Entry to post-graduate studies requires verified confirmation of an acceptable previous study record and an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or better depending on the course.
Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in their home country must submit this documentation for review by the institution they are applying to enter. The institution will review the degree course transcript, the reputation of the issuing institution, when the degree was completed and the relevance of the degree to the course applied for when deciding the enrolment application.
If the previous study is in an area not relevant to the course applied for it is likely the institution will first offer a place in a Graduate Diploma programme. This is an undergraduate qualification and students who complete this qualification (may take 1-2 years) with acceptable grades will be allowed entry into Master degree programmes. Master degrees normally take 2 years.
See Entry to University for full information on how you need to qualify for entry to tertiary studies in New Zealand
Alternatively students may be offered entry into a one year postgraduate diploma programme initially and if they complete this course successfully they can continue for one further year of study to obtain the Masters degree.
Some students may receive an offer of direct entry into a Masters degree if their meets all prerequisite requirements.
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