Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about postgraduate applications. Click on a link below to expand.

Applications are open now. You can apply to start in 2021 (all teaching periods) or 2020 (summer semester).

Closing dates vary between courses. 

Check the course entry details in course search for information.

You must apply online. The application will ask you for relevant information about your skills and qualifications. SATAC will assess your application according to the selection criteria and ranking rules for each course you add to your preferences.

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 is $85.00. There is no late fee.

If SATAC is unable to verify your qualification on your behalf you will need to submit supporting documents.

The online application will tell you if you need to submit supporting 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 to support your application, submit them as soon as possible.

It is important to give SATAC a complete picture of your academic history. The entry requirements for postgraduate courses vary from course to course. 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.

There are a few factors affecting how long assessment takes. These include:

  • the entry requirements for the course
  • the type of qualifications you hold
  • whether the course has additional application requirements
  • when the course makes offers (in the weekly offer rounds or on a set date)

It is not possible for SATAC to give an assessment timeframe that fits every applicant's circumstances. If you are not waiting for current year results you may wish to check the progress of your application 4 weeks after the date of submission.

Most postgraduate courses make offers in the weekly offer rounds. Check the course entry details in course search for information about 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 will generally not notify you in the event that you do not receive an offer.

You can check the status of your application at any time online via My Application, or by contacting SATAC.

If you do not receive an offer in an advertised offer round you should seek advice from the institution offering the course. You might be able to change your preferences in time for a future offer round, or find out how to improve your chances in a future application.

You can retrieve your username and reset your password from the login screen in My Application. You will need to enter the email address you provided to SATAC.

If you are having difficulty retrieving your login details, contact SATAC for help.