Get $150 Scholarship!


Palmerston North, North IslandLOCATION
Estd 1927Established Year

Massey University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
Study Abroad Expert

Massey University admits more than 5,000 international students every year from up to 100 countries into its student populace of more than 30,000. Renowned for its outstanding distance learning and online education, Massey University offers up education to over 11,000 students off-campus and online in 100 degrees, 500 online courses, and several certificate programs through more than 30 institutes, schools, departments, and centers in five colleges. Amongst the degrees offered are certificate, diploma, bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees in various popular fields like MBA, aviation, arts, and engineering. International students willing to study in New Zealand should also note that:

  • All academics including examinations are offered online for now due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Due to the impact of COVID-19, the University has a wider array of courses available online this semester.
  • Campus activities are slowly resuming beginning from May 18. These activities do not involve academic activities.
  • The Covid-19 pandemic notwithstanding, the application dates are unaltered. However, enrolment and class starting dates are constantly changed. However, the university advises international students to enroll in the university's already established online programs.
  • At Massey, international students are offered various scholarships and these scholarships have their unique application web pages and application forms.
  • The deadline for the Massey University Creative Arts International Excellence Scholarships is December 1 for the February application and May 1 for the July application.
  • An admission interview is not required
  • Work experience is needed for admission into MBA and Masters in Engineering
  • 5,000 international students are admitted into Massey every year. More than 11,000 studies off-campus and online out of more than 30,000 students
  • At Massey, the payment due dates for new international students are identified in their Offer of Place letter.
  • The application deadline for new international students at Massey is October 31 for semester one, June 20 for semester two, and October 30 for summer school.
  • After graduating, students are allowed to work in New Zealand for the next 12 months starting from the date of completion of their program. They can apply for a post-study work visa (open) for the same.


Application PortalOnline application at Massey University website
Application FeeVaries
Mode of Payment Credit card, internet banking, or telegraphic transfer (UnionPay, AliPay, Trustly, iDeal, etc)
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsSummer and winter
Work ExperienceRequired for a few graduate programs
Financial aidGrants, private loans, graduate assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships are available

Massey University application deadlines

International students are advised to apply as early as they can as last-minute applications may not leave time for you to complete course enrolment. (This does not commit their enrolments). Depending on an applicant’s qualification, admission can take a few days or a few weeks to assess. Below are the general application deadlines for international students.

SemesterNew international students living outside New ZealandReturning international students
Semester One and Double SemesterOctober 31, 2019January 24, 2020
Semester TwoJune 20, 2020July 5, 2020
Summer SchoolOctober 30, 2020October 30, 2020

Class start dates in 2020

Note: These class starting dates are constantly altered due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak

Semester oneFebruary 24 – June 12, 2020
Semester twoJuly 20 – October 16, 2020
Summer schoolNovember 16, 2020 – February 2, 2021

Few selected programs that have different deadlines

Bachelor of AviationApril 1, 2020, for Semester two
Executive MBAFebruary 21, 2020
MBAFirst batch: January 17, 2020
Second batch: May 22, 2020
Third batch: September 18, 2020.
Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing)June 12, 2020, for July 2020 (Semester Two) starts.

Massey University International Students Admissions

Massey University admissions for international students is relatively simple if applicants have met the standard entry requirements such as English proficiency tests, documents, passports, transcripts, credentials evaluations if required, and as well meet the deadlines for international students.

Massey University doesn't require SAT, ACT, GMAT, or GRE. The Covid-19 pandemic has only affected its class starting dates and not the application dates as all applications are done online. The application portal, fees, and requirements are almost the same as domestic students; however, international applicants will have to meet additional criteria. 

Application portal: Online application at Massey University portal

Application fee: The University doesn't charge for an application fee. However, there are a few changes to some programs.

  • Bachelor of Aviation: 188.70 New Zealand dollars
  • Veterinary Science Selection: 111.30 New Zealand dollars

Admission requirements:

  • Completed application
  • Evidence of citizenship (birth certificate or current passport)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Academic certificates
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency
  • Portfolio or audition tape (for a Design or Fine Arts applicants)
  • Evidence of any scholarships
  • Medical disability statement
  • Two letters of reference (doctoral applicants)
  • CV/resume (doctoral applicants)

It is to be noted that, international applicants who schooled outside New Zealand may be required to provide a report from the Educational Credentials Evaluators to determine the equivalency of their academic records.

For inquiries, applicants can contact the international admission team at or postal address at:

International Admissions Team

Massey University

Private Bag 11 222

Palmerston North 4442

New Zealand

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

It is pertinent to know that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Massey University is accepting online testing sites as alternative methods for students to obtain the necessary English requirements for Semester two. These online sites are TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, IELTS Indicator, and Duolingo (only for Chinese applicants). Moreover, test scores for TOEFL/IELTS at Massey are only valid for two years from the test date.

Program levelIELTSTOEFL iBTPTE AcademicCambridge English
Undergraduate6.0 overall. With no subsections less than 5.580 overall with a minimum of 19 in writing50 overall with a minimum of 42 in communicative skills170
-Postgraduate6.5 overall. With no band less than 6.090 overall with a minimum of 20 in writing.58 overall with a minimum of 50 in communicative skills180
DAAD (For German students)A minimum B grade in each section, plus a letter of support applicant’s University.
However, some colleges may specify a higher level of attainment for Ph.D. applicants.

English language requirements exemptions

  • International Students who have admission with NCEA Level 3/CIE from a New Zealand Secondary School
  • Duolingo equivalents of IELTS

Some South-Asian country requirements are tabulated below

CountryFoundation entry requirementsUndergraduate entry requirements
IndiaAll India Senior Secondary Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) (Year 12), minimum 65% over four academic subjects OR All India Senior Secondary Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) (Year 12), minimum 75% over 3 academic subjects.All India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) or Indian School Certificate (ISC) Year 12 with an overall average of 75% and a minimum of 60% in English.
PakistanInternational/Higher Secondary Certificate with 60% average (B grade or Division 1)Successful completion of one year’s study at an internationally recognized tertiary institution
Sri LankaGCE O-levels with credit grade in four subjectsGCE A-levels with a minimum of three credit passes

Visa information after admission

  • After getting the Offer of Place, applicants are to make payments which will enable them to get the International Receipt of Payment. Some types of applicants might need an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) instead of/with a Visa.
  • Visa can be applied through the Massey University website or Immigration New Zealand. Massey University only processes student visas. Applicants with any other type of visa may apply through Immigration New Zealand.
  • Application for a New Zealand student visa needs a valid passport, acceptable visa photos, English language tests, health documents, police certificate(variable), family background information, applications forms, evidence of funds(If applicants are from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh or Bhutan), and translation of any document that is not in English.
  • If the application for Visa was done through Massey University, when the Visa is approved, an eVisa will be sent to the student’s email address -Massey Student Portal email address.
  • If the application was done directly through New Zealand's Immigration, when the student gets to New Zealand, such a student is to bring a copy of the new visa to Campus Information Service so the university can update he records to show that such student is legal to be enrolled to study.

Undergraduate Applicants

Massey University admissions are offered for undergraduate programs such as Accountancy, Business, Aviation, Nursing, Sports Management, Engineering (Chemical, Bioprocess, Mechatronics, Computer, etc), and Food Technology. All applications are done online.

Application portal: Apply Online at Massey University portal

Application fee: Varies, however, Bachelor of Aviation is 188.70 New Zealand dollars and Veterinary Science Selection is 111.30 New Zealand dollars

Application documents:

  • A qualification that is equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance or completion of a 3 x B at level 5 or 6 passes in the New Zealand Diploma of Business. New Zealand certificate equivalency by country can be checked here
  • Evidence of citizenship (birth certificate or current passport)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency
  • Portfolio or audition tape (for a Design or Fine Arts applicants)
  • Evidence of any scholarships
  • Medical disability statement
  • Course outlines (if the applicant is applying for credit assessment)
  • High School graduation certificate

Note: At Massey, admissions into Graduate Diplomas require successful completion of at least a three-year diploma or undergraduate degree from a recognized tertiary institution.

Moreover, International freshmen are required to submit all required items and documents to:

Graduate applicants

Massey University admissions are offered for graduate programs like MBA, Aviation, Master of Arts, Applied Statistics, Engineering (Mechatronics), and Food Technology. After the pandemic, some of these programs are also available to international students through distance learning or online. Such programs amongst those mentioned here MBA, Aviation, and Master of Arts. These courses mentioned are taught physically as well as online.

Application portal: Online application at Massey University

Application fee: None

Graduate requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree or Master's Degree with First or Second Class Honours, Division 1 (B+ and above) with adequate prior experience of independent research at postgraduate level.
  • Evidence of citizenship (birth certificate or current passport)
  • Academic transcripts
  • A graduation certificate for a bachelor or masters degree 
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency
  • Academic transcripts
  • Portfolio or audition tape (for a Design or Fine Arts applicants)
  • Evidence of any scholarships
  • Medical disability statement
  • Two letters of reference (doctoral applicants)
  • CV/resume (doctoral applicants)

Below are some requirements for admission into some popular degree programs at Massey University

Due to Covid-19, the university has moved all its teaching and learning activities to online for now. However, it is announced that some activities like libraries, recreation centers, and some food outlets, have re-opened from Monday, May 18, 2020. All programs below are taught online, for now, however, after the pandemic, programs that are also available online are indicated below.

RequirementsMBA (available online)Engineering (Mechatronics) –M.EngAviation -MAv (available online)Food Technology –M.ScMaster of Arts (available online)
Application Fee (Non-refundable) in New Zealand dollarsNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
EssayNot requiredRequiredNot requiredRequiredNot required
GMAT/GRENot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Work ExperienceRequiredRequiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
CV/resumeNot requiredRequiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
RecommendationsMaybe requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
InterviewsNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required

Admission at Massey is relatively easy if applicants apply early and submit the required documents. At Massey, applicants can receive an acknowledgment from the school within one week of submitting their application through email. Thereafter, documents will be requested of them and accessed, and if they meet the standards, applicants will be offered an admission Offer of Place. When applicants accept the Offer of Place, they will be required to pay the necessary fees. After the payments of fees have been confirmed by Massey, applicants will be issued an international Receipt of Payment, which will be necessary for the application of visa.

When applying, applicants are always required to upload electronic copies.

Preferably, applicants can contact the international admission office through at or


Ques. What is the best application method for Massey University Admissions?

Ans. Apply online at Massey University portal

Ques. Which is better: studying on-campus or off-campus at Massey University?

Ans. Studying on-campus is better because it exposes students faster to internships opportunities posted on notice boards on campus and it is cost-effective. Moreover, students living on-campus stand a greater chance of being accepted as a Teaching Assistant/Part-Time Assistant by their professors.

Ques. Is Massey University a good university for international students?

Ans. Each year, over 5,000 students gain admission to study at Massey University. It is internationally recognized as a provider of quality education and as one of the top universities in New Zealand.

Ques. What programs are available for international students at Massey University?

Ans. There are 37 baccalaureate degrees, over 50 master's degrees, and three doctoral degrees spanning areas like business, accountancy, engineering, aviation, nursing, and sports.

Ques. How well is Massey University recognized globally?

Ans. Massey University has an affiliation with over 200 institutions worldwide and it is constantly ranked amongst the top 3% of universities globally

Ques. How many students study at Massey University?

Ans. Over 30,000 students are studying at Massey University. More so, more than 5000 international students are admitted into Massey every year.

Ques. Helpful tip for starting undergrads at Massey?

Ans. Since the environs of Massey is always buzzing with social activities, newly admitted international students are advised to keep their heads down and study hard since their need to be amongst the top 5% graduates to get a job easily.

Get free counselling

Follow & Share this college to get information about admission

Auckland University of Technology Auckland, North Island
University of Auckland Auckland, North Island
University of Waikato Hamilton, North Island
Victoria University of Wellington Wellington, North Island