FAQs - Degree Programs

Am I eligible for your programs?

Admissions requirements vary and can be found on each webpage via https://mbs.edu/degree-programs.

What are the English language requirements?

The University of Melbourne has a set of English language requirements which all applicants must meet.


If you are a non-native English speaker, documentary evidence of meeting the accepted minimum scores within the previous 24 months may be required.

The minimum accepted scores are:

  • IELTS – 7.0 overall, with no band less than 6.5
  • TOEFL IBT – minimum score of 102, with a written score minimum of 24 and no individual score lower than 21
  • PTE - English Academic PTE with a minimum score of 65 and no communicative skill below 65.

What will the pre-work include?

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

More information is available via https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat.

Do I need to complete the GMAT?

The GMAT is only mandatory for applicants to the Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA).

How do I prepare for the GMAT?

Understand how the test works

The academic level of these standardised tests is the equivalent to the 1st year of university study. The key to achieving a high score is to understand each section and the types of questions that are going to be asked.


Each section has a set amount of time in which all questions must be answered. A common mistake is that students run out of time. Ensure that you know exactly how much time you have to answer each question. The GMAT takes approximately 4 hours to complete.


Normally these test are completed on a computer and they are adaptive which means when a correct answer is given the next question will be harder and when a response is incorrect the next question will be easier.


The GMAT provides excellent online practice tests and tutorials to assist with preparation. We strongly advise that students download these resources and complete several practice tests in order to familiarise themselves with the test and to help target their study.

Is there an application fee?

No, we do not charge an application fee.

Do I need to supply my academic transcripts?

Yes, your academic transcripts must detail all the subjects undertaken throughout your degree as well as the results received for each subject. A graduation certificate/testamur is not sufficient.

If your academic transcripts are in a language other than English, you are also required to submit a complete certified translation with the originals.

Can I get credit for previous studies?

Yes, but only for our part-time programs.

Applications for credits and substitutions are required the time of application for admission via the relevant section on the application form. Applicants are required to provide all the following documents relating to your previous course:

  • an academic transcript (original or certified copy)
  • an explanation of what the results mean (usually found on the back of the transcript)
  • an extract from the handbook, detailing the course structure and credit points (or equivalent weighting of the course)
  • a unit syllabus including the assessment requirements for each unit you're seeking credit for.

Credit is available only if the student has commenced or completed comparable postgraduate study elsewhere and if the subject material studied elsewhere is comparable in form and content to a core subject in the Melbourne Business School. The maximum amount of credit that can be applied towards a program is 25%.

A substitution is where a student moves out of a core subject and replaces it with an elective subject. A substitution does not reduce the number of subjects required to complete the program and is usually offered where a student has professional qualifications or has adequately covered the subject material at undergraduate level.

If an applicant is successful, the number of credits or substitution granted will be outlined in the letter of offer.

Who should I select to be my referees?

Referees should be people of good standing who know you well; referees who have knowledge of you in a business environment are most useful. You do not necessarily need a reference from your current employer.

When should I apply?

We strongly recommend that you start the application process as soon as possible. Each program has different closing dates, which and can be found via https://mbs.edu/degree-programs.

What career services are available to your students?

Our Careers Management Centre will help you achieve career goals and make the most out of your learning experience.

Who can certify my supporting documents?

Common titles of signatories that we accept are:

  • University of Melbourne approved Overseas Representative
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Member of the Police Force
  • Legally qualified medical practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Manager of a Bank, Building Society or Credit Union
  • Marriage Celebrant (civil or religious)
  • Barrister, solicitor or a clerk to a barrister or solicitor.

How do I calculate my WAM score?

Please refer to the information on the Weighted Average Mark (WAM) page for instructions on how to calculate your WAM.