Graduate Research FAQs

General Admission

  • How do I apply?
  • Can I apply for Advanced Standing?

    You can apply for credit (also known as Advanced Standing) from within the online application. Instructions are provided on the relevant application screen.

  • How long does it take to assess applications?

    From the time all supporting documents have been submitted, the process normally takes up to 12 weeks.

  • Are there any closing dates for applications?

    Yes. Late applications are only accepted at the discretion of the Department’s Selection Committee. Departments can also make early offers to high-calibre applicants at their discretion.

    Accounting31 August
    Economics31 October
    Finance15 May
    Management and Marketing30 September
  • Can I apply as a part-time student?

    Only domestic students can apply to study part-time. This will also depend on your program and approval from the Selection Committee of the Department.

  • Do I need to contact a supervisor before I lodge my application?

    Only if you are applying for a graduate research course in Actuarial Studies.

    All other programs have the PhD Director/s of the Department as Interim Principal Supervisors until the stage of confirmation of candidature.

  • What are the starting dates?

    Actuarial Studies: any time

    Finance: Semester 2 only

    All other disciplines: Semester 1 only

  • What scholarships am I eligible for?

    All successful applicants to a graduate research program in the Melbourne Business School are currently automatically awarded the FBE-Doctoral Program Scholarship for the duration of their program (covering both coursework and research stages).

    The scholarships cover full tuition fees and a living stipend.

    Students progressing to the PhD course stage are automatically eligible for the government’s Australian Postgraduate Award and other prestigious graduate research scholarships.

  • If I have to relocate to Melbourne to take up my offer, can I claim any relocation costs?

    Yes. But only if you:

    • were living overseas or interstate at the time of applying for the scholarship, and
    • have not studied at an institution in Victoria within 12 months prior to applying for the scholarship, and
    • had to relocate to Melbourne to commence your course of study at the University of Melbourne

    The allowance is usually included in the in the first payment of the living allowance upon your enrolment in the graduate research program. The value of the allowance is:

    • $2,000 for student who have relocated from interstate
    • $3,000 for students who have relocated from outside Australia
  • When does my scholarship commence?

    Benefits of scholarships administered by Melbourne Scholarships are paid on the University's fortnightly pay dates. Payments can only be made after you have accepted your scholarship offer, enrolled in the course or subject for which the scholarship was awarded, and updated your address and bank details.

  • What does the Selection Committee consider when assessing my research application?
    • performance on the GMAT or GRE unless the applicant has met one of the approved conditions for GMAT or GRE exemption;
    • prior academic performance and, if relevant, professional experience;
    • understanding of the research question to be explored;
    • performance at the interview;
    • motivation and capacity to complete the course in a timely manner;
    • prior research and/or professional experience; and
    • referee reports.

    Applicants are expected to submit institutional grading scales to assist Selection Committees in determining their equivalent University of Melbourne grades.

    The selection committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Selection and Admission into Graduate Research Courses Policy.


GMAT/GRE

  • Can I take the test more than once?
    You can sit the GMAT and GRE exams once every 31 calendar days and no more than 5 times in a 12-month period.
  • For how long is my score valid?
    Your test scores on both the GMAT and GRE are valid for 5 years.
  • Should I choose the GMAT or the GRE?
    GMAT/GRE test requirements
    AccountingGMAT
    Actuarial StudiesGRE
    EconomicsGRE
    FinanceGMAT or GRE
    ManagementGMAT or GRE
    MarketingGMAT or GRE
  • GMAT/GRE Exemptions - Do I need to complete the GMAT/GRE?

    The GMAT/GRE is mandatory for graduate research programs admission. You may be eligible for a waiver* if you satisfy the following criteria:

    • have completed an undergraduate degree in Australia or New Zealand within 18 months of applying (note: this is only available on a case-to-case basis and has to be approved by the Director, Graduate Research Programs).

    OR You fit into the ‘humanitarian aid case’ category - i.e. you are an applicant who:

    • is in receipt of a sponsored scholarship from a humanitarian aid organisation (eg AusAid)
    • holds a permanent Humanitarian Visa for Australia
    • can demonstrate that humanitarian crisis impacts on your ability to sit the GMAT/GRE (e.g. residence in country where there has been a recent critical threat to their health, safety, security or well-being through armed conflict, epidemic, famine, or natural disaster).

    *Note: waivers are not possible for the programs in Accounting or Finance.

  • How much do the tests cost?

    The cost to take the GMAT exam is US $250 globally.

    The cost to take the GRE is US $190 in Australia.

    The University of Melbourne will reimburse the cost of these tests to candidates who were required to undertake the GMAT or GRE as part of the selection process and who successfully enrol in a MBS course. After enrolling in the course, email a copy of the official receipt to buseco-gradresearch@unimelb.edu.au.

  • How to find and book a testing centre

    The GMAT exam is delivered year-round and on demand in test centres around the world. Visit www.mba.com to find a testing centre near you, determine if that site has available seats and register to take a test. Please ensure you select the Melbourne Business School (code: 1ZK-80-47) to ensure your GMAT results are posted directly to us.

    The GRE is available at about 700 test centres in more than 160 countries. It is offered as a computer-based test year round at most locations and as a paper-based test up to three times a year in areas where computer-based testing is not available. Visit www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register to find out which test format is offered in your location and to book a test. Please ensure you select the Melbourne Business School (code: 5992) to ensure your GRE results are posted directly to us.

  • Test structure

    Each test contains three sections:

    Quantitative - This section is multiple choice  designed to measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve quantitative problems, and interpret graphic data. There are two types of questions asked, data sufficiency and problem solving.

    Verbal - This multiple choice section measures your ability to read and comprehend written material, reason and evaluate arguments and correct written material to conform to standard written English. There are three types of questions asked: critical reasoning, reading comprehension and sentence correction.   

    Analytical Writing - This short essay writing section is designed as a direct measure of your ability to think critically and to communicate ideas.  This assessment consists of two separate writing tasks, Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument.

  • How to prepare

    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.

    Timing – 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. Both the GMAT/GRE take approximately 4 hours to complete.

    Adaptive – 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.

    Practice – Both the GMAT and GRE provide excellent online practice tests and tutorials to assist with preparation. We strongly advise that students download these resources and complete a number of practice tests in order to familiarise themselves with the test and to help target their study.

  • What do "GMAT" and "GRE" mean?

    GMAT = Graduate Management Admission Test

    GRE = Graduate Record Examination

  • What do these tests measure?

    The GMAT and GRE are standardised tests that are used by leading business schools around the world to assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. The GMAT and GRE help us to make an assessment of your academic potential specific to our programs. They also highlight areas where you may need to strengthen your skills and show us where we can provide you with assistance.

  • What is the difference between the GMAT/GRE, and the IELTS?
    The GMAT and GRE assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in the specific areas of business and management. The IELTS test primarily measures the English language proficiency of the applicant.
  • What is the language of delivery?
    The language of delivery is English.
  • What is your institution code?

    All applicants must nominate MBS as a recipient of their GMAT score. You should choose the institutional code below that corresponds with your first program preference:

    Master of Accounting: 1ZK-LW-14

    Master of Commerce: 1ZK-LW-77

    Master of Finance: 1ZK-LW-44

    Master of International Business:1ZK-LW-84

    Master of Management: 1ZK-LW-95

    All Graduate Research Degrees: 1ZK-80-86

    The Institution code for the GRE is the same irrespective of your preferred program: 5992

  • What score do I need?

    Our selection panels generally prefer GMAT scores of 680 or more or a GRE where the verbal and quantitative scores add to 312 or more (post August 2011 grading system).

    Applicants to the Doctoral Program in Finance must achieve a GMAT minimum score of 45 on the Quantitative section, 28 on the Verbal section and 4.5 on the Analytical Writing section. An applicant who has written the GRE exam must achieve a minimum score of 156 on the Quantitative section, 151 on the Verbal section and 4 on the Analytical Writing section, or equivalent scores under the scale used on the GRE exam prior to August 2011.

  • Why do I have to undertake the GMAT/GRE?

    The GMAT/GRE is required for entry into MBS programs as other leading business schools use these tests to ensure quality of student cohort. Undertaking the GMAT/GRE informs not only MBS of your ability and aptitude to undertake our course requirements, but also assists you to understand your strengths and weaknesses, and helps identify areas in which you may benefit from our wide range of student support services. Studying for the test also refreshes your knowledge and skills in mathematics, logic and language and ensures you are well prepared for the daily rigor of MBS academic life. Research indicates that your performance on the test is strongly correlated with your performance in graduate studies.

The University of Melbourne will reimburse the cost of these tests to candidates who were required to undertake the GMAT or GRE as part of the selection process and who successfully enrol in a MBS course.


Course-specific FAQs

Doctor of Philosophy (DR-PHILBE)

  • What minimum qualifications should I have completed in order to apply?
    • a four-year bachelor degree in a relevant discipline with a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study* at a minimum weighted average of 75% in the final year subjects;

    or

    • a masters degree in a relevant discipline with a substantial research component equivalent to at least 25% of one year of full-time study* at a minimum weighted average of 75% in the final year subjects;

    or

    • a qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent;

    * Doctoral program applicants without any prior research training will complete a 25-point Research Report subject or equivalent in the first year of the program in order to proceed to the PhD component of the course.

  • What other requirements must I meet in order to apply?
    • submit a research proposal (only for the disciplines of Actuarial Studies and Management and Marketing;); for all other disciplines, a 100-word statement as part of your CV is sufficient;
    • submit academic referee reports (except for applicants who have graduated from the University of Melbourne within the last 5 years);
    • submit the results of a GMAT or GRE completed within the last 5 years;

    and

    • For Actuarial Studies only: have the endorsement of a prospective supervisor; in all other disciplines, the Department’s PhD Director serves as Interim Principle Supervisor until confirmation of candidature.

    The selection committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Selection and Admission into Graduate Research Courses Policy.

    Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate course admission.

Master of Commerce (202AT)

  • What minimum qualifications should I have completed in order to apply?
    • a four-year degree in a cognate discipline with at least H2B (70%) average, or a relevant postgraduate diploma with at least H2B (70%) average, completed within the last 10 years; and
    • at least 25% of their degree comprising a research project, component, subject or group of subjects on which they were assessed individually;

    or

    • completed within the last 10 years a qualification and professional experience deemed to be equivalent.
  • What other requirements must I meet in order to apply?
    • submit a research proposal;
    • submit academic referee reports (except for applicants who have graduated from the University of Melbourne within the last 5 years);
    • have the endorsement of a prospective supervisor;
    • submit the results of a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE); and
    • attend an interview.

    The selection committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Selection and Admission into Graduate Research Courses Policy.

    Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses.


English Language Requirements

Applicants from countries where English is not the official language or the language of institutional instruction and assessment must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

  • For Doctor of Philosophy programs

    IELTS Minimum overall score of 7.0 and score of 7.0 in writing, with no band lower than 6.0.

    TOEFL (paper-based) Minimum score of 600 and score of 5.0 in Test of Written English (TWE).

    TOEFL (computer-based) Minimum score of 250 and score of 5.0 in the essay rating.

    TOEFL (internet-based) Minimum score of 94 and minimum scores of writing 27; speaking 18; reading 13; and, listening 13.

    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 65 and a written communicative skill of 65 and no other communicative skill below 50.

  • For Masters by Research:

    IELTS Minimum overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0).

    TOEFL (paper-based) Minimum score of 577 and score of 4.5 in Test of Written English (TWE).TOEFL (computer-based) Minimum score of 233 and score of 5.0 in the essay rating.

    TOEFL (internet-based) Minimum score of 79 and minimum scores of writing 21; speaking 18; reading 13; and, listening 13.

    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58-64 inclusive and no communicative skill below 50.

    Applicants may be provisionally offered a place in the program on the condition they attain the required minimum English proficiency level before commencing the program.

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