How and when to apply

How and when to apply information for domestic and international students when applying for a Masters by Coursework, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma (Advanced) or Graduate Certificate (Advanced) with the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Domestic students

Domestic applicants are Australian citizens and permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa.

To apply for a graduate program you must:

  1. Submit an online application
  2. Provide all requested supporting documentation

Domestic students graduate coursework application dates

  Application closing date Start Year / February 2021 Application closing date Mid Year / July 2021Indicative assessment turn-around time*
Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) 30 November 2020 31 May 2021 2 - 4 weeks
Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM) 30 November 2020 31 May 2021 4 - 6 weeks
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) 30 November 2020 31 May 2021 2 - 4 weeks
Master of Cultural Materials Conservation (Australian Fee-paying place) 31 January 2021 31 May 2021 2 - 4 weeks
Other Australian Fee-paying place 19 February 2021 12 July 2 - 4 weeks

Late applications may be considered although there is no guarantee of outcome.

Please note: *These assessment timelines are only relevant for applications received with full supporting documentation and may vary during peak periods, particularly if your application is not for the current intake.

International students

International applicants may apply in one of two ways:

Supporting documents should be uploaded as electronic files during your online application.

Please check the Graduate Coursework International Applications web page for further details on closing dates, submission of supporting documents and other application instructions.

International graduate coursework application dates

Start year / Semester 1 (February), 2021

International applications for Semester 1, 2021 should be submitted no later than 30 November 2020 Later international applications for Semester 1, 2021 may be accepted for some courses through until 31 December 2020.

Mid year / Semester 2 (July), 2021

International applications for Semester 2, 2021 should be submitted no later than 31 March 2021. Later international applications for Semester 2, 2021 may be accepted for some courses through until 31 May 2021.

Indicative turnaround times for course applications

Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) applications

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) (GDA-ARTS) must prepare and submit a thesis proposal using the GDA-ARTS thesis proposal form (110kb Word docx) as part of their application by the application closing date (November 30 for the start-year intake and May 31 for the mid-year intake). Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek feedback from a potential supervisor prior to applying. Thesis supervisors are usually assigned when you commence your course and discussing your thesis proposal with a staff member does not guarantee your choice of supervisor.

Please note: that there is no mid-year intake for the Anthropology, Criminology, History, Politics and International Studies or Sociology programs.

Scholarship applications

There is no separate application form for commencing students to apply for a scholarship. All commencing students will be automatically assessed for the relevant scholarships. Once admitted into your course however, you may make applications for the scholarships available to current students in the Faculty of Arts (via the Scholarships and Prizes web page) and the University of Melbourne (via the Scholarships website).

Doctor of Philosophy – Arts, Masters by Research and BA (Honours) applications

Doctor of Philosophy – Arts and Masters by Research

BA (Honours)

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