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Admission requirements - Postgraduate Coursework Studies

Master's Degrees

Admissions requirements vary from program to program, but at a minimum,  entry into a master's degree at the University of Sydney Business School requires the completion of the equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree, or graduate diploma/graduate certificate from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum credit (65 per cent) average. Qualifications awarded outside Australia can also be used for admission but equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification. For a guideline of the most common international entry requirements refer to the table under Application Requirements for International Students below.

Some specialist programs require your undergraduate degree to be in the same field as the master's program you are applying for.

MBA

 The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average; a minimum of three years work experience and experience in a managerial role; and a selection interview. Students must also submit a CV and statement of motivation.

Global Executive MBA

The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average; and approximately 10 years' relevant professional experience; and a selection interview. Students must also submit a CV and statement of motivation.

Master of Commerce

The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average.*

Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations

2014 Admission: The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average.

2015 Admission:
The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification in a cognate discipline (such as business, management, law, psychology, sociology or other social sciences, education or health sciences), from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average
OR
The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification (in any discipline) from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average and a minimum of three years relevant industry experience.

Master of International Business

The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification in commerce/business from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum Credit (65%) average
OR
The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification (in any discipline) from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average and a minimum of three years relevant industry experience.
Students must also submit a CV and statement of motivation. A selection interview may be required.

Master of Logistics Management

2014 Admission: The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average.

2015 Admission:
The equivalent of an Australian  bachelor's degree or higher level qualification in a cognate discipline (such as business, management, commerce, economics, project management, engineering or planning), from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average
OR
The equivalent of an Australian  bachelor's degree or higher level qualification (in any discipline) from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average and a minimum of three years relevant industry experience.

Master of Management

The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification  from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average; and a selection interview. Students must also submit a CV and a statement of motivation.

Master of Management (CEMS)

The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degreeor higher level qualification  from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average in commerce/business or equivalent; and a selection interview. Students must also submit a CV, a statement of motivation; and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in a minimum of two languages, one of which can be English.

Master of Marketing

The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average; a minimum of three years of business experience; and a selection interview. Students must also submit a CV and a statement of motivation.

Master of Professional Accounting

The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average.*

Master of Transport Management

2014 Admission: The equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average.

2015 Admission:
The equivalent of an Australian  bachelor's degree or higher level qualification in a cognate discipline (such as business, management, commerce, economics, project management, engineering or planning), from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average
OR
The equivalent of an Australian  bachelor's degree or higher level qualification (in any discipline) from a recognised tertiary institution, with at least a Credit (65%) average and a minimum of three years relevant industry experience.

* Students applying for the Master of Commerce or Master of Professional Accounting who wish to be assessed for recognition of prior learning based on industry experience must also submit a CV and references covering a minimum of three years.

For English Language requirements please refer to the University's Admissions information relating to English Language Requirements for International Students.

Graduate Diplomas

Graduate diplomas and certificates generally include units of study from the master's programs, and provide an exit point after fewer units of study.

For entry into a graduate diploma, students must have the equivalent of an Australian  bachelor's degree or higher level qualification from a recognised tertiary institution at a standard acceptable to the Business School.

Upgrade to a Master's degree

Students may apply to upgrade from a  graduate diploma to the relevant master's degree within the embedded sequence upon completion of at least four units of study. A minimum Credit (65%) average is required across all units of study attempted in order for upgrade applications to be considered. Upgrades are competitive and subject to places available.

Graduate Certificates

For entry into a graduate certificate, students must have the equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree or higher level qualification OR at least three years' relevant work experience.

Graduate certificates are not available to students on an International Student Visa.

Upgrading to Master's degree or Graduate Diploma

Students may apply to upgrade from a graduate certificate to the relevant master's degree or graduate diploma within the embedded sequence upon completion of at least four units of study. A minimum Credit (65%) average is required across all units of study attempted in order for upgrade applications to be considered. Upgrades are competitive and subject to places available.

Postgraduate Courses by Research

Visit Postgraduate Research Studies for more information on the Doctor of Philosophy or the Master of Philosophy.

Application Requirements for International Students

Academic qualifications guidelines by country for entry to masters and graduate diploma qualifications in the University of Sydney Business School

For international students, it is advisable to contact The University of Sydney's International Student Office for more information on how your degree average grade equates to average grade for Australian universities.

The following table outlines the scores that the Business School has determined to be equivalent to a 65% and 60% grade average for those countries from which many of our international students come. For countries with different tiers of institutions, the table lists a range of scores and the relevant score will depend on the issuing institution.

The Business School also assesses whether a particular qualification in a country is equivalent to an Australian bachelor's degree. A final decision on whether a particular qualification is sufficient for entry into a degree program at the Business School will be made upon application.

Country Results Required for entry into Masters qualification (i.e. 65% equivalent) Results Required for entry into Graduate Diploma qualification (i.e. 60% equivalent)

China (211 Universities)

75% or B- Average or GPA of 2.5

70% or C+ Average or GPA of 2.3

China (non-211 Universities)

80% or B Average or GPA of 3

75% or B- Average or GPA of 2.8

Germany

GPA of 3

GPA of 3.6

Hong Kong

Second Class (Div One), GPA of 3 or B Average

Second Class (Div Two), GPA of 2.5 or B- Average

India

First or Second Class/Division

Second or Third Class/Division

Indonesia

GPA of 3 or B Average

GPA of 2.5 or C+ Average

Malaysia

GPA of 3 or Second Class (Upper Division)

GPA of 2.7 or Second Class (Lower Division)

New Zealand

GPA of 5, B to B+ Average

GPA of 4.5, B- to B Average

Singapore

CAP of 3 or C Average

CAP of 2.5 or C- Average

South Korea

GPA of 3.5 or B+ Average

GPA of 3 or B Average

Taiwan

75% or B Average or GPA of 3

70% or C+ Average or GPA of 2.5

Thailand

GPA of 2.8 to 3.5

GPA of 2.5 to 3

United Kingdom

Second Class (Second Division)

Third Class

USA

GPA of 3 or B Average

GPA of 2.5 or B- Average

Vietnam

7 out of 10 or 'Good'

6 out of 10 or 'Average'

Please Note. This table is not intended as an extensive list of country equivalents. Applications based on qualifications obtained in countries not listed will also be considered for entry.

The information provided in this table is intended as a guideline only due to the wide variety of institutions and grading scales that exist in particular countries. Further, an applicant may meet the specified academic requirement but not meet all entry requirements. In such cases, the Business School reserves the right not to proceed with an application.

English Language Requirements

For English Language requirements please refer to the University's Admissions information relating to English Language Requirements for International Students.

Degree

IELTS*

TOEFL (IBT)**

Standard requirement

7 (6.0)

100 (23/22)

* IELTS — the number in brackets is the minimum score for all bands.
** TOEFL (IBT) — the first number in brackets: written exam, the second number in brackets: all other scores.

Note: Check the International Services website before applying for the most up-to-date entry requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning - Master of Commerce

Recognition of prior learning and work experience can mean a reduction in the number of units required to complete a Master of Commerce Degree. You could save up to a year of full-time study, and complete your degree in just 12 months.

Applicants who wish to be considered for recognition of prior learning need to submit a CV and references to cover minimum 3 years' work experience with their application for admission.

Please refer to the table below for a full list of RPL options for the Master of Commerce program. A maximum reduction of two semesters/one year may be granted for the below qualifications/experience.

Qualifications/Experience RPL

Completed Bachelor's degree (pass) or Graduate Certificate in Business/Commerce discipline

24 credit points / one semester reduction

Completed Bachelor's degree in Non-Business/Commerce discipline

0 credit points

Completed Bachelor's degree (honours), higher degree in research, Coursework Master's degree or Graduate Diploma in Business/Commerce discipline

48 credit points / two semesters reduction

Completed Bachelor's degree (honours), higher degree in research, Coursework Master's degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Non-Business/Commerce discipline

24 credit points / one semester reduction

Incomplete Coursework Master's degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Business/Commerce discipline

48 credit points / two semesters reduction

Incomplete Coursework Master's degree or Graduate Diploma in Non-Business/Commerce discipline

0 credit points

Certified professional work experience of at least 3 years' duration (full-time equivalent) in business/commerce and deemed by the Business School to have conferred a depth of learning equivalent to that of a Graduate Certificate in Business/Commerce

24 credit points / one semester reduction


The information in this table is to be used as a guide only. RPL is granted at the discretion of the Program Director.

Recognition of Prior Learning - Master of Professional Accounting

Recognition of prior learning and work experience can mean a reduction in number of units required to complete the Master of Professional Accounting. Applicants who wish to be considered for recognition of prior learning need to submit a CV and references to cover a minimum 3 years' work experience with their application for admission to the program. A maximum reduction of 48 credit points may be granted for the below qualifications/experience.

Qualifications/Experience RPL

Completed Bachelor's degree (pass) or Graduate Certificate in Business/Commerce discipline

12 credit points*

Completed Bachelor's degree in Non-Business/Commerce discipline

0 credit points

Completed Bachelor's degree (honours), higher degree in research, Coursework Master's degree or Graduate Diploma in Business/Commerce discipline

12 credit points*

Completed Bachelor's degree (honours), higher degree in research, Coursework Master's degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Non-Business/Commerce discipline

12 credit points

Incomplete Coursework Master's degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Business/Commerce discipline

Maximum 48 credit points (depending on number of relevant units completed)

Incomplete Coursework Master's degree or Graduate Diploma in Non-Business/Commerce discipline

0 credit points

Certified professional work experience of at least 3 years' duration (full-time equivalent) in business/commerce and deemed by the Business School to have conferred a depth of learning equivalent to that of a Graduate Certificate in Business/Commerce

12 credit points

* Additional credit may be available to students who have completed units recognised by CPA Australia.

The information in this table is to be used as a guide only. RPL credit is granted at the discretion of the Program Director.