Entry pathways

Entry pathways

Macquarie University is for pioneering minds, no matter the ​path your life has taken.

We consider more than just your educational background. That’s why we provide a range of entry schemes and pathway options for you to explore which consider more than just your educational attainment to date, from our popular Next Step program, to Macquarie University International College, Open Universities Australia and beyond.

Next Step Pathway

What: Next Step allows you to complete a range of Macquarie units (subjects). Upon successful completion of these units you receive guaranteed entry into 18 degrees.

Who: A high school student not confident in achieving the required ATAR or a non-school applicant without the necessary qualifications for direct entry into a bachelors degree.

How: Apply online. On-time applications close early February for Session 1 and mid July for Session 2 every year.

More information about the Next Step Pathway.

Macquarie University International College

What: Diplomas are available in across 4 areas of study and are specifically designed to meet our entry requirements. Upon successful completion students are eligible for entry into second year of a related degree. Foundation programs develop your academic and study skills allowing you to gain access into the first year of a range of degrees.

Who: A high school student or non-school applicant without the necessary qualifications for direct entry into a bachelors degree.

How: Apply via University Admissions Centre (UAC).

More information about Macquarie University International College programs.

Internal Transfer

What: Missed out on your preferred Macquarie degree but still have your hopes set? Don’t worry, Macquarie provides the opportunity to enrol in a degree with a lower ATAR and then transfer to your preferred degree in as little as six months.

Who: Students who didn’t get the ATAR or meet academic requirements for their desired degree.

How: You can apply for all Macquarie degrees through UAC. Once you’ve partially completed your first degree and you meet the necessary requirements, you may then apply for a course transfer directly through Macquarie.

More information about Internal Transfer.

Transfer from another university

Students must apply through UAC. UAC will take into account both their academic record at tertiary level as well as their ATAR.

For students who have only completed up to twelve months of tertiary study and seek to reapply through UAC, they will be selected based on the best of their tertiary study or their ATAR, whichever is higher.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test

What: The Special Tertiary Admissions Test is an alternative entry method to Macquarie University that is measured through a series of competency and critical-thinking tests.

Who: The STAT is available for non-school leavers who were not able to gain a sufficient ATAR rank for an initial Macquarie offer. It is available for most Macquarie courses.

How: Register for STAT.

TAFE and private college

What: Completed college and TAFE NSW qualifications are a valuable stepping-stone to a Macquarie University degree. In addition to TAFE Associated Diplomas we recognise the full range of AQF Accredited Awards including Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Diploma and Associate Degree.

Who: An Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident who has fully completed a recognised TAFE NSW qualification.

How: Applications for a Macquarie University degree are through UAC.

Open Universities (OUA)

What: Open Universities Australia allows you to study around work, family and travel commitments. Study is fully online, there are no entry requirements and you can choose from a wide range of Macquarie undergraduate and postgraduate units.

Who: Any Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident.

How: Apply for OUA study at Macquarie University via OUA.

If you have successfully completed four Macquarie units with a Pass average or two Macquarie units with a WAM of 65 or above, you can apply direct to the university for the on-campus degrees at Macquarie University.

More information about Open Universities.

Indigenous Students

What: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Pathway (ATSIEP) is run by Walanga Muru - Macquarie University. This admissions pathway provides opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students the opportunity study undergraduate level courses at Macquarie University.

Who: Anyone identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander including those who may not have completed the HSC or gained the required ATAR.

How: Go to the Indigenous Students webpage and fill out the online application form and attend an interview on campus.

Offers are made according to merit, based on demonstrated ability to undertake University study from the application and performance at the interview.

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