Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about postgraduate applications. Click on a link below to expand.
Applications for courses starting in 2020 – including semester 1, semester 2, summer semester and later teaching periods – open on Monday 5 August 2019. Closing dates vary between courses. Check the course entry details in course search for information.
Applications for courses starting in summer semester 2019 are open now.
All applications are submitted online. You can find information about getting started with a SATAC postgraduate application, the application process, and how the universities select applicants for postgraduate courses on this website.
The processing fee for all postgraduate applicants applying for courses starting in 2020 is $85.00. There is no late fee.
The processing fee for all postgraduate applicants applying for courses starting in 2019 is $80.00. There is no late fee.
Some applicants are required to provide supporting documents for their qualifications, such as documents for studies undertaken overseas. The online application will advise you if you need to supply documents for the qualifications you have claimed.
Yes, if you need to submit supporting documents to SATAC you can upload them online in PDF or JPEG format after you have submitted your application. The online instructions will step you through the process. You can return to your application to add additional documents via My Application.
SATAC does not keep documents submitted in previous applications. If SATAC requests documents in support of your application, you should submit them as soon as possible.
It is important to give SATAC a complete picture of your academic history, because it may be necessary for the assessment of your application. The entry requirements for postgraduate courses vary from course to course, and the qualifications you claim in your application may be required to assess your eligibility for other courses should you decide to change your preferences.
For example, if you have completed a higher-level award e.g. a postgraduate qualification, and you have also completed an earlier award e.g. a Bachelor degree, you should include both qualifications in your application as SATAC may need to assess both to determine your eligibility for an offer.
Assessment times vary depending on the entry requirements for the course, and your qualifications.
It is not possible for SATAC to give an exact assessment timeframe. If your course makes offers in the weekly offer rounds, and you are not awaiting current year results, you may wish to check the progress of your application after around 4 weeks.
Most postgraduate courses make offers in the weekly offer rounds. Check the course entry details in course search for information on the timing of offers for specific courses. A list of offer round dates can be found on the key dates page.
No, postgraduate courses are not deferrable through SATAC.
SATAC does not inform applicants if they have not received an offer, as the institutions may make further offers during the admissions cycle.
You can contact us at any time if you wish to check the status of your application. If you comply with all the application requirements but are unsuccessful and are still interested in studying at tertiary level, you should seek advice directly from the universities on how you might increase your chances in a future application.