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Admission and Enrolment

Admission comprises the right to study at Massey University.

Enrolment comprises a number of separate steps, which may be completed at the same time or progressively over a period of time before study commences. Enrolment is the process whereby admitted students are allocated a place in papers leading to a University qualification.

All students must obtain admission to the University. Admission and enrolment are subject to the student's past educational history, age and other factors. Statistical information and prior learning are recorded as part of the admission process. Applications for admission may be made at any time during the year, but must be made before the published final date for enrolment in any particular semester.

Prior to the start of each academic year or semester, all students must be approved and confirmed into the paper(s) and qualification(s) they intend to study. University fees become due upon confirmation. Applications for enrolment must be made before the published final dates for enrolment in any particular semester. Once an enrolment application is submitted to the University, a compulsory and non-refundable $40.00 enrolment fee becomes payable, regardless of whether or not enrolment is confirmed and regardless of whether or not a student subsequently withdraws from study.

If a student's admission and enrolment are approved the University sends a Confirmation of Enrolment form (see other important information regarding the confirmation of enrolment under Student Contract).

Reporting in Person

Students enrolling for papers in the internal mode must report in person prior to the start of lectures, unless otherwise advised. Reporting arrangements for each College are given in the Enrolment Handbooks and on the University's website.

Students enrolling for papers in the extramural (distance learning) mode are not required to enrol in person on campus.

Enrolment Packs

Students may request an enrolment pack via the Massey University website: or by telephoning Contact Centre staff on 0800 MASSEY (0800 627 739), or by returning the Response Card found in the back of Massey University publications.

Closing Dates

Please see the Enrolment Regulations elsewhere in the Calendar for the final dates by which applications for enrolment must be submitted.

Block Courses

Block courses are programmes of study, or papers towards programmes, that are taught in a compressed time period at a number of different locations throughout New Zealand and overseas. Enrolment dates are published in the enrolment information that relates to each block course.

Diploma Programmes

Some diplomas are vocationally-oriented programmes that have a teaching cycle that is matched to the seasonal workflow of the industry to which they apply. Enrolment dates and admission requirements are published in the enrolment information that relates to each diploma programme.

Mixed Delivery Modes

It is possible to enrol concurrently for papers in different modes (i.e. internal, extramural or block) and a few selected programmes are mixed-mode. Students must abide by the conditions applying to the particular mode in which each paper is offered.

Concurrent Programmes

Students normally enrol for a single programme of study. With the approval of Academic Board (through the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the relevant College), it is possible to enrol concurrently in papers for credit to a second programme of study.

Concurrent Enrolment

Students who wish to be concurrently enrolled at Massey University and another New Zealand University must obtain prior approval of both institutions. Applications must be made in writing to the Pro Vice Chancellor's office of the relevant College as well as the other institution.

Normally enrolment is for credit to a Massey University qualification. Students intending to complete a qualification from another New Zealand tertiary institution may apply to be enrolled in papers taught extramurally at Massey University for credit to the other institution's qualification.

Permission to credit specific papers to the qualification must be obtained from the institution offering the qualification. This permission can be sought at any time prior to enrolment. Acceptance of enrolment by Massey University does not necessarily imply that papers will be credited by another institution to its qualifications.

International Students

In addition to the details given in the preceding paragraphs, the following applies to international students who seek admission to Massey University:

1. Students who have not previously attended a New Zealand University and who wish to enrol in a first degree or diploma course must apply to the International Office, Massey University. 'International students' are all those who are admitted to New Zealand on a student permit issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service (including students attending New Zealand secondary schools), and all persons who have come to New Zealand from a country overseas unless they have become New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

2. Students who have been enrolled at another university in New Zealand or overseas and wish to gain credit for study already completed or wish to undertake postgraduate study must apply to the International Office (see 'Admission Ad Eundem Statum Regulations').

3. As tuition is normally in English, applicants whose first language is not English must gain an acceptable score in the 'Princeton Test of English as a Foreign Language' (TOEFL) or the 'International English Language Testing System' (IELTS) or some other appropriate and approved test before unconditional admission will be approved. Please refer to English Language Competency under the Admission Regulations.

4. The University cannot give financial assistance to international students, who must therefore make their own financial arrangements. A condition of entry into New Zealand is proof that students can support themselves financially for the duration of their studies.

5. Full information on tuition fees and other charges for private or sponsored international students is available from the International Office.

Graduate Programmes

Massey University offers a range of graduate programmes. The responsibility for administration is delegated to Colleges in the case of Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters Degrees, and to the Doctoral Research Committee for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, the Doctor of Business and Administration (DBA), the Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych), the Doctor of Education (EdD) and higher doctoral degrees (DSc and DLitt). As a committee of the Academic Board, the Doctoral Research Committee may be asked to advise on research developments affecting graduate teaching.


The University Council has approved the award of doctoral degrees in Philosophy, Business and Administration, Clinical Psychology, Education, Science and Literature and honorary doctoral degrees in Science, Literature and Commerce. The Regulations for these degrees are given in a later section of this Calendar. The University has approved the following guidelines for these degrees:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for a thesis, which is an integrated and coherent report that demonstrates a candidate's ability to carry out independent research and analysis at an advanced level in a particular field. The thesis should make an original contribution to the knowledge of the subject with which it deals, and the candidate should understand the relationship of the thesis to the wider context of knowledge in which it belongs.

Named Doctorates

-   Doctor of Business and Administration (DBA), Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych), and Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Named Doctorate is a University programme of high-level study and research to support the ongoing professional development and education of existing and prospective senior managers and leaders in a wide range of professions and private and public sector institutions. The programme of study comprises: (1) a structured suite of four high-level courses (120 credits); and (2) a thesis investigation (240 credits) that is likely to be applied, creative or strategic in emphasis rather than basic or fundamental research, as in the PhD. In all other respects, including the examination, the standards of discipline, rigour and scholarship, the requirements for the PhD and the Named Doctorates are the same.

The Doctor of Business and Administration (DBA) targets current and potential business leaders and senior managers in the private and public sectors, who are seeking experience and expertise in reflective professional practice appropriate to a leadership role in business and administration.

The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree targets existing and prospective educational leaders and managers across all sectors of education, early years to tertiary and quasi government education agencies and organisations, who are seeking experience and expertise in reflective professional practice appropriate to a leadership role in education.

Key entry qualifications for the DBA and EdD include: (i) a relevant Honours, Bachelors or Masters Degree with First Class or Second (Division 1/Upper Division) Honours, or the equivalent; and (ii) a background of appropriate professional leadership and management experience in either business and administration or education.

The Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) programme is a professional qualification that prepares people to integrate practice and research in their careers as clinical psychologists. Entry criteria include a relevant Bachelors, Honours, Masters, or PhD in psychology or its equivalent as well as some entry level coursework.

The named doctorate normally involves a maximum of three or four years of full-time study depending on the programme, or up to six years part-time study. It is currently available in Business and Administration, Clinical Psychology, and Education.

Higher Doctorates

-   Doctor of Science (DSc) and Doctor of Literature (DLitt)

The Doctor of Science and Doctor of Literature degrees are the highest academic awards of the University. These degrees recognise scholarly achievement and a demonstrated ability to make original contributions in Science or in Letters resulting in major publications, which, in the view of the examiners, mark the candidate as a creative and outstanding scholar. Candidates must apply to be considered for examination for a Higher Doctorate.

Honorary Doctorates

-   Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc honoris causa), Honorary Doctor of Literature (DLitt honoris causa) and Honorary Doctor of Commerce (DCom honoris causa)

The Honorary Doctor of Science, Doctor of Literature and Doctor of Commerce are awarded by the University to persons whom it wishes to honour. The Regulations and guidelines for the conferment of honorary degrees are set out in the Manual of Policies and Procedures Normally candidates will be expected to have an academic or other appropriate association with New Zealand.

The Regulations for the PhD, EdD, DClinPsych, DBA, DSc and DLitt are set out in the Doctoral Degrees section of the Calendar.

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