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Study Master of Science (MS) in New Zealand

MS in New Zealand can brighten your prospects in your desired stream

New Zealand has a renowned education system, internationally accredited degrees, numerous research possibilities, and an unrivalled quality of life as a study location. It's no surprise that it's becoming a popular choice among international students. It has a welcoming culture as well as an excellent support system for international students. Here are a few of the best reasons to continue your education in New Zealand.

Why Pursue MS?

In today’s competitive world, an undergraduate degree is not enough. The following reasons make students opt for a graduate degree: 

  • It provides an opportunity for committed scientists to focus on a specific area of interest 

  • It brings you one step closer to pursuing a PhD

  • Post MS, one gets more lucrative jobs in contrast to those that one gets after a bachelor’s degree in science

Why study MS in New Zealand? 

While studying MS abroad in itself adds weight to your CV, there are some benefits unique to pursuing the course in New Zealand. Here are the most popular ones:

  • Quality education: As per the QS rankings 2022, all Kiwi institutions are ranked in the top 500 
    Read more: QS Ranking of New Zealand universities

  • Variety of course formats: New Zealand offers a variety of courses so that you can choose one as per your inclination. You can opt for taught Master’s if you want specialised training in the chosen field or go for a research Master’s if you wish to polish your research skills 

  • Worldclass faculty: Studying in New Zealand helps you network with some of the best minds in Science across the world. This definitely enhances your job prospects globally

Eligibility criteria 

The specific requirements for your desired course may vary from one school to another. Usually, students need the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in Science with experience in relevant field 

  • GPA requirements vary from institution to institution (recommended GPA: 4.0)

  • A score of 6.5 or above in IELTS English proficiency test

  • GRE is required for admission to master’s courses in New Zealand

  • Although GMAT is widely accepted by Kiwi institutions, it is mainly required for management courses
    Read more: Register for IELTS with IDP

Basic documents checklist for MS in New Zealand 

  • Academic Transcripts: Scorecards form a significant part of your application 

  • Updated resume: Some universities will need this along with your application

  • Statement of Purpose (SOP): It will reflect your motivation to pursue the desired course 

  • Letter of Recommendation (LOR): Most universities require 2-3 LORs for a master’s program

  • English Proficiency Test Scores: This will include your IELTS certificate 

Cost and duration 

The duration of any master’s program in New Zealand is normally between 18 months to two years. 

  • Some universities also offer a one-year master’s course, provided you have a degree equivalent to a post-graduate diploma or Bachelor’s (Honours) degree

  • To pursue any postgraduate diploma or degree in New Zealand, you may need up to NZ$ 46,752 as tuition fee 

Read more: Scholarships to study in New Zealand

Career prospects

After you are done with your course, it is natural for you to want to stay back in New Zealand and get international work experience on your CV. It can do wonders to your future hob prospects. New Zealand allows you to apply for a post-study work visa which is granted to students ranging from 1-3 years depending upon the level of studies and in some cases, place of study. The average base salary after MS in New Zealand can go as high as NZ$ 73,000 per year.

New Zealand is one of the most economical study abroad destinations in the world which offers over the top education and quality of life. International aspirants coming to the country have the choice to pick from diverse degrees provided by different institutes which ultimately offer great career opportunities. So, start your New Zealand education journey today. If you get confused at any point or need any sort of guidance, feel free to reach out to IDP’s international education specialists and we will be pleased to be of assistance to you.

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Updated on January 31, 2022

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