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Entry requirements for international students

Alternative methods for English requirements during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 impact we are accepting online testing sites as alternative methods for students to obtain the necessary English requirements:

Undergraduate academic entrance requirements

  • For most undergraduate level programmes, the minimum academic entry requirement is successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the list of Academic Admission Requirements by Country/Region.

  • International students who have previously studied at a New Zealand secondary school should refer to the secondary school requirements section.

  • International students who have completed 3 x B at level 5 or 6 passes in the New Zealand Diploma of Business may apply for entry into a Bachelor's programme.
    • An NZQA transcript as formal evidence of the NZDipBus results is required before credit will be assessed and only papers with a minimum grade of B will be assessed for credit.
    • The English language requirements can be met by:
      1. A minimum IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) used to gain entry to the NZDipBus or,
      2. A recent IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5

Graduate Diplomas
Admission to a Graduate Diploma requires successful completion of a three year diploma or undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

Sub-degree English language entrance requirements

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level. Some programmes require a higher level of English Language competency than the minimum requirement indicated, you can view further details on specific programme requirements.

Programme Level



 PTE Academic

Cambridge English

English for Academic Purposes 1 (EAP 1)

5.0 overall

61 overall 

36 overall 


English for Academic Purposes 2 (EAP 2)

5.5 overall

70 overall

42 overall 


Certificate in Foundation Studies (Full Foundation)

5.5 (no band less than 5.0)

70 overall (min 17 in Writing)

42 overall (min 36 in communicative skills)


Certificate of University Preparation (CUP) (Fast-track Foundation)

6.0 (no band less than 5.0)

80 overall (min 17 in Writing)

50 overall (min 36 in communicative skills)


Undergraduate English language entrance requirements

Programme Level



 PTE Academic

Cambridge English

Undergraduate Level

6.0 (no band less than 5.5)

80 overall (min 19 in Writing)

50 overall (min 42 in communicative skills)


Massey University recognises the following English Language examinations:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    Only Academic IELTS scores are acceptable. A scanned copy of your academic IELTS scores is acceptable as Massey is able to verify your results online.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    A scanned copy of your TOEFL scores is acceptable as Massey is able to verify your results online. (This applies to iBT test results only)

Test scores for English proficiency are valid for two years from the test date.

If you have taken a test other than IELTS or TOEFL, include it with your Application for Admission as an International Student so that it may be considered. Please note there are also alternative methods for English requirements during COVID-19.

International Students who qualify for admission with NCEA Level 3/CIE from a New Zealand Secondary School do not need to present any additional English language evidence for general admission. IELTS can not be used as a substitute for literacy but will be required for programmes with a higher English language requirement in addition to meeting the literacy requirement (refer to the programme specific exceptions).

Postgraduate academic entrance requirements

Masters, postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates

An appropriate undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution is required

Doctorate degrees (PhD)

The equivalent or better of a relevant Bachelor's (Hons) or Master's Degree with First or Second Class Honours, Division 1 (B+ and above) with sufficient prior experience of independent research at postgraduate level

Postgraduate English language entrance requirements

Programme Level



 PTE Academic

Cambridge English

Postgraduate Level

6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

90 overall (min 20 in Writing)

58 overall (min 50 in communicative skills)



DAAD (For German students only)

A minimum B grade in each section, plus a letter of support from University

Some colleges may specify a higher level of attainment for PhD applicants