Being an aspiring student planning for Masters, it is pretty obvious that we want to choose the most exceptional institution at the best places and grab the prime opportunities in imbibing knowledge from the most knowledgeable. Undeniably, Australia is a prime destination for such prospective students who are looking for the finest chances in their higher studies. Having more than 50,000 international students flying to this beautiful country, the Commonwealth of Australia has been nothing less than a research-extensive academic hub. Let us take a look at the criteria for getting admission at the Australian Universities and Colleges.
Where to start?
Want to know more about the programmes and opportunities provided by the Institutions? Begin enquiring about the courses offered at least 12 months before the date of admission. You can go through the University websites and check the module handbooks to check the curriculum of the offered courses. You can also contact these universities by e-mailing the University representatives or admission committee and ask for any additional information needed regarding their University. If possible, attend educational fairs and meet the University representatives in your city and know more about the institution first hand.
What are the academic pre-requisites for a Master's programme in Australia?
The first and foremost requirement for a Master’s degree in Australia is the completion of your Undergraduate degree. Australian Institutions usually have a cutoff of 60% for eligibility in applying for a Master’s degree (65% in some Universities). An Indian undergraduate degree like B.Sc., B.Com., B.A. (ordinary) is equivalent to the Australian Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree. However, some institutions demand an entry qualification equal to the Australian Bachelor (Honours) Degree. Thus, an Honours degree like B.A. (H), B.Com (H), etc. or even 16 years of formal education is sufficient. Having a four-year degree like B.E., B.Tech, etc. also qualifies as an approved prerequisite.
What are the educational documents that need to be submitted?
You need to provide the results of your prior study experiences. Your Secondary School Certificate (Grade X Marksheet), your Higher School Certificate (Grade XII Marksheet) and the Undergraduate Degree certificate (provisional, if not received yet) need to be submitted at the time of admissions.
Apart from these, you need to provide the Transcript of Records as well, which mentions every subject studied in your Bachelor’s and the marks and grade received in each of these subjects respectively. If you have attempted any University Entrance Examinations, then you can submit them as proof too! Make sure to get notarised copies of these documents and not to send the original ones, if it is required to be sent by post. Also, if any of these Certificates aren’t in English, make sure to get certified translations of each of these documents. All these constitute your Academic requirements.
What is required to prove your English language proficiency?
Since you are studying in Australia, the medium of instruction for all Postgraduate programmes will be in English. Thus, you need to be good enough to understand and learn the knowledge offered in the English language, when you go to Australia. For this, you need to submit a piece of evidence proving your capability in understanding and comprehending English. The IELTS/PTE/TOEFL exams are recommended by these Universities, which would assess your mastery in English. These exams test your skills and competency in reading, writing, speaking, listening and understanding the English Language.
A few universities might also accept a letter from your previous University if it states that your entire Undergraduate degree was conducted in English, and thus you needn’t attempt any other exam. But we would recommend you to attempt them, as it is a requirement for the Australian Visa Procedures as well.
What are the requirements for admission in Business schools?
If you are planning for Business Schools, then GMAT becomes the next prerequisite, which would assess your levels of analytical reasoning and problem-solving. Though the GRE is not really a mandatory requirement, you can add it alongside the other documents if you have fared too well – this might act as the icing on the cake!
To select students among the hundreds and thousands of applications, you need to stand out from all the other candidates. This can be done by including information regarding your previous work experiences too! Usually, MBA programmes mandatorily require past work experiences in a candidate’s application.
Even if you won’t be applying for an MBA, having experience on internships or any other work related to your field of study really catches the eye of the Admission Committee. A Curriculum Vitae should be professionally drafted, listing out all the academic and professional accomplishments you have had till date, along with the study and work experiences.
How important are the letters of recommendation?
Letters of recommendation, again, add charm to a candidate’s application! Having a positive recommendation from your past colleagues really puts a good opinion on you, and makes you more favourable than other students applying for the same course. The letters should highlight your positives, your skills, your strengths and contribution in your work or study. It must also contain information on the duration and the relation you have had with the recommender, be it for their student or an intern working under them. You might need at least two letters for your application. Letters which do not provide much information might make the panellists put down your application for rejection, instead of consideration. Sometimes, a few Universities or Colleges might also ask you to submit detailed research proposals and abstract, publications, etc. Go through the admission requirements to see if this is important.
How important is your Statement of Purpose?
Even though there is an acknowledgement from a third person, you are required to explain your motivation for the Postgraduate Study Course in your own words. A personal statement also called as a Statement of Purpose or a Graduate essay, is your story of what has driven you in your choices of the University and the Master’s programme. Since this is written in your own words, it gives a significant impetus to your application. It might also give you an opportunity in applying for financial aid at the university, thus helping you out with managing the tuition fees.
Australia is a beautiful country brimming with opportunities. Make sure you satisfy the above criteria, and you are all set for an admission!