New Zealand is one of the most popular study abroad countries in recent years. Its education quality is comparable to that of Australia, Singapore and other countries, and its study abroad cost is relatively low, making it a cost-effective study abroad option. Therefore, more and more people choose to study in New Zealand to study for a master’s degree – they can win a passport to the workplace all over the world while further their studies. If you want to study for a master’s degree in New Zealand, you must know some important things about the New Zealand master’s application in advance.
Types of Master’s Degrees in New Zealand
Before applying for a master’s degree in New Zealand, you need to understand the types of master’s degrees in New Zealand, and then choose a course that meets your needs. There are two types of master’s degrees in New Zealand: masters by coursework and masters by research. The coursework master’s program is mainly taught by professors and requires students to obtain credits through classroom study, seminars, homework, examinations, dissertations and internships. This type of course can expand students’ knowledge and skills in certain fields, and has the characteristics of short time, low cost, flexible application and simplicity. The research-based master’s program requires students to choose a topic, conduct research and submit a dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor, and obtain a degree after passing the dissertation defense. In general, it takes only one to two years to complete a course-based master’s program, while a research master’s program takes two to three years.
New Zealand master’s application requirements
You also need to check that you meet the eligibility criteria for your chosen course before applying for a Masters in New Zealand. There are many master’s programs in New Zealand, and they all have their own application requirements, so students need to go to the official website to check the specific application requirements after selecting the program. However, to apply for a master’s degree program in New Zealand generally have to meet the following basic requirements:
- Academic requirements
Only graduates who have completed undergraduate courses and obtained a bachelor’s degree in a regular domestic university, or are in the country’s senior year or postgraduate study or have rich work experience can apply for New Zealand’s master’s degree program. In addition, applicants who want to directly study for a master’s degree can only apply for a major with the same or similar professional background as their undergraduate or graduate level. Otherwise, the applicant needs to complete a half-year or one-year bridge course first.
- Language requirements
New Zealand’s master’s programs are generally taught in English, so the requirements for program applicants’ English scores are relatively high. If you are applying for a master’s program in business, liberal arts, engineering, architecture, natural courses, etc., the applicant’s IELTS score must be at least 6.5; if it is a master’s program in education, the applicant’s IELTS score must be 7 or above.
- Economic conditions
The cost of studying a master’s degree in New Zealand is relatively high, and students need to pay high tuition fees, guarantee fees, living expenses, etc. Therefore, the master’s degree program in New Zealand also requires applicants to have better economic conditions.
– Tuition fees: Different universities charge different tuition fees for different majors, generally between 20,000 and 35,000 New Zealand dollars per year.
– Guarantee fee: When a Chinese students apply for a student visa, he/she needs to prepare a guarantee of about 300,000 RMB and provide a deposit certificate.
– Living expenses: Immigration New Zealand requires each international student to prepare at least NZD 15,000 per year for living expenses.
New Zealand master’s application materials
We all know that if you want to apply for a master’s program in New Zealand, you need to provide application materials to prove your qualifications. New Zealand master’s application materials generally include:
– Course application form;
– Scores from IELTS, TOEFL or other recognised language tests;
– University transcript;
– Photocopies of academic qualifications and degree certificates;
– personal statement;
– letters of recommendation;
– proof of financial guarantee;
– Medical report.
The competition for master’s degree applications in New Zealand is fierce. To improve the success rate of your application, you need to make the best and comprehensive preparation – first, you must choose the appropriate course; secondly, you must confirm that you meet all the application requirements, and then you must be fully prepared as required. After thorough preparation, you will be able to complete the New Zealand Masters application easily and smoothly with a very high probability of success.