Step 1. Choose your course
We offer 400 graduate courses across 18 graduate schools. Step one of the application process is selecting the graduate coursework degree(s) that is right for you.
Your options include:
- Graduate certificate: a six-month course where you can choose from more than 25 discipline areas. It's a perfect steppingstone to help you return to tertiary study after some time away.
- Graduate diplomas: similar to an undergraduate major, ideally suited as an introduction to a new discipline. It can be used as a preparatory program if you intend to study at a higher level in an area you have not studied previously.
- Masters by coursework: normally one to two years of study. It provides advanced specialist or professional training in a particular discipline or interdisciplinary area and can lead to professional accreditation. Some masters programs also offer pathways to doctorate specialisations.
- Professional doctorates: enable you to carry out advanced academic and professional study that directly relates to a professional role. Completion normally requires coursework and a thesis.
Step 2. Check eligibility and fees
Once you know what course you want to study, you’ll need to check that you meet the minimum entry requirements for that degree. Entry requirements include courses requirements, subject prerequisites, English language requirements and student visa conditions.
If your preferred course has a duration less than one full academic year, you'll need to apply as an exchange or study abroad student. This is a separate application process.
Are you under 18 years of age?
If you're under 18, you'll need to ensure that your proposed arrangements for accommodation, support and welfare meet Australian visa requirements.
You'll enter as a full-fee paying student. Tuition fees are based on the course you take and your subject load. You can find estimates of course fees on every course page.
Additional financial costs while you're studying at Melbourne include course materials, excursions, social events, travel and accommodation.
The University offers many scholarships and bursaries that can help with tuition and the cost of living while you study.
Step 3: Prepare your documentation
Many courses applications require accompanying documentation to prove that you meet eligibility requirements. If you're currently studying, you'll need to provide a transcript of your final results and evidence of completion as soon as they’re available.
For more information on supporting documentation, see your online application.
Special application requirements
Applications for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, the Melbourne Law School and Melbourne School of Design require completion of specific application forms and/or have additional requirements. Medicine, Dental Surgery, Clinical Dentistry and the Master of Teaching also require alternative application methods.
Ensure you apply correctly by reviewing the entry and application information for each graduate course before you get started.
Don't have your results yet?
You can still apply if you haven't received your final undergraduate results. If you are in your final year of study, you can apply by providing your most recent transcripts from your previous years of tertiary study.
Once your results have been finalised you'll need to submit them before you can receive an unconditional offer.
Step 4: Submit your application
You can submit your graduate coursework application directly to the University online. All new international applicants are required to pay an application fee. From Monday 9 January 2023, the application fee for international applicants will be increased from AUD$100 to AUD$120. You will be prompted to pay this fee at the end of the online application process.
Each graduate coursework degree has a different application deadline. Ensure you apply by the relevant deadline. Early application is recommended, as you may receive an early offer. Late applications may also be accepted if places are available.
How to apply
- If you're a current student at Melbourne, apply through your student account.
- If you're a new student, you can apply directly online. You'll need to provide supporting documentation.
- If you need help applying, you can find an overseas representative to help you lodge an application, accept your offer and apply for a student visa. To find out about their costs and services, see find an overseas representative.
For more information on how to apply, see your online application.
Change your application preferences
When you apply for a graduate coursework program, you may list up to four course preferences. You should list each course in order of preference, for University consideration.
Once you submit your application, you may amend your preferences by contacting our student support service, Stop 1.
All changes to your application must be made within published due dates.
Step 5. Application outcome
Once you have submitted an application, you can track its status via your online account (or student account, if you are a current student).
Assessment of your application will take approximately 4-8 weeks. Graduate schools have multiple rounds of assessment.
If your application is successful, the University will email you directly with an offer. If you are unable to provide all supporting documentation you may receive a conditional offer. You'll need to meet the conditions of your offer before you can accept it.
Step 6: Search for a scholarship
The University has one of the most generous scholarship programs in Australia to help with your tuition and living costs. You’ll automatically be considered for some of our scholarship opportunities during the application process, others you'll need to apply for.
Our scholarships include:
- Coursework scholarships: such as the International Postgraduate Coursework Award and Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship.
- Australia Awards Scholarships: administered by the Australian Government, this scholarship is awarded to international students from a developing country who wish to undertake study or research in Australia. Visit Australia Awards [link to this]
- Endeavour Scholarships and fellowships: competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships offered by the Australian government. Opportunities provide assistance for overseas applicants to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia.
- Other grants and bursaries: opportunities include financial assistance from University faculties to reward you for academic achievement and help with the general cost of living and tuition while studying at Melbourne.
Step 7: Plan for accommodation
If you're planning to move to Melbourne for your studies, check if you're eligible for a place through University Accommodation - offering student accommodation in partner accommodation close to campus.
Further accommodation options
Additional accommodation options include residential colleges, student apartments, share houses, homestay and temporary accommodation.