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.

Go to our international postgraduate application guide

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.

Learn how to apply for a postgraduate research degree

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.

Browse or search our postgraduate courses

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.

Experience our university

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.

Search our postgraduate courses and view individual entry requirements

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.

Visit our English proficiency requirements to learn more

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.

View the upcoming 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.

Find a scholarship

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:

5. Apply

When you have everything you need, it's time to take the plunge. Submit your postgraduate application directly to us through your chosen course page.

Go to the course page and apply

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.

See how to respond to your offer

If you received an offer but have not yet accepted/declined/deferred and would prefer to be considered for an alternate ACU course before semester commences, you can submit an AO form. See which courses you can change to at the Alternate Offer page.

Need help? We’re here to assist

You can reach out to us at AskACU or student support if you have any questions about the postgraduate application process.

Email AskACU

Search our FAQ knowledge database

Call us on 1300 275 228.


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