1. The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.



  1. Candidates for the Degree must have
    1. qualified for the award of a bachelors degree of the University of Waikato, with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, and
      1. a major or minor in Education, or Counselling Studies,
      2. substantial relevant experience,

or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent.

  1. In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit or relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of Section 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.


Requirements for the Degree

  1. The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree is one calendar year or one and a half academic years.
  2. Candidates must enrol in the Division of Education and follow an approved programme of study.
  3. Candidates must gain 180 points at 500 level.
  4. Candidates must complete the papers prescribed for the Degree in the Education Subject Regulations, including an approved research methods paper and any compulsory papers.
    1. To be awarded a Master of Education in Counselling Studies, candidates must gain at least 60 points from the Counselling Studies subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.


Counselling Studies

  1. Candidates must include
    1. a thesis equivalent to 120 points, or
    2. a thesis equivalent to 90 points, or
    3. a dissertation equivalent to 60 points, or
    4. a directed study equivalent to 30 points.
  2. Candidates may take up to 30 points from outside the field of the Degree.
  3. The field of the Degree comprises the papers prescribed for the Degree in the Education Subject Regulations.
  4. If a candidate fails a paper or papers (worth not more than 30 points in total), they may repeat the paper or papers or take an alternative paper or papers with the same total points value on one occasion only. A candidate who fails a paper or papers worth more than 30 points in total will not be permitted to proceed with the Degree.


Examination of thesis (90 points and above)

  1. The University will appoint two examiners for the candidate's thesis; one examiner external to the University and active in the research field of the thesis; and one examiner internal to the University, with a good grounding in the research field, who is not directly connected to the candidate, or the candidate’s thesis research or supervision.


Award of Honours

  1. The Degree may be awarded with
    1. First Class Honours, or
    2. Second Class Honours (first division), or
    3. Second Class Honours (second division), or

or without honours.

  1. Candidates who fail a paper will not be eligible for the award of honours.
  2. Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the level of honours will be calculated on the basis of the grades for all of the papers completed for the Degree.
  3. In order to be eligible for consideration for the award of honours, the requirements of the Degree must be completed in not more than 24 consecutive months of full-time study, or, in the case of part-time study, an equivalent period not exceeding four calendar years, from the date of first enrolment in the Degree.



  1. The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.