Graduate Access Melbourne

Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) aims to minimise barriers and broaden access to graduate coursework study at The University of Melbourne. The scheme is open to Masters by Coursework applicants.

The Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) scheme is open to Masters by Coursework applicants in the Faculty of Arts graduate school, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS).

Please note: Graduate Access Melbourne is not available for Graduate Diploma (Advanced), Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Certificate (Advanced) courses in the Faculty of Arts.

To apply for GAM you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or the holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa. You must also be able to demonstrate your capacity to succeed in the Masters program for which you have applied, normally through satisfying course entry requirements. Finally, you must qualify for one or more of the following criteria:

  • Recognition as an Indigenous Australian
  • Previous status as a refugee or current holder of a humanitarian visa
  • Disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances
  • Disability or chronic medical condition
  • Difficult personal circumstances

Please note: GAM applications based solely on 'rural or isolated background' are no longer accepted by the Faculty of Arts. Furthermore the GAM 'Women in Engineering' category does not apply for Faculty of Arts graduate courses.

The Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) scheme is utilised in two ways:

  1. To allocate a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places on equity grounds; or
  2. As grounds for approving special entry to borderline applicants who can document circumstances that had an adverse effect on academic achievement during previous tertiary studies

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) Equity places

If you would like to be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place on equity grounds based on current circumstances of disadvantage

The primary purpose of GAM in the Faculty of Arts is to guide the Faculty's allocation of a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) on the basis of equity, during intakes when CSPs are available. Equity-based CSPs are awarded to GAM applicants who are identified by the Selection Committee as most in need currently of support and assistance based on the supporting documentation provided by the applicant. Because there are only a limited number of CSP places available, the Selection Committee is required to prioritise applicants who demonstrate significant ongoing hardship and disadvantage, and/or who are members of a specified group known to be under-represented in higher education.

If you have current and compelling circumstances of disadvantage that are likely to have a significant impact on your graduate level studies at The University of Melbourne you should therefore go beyond the minimum documentation requirements specified on the GAM form and provide the Selection Committee with as much documentation and information as possible in support of your GAM application to make your case for consideration. Please note that Commonwealth Supported Places are not normally awarded to applicants who apply solely on the basis of socio-economic difficulties. Successful GAM CSP applicants in the past have normally demonstrated compounded socioeconomic issues through additionally nominating and documenting other significant areas of disadvantage and hardship during their GAM application.

Special entry through past circumstances of disadvantage

If you would like to be considered for special entry because past circumstances of disadvantage experienced during study had a negative impact on your qualifying studies.

If there were circumstances that had an adverse effect on your academic achievement during previous tertiary studies and, as a result, your academic standard falls marginally below the minimum standard required for course entry, you are also advised to detail and document these circumstances as thoroughly as possible. Equity-based CSPs are not allocated on the basis of past issues, however special entry to a full fee place may be approved by the Selection Committee on these grounds if the case is strong and you have also demonstrated your capacity to succeed in the Masters program.

Please note: You are encouraged to go beyond the minimum documentation requirements specified on the GAM form and provide the Selection Committee with as much documentation and information as possible in support of your GAM application to make your case for consideration.

Graduate Access Melbourne Bursary

GAM applicants who achieve entry to a Masters by Coursework program in the Faculty of Arts are also considered for a GAM Bursary. The GAM bursary provides a one-off grant of $5000 to help commencing students meet the costs associated with graduate study. It is worth noting that GAM Bursaries are limited in number and are normally awarded to GAM applicants who have demonstrated significant levels of socio-economic hardship. GAM bursary allocation normally takes place in late February (for the Semester 1 / Start Year intake) or late July (for the Semester 2 / Mid Year intake). Only GAM applicants who have at allocation stage both accepted and enrolled on a full-time basis in their Masters by Coursework program are normally considered.

How to apply for Graduate Access Melbourne

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places and GAM bursaries are awarded each intake through Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM). To apply, simply complete the Graduate Access Melbourne section that is contained within your online course application and submit the application together with full supporting documents no later than the GAM application closing date.

Graduate Access Melbourne opening and closing dates

Semester 2 / Mid Year (July) Intake 2018
GAM Applications Open - 1 March 2018
GAM Applications Close - Late GAM applications will be accepted through until 6 July 2018

Semester 1 / Start Year (February) intake 2019
GAM Applications Open - 1 August 2018
GAM Applications Close - 31 October 2018

If you have already submitted your course application without applying for GAM or you are a currently-enrolled student who would like to apply for GAM, please email Arts Grad admissions no later than the closing date relevant to your intake.

Please note:

  • GAM applications require additional levels of assessment and review, therefore application outcomes are likely to be delayed for GAM applicants. Most applicants who have submitted an adequately detailed and documented GAM application with their Masters course application should expect to receive an outcome within 4-6 weeks. You will be contacted by the Admissions team if any further documentation is required to assess your application
  • GAM applications submitted earlier than the designated opening date for your intake will normally be assessed from August (for Semester 1 applications) and from March (for Semester 2 applications). If you submit an early GAM application you may be required to supplement your application with additional updated documentation

Supporting documents

In addition to submission of a GAM application form, your case for GAM consideration needs to be fully detailed and documented. GAM applicants applying under the Disadvantaged socioeconomic circumstances category must also complete the GAM Disadvantaged Socioeconomic Circumstances - Supplementary Form (380kb pdf). If you are making a case for current and compelling circumstances then your claims will need to be backed by supporting evidence that is also current.

The onus is on applicants to substantiate their case for consideration through the Graduate Access Melbourne scheme. Insufficiently documented claims will not be taken into account by the Selection Committee. If you would like to provide additional supporting information or documentation after submission of your GAM application please send it by email to Arts Grad admissions no later than the closing date applicable for your intake.

Examples of additional supporting documentation might include:

  1. Evidence of previous tertiary equity awards/scholarships
  2. Evidence of other family members receiving Centrelink assistance
  3. Statement/s of support from a responsible independent source or relevant health care professional with knowledge of your adverse circumstances
  4. Details/Evidence of your employment status
  5. Details of your residential status (living at home or independently)
  6. Details/Evidence of your income (eg. Bank statement; tax return)
  7. A fuller description of your circumstances than may have been included in your original application