Standard admission requirements
An undergraduate or postgraduate degree from a recognized institution at a specified level of performance, usually a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4 point scale overall (or 4.38 on a 7 point scale overall) and at least 3.0 at 300-level (5.25 on a 7 point scale) or equivalent to a credit average at highest level of study*.
Some disciplines may have extra admission requirements such as a portfolio of work or a higher level of performance in previous study.
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria may still be considered on a case-by-case basis, if they supply evidence of their aptitude for the program.
Please note: meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission, as the university also considers the overall makeup of your program of study and general aptitude for research.
Candidates who have a complete Bachelor Honours degree or Masters by coursework may receive up to 32 credit points towards the program, based on the content of their previous study, making it possible to commence the program from Year 2. Academic advisors may require candidates who receive credit for prior learning to complete specified coursework before admission to Year 2.
*A credit grade is usually taken to be 65% or higher.
Additional admission requirements
Faculty of Arts
3.0 out of 4 GPA overall/5.25 out of 7 overall, with 3.25 out of 4/5.69 out of 7 GPA at the 300-level (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree plus at least two units in an ancient language relevant to their intended field of research, including a 'B' level unit (for Macquarie undergraduate students, this means at least one of AHIS209, AHIS219, AHIS259, AHIS269 or AHIS378).
A GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4 overall/5.25 out of 7 overall, and at least 3.25 out of 4/5.69 out of 7 at the 300-level (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree is required.
A portfolio of creative work will also need to be submitted for assessment, prior to enrolment for the following units:
- ENGL712 Creative Writing Seminar I
- ENGL713 Creative Writing Seminar II
- ENGL714 Writing: Text and Context
- ENGL715 Poetry Seminar: Reading and Writing Poetry
- ENGL716 Writing Young Adult (YA) Fiction
- ENGL717 Writing for Emerging Readers (6-12 yrs)
- ENGL718 Independent Writing: Creating a Portfolio
A GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4 overall (5.25 out of 7 overall) and at least 3.25 out of 4/5.69 out of 7 at the 300-level (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree is required.
A GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4/5.25 out of 7 overall, and at least 3.25 out of 4/5.69 out of 7 at the 300-level (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree is required.
Faculty of Business and Economics
Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies (AFAS)
From 2016, entry requires a GPA of 3.5 out of 4 overall/6.13 out of 7 overall and also at the 300-level (or equivalent) of a Bachelor degree or at Masters degree level in the related discipline.
Accounting and Corporate Governance (ACCG), Economics (ECON) and Marketing and Management (MKMT)
From 2016, entry requires a GPA of 3.0 out of 4 overall/5.25 out of 7 overall, and a GPA of 3.4 out of 4/5.95 out of 7 at the 300-level (or equivalent) of a Bachelor degree or at Master's degree level in the related discipline.
Faculty of Human Sciences
Applicants who meet the 2.5 out of 4/4.38 out of 7 GPA general entry criteria but cannot demonstrate the 3.00 out of 4/5.25 out of 7 GPA at 300 level (e.g. have a GPA of between 2.8-3.00 out of 4, or 4.9-5.25 GPA out of 7) may also make a case for admission by supplying additional evidence of relevant professional experience or other qualifications that may be considered.
Institute of Early Childhood (IEC)
Bachelor of Early Childhood or equivalent Bachelor level degree in education or humanities with a GPA of 2.5 out of 4/4.38 out of 7; and academic practicum or work experience with children and families.
Year 1 entry requires a 2.5 out of 4/4.38 out of 7 GPA and at the 300-level (or equivalent) of Bachelor degree, a GPA of 3.25 out of 4/5.69 out of 7.
Cognitive Science (COSC)
Year 1 entry requires 3.25 out of 4/5.69 out of 7 GPA overall, with 3.50 out of 4/6.13 out of 7 GPA at the 300-level (or equivalent) of the highest degree awarded. Applicants who cannot satisfy this GPA requirement may make a case via written support from a potential supervisor in the Department of Cognitive Science.
Faculty of Science
A knowledge of algebra and mathematical analysis at a senior undergraduate level is assumed. Mathematical study in the last undergraduate year equivalent to at least four 300-level Macquarie Mathematics units.