Go beyond your bachelors and study your passions up close. You’re a postgraduate student if you’re looking to study a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters by coursework.
Apply yourself. Apply for a postgraduate course in five steps
It’s easy to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree using our step-by step guide. The process is quick and should only take around 20 minutes.
Use this guide if you want to apply for one of the following:
- graduate certificate
- graduate diploma
- masters by coursework.
Before you begin, check you’re in the right place
It’s important you know that this guide is for domestic postgraduate coursework applications only. You’re a domestic student if you’re one of the following:
- Australian citizen
- Australian permanent resident
- Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder
- New Zealand citizen.
If you’re based overseas and will require a temporary visa, you should visit our step-by-step guide for international postgraduate applications.
If you’re looking to apply for a postgraduate research degree, such as a masters by research or PhD, you should visit our research students application page.
1. Choose your course
Choose the course you want to study by viewing our available postgraduate degrees. You can browse by course type, subject or study area.
Book a campus tour or info session
If you studied elsewhere as a postgraduate student, it’s a good idea to see what our courses and campuses have to offer. Join a campus tour or attend an information session.
2. Check eligibility and closing dates
The majority of our postgraduate coursework programs require a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution for admission.
However, some postgraduate programs accept applicants who have completed an adequate level of professional experience in a related field.
Entry requirements differ for each course. To learn about the entry requirements specific to the course you’re interested in, visit the relevant course page.
English language proficiency
You may need to demonstrate your English language proficiency if:
- English is not your first language
- you did not attend university in English and in an approved English-speaking country.
You can prove your English proficiency by providing us with evidence of your previous studies or qualifications, or by achieving a certain score in a relevant English language test.
Check closing dates
We don’t want you to miss out. Stay on top of your application by taking note of any relevant application deadlines.
3. Browse scholarships and entry schemes
Take a moment to see if you’re eligible to apply for one or more of our scholarships. We offer nearly 400 scholarships each year and you can apply for as many as you like.
4. Gather your documents
You’ll need the following items and supporting documents to get your application underway:
Personal email address
Use the email address you check most often or your ACU email address if you’re already a student. If you studied at another university, don’t use your old university email address – you may miss important messages from us.
Official academic transcripts
We’ll need to see official proof of all the current or previous study you list on your application – including professional qualifications if you have any. This can’t be a downloaded transcript from a website.
If your previous study was completed at ACU or an institution that shares their results with us, you don’t need to provide transcripts.
To see if your current or previous institution uses this service, check the postgraduate@QTAC website
Curriculum vitae (CV)
If you need to demonstrate work experience to enter your chosen course, you’ll need to provide a copy of your current CV with your online application.
Proof of name change
If your transcripts or qualifications are under a different name, you’ll need to provide proof of name change (eg, a marriage certificate).
Nursing Registration Certificate
If you are applying for a postgraduate nursing program, you must provide a copy of your current nursing registration certificate.
Check if your course has additional requirements
Some of our postgraduate courses have additional requirements, such as forms to fill out or tests to take.
You can find links to these requirements listed below:
- Exercise physiology (masters)
- Higher education (graduate certificate)
- High performance sport (graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters)
- Literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education students (Master of Teaching)
What happens next
Once you’ve applied, you can relax. You’ll receive confirmation of your application. We’ll then assess your application and let you know the outcome.
If you received an offer
If you received an offer, welcome to the next phase of your life’s adventure. But we need you to make things official.
You can now respond to your offer by accepting or declining.