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Certificate of University Preparation

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • One semester programme, studied full time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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Entry requirements

To gain admission to the Certificate of University Preparation requires that the candidate will meet the University admission requirements as specified, or shall have:

  1. completed Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school, or equivalent; and:
  2. have achieved at least 14 credits in at least one approved subject at NCEA Level 3 or above, or equivalent; and
  3. have achieved at least 10 credits in at least two other approved subjects at NCEA Level 3 or above, or equivalent; and
  4. have met the literacy and numeracy standards required for University Entrance, or equivalent.

If you are an international student, you must have English language proficiency of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.0 in each band or have completed the Direct Entry English Pathway (DEEP) qualification.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


On successful completion of the Certificate of University Preparation, you have admission to the University and can apply to enrol in an undergraduate programme of study.


This programme is offered internally 3 times per year, and is available by distance in semester 1 and summer school.


To complete the Certificate you must pass four courses, totalling 60 credits.

(a) Two 15-credit core courses:
192.042 Study Skills and Strategies
192.043 Critical Academic Skills

(b) Two 15-credit elective courses chosen from one of the pathways below:

Business Pathway

192.011 Foundation Communication
115.013 Foundation Management
115.014 Foundation Economics
115.015 Foundation Financial Literacy
247.001 Foundation Mathematics 1

Sciences Pathway

192.011 Foundation Communication or 115.014 Foundation Economics
247.001 Foundation Mathematics 1
247.002 Foundation Mathematics 2
247.003 Foundation Physical Sciences
247.004 Foundation Biological Sciences

Humanities/ Social Sciences Pathway

192.011 Foundation Communication
115.014 Foundation Economics
150.001 Bridging Studies in Maori Culture & Society
230.001 Foundation Humanities
230.002 Foundation Social Sciences

Health Pathway

192.011 Foundation Communication
150.001 Bridging Studies in Maori Culture & Society
214.003 Foundation Human Bioscience
230.002 Foundation Social Sciences
247.001 Foundation Mathematics 1

Students preparing for 'selected entry' programmes such as Engineering, Veterinary Science, Aviation, Nursing etc. should contact their Academic Coordinator to discuss elective options.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Quick guide to programme fees

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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