International tuition costs
To help you estimate your annual tuition fees and costs, set out below are the approximate tuition fees and other costs you are likely to incur if you are enrolled in one year of full-time study.
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) and refer to study in 2021 unless otherwise specified.
CUP: $11,515; CAFS $11,515 per trimester
|Qualification||Total tuition fees|
|Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (standard, 8-9 months)||$23,030|
|Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (accelerated, 5 months)||$11,515|
|Certificate of University Preparation (6 months)||$11,515|
|International Diploma (Business) (1 year)||$26,000|
|International Diploma (Science) (1 year)||$27,500|
$25,915 - $37,875
|Qualification||Approximate first year tuition fees (120 points)|
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
$25,915 - $33,735
|BA majoring in: Anthropology, Education and society, English, History, Human Development, International languages and cultures, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Māori and Pacific Development, Māori cultural studies/Tikanga Māori, Māori language/Te reo Māori, Māori media and communication, Pacific and indigenous studies, Philosophy, Political science, Population studies, Sociology, or Writing studies||$25,915|
|BA in Economics||$30,260|
|BA in Environmental Planning||$33,735|
|BA in Geography||$33,735|
|BA in Music||$33,735|
|BA in Psychology||$33,735|
|BA in Screen and Media Studies||$31,515|
|BA in Social Policy||$30,260|
|BA in Theatre Studies||$31,515|
Bachelor of Business (BBus)All major subjects: Accounting, Digital business, Economics, Finance, Human resource management, Marketing, Public relations, Strategic management, Tourism and hospitality management
Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA)
All major subjects: Accounting, Economics, Finance
Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS)
Either major subject: Marketing, Public relations
Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours (BCMS(Hons))
All major subjects, years 1-3: Computer science, Data analytics, Mathematics.
Honours papers, usually studied in your fourth year, are subject to postgraduate fees.
Bachelor of Design (BDes)
All major subjects: Communication design, Industrial design, Interface design, Media design
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons))
All major subjects, years 1-3: Chemical and biological engineering, Civil engineering, Electronics engineering, Environmental engineering, Materials and process engineering, Mechanical engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Software engineeringHonours papers, usually studied in your fourth year, are subject to postgraduate fees.
Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP)
Bachelor of Health (BHealth)
Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance (BHSHP)
All major subjects: Community health, Human performance science, Sport development and coaching
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Single Major, Double Major, or with Honours
Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons))
All major subjects, years 1-3: Accounting, Digital business, Economics, Finance, Human resource management, Marketing, Public relations, Strategic management, Tourism and hospitality managementHonours papers, usually studied in your fourth year, are subject to postgraduate fees.
Bachelor of Music (BMus)
All streams: Academic, Composition, Performance
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
$31,515 - $33,735
|BSc majoring in: Aquaculture, Chemistry, Earth sciences, Ecology and biodiversity, Environmental sciences, Materials science, Molecular and cellular biology, or Psychology||$33,735|
|BSc in Applied Computing||$31,515|
|BSc in Computer Science||$31,515|
|BSc in Data Analytics||$31,515|
|BSc in Mathematics||$31,515|
Bachelor of Science (Technology) (BSc(Tech))
All major subjects: Chemistry, Earth sciences, Ecology and biodiversity, Environmental sciences, Materials science, Molecular and cellular biology
Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc)
$25,915 - $33,735
|BSocSc majoring in: Anthropology, Digital learning, Education and society, History, Human development, Linguistics, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, Philosophy, Political science, Population studies, or Sociology|
|BSocSc in Economics||$30,260|
|BSocSc in Environmental Planning||$33,735|
|BSocSc in Geography||$33,735|
|BSocSc in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management||$30,260|
|BSocSc in Psychology||$33,735|
|BSocSc in Screen and Media Studies||$31,515|
|BSocSc in Social Policy||$30,260|
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg)All BTchg streams: Early childhood, Kakano rua, Primary, Secondary
$31,615 - $39,125 (120 points); $47,425 - $56,260 (180 points)
All fee amounts are approximate, and subject to change.
|Qualification|| 120 points|
| 180 points|
|All Master degrees except those listed below (including most MA majors)||$31,615||$47,425|
|Master of Applied Finance (MAppFin)||-||$46,285|
|Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsy)||$35,980||-|
|Master of Arts (MA) in Geography, Music, or Psychology||$35,980||$53,970|
|Master of Business Administration (MBA)|
|Master of Business and Management (MBM)||-||$47,275|
Master of Arts (Applied) (MA(Applied))
|Master of Counselling (MCouns)||$31,615||-|
|Master of Cyber Security (MCS)||$35,375||$53,065|
Master of Design (MDES) |
formerly Master of Computer Graphic Design (MCGD)
|Master of Digital Business (MDigiBus)||$30,855||$46,285|
|Master of Education (MEd)||$31,615||$47,425|
|Master of Educational Leadership (MEdLeadership)||$31,615||$47,425|
|Master of Educational Management||-||$46,950|
|Master of Engineering (ME)||$39,125||-|
|Master of Engineering Practice (MEngPrac)||-||$56,260|
|Master of Environment and Society (MEnvSoc)||$35,375||$53,065|
|Master of Environmental Planning (MEP)||$35,980||-|
|Master of Environmental Sciences (MEnvSci)||$35,980||$53,970|
|Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance||$31,615||$47,425|
|Master of Information Technology (MInfoTech)||$35,375||$53,065|
|Master of Laws (LLM)||$33,660||-|
|Master of Laws in Maori/Pacific and Indigenous People's Law||$33,660||-|
|Master of Management Studies (MMS)||$30,855||$46,285|
|Master of Māori and Pacific Development||$31,615||$47,425|
|Master of Media and Creative Technologies||$31,615||$47,425|
|Master of Music (MMus)||$35,375||-|
|Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcct) (220 points)||-||
|Master of Professional Writing||$31,615||$47,425|
|Master of Science (MSc)||$35,980||$53,970|
|Master of Science (Research)||$35,980||-|
|Master of Science (Technology)||$35,545||-|
|Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc)||$31,615 - $35,980||
$47,425 - |
|Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn)||-||$47,425|
Graduate Diplomas and Certificates
GradDip (120 points): $25,915 - $37,875. GradCert (60 points): Approx. half the equivalent GradDip
- 60 point qualifications
- Approximate tuition fees are half the equivalent Graduate Diploma fee
Graduate Diplomas - approximate tuition fees
|Graduate Diploma (GradDip)||Approx fees (120 points)|
|All Graduate Diplomas not listed below||$25,915|
|Computer Graphic Design||$31,515|
|Entrepreneurship and Innovation||$30,260|
|Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management||$30,260|
|Materials and Processing||$33,735|
|Teaching (153 points)||$39,105|
Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates
PGDip (120 points): $30,855 - $40,290. PGCert (60 points): $15,430 - $20,145
Listed fees are all approximate and subject to change.
|Subject||PGDip (120 points)||PGCert (60 points)|
|All subjects not listed below||$31,615||$15,810|
|Environment and Society||$35,978||$17,989|
Human Resource Management
Management and Sustainability
Tourism and Hospitality Management
|Materials and Processing||$40,290||$20,145|
|Science and Technology||$35,978||$17,989|
Higher Research Degrees (PhD, Research Thesis, MPhil, EdD)
Approximate costs: $6,516-$7,306 (domestic entitlement) or $32,577-$42,841
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The approximate annual tuition fees below are based on 120 points (full-time study) for study in 2020.
New international PhD students, studying full-time, may be eligible to pay domestic New Zealand annual tuition fees ($6,516-$7,306).
International Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) domestic fees entitlement
International Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students enrolled in recognised research programmes at New Zealand universities may qualify for domestic student status. To hold domestic student status, international Doctor of Philosophy students must be resident in New Zealand during their study, except for temporary absences for the purposes of their research (conducting research and fieldwork appropriate to their course of study). The University defines a 'temporary absence' as no more than 12 months in total during the period of their candidature. A student enrolled in a New Zealand university but remaining resident overseas does not have domestic student status.
If you do not qualify for the International Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) domestic fees entitlement, you will need to pay full international PhD tuition fees.
|PhD||Approx international fees||Domestic|
|Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences||$34,343||$6,516|
|Business, Accountancy, Management||$32,577||$6,650|
|Fine Arts, Music & Performing Arts||$40,420||$6,920|
Research Thesis, Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Education (EdD)
Approximate tuition fees for 120 points of study are shown.
|Research Thesis, Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Education (EdD)||International|
|Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences||$34,345|
|Business, Accountancy, Management||$32,580|
|Fine Arts, Music & Performing Arts||$40,420|
Study abroad programmes
See the approximate costs
| Study Abroad fees (Individual paper credits IPC)|
(For a maximum of 70 points per trimester)
|All undergraduate courses (1 trimester enrolment)||$12,500|
|All undergraduate courses (1 academic year (2 trimester) enrolment)||$25,000|
Student services levy, and insurance
Below are some levies that you will need to pay on top of your tuition fees to cover University services. There may be other additional non-tuition fees such as the International students refund administration charge you might need to pay.
|Non-tuition related fees and costs||1-year full-time|
|Student Services Levy||$734 (2020)|
|Studentsafe medical insurance (single student, 12 months)||$620 (2018 - see other rates)|
*The Student Services Levy is dependent on the location and duration of your study.
How your fees are calculated
Your tuition fees are calculated on a per-paper basis. You will enrol in a number of papers during each year of study. These can be found in the Catalogue of Papers. Each paper has a set fee based on the degree area and the level of the paper. You only pay for the papers which you choose to take. If you know the papers that you wish to study, you can use the Fees Calculator to work out the total cost for your programme of study.
- Students who enrol in more than 120 points will pay additional tuition fees.
- All fees are quoted in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) and include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST).
- Tuition fees are set annually by the University. Fees are subject to change.
The University of Waikato has taken due care to ensure that the information contained here is correct. However, the University retains the right to amend this document without notice.