Pacific Adventist University (PAU) Program Entry Requirements

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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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

  • The successful completion of Year Twelve High School Certificate or its equivalent as prescribed later in this section.
  • The successful completion of a diploma or degree from a recognized tertiary institution.

Grade 12 and School Certificates

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

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • Minimum B in all their Higher School Certificate subjects.
  • As it involves a broad multi-disciplinary program, students can choose from a wide variety of course combinations.
  • The GPA required for this course is 2.5 and above.

Bachelor of Business (BBus)

  • Minimum of B pass in Mathematics
  • Matriculation level is required.
  • No prior work experience is required.
  • Students need to achieve a GPA of 2.7 or better at their matriculation to be admitted to this program.

Diploma of Business (SAC) articulation to Bachelor of Business

  • Students who have successfully completed the requirements of 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 two of either the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) or the Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Management) program on the basis of the direct transfer of their academic credit to the new award. Student must then complete four (4) further semesters (2 years) of study to meet the requirements of the degree.
  • Students who complete a Diploma in Business on the Sonoma campus prior to 2003 will need to have achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.7 in the diploma studies and have relevant work experience in order to be considered for admission directly into the third year of the degree program.
  • Students who graduated prior to 2003 and achieved a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 in the diploma program will need to complete a prescribed 6 credit program of bridging studies prior to being admitted to the third year of the degree program.
  • Students who have achieved a GPA between 2.2 and 2.5 will need to complete a 9 credit point program of bridging studies prior to being admitted to the third year of the degree program. Bridging studies program with 2.20 GPA will be deemed to have met the requirements for the first two years of the Bachelor of Business program 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 the Koiari Park Campus to meet the requirements of the degree

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (BEd (Sec)

  • 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 area.
  • However, exception is made for Religious Studies since this subject is not always studied at Higher School Certificate level.

Bachelor of Nursing (BN)

  • Minimum of upper C pass in Mathematics A or a minimum B pass in Mathematics B;
  • plus, a minimum upper C pass in on science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics).
  • The Academic Registrar will advise on minimum equivalence grade for non-PNG applicants

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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

Diploma in Ministerial Studies (SAC) (DipMinStud) articulation to Bachelor of Ministry and Theology (BMinTh)

  • The full Bachelor of Arts in Theology program is not offered on 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 in Ministerial Studies program on the Sonoma campus with a demonstrated ability to succeed in higher levels studies.
  • Entry to the degree program will require the attainment of a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Students who have achieved a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 in the Diploma of Ministerial Studies program will need to complete a prescribed 6 credit program of bridging studies prior to being admitted to the final year program.
  • Students who have a cumulative GPA between 2.2 and 2.5 will need to complete a 9 credit point program of bridging studies prior to being admitted to the final year of the program.
  • Bridging studies will be offered at Sonoma during the mid-year break during the two-year pastoral placement period. Students successfully completing the bridging program with GPA 2.20 will be deemed to have met the requirements for the first three years of the Bachelor of Arts in Theology program. Students then successfully complete one further year of study at the Koiari Park campus to meet the requirements of the degree.
  • In order to gain admission into the Diploma of Ministerial Studies program taught at Sonoma campus, applicants are normally required to meet the same admission criteria as those for the degree program which requires a Higher School Certificate (HSC) from PNG with a pass in 4 subjects, including English with a minimum upper C level pass (GPA no less than 2.00)

Responses to Applications

  • Applicants will be advised by mail and/or email as soon as practicable that Pacific Adventist University has received their applications. Successful applicants will normally be officially advised of an offer of acceptance into Pacific Adventist University course in early December.
  • Pacific Adventist University may decline to admit any person in any year or course of study on the grounds of:
    • Applicants not satisfying the University’s academic requirements at this University or at other institutions
    • Applications exceeding the quotas that have been set by the Academic Senate for a given course
    • Applicant not satisfying the University’s moral standards
  • The university reserves the right to decline admission of any person without necessarily specifying reason.
  • The Admissions Officer will notify all successful applicants via letter, fax or email after the Academic Senate has formally approved the list of accepted applications.
  • All students accepted for study at Pacific Adventist University must sign an agreement that while registered as students of the University, they will adhere to the high moral standards of the University and not consume alcohol, use tobacco, betelnut,and illicit drugs on and off campus or bring such substances on the campus.

Student Responses to Offers of Acceptance

  • Offers of place at Pacific Adventist University are open for a limited time only and successful applicant must advise the University in writing of the acceptance to the University’s offer. Applicants who fail to advise the University within the given specified time may have their offers withdrawn and the University Admissions Office may reallocate them to other applicants.

For more information

Pacific Adventist University,

Private Mail Bag

BOROKO 111

National Capital District

Papua New Guinea

Telephone:  (+675) 328 0200 

Fax: (+675) 328 1257 

Email:  information@pau.ac.pg

Web: www.pau.ac.pg

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