Entry requirements tell you what qualifications or experience qualify you for a place in a postgraduate course.

Entry requirements vary between different postgraduate courses. Being eligible to apply for one course does not make you eligible to apply for another.

Some courses also state a required level of academic achievement, such as a credit average or similar.

The course descriptions in course search provide details of the entry requirements for each course. You can check the requirements before you apply.

If a course states that you need a Bachelor degree or equivalent for entry, you must either:

  • have undertaken higher education level study at an Australian institution, or
  • have undertaken study overseas at a level recognised as equivalent to Australian higher education level study

Additional application requirements

Some courses have additional application requirements. You must meet these requirements in addition to the entry requirements. Additional requirements might include submitting a portfolio, attending an interview, or submitting a clinical placement form.

You need to follow the instructions for any additional application requirements by the stated deadlines. You might not receive equal consideration for selection if you miss a deadline.

Some courses also include a statement under alternative entry. This explains the university’s policy on considering applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirements for the course.

Overseas higher education study

SATAC will assess higher education study completed overseas using the guidelines agreed to by our participating institutions. These guidelines determine your eligibility to apply with the results from your overseas study.

Your chances of being selected for a course

Your chances of selection depend on whether your qualification(s) meet the entry requirements. For some high-demand or competitive courses your chances will also depend on:

  • how many places the course has available
  • how many other applicants have applied, and
  • how competitive your qualification is relative to the other eligible applicants who are also applying

Eligibility and rank

Many courses will make offers to all eligible applicants (those who meet the entry requirements). For competitive courses, SATAC will rank eligible applicants to determine a merit order for selection.

Ranking is usually based on academic merit. To rank applicants SATAC must calculate a Grade Point Average (GPA). We do this for each higher education level course you have studied at an Australian higher education institution (or overseas equivalent) for the at least one full-time semester or longer. Selection is usually based on your best GPA.

Calculating a Grade Point Average (GPA) (48KB PDF)

Some courses may rank on other criteria such as an audition or interview score, or a combination of academic and other criteria.

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