Entry requirements

Domestic applicants such as Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, need to meet minimum eligibility criteria to be considered for admission. This usually includes:

  • an acceptable academic qualification
  • compliance with any special entry requirements for your specific course
  • separate English requirements may also apply. Please refer to the University’s English requirements for more information.

Academic requirements

The entry requirement for a coursework master's degree, graduate diploma or graduate certificate is usually a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a related field. Some courses, however, accept an undergraduate degree from any field.

You may also need to have achieved certain marks in your undergraduate studies. The requirements vary by course, but generally a strong ‘above average’ academic record is required for direct entry to master's programs.

If you do not have a strong academic record, an alternative pathway may be available through graduate diploma level study. If your performance in the graduate diploma program is acceptable, you may be able to upgrade your degree to master's level.

Some coursework programs also require relevant professional experience for admission.

You can apply for a Graduate Certificate with a bachelor's degree or possess professional experience which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course. If your performance in the graduate certificate program is acceptable, you may be able to upgrade your degree to master's level.

For more information about entry requirements for postgraduate coursework programs, refer to:

Credit for previous studies

When applying for a postgraduate coursework course, you may be eligible for ‘credit for previous studies’ – also called ‘transfer credit’ or ‘advanced standing’. This is when some of your previous credit is transferred towards your upcoming course, allowing you to take fewer units of study.

If you choose to apply for credit, your application will be considered by the relevant faculty you wish to enrol with. The faculty will consider the previous subjects you completed, and the results you received, and decide whether you are eligible for credit.

Depending on the number of credits granted, you may find the length of your course at the University of Sydney is reduced.

Important dates

To view our academic dates throughout the year, visit our Important Dates.