Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington - Graduate Programs
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Public
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $25,000
  • Financial Aid Available

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Degrees Offered

Arts, Sociology, Cultural Antropology, Criminology
International Relations, Strategic Studies, Public Policy
Climate, Environment, Marine Biology

Our Program

The University is located in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Wellington, the political, cultural and creative capital of New Zealand.

Victoria University of Wellington is internationally respected and proud to be ranked in the top 2 percent of the world’s 18,000 universities. We provide our students with a strong, relevant education in nearly 200 programmes—in law, science, engineering, architecture, design, business, health, education and the arts. As a capital city university, we offer close connections to government and industry, and a strong international outlook.

As a student from North America, you will benefit from:

- US Financial Aid recognition

- One-year Master’s programmes, no GRE testing

- Three-year work visa after graduation

- Internationally recognised qualifications.


As New Zealand’s number-one ranked university for research quality, we are committed to research excellence, to leading thinking on major issues and to strengthening our connection to communities, government and the wider Asia–Pacific region. With guidance from a staff of internationally recognised researchers, you’ll develop your research skills to have a positive impact on the world.


At Victoria University of Wellington, students learn to think for themselves. You will learn through lectures and tutorials from academics skilled in sharing their knowledge in an interactive and engaging way. You will have opportunities for real-world learning through field trips, internships, work placements, research projects and industry collaborations in many programmes. You will learn how to be focused, independent, resourceful and forward-thinking.



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Additional Requirements

Graduate admission requirements vary for each programme. The minimum requirement is a completed Bachelor's level qualification or equivalent. Further details can be found at

Application Deadline

Trimester 1/March intake: Apply by 1 December the year prior

Trimester 2/July intake: Apply by 1 May

Trimester 3/November intake: Apply by 1 September

Our admission cycle operates on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound 22,000 Students
  • Female

    female 56% Female
  • Male

    male 44% Male


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Clubs & Associations

The University has over 140 clubs and societies

Wellington International Leadership Programme

The Wellington International Leadership Programme (WILP) is a free, self-paced, extracurricular programme aimed at enhancing degree study and making participants more globally aware.

It is designed to develop your leadership potential, advance your cross-cultural awareness, build your global competency and enable you to think critically about the leadership challenges in world affairs. It also creates opportunities for international experiences and global connections.

Wellington Plus Programme

Wellington Plus is the University’s service and leadership development programme. Give back to your community and gain skills that will impress employers.

Climate Clinic

Enabling law students to work on climate change issues. In particular climate injustice, intersectional approaches to climate solutions and the UNFCCC process.

Amnesty at Vic

Amnesty on Campus meets to discuss human rights and do a range of activities, including fundraising events, activism and raising awareness.

Victoria Development Society

Victoria Development Society aims to provide a non-partisan platform from which ideas, concepts and thoughts on international development-related issues are shared.

Feminist Law Society

The Feminist Law Society is a group for anyone (of all genders) interested in feminism, gender equality and structural oppression within the legal system.

Generation Zero - Victoria Branch

Generation Zero is a nationwide youth led organisation that works to promote solutions to climate change.

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What Our Students Say

  • I ended up learning so much more than I thought I would learn. There is a lot of freedom and the university provides a lot of resources to learn it all.

    I now have two jobs in the field of conservation and I have been able to use what I have learned in my studies, in my jobs.

    I love that there is so much to do in Wellington. I love that even although it is the capital city, it is not a bustling city.

    Veronica Mohan, Master of  Conservation Biology  ‘19
  • Everything we are learning in this programme is directly applicable to contemporary domestic and international climate change policy. These are urgent, real-world issues.

    The range of student perspectives in class has been one of the highlights—I have classmates from a number of different countries, with a diverse range of scientific and non-scientific backgrounds and perspectives.

    James Young-Drew, Master of Climate Change Science and Policy ‘19
  • You really get to know the experts in the field in the Master of International Relations. The classes are relatively small and the lecturers’ doors are always open for questions. The University also has close contact with the diplomatic community in Wellington and you can easily go to public debates or workshops with professionals and policy makers. This is quite unique to Wellington and would not be possible in a bigger capital.

    Fabian Brunner, Master of International Relations ‘18

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

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Additional Information

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Location & Contact

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