Frequently asked questions about advanced standing
What is advanced entry? How is it different from advanced standing?
Some graduate courses offer advanced entry points through the inclusion of formalised provisions for advanced standing in their entry requirements - e.g. a standard 200 point degree may also allow for entry to a 100 point program or 150 point program depending on qualifications and experience. If you are applying for a course that offers advanced entry points and think you may satisfy the requirements for advanced entry you will have an opportunity to indicate this during your online course application. You are not required to apply for advanced standing.
Advanced entry is available in the following courses:
- Executive Master of Arts
- Master of Agricultural Sciences
- Master of Applied Linguistics
- Master of Architecture
- Master of Art Curatorship
- Master of Arts and Cultural Management
- Master of Criminology
- Master of Cultural Material Conservation
- Master of Development Studies
- Master of Engineering
- Master of Global Media Communications
- Master of Information Systems
- Master of Information Technology
- Master of International Relations
- Master of Journalism
- Master of Marketing Communications
- Master of Public Policy and Management
- Master of Publishing and Communications
- Master of Social Policy
Can advanced standing be granted for work experience?
Advanced standing may be granted for substantial relevant, documented professional work experience in some graduate programs.
Advanced standing for work experience may be available in the following courses:
- Master of Environment
What if I’m seeking advanced standing for study done on exchange?
Refer to Melbourne Global Mobility for information.
When should I apply for advanced standing?
You will usually be fully assessed for advanced standing when you first commence the course. For most cohorts and courses this is done as part of the course application process and the advanced standing awarded will be stated in your offer letter. If this has not occurred or you have new information available it is possible to apply for advanced standing after this point. However, limitations to granting credit after this time may apply and applications for advanced standing will not be considered if you have completed more than half of the credit points for your course.
How does credit for breadth study in undergraduate degrees work?
In general, advanced standing towards breadth subjects is applied as general credit. If you need to have a specific breadth subject credited as an exemption, you may apply for an exemption via the Advanced Standing Application.
What is a ‘complete application’?
Applications for advanced standing for prior study require:
- evidence of successful completion of the relevant qualification or subject(s) in the form of an official transcript (and completion statement if the entire qualification is the basis of the application)
- a syllabus (subject guide) for all relevant subjects. This should include details of the subject content (including a description of all topics covered), learning outcomes, credit points, duration and contact hours, and the assessment involved.
If you have provided these documents when you applied for a course you do not have to provide them again.
In addition, specific courses may have other requirements for what should be submitted with your application, please refer to the faculty websites for information.
Do I have to accept the advanced standing?
You may decline the award of advanced standing, or accept it without credit points, except in some cases involving credit for previously completed University of Melbourne subjects. Before rescinding any advanced standing we advise seeking Course Planning advice from Stop 1. They will be able to help you understand how your course plan may be affected by this decision.
If you want to remove any advanced standing that you have been awarded, submit an online enquiry with Stop 1, with the details of your request. Be sure to include:
- Student ID number
- Full name
- Subject code and name (if applicable); OR the type of credit you would like removed (such as 'Breadth' or 'Elective')
- Points value and level of the subject/advanced standing
- A short explanation of why you would like the credit amended
Not all requests to rescind advanced standing will be approved. Your request will be assessed in relation to your course structure, major and course progression.
What are the limits on how much advanced standing can be granted?
The maximum credit which may be granted for study completed at another institution is typically 50% of the total credit points of the course. Refer to the Credit, Advanced Standing and Accelerated Entry Policy (MPF1293) for details.
In addition, advanced standing will only be granted if it fits within your course structure.
Are there limits on how long ago the study was undertaken?
Yes, see section 4.16 and 4.17 of the Credit, Advanced Standing and Accelerated Entry Policy (MPF1293) for details.
Will advanced standing count towards my weighted average mark (WAM)?
In general the answer is no, study for which you’ve received advanced standing will not be included in the calculation of your WAM, however it may be considered during the selection process if you’ve applied for another course. If the advanced standing is awarded for previously completed University of Melbourne subjects then it will be included in the calculation of your WAM.
What if I’m not satisfied with the assessment of my application?
In the first instance send an email to:
- Domestic students - firstname.lastname@example.org
- International undergraduate students - email@example.com
- International graduate students - firstname.lastname@example.org
We will forward your email to the assessor for them to provide feedback.
If, after receiving this feedback, you still have concerns about the decision you may request a formal review of the decision by the Associate Director, Admissions outlining your grounds for concern by clicking here. The matter will then be investigated and a formal response will be provided.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation and the formal response provided by the Associate Director, Admissions, you may appeal to the Academic Board.