Special admission

No formal qualifications? You may still be eligible for admission to study here.

Who can apply

To apply for Special Admission, you must be 20 years old on or before the first day of the semester you apply for. You must have no formal university entrance qualification, and be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident.

We consider a number of factors when assessing applications, including your previous education, training and work experience, English language skills and motivation to study.

A number of programmes are available for Special Admission applicants.  

Special Admission Programmes 2017
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Dance Studies
Bachelor of Education (Teaching)
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Laws (Part 1)
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Sport Health and Physical Education
Bachelor of Property
Bachelor of Science
The following majors are not available for applicants applying through Special
Admission: Biomedical Science, Exercise Sciences and Food Science and Nutrition.
Bachelor of Social Work
Certificate of Proficiency
The Certificate of Proficiency for Arts is not available for applicants applying through Special Admission.
Certificate in Health Science
Foundation Certificate Education
Foundation Certificate Tohu Tūāpapa Mātauranga
Graduate Diploma in Music
Master of Business Administration
Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education
Postgraduate Certificate in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health
Postgraduate Diploma in Business
Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences
Postgraduate Diploma in Music
Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health
Tertiary Foundation Certificate

How to apply

You must complete the Application for Admission (maximum of 2 pending applications at any one time). You will be asked to provide details of your prior study and work experience. Some programmes may require an interview.

There is a $60.00 non-refundable application fee.

Find out how to apply

Alternative pathways

We provide a number of alternative pathways to support admission to undergraduate programmes, including New Start.

Preparation and foundation programmes 

Targeted Admission for Māori and Pacific applicants

Māori and Pacific applicants may be eligible for admission through targeted admission schemes.

Application closing date

Applications must be received no later than the published closing date and no later than 1 December of the application year - to meet deadlines for study in the next year. Applications received after 1 December will only be considered if places are available.



  • +64 923 5025 (within Auckland)
  • 0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
  • +64 9 373 7513 (if overseas)

Email: admission@auckland.ac.nz