Graduate-entry English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide proof of their English proficiency. Overseas applicants must do this by including a recognised test result in their application.

At the discretion of the faculty, local applicants whose undergraduate degree was conferred in a country where English is not the first language, will be asked to provide evidence of English proficiency, such as a recognised test result.


Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

The demonstrated English-language proficiency required of people seeking to enrol in the MSW(Qualifying) is an overall IELTS of 7.5 with minimum of 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.

Candidates must be good to very good users of English, especially spoken English. The minimum requirements for enrolment in the Master of Teaching are:

  • IELTS 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing and Reading and a minimum of 8.0 in Listening and Speaking.

  • TOEFL 627 for the paper-based version of the TOEFL, plus 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) or 263 for the computer-based version of the TOEFL plus an essay rating of 5.0.

Accreditation and employers' expectations

The NSW Department of Education and Communities, the major employer of teachers in NSW, requires teachers from non-English backgrounds to sit an English proficiency test before employment. The details of the minimum requirements are available on the Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards NSW (previously NSW Institute of Teachers) website.