Step 1. Choose your course
Find graduate coursework degrees you want to apply for. There are 400 graduate courses in 18 graduate schools you can choose from.
- Graduate certificate – a six month course where you can choose from more than 25 discipline areas. It's a perfect stepping stone to help you return to tertiary study after some time away.
- Graduate diplomas – similar to an undergraduate major and ideally suited as an introduction to a new discipline. It's 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 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 doing coursework and a thesis.
Step 2. Check eligibility and fees
You need to meet minimum eligibility to apply for graduate research courses. This includes courses requirements, subject prerequisites, English language requirements and meeting student visa conditions.
To check student visa eligibility, visit Department of Home Affairs - student visas.
If you want to study for less than an academic year, you'll need to apply as an exchange or study abroad student through a separate application.
For more information on eligibility, see entry 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. You'll also need to factor in other costs while at university, such as for course materials, excursions, social events, travel and accommodation.
There are scholarships and bursaries that can help with tuition and the cost of living while you study.
To find out how fees are calculated and ways to pay, see Fees & payments
Step 3: Prepare your documentation
Many courses you'll need to submit copies of relevant documents for your application to be considered. If you're currently studying, you'll also need to provide a transcript of your final results and evidence of completion as soon as they’re available. If any documents are written in a language other than English, you must include an official translation.
If you don’t have verified digital records of academic documents for prior studies, including English translated documents, and wish to obtain during your application, you can select Digitary VIA when requested during your submission. This will enable you to obtain your verified digital records that can help fast-track your application and retain for use with other applications you wish to make. The Digitary VIA option includes a one-off charge.
Special application requirements
Applications for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music as well as the Melbourne Law School may require completion of specific application forms and/or have additional requirements. Medicine, Dental Surgery, Clinical Dentistry and Master of Teaching also have alternative application methods.
Review the entry and application information for the graduate course you're interested in.
Step 4: Apply with Melbourne
Early application is recommended for graduate coursework degrees, as you may be given an early offer by some schools. 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 online. You'll need to provide a copy of your academic results as part of your application. For more information on supporting documentation, see your online application.
- If you need help applying, you can find an overseas representative to help you with lodge an application, accept your offer and apply for a student visa (if admitted into the University). To find out about their costs and services, see Find an overseas representative.
All new international applicants are required to pay an application fee of AUD$100. This fee will cover all applications made within 2 years of payment.
Ensure you apply by the relevant deadline.
You can track your application by logging back into your student account or online account where you applied and viewing the status of your application.
Change your preferences
After you apply, you can change your preferences. If you made a direct online application with Melbourne, login to your user account and change your preferences. For non-online applications, email your changes to Admissions.
This needs to be done within published due dates.
Don't have your results yet?
You can still apply if you haven't received your results. You'll need to submit these results when you receive them to be admitted into a graduate course.
Step 5. Be assessed and wait for offers
After you apply, you'll receive a confirmation email with your unique student ID and application reference number. If anything is missing from your application, we'll email you.
If your application is complete, assessment of your application will take approximately 4-8 weeks for most graduate courses, however some graduate schools assess applications in rounds on particular dates.
If you meet all entry requirements, we'll email you directly with an offer. This could be an early offer, if you meet early offer requirements for the course you're applying for, or a later offer.
If the offer is conditional, you'll need to meet the offer conditions before accepting it. If you've been sent an unconditional offer, you can choose to accept it immediately.
To find out how to do this, see Offers and enrolments.
Step 6: Search for a scholarship
We have one of the most generous scholarship programs in Australia to help with your tuition and living costs. Some you'll automatically be considered for, others you'll need to apply for.
- Coursework scholarships – including the International Postgraduate Coursework Award and Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship.
- Australia Awards Scholarships – for international students from a developing country and wish to undertake study or research in Australia, you may be eligible for the Australia Awards scholarship program, administered by the Australian Government. Visit Australia Awards [link to this]
- Endeavour Scholarships and fellowships – Competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships offered by the Australian government, providing opportunities for overseas applicants to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia.
- Other grants and bursaries – some offered by faculties to reward you for academic achievement and to help with the general cost of living and tuition while studying at Melbourne.
To find the right scholarship for you, see Melbourne Scholarships.
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 the University Accommodation offering student beds in partner accommodation close to campus.
Other accommodation options
There are also other option such as residential colleges, student apartments, share houses, homestay and temporary accommodation.
For help finding a place to live in Melbourne, see Accommodation
Under 18 international students
If you're Under 18, you'll need to ensure that your proposed arrangements for accommodation, support and welfare meet visa requirements.
To find out what these requirements are, see requirements for under 18 international students.