Entry requirements

This section provides a brief description of the admission and selection process for New Zealand and Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Admission from New Zealand secondary school qualifications


To be admitted to the University, school leavers must have a university entrance qualification based on National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) taken in New Zealand, International Baccalaureate (IB) or another recognised, equivalent qualification. You must also meet the admission requirements and be selected into your programme of study.

To read about the requirements for admission to University for domestic applicants, including how to calculate your rank scores by type of qualification, visit the central University web page: Entry requirements for domestic applicants.

Entry requirements for international students can be found on the central University web page: International students: Entry requirements.

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Applicants applying based on NCEA Level 3


Applicants who gain the New Zealand University Entrance standard will be ranked according to their NCEA Rank Score.

If you achieve the required score and other requirements for your chosen programme as indicated in the guaranteed admission scores table you will be offered a place.

For rank scores for guaranteed entry and subject/credit requirements that will gain you admission to your programme, visit the central University web page: National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

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Applicants applying based on CIE qualifications


If you are applying for admission to the University of Auckland based on University of Cambridge International Examinations taken in New Zealand schools, you will be required to meet the University Entrance Standard, as established by Universities New Zealand.

Applicants who gain the New Zealand University Entrance standard will be ranked according to their CIE Rank Score.

If you achieve the required score and other requirements for your chosen programme as indicated in the guaranteed admission scores table you will be offered a place.

For rank scores for guaranteed entry and subject/credit requirements that will gain you admission to your programme, visit the central University web page: University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) taken in New Zealand.

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International Baccalaureate


If you are applying for admission to the University of Auckland based on International Baccalaureate, you will be required to meet the following entrance standard, as established by Universities New Zealand.

To be admitted to the University you must gain the full IB Diploma and be selected into a programme. Applicants will be ranked according to their IB score. If you achieve the required score for your chosen programme as indicated in the guaranteed admission scores table you will be offered a place.

For rank scores for guaranteed entry and subject/credit requirements that will gain you admission to your programme, visit the central University web page: International Baccalaureate (IB).

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Guaranteed admission scores


If you achieve the required score and other requirements for your programme you will be offered a place. Please note that NCEA, CIE and IB use different scales and scores.

You can read the guaranteed admission scores tables on the University website as follows:

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What if you don't get the guaranteed score?


Applicants who achieve the University Entrance Standard but do not achieve the scores indicated on the admission requirements table will be considered on a case by case basis. Selection will take into account any of the following factors according to the programme you are applying for:

  • Your performance in any relevant subjects.
  • Eligibility for a targeted admission scheme.
  • Results of an interview where deemed appropriate to determine your potential for success in the programme.

If you are successful in gaining a place, you may have conditions placed on your enrolment.

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Who else can apply?


  • School leavers from Year 12 who meet the conditions for Discretionary Entrance.
  • Applicants who are of Māori or other Pacific descent. For more information visit our web page: Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MOPAS).
  • School leavers seeking selection via the Aspiration to Business Scheme. For more information visit our web page: Aspiration to Business admission scheme (A2B).
  • Students who have previously studied at tertiary level in New Zealand or overseas.
  • Applicants over 20 years of age with relevant work experience, but without a formal university entrance qualification. For more information visit the central University web page: Special Admission.

Note: Domestic applicants who have not received at least two years of their education in the English language medium will be expected to provide evidence of their proficiency in English via either a score of at least 6.0 in IELTS (academic) with no band less than 5.5, or TOEFL of 550 with a minimum TWE of 4.5.

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More information


For more detailed information about application, admission and enrolment processes, you should visit the central University web page: How to apply.

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