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PGDipPsychPrac - Applicants' information
Eligibility and entry process

Academic eligibility

To enrol in the PGDipPsychPrac the student must be in possession of a Master’s degree in Psychology, or a higher qualification (e.g., a PhD). The Master’s degree should contain not only course work, but supervised research experiences leading to a submitted thesis or dissertation.

Prior course work, at the postgraduate level, must include academic preparation in topics relevant to the services that will be provided on the internship. Furthermore, as the first course in the programme sequence, 175.851, is entitled Advanced Professional Issues in Psychological Practice, applicants will need to be able to demonstrate that they have had some prior exposure to such issues within an Aotearoa New Zealand context. Consequently, preference will be given to those individuals who have completed the Massey ethics course 175.730, Professional Practice in Psychology (or an equivalent course). Applicants without this background or with overseas training and qualifications are advised to enrol in and complete this course in the year prior to enrolling in the PGDipPsychPrac.

Furthermore, applicants whose degrees are from overseas will need to follow Massey University’s procedures for establishing equivalence of qualifications via the New Zealand Qualifications Authority ( and/or to the satisfaction of the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

Applicants whose degrees are from a NZ university other than Massey will need to be able to supply an official transcript, and in some cases will need to supply university calendar descriptions of the courses completed.


Entry to the PGDipPsychPrac is by way of a formal selection process including an interview.  Applications close in early October each year for enrolment in the following year.  This year’s closing date will be available from the Academic Administrator.  Written applications are independently reviewed, and short-listed applicants will be contacted in mid-October.  Interviews  are held in early November, normally in Palmerston North, but also in Auckland if applicant numbers warrant. All interviewees will be advised, by mail, of the outcome of their application to the programme within 10 business days of the interview.  Successful candidates will be informed that they have provisional acceptance into the programme, and this will allow them to begin to finalise arrangements: internship and supervision; approaching the Psychologists Board to pursue registration as an Intern Psychologist; and making arrangements to attend the pre-internship workshop in mid-December. 

Final admission to this programme is conditional upon obtaining Registration as an Intern with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

Preparing for an interview

Preparing for any formal interview is primarily about clear thinking.  In this case you need to be very clear about your career goals, and about how your previous academic training and other experience has prepared you for undertaking your proposed internship to become a practicing psychologist in your field of interest.  Of course, it is always sensible to do some “homework” about the practice of psychology in New Zealand (The Psychologists Board website is a good place to start), about the field of psychology in which you wish to work, and of course, you should read the information available about the PGDipPsychPrac. 

You are welcome to bring Whānau with you to the interview.  If you wish to do so, please advise the academic administrator so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

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