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.

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, you may satisfy the University’s English requirements if you fulfill the following:

If the degree was completed:

  • within the last two years, no additional evidence of English language proficiency is required
  • between two and five years ago, evidence of work in an English-speaking environment is required
  • more than five years ago, evidence that sustained work in a designated country*, in an English-speaking environment, has been undertaken since completing the degree will be required
  • designated countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and United States.

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 entire degree was taught and assessed 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 the last two years, no additional evidence of English language proficiency is required
  • Between two and five years ago, evidence of work in an English-speaking environment is required
  • More than five years ago, evidence that sustained work in a designated country*, in an English-speaking environment, has been undertaken since completing the degree will be required.

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

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

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 and within 24 months of you enrolling. To find out English language tests scores required for entry to graduate courses, see the course-specific requirements for your Faculty or School.

Some faculties may accept graduate students with a slightly lower IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English or CAE score. These students will be required to undertake additional English as part of their academic programs.

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

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.

For postgraduate applicants who have satisfactorily completed a postgraduate degree of at least one years’ duration assessed entirely in English, the English language entry standard must be at least IELTS (Academic) overall band score 6.5 or equivalent, unless the relevant Faculty specifies a different requirement. Refer to the relevant course listing to review these requirements for your course of interest.

If the degree was completed:

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

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

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

You'll need to satisfy the same English language requirements as international students.

Course-specific requirements

Find out what IELTS , TOEFL , Pearson Test of English and Cambridge English: Advanced/Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) scores are required for entry to graduate courses.

View requirements by graduate course