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Application process

How to apply for postgraduate psychology programmes.

Entry requirements

  1. Students must hold an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology. Students who already hold a university degree in another discipline can complete the equivalent of a major in psychology by completing the Graduate Diploma in Arts or Sciences (Psychology). Please refer to the School of Psychology Undergraduate Prospectus for details on this diploma.
    Please note:
    You will not be accepted into the Postgraduate Psychology Programme without these qualifications. We do not make any exceptions to this requirement. For some specialised postgraduate diplomas the entry requirements may be different (refer to relevant section). Please note that the Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology is not available for new enrolments.
  2. Entry into the postgraduate programmes is based on prior academic performance. Each postgraduate programme has specific Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements for eligibility to apply, but at minimum we would expect students have attained a GPA of at least 4.0 (B- average) across their 200 and/or 300-level psychology courses in their Bachelor’s degree or Graduate Diploma.
  3. Entry into the PhD programme normally requires a psychology degree with first class or upper second class honours. Generally, students accepted into this programme will be given provisional enrolment for the first year and are required to complete specified work. Intending PhD students should apply to the Massey University Doctoral Research Committee through the Head of School of Psychology.
    The same criteria for entry apply to students who want to apply for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych). In addition students must have applied to the School of Psychology as per the application procedures outlined in the Clinical Psychology Training Programme Section of this prospectus and gained entry to the DClinPsych.

Important dates, deadlines and information about applying

Find the University's key dates, including dates for: enrolment, semesters, fee payment, examinations, graduation ceremonies, open days, orientation programmes and information evenings.

Please note:

Please refer to the University enrolment pages and application checklists for information about applying for admission to the university and its courses (papers).

If you are applying for a selected entry programme in the School of Psychology (i.e. the Clinical Psychology Training Programme, the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice, or Health Psychology), you must apply separately for entry to the program (see deadlines and How to Apply instructions below) and also apply for admission. You will not be able to apply for courses (papers) until you have received and accepted an Offer of Place.

1 September 2021
Deadline for applications for Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice. (Interviews to be held Oct - November 2021, but subject to change)
Deadline for applications for Clinical Psychology Training Programme. (Interviews to be held at each campus on these dates: Wellington: 11-12 October; Manawatū: 13-14 October; Albany: 18-19 October)
Please note: No late applications will be accepted. All documentation, including referee reports, must be received by this date.

25 January 2022 (Domestic students and returning international students)
31 October 2021 (New international students living outside New Zealand)

Deadline for applications for Semester One Applying for admission.
If your application is received after this date it will be processed but you may not be able to commence your studies until Semester Two.

17 June 2021 (Domestic students and returning international students)
1 May 2021 (New international students living outside New Zealand)

Deadline for applications for Semester Two Applying for admission.
If your application is received after this date it will be processed but you may not be able to commence your studies until the next academic year.

1 November 2021 (Domestic students and returning international students)
31 October 2021 (New international students living outside New Zealand)

Deadline for applications for Summer School Applying for admission

International students

The dates above may differ for international students who have previously studied through Massey University. Please refer to the current information at Massey University enrolment dates. International students who are new to Massey University MUST apply through the International Office (international@massey.ac.nz). International students should apply as early as possible as it can take considerable time to verify overseas qualifications.

How to apply