Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Academic eligibility for admission into Pacific Adventist University undergraduate courses is gained upon meeting at least one of the following requirements:

  1. The successful completion of Year Twelve High School Certificate or itsequivalent as prescribed later in this section

  2. The successful completion of a diploma or degree from a recognised tertiaryinstitution.

High School Certificate Requirements

HSC (Higher School Certificate) – Papua New Guinea

  • Matriculation: A pass in 4 subjects, including English with a minimum upper C level pass 

FSLC (Fiji School Leaving Certificate) – Fiji
  • Matriculation: A pass in 4 subjects, including an upper C pass in English with an aggregate score of not less than 250 points PSSC (Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate) – Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu
  • Matriculation: A pass in 4 subjects, including English, with an aggregate score of not more than 13 points
  • A pass is defined as a rating of 4 or less on a scale of 1 (highest) to 9 (lowest), in a subject. English should be passed at 3 or better.

HSC (Higher School Certificate) – New South Wales, Australia

  • Matriculation: A pass in 4 subjects, including English. 65 UAI.

SSC (Senior School Certificate) – Queensland, Australia

  • Possession of a Senior Certificate which records the study of at least 4 Board subjects, including English for 4 consecutive semesters.
  • A Tertiary Entrance Statement in which the applicant’s overall position (OP) in Board subjects is recorded 1-13.
  • A Tertiary Entrance Statement in which is recorded field positions from 1-6 in English (Written Expression) and Mathematics.

NZ NCEA (New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 2) – New Zealand

  • Matriculation: Passes in 4 subjects, including English, with an aggregate score of not more than 13 points.
  • A pass is defined as a rating of 4 or higher, on a scale of 1 (highest) to 9 (lowest), in a subject.
  •  English Should be passed at 3 or better.

NB. Cultural and vernacular subjects are not accepted in the calculation of the aggregate scores for determining entrance.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to standard entry requirements the following courses require additional prerequisites or have advanced standing arrangements as outlined below:


Bachelor of Business

A minimum B pass in Mathematics at the Matriculation level is required. No prior work experience is required. Students need to achieve a GPA of 2.5 or better at their matriculation to be admitted to this programme.


Diploma of Business (SAC) articulation to Bachelor of Business

Students who have successfully completed the requirements for Diploma of Business (Accounting) or the Diploma of Business (Accounting and Management) on the Sonoma campus will be deemed to have met the requirements for the first twoyears of either the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) or the Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Management) programme on the basis of the direct transfer of their academic credit to the new award. Students must then complete four further semesters (two years) of study to meet the requirements of the degree.

Students who completed a Diploma of Business on the Sonoma campus prior to 2003 will need to have achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in their Diploma studies and have relevant work experience in order to be considered for admission directly into the third year of the degree programme.

Students who graduated prior to 2003 and achieved a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 in the Diploma Programme will need to complete a prescribed 6 credit programme of bridging studies prior to being admitted to the third year of the degree programme. Students who have achieved a GPA between 2.2 and 2.5 will need to complete a 9 credit point programme of bridging studies prior to being admitted to the third year of the programme. Bridging studies will be offered either at Sonoma or at PAU depending demand during end of year breaks or during the regular academic year. Students successfully completing the bridging studies programme with a 2.20 GPA will be deemed to have met the requirements for the first two years of the Bachelor of Business programme on the basis of the direct transfer of their academic credit to the new award. Students must then successfully complete two further years of study at Koiari Park to meet the requirements of the degree.


Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

A minimum B pass in Mathematics A for students taking Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics as content areas. A minimum upper C pass in subjects directly related to major and minor content areas. However, exceptions are made for Industrial Technology, Office Administration (Secretarial Studies), and Religious Studies, since these subjects are not always studied at Higher School Certificate level.


Bachelor of Midwifery

Successful applicants must demonstrate:

  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Council of PNG or equivalent body in another country;

  • Grade 12 completion;

  • Diploma of Nursing (3 years) or Bachelor of Nursing (4 years);

  • Minimum of 2 years clinical experience in nursing (while 6 months working in maternity care is preferred it is not a requirement for acceptance)

  • Evidence of ongoing professional development as demonstrated through in-service attendance, conferences, workshops or the like;

  • Recommendation and approval of study from the current employer;

  • Evidence of interest and commitment to midwifery (demonstrated through the submission of a short essay with application); and

  • Good moral character and a willingness to order their lives in harmony with the aims and philosophy of the institution.


Bachelor of Nursing

A minimum upper C pass in Mathematics A or a minimum B pass in Mathematics B; plus a minimum upper C pass in one science subjects (biology, chemistry, or physics). N.B. The Academic Registrar will advise on minimum equivalence grades for non-PNG applicants.


Bachelor of Science

A minimum B pass in Mathematics A and two science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics).


Diploma of Ministerial Studies (SAC) articulation to the Bachelor of Arts in Theology

The full Bachelor of Arts in Theology programme is not offered on the Sonoma campus. Students who wish to apply for admission to the degree on the Koiari Park campus must have first successfully completed the requirements for the 99 semester credit point PAU Diploma of Ministerial Studies programme on the Sonoma campus with a demonstrated ability to succeed in higher level studies. Entry to the degree programme will require the attainment of a cumulative grade point average of 2.7.

Students who have achieved a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 in the Diploma of Ministerial Studies Programme will need to complete a prescribed 6 credit programme of bridging studies prior to being admitted to the final year of the degree programme. Students who have achieved a GPA between 2.2 and 2.5 will need to complete a 9 credit point programme of bridging studies prior to being admitted to the final year of the programme. Bridging studies will be offered at Sonoma during the mid-year break during the two-year pastoral placement period. Students successfully completing the bridging studies programme with a 2.20 GPA will be deemed to have met the requirements for the first three years of the Bachelor of Arts in Theology programme. Students must then successfully complete one further year of study at Koiari Park to meet the requirements of the degree.

In order to gain admission into the Diploma of Ministerial Studies programme taught at Sonoma, applicants are normally required to meet the same admission criteria as those for the degree programme which requires a Higher School Certificate (HSC) from Papua New Guinea with a pass in 4 subjects, including English with a minimum upper C level pass. (GPA of no less than 2.00) 


Graduate Diploma in Theology

Students need to have completed a degree from a recognised tertiary institution. They must also provide documented evidence of part-time or full-time ministry experience.

Applicants for the Master of Theology must also have good moral character and a willingness to order their lives in harmony with the aims and philosophy of the University.

 
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