Postgraduate English language requirements
If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.
English is considered the first language of citizens of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States of America and Canada.
If you have an offer of place conditional on English, you may wish to consider applying for entry to a pathway English language course at the University’s English Language Academy (see below).
Minimum postgraduate English language requirements for 2018
Every programme page on our website specifies an IELTS score as the minimum English language requirement for that programme, see Study options finder. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting. The results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate.
If you have taken a different English language test or qualification, these are the equivalent scores or marks you need to match the IELTS grade for your programme. The University accepts Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), Paper-based TOEFL, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, and Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Due to professional registration requirements, only IELTS can be accepted for all Graduate Diplomas in Teaching, the Master of Social Work (Professional) and Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary).
You must authorise the University to view and verify your PTE scores. See How can I submit verified PTE Academic results to the University of Auckland?
IELTS Academic overall score equivalencies
|CAE or CPE||176||185||191|
IELTS Academic minimum bands score equivalencies
|TOEFL (iBT) written score||21||24||24|
|TOEFL (paper-based) TWE score||4.5||5.0||5.0|
|CAE or CPE no bands less than||169||176||185|
|PTE communicative skills score||50||58||65|
English Language Academy pathway programmes
You can meet postgraduate English language requirements by successfully completing:
- The Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP), or
- The English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS).
The ELA grades shown below are deemed to be equivalent to the following IELTS bands for admissions purposes.
- IELTS 7.0: A- in FCertEAP or EPPS
- IELTS 6.5: B- in FCertEAP or EPPS
If you have successfully completed study in the English medium, you may not have to take a language test. Certain conditions may apply, see Approved alternatives to IELTS requirements and English language waivers below.
International tertiary qualifications
You must have completed at least an undergraduate degree, at a level equivalent to a New Zealand bachelors degree, in the last two years at a recognised university (or similar institution). Your study must have been completed in one of the following countries or territories:
Australia, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Nigeria, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Uganda, UK, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
We also accept study completed at the University of the South Pacific (Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) and the University of West Indies (all Caribbean countries and territories).
If you completed your degree within the last five years you will still meet our requirements provided you have evidence of sustained work in an English language environment. You may be required to provide further evidence of your English language proficiency if you are applying for a doctoral programme.
Approved alternatives to IELTS requirements and English language waivers
For a full list of approved alternatives to IELTS and English language waivers see,