In 2020, Maynooth University was the first preference of around 48% of international students seeking admission in Ireland. The university has a total enrollment of 13,700 students comprising around 11,450 UG and 2,240 PG-level students. Applications at Maynooth University are invited twice a year- Fall and Spring season. The online application portals for UG and PG students open on November 1 of the previous year. The university offers applicants a chance to include up to three programs in one application form.
International applicants are required to fulfill additional requirements such as an IELTS score of 6.5, proof of financial report, Ireland Student Visa. Supporting documents like a statement of purpose, a recommendation letter are an equally significant part of an application package. A good SOP can definitely increase your chances of admission at Maynooth University.
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|Application Portal||Online Application via PAC|
|Application Fee||Undergraduate - 30 EUR;
Graduate - 50 EUR
|Mode of Payment||Visa/ Credit/ Laser card|
|English Proficiency Test||TOFEL, IELTS, PTE|
|% of international student||17%|
|Academic Calendar||Semester based|
|Intake Season||Fall and spring|
|Work Experience||Required for graduate programs|
|Financial Aid||Scholarships, loans, work-study, grants|
Maynooth University invites applications for the fall and spring semesters. International applicants are advised to apply one year before the intended enrollment term.
|Semester||Fall Intake||Spring Intake|
|Undergraduate Courses||May 31||October 31|
|Graduate Courses||May 31||October 31|
International students must hold a completed a recognized School Leaving examination which is equivalent to Irish Leaving Certificate. Students must meet the country-specific admission requirements as well as fulfill English language requirements.
International students who are non-native speakers of English must provide proof of English language proficiency for admission to undergraduate or graduate programs. The accepted tests and minimum score requirements are as follows:
International students require a Study Visa to study in Ireland, which is obtained when students are accepted by Maynooth University and issued an Acceptance Letter. Students need to apply for the Ireland Student Visa through the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website and then schedule for the interview with the Irish Consulate in their home country or through a video conference with the required documents.
Documents required by the student for applying for the Student Visa are :
- Letter of Acceptance issued by Maynooth University
- Transcripts from previous academic institutions attended
- English Language Proficiency Scores
- A current passport/travel document
- 2 colored passport-sized photographs
- Medical Insurance
- Financial Support Statements
- Immunization records
Maynooth University mainly offers undergraduate degrees in Arts and Science with a wide variety of subject choice. Students seeking admission to undergraduate programs must have completed secondary level education and submit up-to-date transcripts with descriptions of courses taken. Over 10,000 students are enrolled in various undergraduate-level courses.
Where to Apply: Central Application Office (CAO)
Application Fee: 30 EUR
Admission Requirements: The documents required for admission to undergraduate programs are as follows:
- Transcripts or certificates from secondary level education
- English language test score (if English is not your first language)
- 2 academic references
- Personal statement
The academic requirements for UG courses are similar for all programs but vary for different countries. The requirements for a few countries are tabulated below:
|Country||Requirement for admission|
Completion of XII standard with 75% and 70% in English
Senior Secondary certificate with minimum 75%
Malaysian school certificate with grades of A-level
Maynooth University offers 50 master's courses to around 1,800 students. All prospective applicants for graduate-level programs must hold a completed bachelor’s degree or be in the final year of study. Applicants must be able to provide complete academic records including name, the title of degree, date of completion, degree-awarding body, etc.
Where to Apply: Postgraduate Application Centre (PAC)
Application Fee: 50 EUR
|Requirements||MSc Business Analytics||MSc Economics||MSc International Business||MSc Marketing|
|Academic Qualification||50%-59% in relevant bachelor’s program||60% to 65% in Economics degree at UG-level or equivalent||50% to 59% in non-business UG degree||50% to 59% in business degree or equivalent|
|References||2 References (Academic or Professional)||2 Academic References||2 Academic References||2 Academic References|
3 years (if UG degree is not relevant);
|Not required||Not required||5 years (if UG degree is non-business related);
10 years (if you have a diploma, not UG degree)
An acceptance email will be sent to the email address entered on the application form on a rolling basis. Applicants should receive an admission decision within 4 weeks of submitting the application. Failure to submit the supporting documents on time will delay the application processing time.
Selected applicants will have to make a payment of 200 EUR as a security deposit for the program that they have applied for. Deposit is deducted from the overall fee for your program. The deposit will be returned if requirements are not fulfilled for the course. Applications for admission to the Maynooth University are critically analyzed to make sure that only eligible students are admitted.
Ques. How do I pay my fees at Maynooth University?
Ans. Fees can be paid online through the student web portal, once you are aware of your 8 digit student number and password.
Ques. Is Maynooth University still accepting applications for September 2020?
Ans. Yes, the Maynooth University continues to accept and assess applications for the September 2020 intake.
Ques. What is PAC?
Ans. The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) is used to apply for:
- Postgraduate courses in a number of colleges (Maynooth University, DCU, UCC, WIT, and 3UPartnership).
- Professional Master of Education (centralized application) in the 4 NUI universities (Maynooth University, UCD, UCD, and NUI Galway).
- Professional Master of Education at DCU
- HSE / Public Health Nursing (postgraduate courses).
- Higher Diploma in Midwifery.
Ques. Can I apply for more than one course through one application?
Ans. Yes, you can apply for 3 courses through a single application. Courses must be selected from the available taught master’s, research Ph. D, diplomas and certificate programs.
Ques. How many students are there in Maynooth 2020?
Ans. Maynooth University is Ireland's fastest-growing university with around 10,000 students including 1,500 taught postgraduate and professional students and 400 doctoral students.
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I chose to study at Maynooth University because it is ranked in top 50 young universities in the world. Another reason for me to take admission here was because of the short batch sizes and the cost of education. Education in USA/UK would have been on a high end and thus, Ireland was another English speaking country where I wanted to pursue my education. Therefore I paid €50 for the application fee to kickstart the process.