalent to NZQA Level 7 or higher in a related discipline; or
  • be able to demonstrate at least three years equivalent relevant practical and/or professional experience (a curriculum vitae must be submitted detailing relevant work experience and professional achievements).

Admission to Certificate and Diplomas (Levels 5‐7)

For Certificate and Diploma programmes at Levels 5, 6 and 7, domestic students under 20 and all international students must have:

  • NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3; or
  • evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.

Admission to Certificates (Levels 4)

For programmes at Level 4, domestic students will normally be required to have:

  • NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2; or
  • evidence of ability to complete academic and any other programme requirements.

Admission to Certificates (Levels 1‐3)

For programmes at Levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

  • complete a diagnostic assessment either prior to or in the first 2 weeks of their study to ensure students can meet adequate literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to meet  all  academic,  health  and  safety  requirements of their programme and to enable appropriate support to be provided; and
  • provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

For international students

  • Evidence of receipt of an appropriate visa.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet the English language requirements of the programme.
  • Evidence of academic achievement appropriate to the level of study for which the student is seeking admission. For undergraduate degree programmes, students should have education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 3. For Graduate and Postgraduate programmes, this will normally be an undergraduate degree (as outlined above).
  • Applicants between the ages of 14 and 18 years will only be accepted after an assessment of the student’s support systems has been made
  • More international entry requirements: Enrolment and Entry Criteria for International Students

Additional entry criteria

Additional entry criteria will apply to applicants of the following programmes:

Please read the Academic Regulations (419.5 KB updated 02-May-2017) for more information about additional entry criteria.

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017