Graduate degree pathway

How to become a psychologist

Standard entry

1. Undergraduate degree

To qualify as a psychologist, students must complete an accredited undergraduate degree and honours with a major in psychology followed by a Masters or PhD.

2. Graduate degree

The Master of Psychology and Master of Educational Psychology require applicants to have completed an APAC accredited four-year undergraduate sequence in psychology, with a fourth year Honours specialisation in psychology with a weighted average mark of at least 75% or higher. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must also:

  • Be eligible for registration as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Satisfy English language requirements
  • Provide a personal statement of 500 words
  • Nominate three references
  • Complete a selection interview

The Master of Professional Psychology also offers students who have completed a three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology a pathway to register as a General psychologist.

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars are guaranteed a place into the graduate degree of their choice following successful completion of their undergraduate degree.


The University offers a range of scholarships at both undergraduate and graduate level.

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