Graduate English language requirements

Graduate degrees are taught and assessed in English across the University of Melbourne.

When you apply for a graduate degree, you'll need to meet the University's English language requirements to be eligible for a place. You can do this in a number of ways, depending on your circumstances.

We have made some temporary revisions to the English language requirements to accommodate challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For courses commencing mid-year 2020 and all intakes in 2021, the following revisions apply:

  • Students who had met English language requirements for Semester 1 2020 and deferred to the mid-year 2020 intake will automatically meet them for mid-year intakes in 2020
  • The validity of IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson PTE Academic tests has been temporarily extended from two to three years
  • The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition version is temporarily being accepted as equivalent to existing accepted TOEFL tests
  • Tests not listed above or in our existing English Language Requirements, including Duolingo and Versant tests, will not be accepted.

You must meet the University's English language requirements to be eligible for entry.

You can use TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (academic tests) or Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) to meet the University's English language requirements. You can only submit results from one sitting within 24 months preceding the proposed date of commencement of enrolment. To find out English language tests scores required for entry to graduate courses, see the course-specific requirements for your Faculty or School.

Please note: we do not accept the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test or ITP.

If you are unable to take TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (academic tests) or Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) to meet the minimum English requirements, there are alternative English programs and tests you can take, see Other ways to satisfy English language requirements for more information.

Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree, or a graduate degree of at least 2 years duration

If you've completed an undergraduate degree, or a graduate degree of at least two years duration, where the degree was taught and assessed entirely in English^, you may satisfy the University’s English requirements if you fulfill the following.

If the degree was completed:

  • within two years of your commencement to study at the University of Melbourne, no additional evidence of English language proficiency is required
  • between two and five years of your commencement to study at the University of Melbourne, evidence of work in an English-speaking environment is required
  • more than five years of your commencement to study at the University of Melbourne, evidence that sustained work in a designated country*, in an English-speaking environment, has been undertaken since completing the degree will be required.

To find out English language tests scores required for entry to graduate courses, see course-specific requirements

If you don't meet these requirements, there are additional English programs and tests you can take. See Other ways to satisfy English language requirements.

Applicants who have completed a graduate degree of at least 1 years duration

For graduate applicants who have satisfactorily completed a graduate degree of at least one years’ duration, where the degree was taught and assessed entirely in English^ and the English language entry standard for the completed degree was at least IELTS (Academic) overall band score 6.5 or equivalent.

If the degree was completed:

  • Within two years of your commencement to study at the University of Melbourne, no additional evidence of English language proficiency is required
  • Between two and five years of your commencement to study at the University of Melbourne, evidence of work in an English-speaking environment is required
  • More than five years of your commencement to study at the University of Melbourne, evidence that sustained work in a designated country*, in an English-speaking environment, has been undertaken since completing the degree will be required.

To find out English language tests scores required for entry to graduate courses, see course-specific requirements.

If you don't meet these requirements, there are additional English programs and tests you can take. See Other ways to satisfy English language requirements.

Please visit the Exchange and Study Abroad application information for details

* Designated countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and United States

^ To demonstrate this please submit the following notification with your application:

  • A letter on official letterhead or an email from an official staff member email account;
  • From the Academic Registrar or a suitable delegate;
  • Which specifies either:
    • That all degrees at the institution are entirely taught and assessed in English; or
    • That the specific degree you completed was entirely taught and assessed in English.

The notification must apply to both the awarding institution and the institution you studied at (if different).