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Waikato Management School
Te Raupapa

Master of Philosophy


The University administers these two research degrees and sets minimum standards for entry. Currently, under University regulations, applicants to the PhD or the MPhil must have qualified for the award of a bachelors degree with honours or a masters degree with at least Second Class Honours (first division) or B+ grade point average in the field which you are applying to study for your PhD. WMS also expects PhD applicants to have postgraduate research methodology and dissertation experience (or their equivalents). Your Department may impose additional requirements depending on the discipline, your research project and/or your academic background.

If you have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and do not have another honours or masters level qualification that meets the entry requirements, then it may be possible to take a pathway into the PhD comprising of between two and four 500 level papers.

If English is not your first language, then you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English. Proficiency is usually assessed with IELTS or TOEFL scores.

If your qualifications are from a tertiary institution outside New Zealand, the University's Student and Academic Services Division will evaluate your qualification's standing within New Zealand, as part of your application process.

Specific regulations can be found in the University of Waikato Calendar. Current practice and interpretations of those regulations can be found under Postgraduate Studies, available through the website:

Further information is also available through the University’s international website page including the Supplementary PhD application form (Become a Student: How to Apply)

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