Academic requirements

Academic requirements

To be eligible to apply for an undergraduate program at Macquarie University, you will need to meet both of our minimum academic and English requirements. 

Here, we will cover the the types of academic qualifications and scores that is required for you to lodge an admission application. Please refer to our English Requirements page for more information about the minimum language proficiency standards for our programs.

Academic Qualifications

Completion of one or more of the following academic qualifications with the minimum score cut-off for the undergraduate program that you are interested in applying for:

  • The New South Wales Higher School Certificate (NSW HSC) or an equivalent Australian or overseas high school qualification
  • A recognised University Foundation course
  • A recognised two or three year Diploma
  • At least one year of a university degree from a recognised institution

How do I know if my qualification is 'recognised'?

Macquarie University recognises a wide variety of academic qualifications which includes: 

  • Foundation Programs offered by most Australian universities, as well as some approved international programs.
  • Diplomas that are equivalent to Australian Diploma (AQF 5) or Advanced Diploma (AQF 6) levels are recognised by Macquarie University.
  • Degree programs that are equivalent to Australian Bachelor and Master degree levels.

For secondary (high school) qualifications, please see the Recognised Secondary Qualifications list below. 

If your qualification does not fit into any of the above categories, or if you are unsure, please do not hesitate to submit an application and it will be assessed by our admissions team.

Recognised Secondary Qualifications

The following section outlines the types of high school qualifications, sorted by continent, that we consider in assessing applicant's eligibility for our undergraduate programs. Please also have a look at our International Academic Entry Program where we may be able consider your eligibility based on your academic performance in Mathematics. 


Africa

Please review the information below along with details about our International Academic Entry Program where we may be able consider your eligibility based on your academic performance in Mathematics. 

Key:

HF - Completion of a recognised high school qualification / pre-tertiary or foundation program.
D - Completion of a recognised college or polytechnic diploma.
B - Completion of the first year of a recognised university Bachelor degree.

Country Accepted Qualification(s) Other Qualification(s)
Ghana GCE A-Levels HF, D, B
Mauritius GCE A Levels HF, D, B
Nigeria GCE A Levels HF, D, B
South Africa South African National Senior Certificate HF, D, B
Tanzania Tanzanian Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education HF, D, B
Uganda Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education HF, D, B
Zambia - D, B
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) GCE A Levels HF, D, B

Asia Pacific

Please review the information below along with details about our International Academic Entry Program where we may be able consider your eligibility based on your academic performance in Mathematics. 

Key:

HF - Completion of a recognised high school qualification / pre-tertiary or foundation program.
D - Completion of a recognised college or polytechnic diploma.
B - Completion of the first year of a recognised university Bachelor degree

Country Accepted Qualification(s) Other Qualification(s)
Brunei Darussalam - B
Fiji Fijian Seventh Form Certificate HF, D, B
Hong Kong Hong Kong ALE; Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) HF, D, B
Indonesia - D, B
Japan Upper Secondary School Certificate of Graduation (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho or 高等学校 ) with minimum GPA of 3.3 out of 5.0. D, B
Korea, Republic of (South) Korea Republic College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) and evidence of successful completion of secondary studies D, B
Malaysia Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM), Matrikulasi or United Examination Certificate HF, D, B
Myanmar, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Two Years of Postsecondary Study of Intermediate Certificate HF, B
Samoa National University of Samoa University Preparatory Year (Foundation or Uni-Prep Year) D, B
Singapore Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level HF, D, B
Taiwan Taiwanese General Scholastic Aptitude Test (GSAT), or a diploma from Junior College HF, D, B
Thailand Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education (Matayom 6) HF, D, B
Vietnam Completion of a recognised high school qualification from selected High Schools HF, B

Europe

Please review the information below along with details about our International Academic Entry Program where we may be able consider your eligibility based on your academic performance in Mathematics. 

Key:

HF - Completion of a recognised high school qualification / pre-tertiary or foundation program.
D - Completion of a recognised college or polytechnic diploma.
B - Completion of the first year of a recognised university Bachelor degree

Country Accepted Qualification(s) Other Qualification(s)
Austria Austrian Maturity Certificate: Reifezeugnis, Reifeprüfungszeugnis, Matura or Maturazeugnis HF, D, B
Azerbaijan - HF, D, B
Belgium Belgian Certificate of Access to Higher Education: Diplôme d'aptitude à accéder à l'enseignement supérieur (DAES); Bekwaamheidsdiploma dat toegang verleert tot het hoger onderwijs (BDHO); Getuigschrift van hoger secundair onderwijs (GHSO); Certificat d'humanities HF, D, B
Bulgaria Bulgarian Diploma of Completion of Secondary Education: Zrelostno Svidetelstvo; Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie HF, D, B
Croatia Croatian Matura: Svjedodzbo o Maturi HF, D, B
Czech Republic Czech Republic Maturita: Vysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce; Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skuse HF, D, B
Denmark Danish Studentereksmen or equivalent HF, D, B
Finland Finnish Matriculation Certificate: Ylioppilastutkintotodistus; Studenteksamensbetyg HF, D, B
France* French Baccalauréat: Baccalauréat Général; Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement du Second Degré; Diplôme de Bachelier de l'Enseignement du Second Degré; Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) or International option of the French Baccalaureat HF, D, B
Germany German Abitur: Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife; Abiturientenzeugnis; Zeugnis der Reife; Reifezeugnis HF, D, B
Greece Greek Apolyterion (Apolyteriou Eniaiou Lykeiou or Leaving Certificate);
Greek Certificate of Access (Vevaiosi Prosvasis);
Greek Panhellenic Examination and State University or General Entrance Examination
HF, D, B
Hungary Hungarian Maturity Certificate: Gimnáziumi Érettsegi Bizonyítvány (Gymnasium Maturity Certificate); Érettsegi Vizsga; Matura; Szakközépiskolai Érettsegi-Képesítö Bizonyítvány (Technical Secondary School Maturity Certificate) HF, D, B
Iceland Studentsprof HF, D, B
Ireland Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate or equivalent HF, D, B
Italy Italian High School Diploma HF, D, B
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Maturitätszeugnis HF, D, B
Luxembourg Diplome de Fin D'Etudes Secondaires HF, D, B
Netherlands Dutch Diploma of Pre-University Education: Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs HF, D, B
Norway Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School Examinations or Equivalent: Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole; Examen Artium; Eksamen fra Økonomisk Gymnas HF, D, B
Poland Polish Matriculation Certificate: Matura; Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Ogolnoksztalcacego; Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Liceum Zawodowego; Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Technikum Zawodowego; Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci Technikum; Egzamin Maturalny HF, D, B
Portugal Portuguese Certificate of Secondary Education: Carta do Curso Complementar Liceus; Certifico de fim de Estudos Secundarios; Diploma de Decimo Segundo Ano de Escolaridad; Certidao do Decimo Segundo Ano; Diploma Tecnico Profissional HF, D, B
Romania Romanian Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate: Diploma de Bacalaureat (Maturitate) HF, D, B
Russian Federation Attestat o Srednem (polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education) HF, D, B
Slovakia Czech Republic and Slovakian Maturita: Vysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce; Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skuse HF, D, B
Slovenia Slovenian Matura or Secondary School Leaving Certificate: Maturitetno Spricevalo; Splošna matura HF, D, B
Spain Titulo de Bachillerato with Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad HF, D, B
Sweden Swedish Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate: Avgångsbetyg fran Gymansieskolan; Studentexamen; Gymnasie Kompetens HF, D, B
Switzerland Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate: Maturitätszeugnis; Certificat de Maturité; Attestato di Maturità HF, D, B
United Kingdom GCE Advanced Level, Scottish Certificate of Education Higher Grade, Scottish National Courses HF, D, B

*including awards obtained in the Départments d'Outremer viz French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, St Pierre and Miquelon; and awards obtained in the Territoires d'Outremer viz French Polynesia, New Calendonia)

Subcontinent and the Middle East

Please review the information below along with details about our International Academic Entry Program where we may be able consider your eligibility based on your academic performance in Mathematics. 

Key:

HF - Completion of a recognised high school qualification / pre-tertiary or foundation program.
D - Completion of a recognised college or polytechnic diploma.
B - Completion of the first year of a recognised university Bachelor degree

Country Accepted Qualification(s) Other Qualification(s)
Bangladesh Completion of a Bangladeshi HSC certificate with minimum 4.5 GPA out of 5 scale;completion of the first year of a 4-year Bachelor degree at a recognised university,otherwise a completed 2-3 year Bachelor degree -
Bhutan - HF, D, B
India Indian Higher Secondary Certificate; All India Senior School Certificate; Indian School Certificate HF, D, B
Israel Israel Teudat Bagrut -
Lebanon Lebanese Baccalaureate HF, D, B
Nepal Nepalese Higher Secondary Education Certificate B
Oman - D, B
Pakistan Completion of the first year of a 4-year Bachelor degree at a recognised university, otherwise a completed 2-3 year Bachelor degree -
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan GCE Advanced Level HF, D, B

The Americas

Please review the information below along with details about our International Academic Entry Program where we may be able consider your eligibility based on your academic performance in Mathematics. 

Key:

HF - Completion of a recognised high school qualification / pre-tertiary or foundation program.
D - Completion of a recognised college or polytechnic diploma.
B - Completion of the first year of a recognised university Bachelor degree

Country Accepted Qualification(s) Other Qualification(s)
Argentina - HF, D, B
Brazil - HF, D, B
Canada Alberta High School Diploma, *British Columbia Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma, Manitoba High School Graduation Diploma, New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma, Newfoundland Provincial High School Graduation Certificate, Nova Scotia High School Completion Certificate, Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Prince Edward Island High School Graduation Certificate, Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies, Quebec Diploma of Supplementary Vocational Secondary Studies or Equivalent, Saskatchewan Complete Division IV or Grade XII Standing HF, D, B
Colombia - HF, D, B
Mexico - HF, B
United States of America Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), and evidence of successful completion of high school HF, D, B

*ATAR Conversion for Canadian British Columbia Senior Secondary School Diploma

ATAR 76 81 86 90 93 94.25 97.3 99.95
Grade Average 5 5.4 5.8 6.2 6.4 6.6 6.8 7

What marks or grades do I need?

Direct entry to our undergraduate programs is determined by a Course cut-off score. Each degree has a specific minimum Course cut-off, which you will find listed on our online coursefinder.

Listed below are the minimum cut offs by different countries's recognised secondary qualifications for some of our most popular programs:

Bachelor of Arts

Types of Recognised Qualifications
Minimum Cut-Offs

Australia: Macquarie University International College (GPA out of 7)

4.4

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

26

France: French Baccalaureate (General)

11.5

Germany: Abitur

2.7

Hong Kong: Diploma of Secondary Education

15

India: Year 12 (ISC, CBSE, State Boards)

60

Indonesia: SMA3

8

Malaysia: Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate

21

Singapore: Singapore A Levels

12.5

South Africa: National Senior Certificate

57

South Korea: CSAT

308

Thailand: Certificate of Secondary Education (Mathayom 6) GPA on 4-point scale

2.4

United Kingdom: International GCE A Levels (3 Subjects)

CCD

United States: ACT Composite Score

22

United States: SAT (pre 2016)

1490

United States: SAT (post 2016)

1090

Vietnam: Approved High School Average GPA from Grade 12

8

Bachelor of Commerce

Types of Recognised Qualifications
Minimum Cut-Offs

Australia: Macquarie University International College (GPA out of 7)

4.4

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

28

France: French Baccalaureate (General)

12

Germany: Abitur

2.5

Hong Kong: Diploma of Secondary Education

16

India: Year 12 (ISC, CBSE, State Boards)

65

Indonesia: SMA3

8

Malaysia: Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate

20

Singapore: Singapore A Levels

14.5

South Africa: National Senior Certificate

59

South Korea: CSAT

315

Thailand: Certificate of Secondary Education (Mathayom 6) GPA on 4-point scale

2.6

United Kingdom: International GCE A Levels (3 Subjects)

CCD

United States: ACT Composite Score

23

United States: SAT (pre 2016)

1560

United States: SAT (post 2016)

1130

Vietnam: Approved High School Average GPA from Grade 12

8

Bachelor of Commerce - Professional Accounting

Types of Recognised Qualifications
Minimum Cut-Offs

Australia: Macquarie University International College (GPA out of 7)

4.4

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

28

France: French Baccalaureate (General)

12

Germany: Abitur

2.5

Hong Kong: Diploma of Secondary Education

16

India: Year 12 (ISC, CBSE, State Boards)

65

Indonesia: SMA3

8

Malaysia: Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate

20

Singapore: Singapore A Levels

14.5

South Africa: National Senior Certificate

59

South Korea: CSAT

315

Thailand: Certificate of Secondary Education (Mathayom 6) GPA on 4-point scale

2.6

United Kingdom: International GCE A Levels (3 Subjects)

CCD

United States: ACT Composite Score

23

United States: SAT (pre 2016)

1560

United States: SAT (post 2016)

1130

Vietnam: Approved High School Average GPA from Grade 12

8

Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

Types of Recognised Qualifications
Minimum Cut-Offs

Australia: Macquarie University International College (GPA out of 7)

4.4

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

28

France: French Baccalaureate (General)

12

Germany: Abitur

2.5

Hong Kong: Diploma of Secondary Education

16

India: Year 12 (ISC, CBSE, State Boards)

65

Indonesia: SMA3

8

Malaysia: Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate

20

Singapore: Singapore A Levels

14.5

South Africa: National Senior Certificate

59

South Korea: CSAT

315

Thailand: Certificate of Secondary Education (Mathayom 6) GPA on 4-point scale

2.6

United Kingdom: International GCE A Levels (3 Subjects)

CCD

United States: ACT Composite Score

23

United States: SAT (pre 2016)

1560

United States: SAT (post 2016)

1130

Vietnam: Approved High School Average GPA from Grade 12

8

Bachelor of Information Technology

Types of Recognised Qualifications
Minimum Cut-Offs

Australia: Macquarie University International College (GPA out of 7)

4.4

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

26

France: French Baccalaureate (General)

11.5

Germany: Abitur

2.7

Hong Kong: Diploma of Secondary Education

15

India: Year 12 (ISC, CBSE, State Boards)

60

Indonesia: SMA3

8

Malaysia: Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate

21

Singapore: Singapore A Levels

12.5

South Africa: National Senior Certificate

57

South Korea: CSAT

308

Thailand: Certificate of Secondary Education (Mathayom 6) GPA on 4-point scale

2.4

United Kingdom: International GCE A Levels (3 Subjects)

CCD

United States: ACT Composite Score

22

United States: SAT (pre 2016)

1490

United States: SAT (post 2016)

1090

Vietnam: Approved High School Average GPA from Grade 12

8

Bachelor of Science

Types of Recognised Qualifications
Minimum Cut-Offs

Australia: Macquarie University International College (GPA out of 7)

4.4

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

26

France: French Baccalaureate (General)

11.5

Germany: Abitur

2.7

Hong Kong: Diploma of Secondary Education

15

India: Year 12 (ISC, CBSE, State Boards)

60

Indonesia: SMA3

8

Malaysia: Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate

21

Singapore: Singapore A Levels

12.5

South Africa: National Senior Certificate

57

South Korea: CSAT

308

Thailand: Certificate of Secondary Education (Mathayom 6) GPA on 4-point scale

2.4

United Kingdom: International GCE A Levels (3 Subjects)

CCD

United States: ACT Composite Score

22

United States: SAT (pre 2016)

1490

United States: SAT (post 2016)

1090

Vietnam: Approved High School Average GPA from Grade 12

8

Worried that you will not meet these minimum scores? Not a problem - please have a look at our International Academic Entry Program where we may be able consider your eligibility based on your academic performance in Mathematics. 

If you cannot find your program's cut-off requirement, please do not hesitate to submit an application and our admissions team will provide with updates as soon as possible.

International Academic Entry Program

At Macquarie, we recognise that our future leaders and entrepreneurs are more than just their high school scores. 

Should you not meet our minimum score cut offs for entry into one of our undergraduate courses, our International Academic Entry Program will consider your performance in your high school Mathematics as an alternative indicator. 

Listed below are all undergraduate courses which are considered in this program and we have indicated the minimum Mathematics scores that students would need to achieve in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) - this is the high school qualification that is completed by Australian students residing in New South Wales. Please note that you do not have to apply for the International Academic Entry Program as our Admissions team will use your scores to calculate the equivalent HSC score and determine your eligibility for chosen programs.


MACQUARIE PROGRAM
MINIMUM REQUIRED HSC MATHEMATICS BAND
Band 4 Band 5 Band 6
Bachelor of Actuarial Studies   
Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with
the Bachelor of Science
  
Bachelor of Applied Finance   
Bachelor of Applied Finance with the Bachelor of Actuarial Studies  
Bachelor of Applied Finance with the Bachelor of Business Analytics   
Bachelor of Applied Finance with the Bachelor of Commerce - Professional Accounting   
Bachelor of Applied Finance with
the Bachelor of Economics
  
Bachelor of Applied Finance with the Bachelor of Laws   
Bachelor of Arts with the Bachelor of Commerce   
Bachelor of Arts with the Bachelor of Science   

MACQUARIE PROGRAM

Band 4

Band 5

Band 6
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology   
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology with
the Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology with the Bachelor of Human Sciences   
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology with
the Bachelor of Laws
  
Bachelor of Biodiversity & Conservation   
Bachelor of Business Administration   
Bachelor of Business Administration with
the Bachelor of Arts
  
Bachelor of Business Administration with
the Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
  
Bachelor of Business Administration with the Bachelor of Commerce - Professional Accounting   
Bachelor of Business Administration with
the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  

MACQUARIE PROGRAM

Band 4

Band 5

Band 6
Bachelor of Business Analytics   
Bachelor of Business Analytics with the 
Bachelor of Security Studies
  
Bachelor of Chiropractic Science   
Bachelor of Commerce   
Bachelor of Commerce with
the Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
  
Bachelor of Commerce with
the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  
Bachelor of Commerce
with the Bachelor of Science
  
Bachelor of Commerce - Professional Accounting   
Bachelor of Commerce - Professional Accounting
with the Bachelor of Business Analytics
  

MACQUARIE PROGRAM

Band 4

Band 5

Band 6
Bachelor of Commerce - Professional Accounting
with the Bachelor of Laws
  
Bachelor of Economics   
Bachelor of Economics with 
the Bachelor of Business Analytics
  
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)  
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with
the Bachelor of Arts
  
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with
the Bachelor of Commerce
  
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with
the Bachelor of Science
  
Bachelor of Environment   
Bachelor of Environment with
the Bachelor of Laws
  
Bachelor of Global Business   

MACQUARIE PROGRAM

Band 4

Band 5

Band 6
Bachelor of Human Sciences   
Bachelor of Information Technology   
Bachelor of Information Technology with
the Bachelor Laws
  
Bachelor of Information Technology - Games Design and Development   
Bachelor of Marine Science   
Bachelor of Marketing and Media   
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)   
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
with the Bachelor of Human Sciences
  
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with
the Bachelor of Laws
  
Bachelor of Science   

MACQUARIE PROGRAM

Band 4

Band 5

Band 6
Bachelor of Science with
the Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  
Bachelor of Science with the Bachelor of Laws   
Bachelor of Science - Psychology   
Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences   
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)  
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