The University of Papua New Guinea, (UPNG) wishes to inform prospective applicants that the Online Application System for receiving applications for Undergraduate and Post Graduate programs to be offered by the University for academic year 2022 is now open. It will close on the 30th of September 2021.


General Criteria for Non-School Leavers

a.) Candidates who have completed diploma or degree programs from recognized institutions within the country or overseas;

b.) Candidates who have met the National Matriculation Requirements from recognized National and Secondary High Schools or that equivalent level prior to 2021;

c.) Professional candidates applying for specific programs that are on offer under professional study programs and related to their current job experience;

d.) Candidates who have attained a diploma from a recognised college or university under an affiliated program with UPNG;

e.) International and South Pacific Island candidates may apply using this form. Admission to UPNG will depend on the fixed quota that is reserved for such category; and,

f.) Candidates who have withdrawn or were excluded from studies for academic and disciplinary reasons and are eligible to re-enrol in Semester 1/2022.

General Criteria for School Leavers

a.) Papua New Guinea citizens who are completing Year 12 in overseas countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific countries are encouraged to apply using the Online Application. If you need more clarifications on your eligibility, please seek assistance from the Selection Unit of the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science, and Technology (DHERST);

b.) Students who are currently undertaking Grade 12 studies at National and Secondary High Schools in PNG should apply through the DHERST Online application.

Limitation of Admission

Because of limited places and resources, the University can only admit a limited number of new students into various programs of study. As a result, competition is very high and priority is given to those students who have higher GPAs. Those students who are seeking admission must fully satisfy the programs selection criteria requirements of the University.


a.) Pay a fee of (K20.00 for Undergraduate & Honours) progammes and (K50.00 for Masters and PhD programmes for all schools except the School of Business and Public Policy) non-refundable application processing fee, to UPNG General Account No: 1000583572 BSP, (WAIGANI) before applying online. Make sure to indicate your name and correct date of deposit on the deposit slip when paying. Keep the receipt with you for verification purposes.

b.) Post graduate Applicants to the School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP) programs must refer to SBPP Post Graduate advertisement for the application processing fee and eligibility criteria. Call Lisa on 3267 299 for more information.

c.) Before choosing your preferred program, please navigate through our admission and eligibility requirements to all our programs using the links provided. This will inform you of your eligibility for a particular program.

d.) Online Application Steps

1.) Pay the appropriate Application Fee at the Bank.

2.) You will need to fill a sign-up form to create your login for the UPNG Applicant Portal. Please visit the Admissions section on UPNG website to download the User Manual for applicants. Link to access the sign-up page is also available in the Admissions section of the website.

3.) After submitting the sign-up form, you will receive an email with your login credentials and link to the UPNG Applicant Portal.

4.) Follow the guidelines provided in the user manual to fill your application online. Please remember that you can only apply to one program. Once you choose a program of your choice, the rest of the sections of the online applications will be visible to you to complete.

5.) Make sure you complete all important information on the application and upload the scanned copies of relevant documents required to support your application. You will able to submit the online application only after uploading required supporting documents. Hence, make sure you have all the scanned copies before you start to apply.

6.) Review all the sections of the application carefully and submit your application.

e.) If you have any queries regarding your application or online submission, you can write to the following email addresses. Write to the appropriate email address based on the school that you are applying to.

• School of Business & Public Policy Application: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• School of Humanities & Social Sciences: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• School of Natural & Physical Sciences: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• School of Medicine & Health Sciences: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• School of Law: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

f.) Successful candidates will be notified through email and by post by Mid-December 2021, together with the successful School Leavers of 2021.

g.) If your name is not on the Final List, it means that your application for admission in 2022 has been unsuccessful.

h.) All information regarding 2022 Fees, Registration and Orientation will be included in the acceptance letter.

i.) Manual applications without any record of online submission WILL NOT be considered.


Application Portal User Guide 

Online Application Portal

Authorized by:
Dr. Peter Petsul
The Registrar

Postgraduate Programs Application for Admission 2022

Information about eligibility for Admission to Postgraduate Programs

Potential candidates who are interested in taking up our Postgraduate Program, are encouraged to see information about eligibility for admission before applying. Separate Application Form must be submitted for each program.


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