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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 the year 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 of Arts / Bachelor of Science

B

7

50

Bachelor of Engineering

BE

7

50

Master of Arts / Master of Science

M

9

70

Master of Engineering

Requires assessment by NZQA

All other master degrees, including professional master degrees

Requires assessment by NZQA

Doctor of Philosophy / Doctorate by dissertation

D

10

70

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

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 qualifications awarded after 2015

Awarding Institutions Table

Institution

Qualification awarded from

Akita University

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2005

Chiba University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Doshisha University

B, M and D: 1982

Ehime University

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2005

Gifu University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

The Graduate University for Advanced Studies

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: 1982
BE: 2005

Hitotsubashi University

B, M and D: 1982

Hokkaido University

B, M and D: 1982
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

M and D: 2000

Kagawa University

B, M and D: 1999

Kagoshima University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Kanazawa University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Keio University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Kobe University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Kochi University

B, M and D: 1995
BE: 2005

Kumamoto University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Kyoto Institute of Technology

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Kyoto University

B, M and D: 1982

Kyushu Institute of Technology

B, M and D: 1995
BE: 2005

Kyushu University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Meiji University

B, M and D: 1982
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: 1982
BE: 2005

Nagoya Institute of Technology

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2008

Nagoya University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Nara Institute of Science and Technology

M and D: 2005

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

D: 2010

Niigata University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

M and D: 2000

Ochanomizu University

B, M and D: 1982

Oita University

B, M and D: 2003
BE: 2009

Okayama University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Osaka University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2008

Ritsumeikan University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Saga University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Saitama University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Shimane University

B, BE, M and D: 2005

Shinshu University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2005

Shizuoka University

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2005

Sophia University

B, M and D: 1982

Tohoku University

B, M and D: 1982
BE: 2007

Tokyo Institute of Technology

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2006

Tokyo Medical and Dental University

B, M and D: 2010

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

B, M and D: 1995

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, M and D: 2010

University of the Ryukyus

B, M and D: 2000
BE: 2006

The University of Tokushima

B, M and D: 1990

The University of Tokyo

B, M and D: 1982

University of Toyama

B, M and D: 2005

University of Tsukuba

B, M and D: 1982
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: 1982
BE: 2005

Yamagata University

B, M and D: 2000

Yamaguchi University

B, M and D: 1982

Yokohama National University

B, M and D: 1990
BE: 2005

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