Academic requirements

Academic requirements

What qualifications do I need?

To be eligible to apply to Macquarie University for an undergraduate program, you must have one of the following:

  • A recognised secondary (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'?

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

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

If your qualification does not fit into any of the above categories, or if you are unsure, you may still apply for entry and your application will be assessed by our admissions team.

What mark or grade 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. The information on this page will help you to calculate your Course cut-off equivalency score.

Expand the title of your qualification or country below to view your Course cut-off equivalency.

MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY INDICATIVE COURSE CUT-OFF EQUIVALENCES

COURSE CUT-OFF
75
80
85
92
95
97

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

4.4

4.4

4.7

5.3

5.4

6.1

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

26

28

31

34

37

39

France: French Baccalaureate (General)

11.5

12

12.5

13.5

14.5

15

Germany: Abitur

2.7

2.5

2.2

1.8

1.6

1.4

Hong Kong: Diploma for Secondary Education

15

16

17

18

20

24

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

60

65

70

73

75

76

Indonesia: SMA3

8

8

8.5

9

9

9

Malaysia: Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate

21

20

17

13

9

9

Singapore: Singapore A Levels

12.5

14.5

17

19

20

21

South Africa: National Senior Certificate

57

59

63

70

76

80

South Korea: CSAT

30831532333834735

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

2.4

2.6

3

3.4

3.7

3.8

United Kingdom: International GCE A Levels (3 Subjects)

CCD

CCD

ABB

AAA

AAA

AAA

United States: ACT Composite Score

222324272830

United States: SAT (pre 2016)

1490

1560

1660

1790

1930

1930

United States: SAT (post 2016)

109011301200128013701370

Vietnam: Approved High School Average GPA from Grade 12

8

8

8.5

8.5

9

9

China

Gaokao Basic Entry Requirement

The GaoKao Tier 1 score is required for Macquarie University Undergraduate courses. Scores are subject to changes. Courses with additional entry criteria must have additional entry criteria satisfied.

Foundation Scores

Macquarie City Campus, University of New South Wales Foundation (including Transition Program) and University of Sydney Foundation (Taylor's College)
ATAR 75 76 77.1 80 81 83 84 85 90 95 96
Equivalent 6.7 6.7 6.8 6.9 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.6 8.0 8.5
Monash University Foundation Year, University of Melbourne (Trinity College) and Western Sydney University Foundation
ATAR 75 76 77.1 80 81 83 84 85 90 95 96
Equivalent 62 64 66 69 71 74 77 78 79 90 91

Incomplete foundation studies will not be considered for admission.

For further accepted qualifications, Apply

Recognised Secondary Qualifications

International

International Baccalaureate, GCE A Levels, European Baccalaureate, Advanced International Certificate of Education - Please see What mark or grade do I need?

By Continent

Africa

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

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

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

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

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.

CountryAccepted 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

ATAR768186909394.2597.399.95
Grade Average55.45.86.26.46.66.87
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