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FAQs Upgrades and Transfers - Postgraduate Coursework Programs

How do I apply to upgrade or transfer between programs?

Log in to Sydney Student then navigate to My Studies > Course Details > Course Transfer to submit an application to transfer or upgrade.

What are the requirements, and when can I apply to upgrade or transfer between programs?

In order to upgrade from an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma to the master's degree, you must have completed at least four units of study with a minimum Credit (65%) average. If you have completed more units of study at the time of application, your average will be calculated over all units completed at that time (minimum of 65% required).

In order to transfer between programs at the same level (e.g. Master of Professional Accounting to the Master of Commerce), you must have satisfied minimum academic progression requirements in your current course and any other admissions requirements for the course you wish to transfer into.

Can I apply to transfer to another master's degree?

You can apply to transfer between master's programs up until the end of your final semester, however, we recommend you do so at the end of your first semester to give you more flexibility to plan your program.

I commenced the Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate in Commerce prior to Semester 2, 2013. Can I still apply to upgrade to the 12 unit Master of Commerce?

If you commenced the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Commerce prior to Semester 2, 2013 you will be given the option to complete either 12 (1.5 years) or 16 units (2 years). The choice is yours, as long as you complete all requirements for the Master of Commerce within six years of commencing the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Commerce and maintain continuous enrolment (with the exception of approved leave).

Will all units I have completed be credited towards a program I upgrade/transfer to?

If you are upgrading within an embedded sequence (e.g. Graduate Diploma in Commerce to the Master of Commerce), you complete the requirements of the higher level course as outlined in the Handbook of the year you commenced the embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma so all units you have completed will be transferred across as credit.

If you are transferring between programs at the same level, as long as the units you have completed are listed for the program you wish to transfer to, they will be transferred across as credit.

Can I apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) if I upgrade/transfer into the Master of Commerce or Master of Professional Accounting?

Students who hold a prior qualification in business (e.g. Bachelor of Commerce) or who can demonstrate that they have at least 3 years relevant business experience may be eligible for RPL, reducing the duration of/number of units required for the Master of Commerce* or Master of Professional Accounting* program. If you wish to apply for RPL, you need to do so via your Sydney Student portal and upload the following documents:

  • For RPL based on prior study - a copy of your academic transcript from your previous institution.
  • For RPL based on work experience - your CV and references from employers, duty statements etc. which demonstrate that you have a minimum of 3 years relevant business experience.

* note that that this applies to the 16 unit programs only