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A qualification is exempt from assessment and qualifies for the indicated points if:

  1. the qualification is listed in the Academic Qualifications Table; and
  2. the awarding institution is listed in the Awarding Institutions Table; and
  3. the qualification abbreviation is listed in the right-hand column in the Awarding Institutions Table; and
  4. the qualification was awarded from or within the year range listed in the right-hand column in the Awarding Institutions Table; and
  5. the qualification is not excluded by the notes listed under the Academic Qualifications Table.

Academic Qualifications Table

Qualification

Abbreviation*

Level in NZQF terms

Points under SMC

Bachelor

With the exception of Bachelor of Engineering degrees

B

7

50

Bachelor of Engineering

BE

7

50

Master **

M

9

70

Doctor of Philosophy

(Doctorate by dissertation)

D

10

70

Doctorate by course work

Requires assessment by NZQA

*Abbreviations used are for the purpose of this list only.

**Master degrees require a minimum of 30 credits

If an applicant believes their qualification may be higher than the level stated they should apply to NZQA for an International Qualifications Assessment.

Note:
Award certificates must be provided in their original language for all qualifications.

The award certificate must always be presented along with the university issued translation. A university issued graduation certificate showing evidence of a degree awarded is not the award certificate.

The following must be referred to NZQA for an International Qualifications Assessment:
- All honorary degrees
- All listed qualifications where study was completed at any institution outside of the country, including any overseas campuses of any listed awarding institution
- All listed qualifications that contain cross credited courses or papers
- All initial teacher training degrees
- All qualifications awarded after 2018

Awarding Institutions Table

Institution

Qualification awarded from or between dates

Aichi University of Education

M and D: 2016

Akita University

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2005

Chiba University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Doshisha University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2006-2010

Ehime University

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2005

Gifu University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

The Graduate University for Advanced Studies / National University Sokendai

M and D: 2000

Gunma University

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2005

Hamamatsu University School of Medicine

B, M and D: 2000

Hirosaki University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Hiroshima University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Hitotsubashi University

B, M and D: 1984

Hokkaido University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Hyogo University of Teacher Education

M and D: 2005

Ibaraki University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2006

Iwate University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology / JAIST

M and D: 2000

Kagawa University

B, M and D: 1999

BE: 2006-2010

Kagoshima University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Kanazawa University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Keio University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Kitami Institute of Technology

B, BE, M and D: 2005

Kobe University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Kochi University

B, M and D: 1995
BE: 2005

Kumamoto University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Kyoto Institute of Technology

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Kyoto University

B, M and D: 1984

Kyushu Institute of Technology

B, M and D: 1995
BE: 2005

Kyushu University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Meiji University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Mie University

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2005

Muroran Institute of Technology

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Nagaoka University of Technology

B, M and D: 1995
BE: 2005

Nagasaki University

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2005

Nagoya Institute of Technology

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2008

Nagoya University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Nara Institute of Science and Technology

M and D: 2005

Nara Women's University

B, BE, M and D: 2005

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

D: 2010

Niigata University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

M and D: 2000

Ochanomizu University

B, M and D: 1990

Oita University

B, M and D: 2003
BE: 2005

Okayama University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Osaka University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2008-2013

Ritsumeikan University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Saga University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Saitama University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Shiga University

B, M and D: 2010

Shiga University of Medical Science

B, M and D: 2000

Shimane University

B, BE, M and D: 2005

Shinshu University

B, M and D: 1995
BE: 2005

Shizuoka University

B, BE, M and D: 2005

Sophia University

B, M and D: 1984

Tohoku University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2007

Tokushima University

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2005

Tokyo Institute of Technology

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005-2014

Tokyo Medical and Dental University

B, M and D: 2010

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

B, M and D: 1995
BE: 2005-2010

Tokyo University of the Arts

M and D: 1990

Tottori University

B, M and D: 1997
BE: 2005

Toyohashi University of Technology

B, M and D: 1998
BE: 2005

The University of Electro-Communications

B, M and D: 2000

University of Fukui

B, M and D: 2003
BE: 2007

University of Miyazaki

B, BE, M and D: 2010

The University of the Ryukyus

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2006

The University of Tokyo

B, M and D: 1984

University of Toyama

B, BE, M and D: 2005

University of Tsukuba

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

University of Yamanashi

B, M and D: 2002
BE: 2005

Utsunomiya University

B. M and D: 1995
BE: 2005

Waseda University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Yamagata University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Yamaguchi University

B, M and D: 1984
BE: 2005

Yokohama National University

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2008

Effective 27/08/2018

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