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MBA in New Zealand - Application Procedure

This section explains the process of applying to New Zealand universities for an MBA programme.

Application Forms

Application Requirements

  1. University Academic Transcripts
  2. Evidence of Graduation
  3. Standardised Tests
  4. Work History
  5. Letter of Recommendation
  6. Statement of Purpose

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Send enquiries at least 15 to 18 months before the proposed date of admission. There are three ways to get application forms.

  1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

  2. Requesting Application Forms via Air Mail : The other way is to send a request by airmail for application material. The request should contain a brief description of your educational background, academic objectives, source of financial support, English proficiency and standardized test scores.

  3. Downloading from the Net : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. They can be used for applying.

Most New Zealand universities accept the three-year graduation system for entry into the MBA programme. So, if you have a three-year bachelor degree like Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) or Bachelor of Science (BSc), this is acceptable as it is considered equivalent to a New Zealand Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree.

However, some universities may require an Honours degree. This is usually equivalent to B.Com. (H), B.Sc. (H) or a four year degree course like B.E.

For most good business schools in New Zealand, a good first degree from a leading university in India or its equivalent is essential.

Full details of your education including your course subjects and grades are required in the MBA applications. Transcripts or official records of your previous academic qualifications are crucial for your MBA application.

Students applying for admission to MBA programmes are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc.

Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcript but most require only one.

If the originals are not in English, copies and a good English translation must be enclosed. 

Documents may be certified as true copies by a justice of the peace, or a notary public, or a solicitor, or a commissioner of oaths, or an official of the institution that issued the document.

Most business schools in New Zealand would require copies of your first degree certificate as evidence of your graduation. The certificate should either be in original or as a certified true copy.

Documents may be certified as true copies by a justice of peace, or a notary public, or a solicitor, or a commissioner of oaths, or an official of the institution that issued the document.

International students are also required to take one of the two English Language tests, either TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Testing System). Every university has its own minimum scores with respect to these tests.

GMAT : This test is required for admission to many MBA programs in New Zealand. 

TOEFL : This test is mandatory for International students applying to a University in New Zealand. The minimum score required by most universities for admission is 577 (Paper-based test) or 240 (Computer-based test).

IELTS : For most courses and universities, International students are required to take IELTS (International English Language Test) which is regularly administered by the British Council. A minimum score of 6.5 is usually required by most universities.


Most MBA programmes in New Zealand require a minimum full-time work experience of three to five years for admission. Part-time work experience does not hold so much value.

Most NZ business schools are pretty strict about the work experience criteria.

A detailed R�sum� is an important part of your application. It should include all information of professional work experience along with the details like positions held, achievements and range of work.

Find R�sum�s a Problem? Check out our R�sum� Section for tips and sample R�sum�s

Letter of reference or recommendation letters play a very important part in MBA admissions. It should be from someone who has taught you in some course or should be from your employer. It should list your positive and negative qualities, strengths and other such information.

The author must indicate his/her position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and usefulness of the study the applicant proposes to undertake. 

Employers and teachers are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students.

Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from teachers who know them as a person as well as a student. You may like to request your author to give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case for admission to the MBA programme.

For more details on letters of recommendation, formats and tips, check out Letter of Recommendation

Note : Even if not mentioned, it is advisable to include at least two letters of recommendation in your applications as they increase your chances of getting admissions.

The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for admission to the MBA programme. It gives the admission officers assessing your application their most significant impression of you as an individual.

A personal statement should include your reasons for choosing the MBA programme, the suitability of your education and experience for an MBA, your personal interests and career goals.

You should also mention the reason for selecting the particular business school and university.

Find more details and tips on personal essays, Check out Essays/SOP

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