Postgraduate Admission Requirements

Academic eligibility for admission into Pacific Adventist University postgraduate courses is gained upon meeting the specific requirements for the chosen programme of study as outlined below.


Bachelor of Science (Honours) 

Academic eligibility for direct admission into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) is met if a prospective student has achieved a minimum PAU GPA of 2.7, or the equivalent at another institution, in a relevant baccalaureate degree. Applicants for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) must also have good moral character and a willingness to order their lives in harmony with the aims and philosophy of the University. Relevant work experience may be taken into account for research degree admission. 


Master of Arts (Pastoral Ministry) and Postgraduate Diploma (Pastoral Ministry) 

Academic eligibility for direct admission into the MA (PastMin) is met if: 

  • A prospective student has achieved a minimum PAU GPA of 2.5, or the equivalent at another institution, in relevant a baccalaureate degree (such as theology, education or some other field of study in human services), or 
  • A prospective student has successfully completed two postgraduate level subjects and for those subjects has achieved a minimum PAU GPA of 2.5, or the equivalent at another institution.
  • The PGDip (PastMin) serves is an indirect entry point for those who do not initially meet the 2.5 GPA minimum. Academic eligibility for admission into the PGDip (PastMin) is met if:
  • A prospective student has achieved a PAU GPA of 2.2 or above, or the equivalent at another institution, in a relevant baccalaureate degree (such as theology, education or some other field of study in human services). 

A student enrolled in the PGDip (PastMin) will be eligible for an enrolment transfer into the MA (PastMin), subject to successful completion of 2 subjects with a GPA of 2.5 or above at postgraduate level. 

Applicants for either the MA (PastMin) or PGDip (PastMin) must also: 

  • Have at least 3 years relevant work experience; 
  • Be recommended by a mission administrator or other relevant superior in their professional field; and 
  • Have good moral character and a willingness to order their lives in harmony with the aims and philosophy of the institution. 


Master in Leadership and Development and Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Development 

Academic eligibility for direct admission into the Master in Leadership and Development is met if: 

  • A prospective student has achieved a minimum PAU GPA of 2.7, or the equivalent at another institution, in a relevant Bachelor’s degree, or 
  • A prospective student has successfully completed two postgraduate level subjects and for those subjects has achieved a minimum PAU GPA of 2.7, or the equivalent at another institution. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Development serves is an indirect entry point for those who do not initially meet the 2.7 GPA minimum. 

Academic eligibility for admission into the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Development is met if: 

  • A prospective student has achieved a PAU GPA of 2.2 or above, or the equivalent at another institution, in a relevant Bachelor’s degree. 

A student enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Development will be eligible for an enrolment transfer into the Master in Leadership and Development, subject to successful completion of 2 subjects with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. 

Applicants for either the Master in Leadership and Development or Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Development must also: 

  • Have at least 2 years work experience or be currently employed in the development industry; and 
  • Be recommended by their employer or other relevant superior in their professional field; and 
  • Have a commitment to serving diverse peoples and communities; and 
  • Have good moral character and a willingness to order their lives in harmony with the aims and philosophy of the institution. 


Master of Philosophy 

Academic eligibility for direct admission into the Master of Philosophy is met if: 

  • A prospective student has achieved a minimum PAU GPA of 2.7, or the equivalent at another institution, in a relevant baccalaureate degree; or 
  • A prospective student has successfully completed two postgraduate level subjects and for those subjects has achieved a minimum PAU GPA of 2.7, or the equivalent at another institution. 

Applicants for the Master of Philosophy must show evidence of ability in research and writing and must also have good moral character and a willingness to order their lives in harmony with the aims and philosophy of the University. Relevant work experience may be taken into account for research degree admission. 


Master of Theology 

Academic eligibility for direct admission into the Master of Theology is met if: 

  • A prospective student has achieved a minimum PAU GPA of 2.7, or the equivalent at another institution, in relevant a baccalaureate degree; or 
  • A prospective student has successfully completed two postgraduate level subjects and for those subjects has achieved a minimum PAU GPA of 2.7, or the equivalent at another institution. 

Where the proposed research is in the area of Biblical Studies, it will be expected that the student has already undertaken two Greek subjects and/or two Hebrew subjects at undergraduate level. 

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