Graduate-entry English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English and whose qualifications were obtained from an institution where the language of instruction was not English are required to provide evidence of their English proficiency. In such cases, applicants should provide the results of a recognised English language proficiency test conducted within the last two years. The minimum requirements for each of the school’s graduate-entry degrees are given below. Further information is available on the University’s admissions pages.

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

The minimum IELTS requirement for admission to the MSW(Qualifying) is an overall score of 7.5 with 7.0 in all bands.

Master of Teaching

The English proficiency requirement for admission to the program is more exacting than for many other graduate courses. This is because all teachers in Australian schools – where Master of Teaching candidates undertake the professional experience component of their coursework – must have a good command of the English language.

The minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Teaching are:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.5 with 7.0 in reading and writing and 8.0 in listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL iBT: overall score of 105 with 23 in reading, 25 in writing, and 27 in listening and speaking.

Accreditation and employers' expectations

The NSW Department of Education, the major employer of teachers in NSW, requires teachers from non-English speaking backgrounds to sit an English proficiency test before employment. Details of the minimum requirements are available on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website.