Admission requirements

These are the admission requirements for our programs taught in English.

Application deadline
The application deadline is 1 February for international applicants.  Admission will open in November. For Norwegian and EU citizens the application deadline is 15April. Please use the online application form. To proceed in the application form, please choose “NLA Høgskolen” in the “Institusjon” drop-down menu, then click “Gå til pålogging”. On the next page, choose English in the drop-down menu to the left.

You can get additional assistance through Application Procedures or by contacting international@nla.no.

English language competency
Foreign applicants should note that all students whose first language is not English, or who have not completed a major part of their schooling in English, must submit transcript, meeting the academic requirements and showing a proof of English language competency by completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (cf. GSU-list). Results should be sent directly to NLA University College.  NLA's TOEFL code number is 1886. Please use this code when indicating NLA as your score recipient. Then your score will be sent directly to us. NLA University College may give international students meeting these requirements priority access to the master´s degree programme to enhance cultural diversity.

Master in Global Journalism
To be admitted to the Master´s programme in Global Journalism you must have:

  • 3- or 4-year BA degree

  • Your undergraduate degree or education must include either:
    a)      a specialization of at least 80 ECTS credits within Journalism, Media Studies, or another subject area with relevance for global journalism; or
    b)      an integrated degree in Journalism comprising of at least 120 ECTS credits.

  • The average grade in the undergraduate study (BA) must be at least C according to the European ECTS grading scale (A–F). Certificates from countries using another grading scale will be assessed individually.

  • In order to qualify, you need to achieve a minimum score of 550 points on the TOEFL paper-based test or 80 points on the TOEFL Internet-based test, or a minimum score of 6.0 from the IELTS (academic) test.

Master in Intercultural Studies

To be admitted to the Master´s programme in Intercultural Studies you must have:

  • Completed a bachelor´s degree or a cand. mag. Degree (first cycle degree which was awarded in Norway until 2005), with at least 80 ECTS credits in Intercultural Studies or equivalent specialisation, and with an average grade of C or better in this field of study, according to the European ECTS grading scale (A-F). Optional courses may have additional requirements. Certificates from countries using another grading scale will be assessed individually.

Equivalent specialization are studies with

- Learning outcomes and curriculum on cultural theories and descriptive cultural analysis at an international level (e.g social/cultural anthropology, ethnology, cultural studies) with at least 50 % of the 80 ECTS credits including  multicultural/intercultural empirical settings, such as ethnic and religious minority perspectives, transnational migration, and/or local appropriation and effects of  globalization and;

- competence in qualitative methods with equivalent of at least 5 ECTS credits and a minor thesis (min 4000 words) based on empirical data.

  • In order to qualify you need to achieve a minimum score of 500 points on the Paper Based Test or 170 (computer-based) TOEFL test, or a minimum score of 5.0 from the IELTS (academic) test. 

Master in Theology and Ministry

The Master´s programme in Theology and Ministry is based on one of the following educational pathways:

  • a bachelor’s degree
  • a cand.mag. degree (first cycle degree which was awarded in Norway until 2005)
  • other degree or vocational education with a scope of minimum 3 years’ duration
  • an education which has been accredited as the equivalent of the above-mentioned degrees or educational pathways pursuant to section 3-4 of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges.
  • You must document an average grade of C or higher on the European ECTS grading scale in the undergraduate study. Certificates from countries using another grading scale will be assessed individually.

Any educational pathway must include specialization in the theological disciplines biblical theology, church history, systematic theology, and practical theology, with a scope of at least 80 ECTS credits. (In special cases, the institution may recognize other documented qualifications as completely or partly equivalent to the educational pathways mentioned above.)

You must document English language proficiency by one of the following:

  • English basic course (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school, general studies, minimum grade of 2 in both written and oral English.
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 500 points on the paper-based test (PBT) and 60 points on the internet-based test (IBT). TOEFL results must be sent directly from ETS (code # 1886) and the test must not be older than 2 years.
  • IELTS (academic) with a score of 5.0 or better. IELTS must be verifiable online. 
  • University of Cambridge exams: First Certificate in English, Certificate in Advanced English or Certificate of Proficiency in English.