Domestic graduate coursework applications

Starting at university can be daunting, but applying for a place shouldn't be. Here's a guide to help you through the application process at Melbourne.

Step 1

Before you apply

You're ready to take the next step in your academic career. At this stage, you should:

Step 2

How to apply

You can apply online.

Please ensure that your application is received by us before the relevant deadline.

Please note: Applications for graduate studies in Music or the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) require completion of specific application forms that are available from the relevant Graduate School.

Applications for the Doctor of Medicine and the Doctor of Dental Surgery must be made via the Graduate Entry Medical School Application System (GEMSAS).

Applications for the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry and the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry are not available online. Please ensure you use the hardcopy form and refer to the Dental School website for further information.

Applications for the Master of Teaching can be made at any time by clicking here.

Step 3

After you apply - accepting your offer


When you submit your e-application you will be automatically sent an acknowledgement email. The acknowledgement letter will include your unique student ID and application reference number. Please quote these numbers in all correspondence with the University.

We will begin by checking that your application contains everything we need to begin assessment. If anything is missing we will email you.

If your application is complete and we do not require any further information then your application will be assessed.

If you qualify for a rolling offer, you may receive an offer to the graduate course of your choice immediately, without having to wait for the normal offer round. If not, your application will be held until the next offer round for the course and will be considered alongside all other applications at this time.

Please note: Since applications for the Master of Teaching are submitted through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), they follow VTAC application timelines.

The progress of applications submitted online can be tracked by logging back into the online student system and viewing the status of your application. Applicants who applied using a hardcopy form can contact the relevant Graduate School admissions staff to check the status of their application.

Indicative turn around times can be viewed here.

Offer process

If your application is successful, your offer letter will be emailed to you.

If the offer is conditional, then you need to meet the conditions of your offer before accepting the offer. If you have been sent an unconditional offer, you can choose to accept it immediately.

Respond to your offer

To accept your unconditional offer follow the instructions in your offer letter or visit our Get Started website.

If you choose not to accept your offer right away, you can also:

  • Consider deferring your offer (if the course allows)
  • Ask to be considered for a different course than the one you originally applied for:
    • If you applied directly using our e-application, you can login to your user account and change your preference order and/or submit a new application.
    • If you applied directly not using our e-application, you will need to submit your change of preference via email to National Admissions
  • Decline your offer – please contact National Admissions

If your application is unsuccessful you will receive an outcome letter by email explaining why the applications has been unsuccessful.

Step 4

Preparing for study

Once you've accepted your offer to study at Melbourne, you'll want to start planning your Melbourne experience, if you haven't already started doing so. Preparing yourself for study isn't just about choosing your subjects and buying your textbooks. Here are some other things you'll want to look into.


Are you moving to Melbourne to undertake graduate study? Melbourne offers plenty of housing options. Which ever you choose, it's best to plan your accommodation early.

Enrolment and orientation

The first step in your new academic life is enrolment and orientation, designed to help ease your entry into campus life. To assist you with your move to tertiary study, the Student Connect website has advice and information to help you understand all aspects of university life, including what happens at enrolment and orientation.

Options to finance graduate study

There are lots of resources available to help with the cost of graduate study, including FEE-HELP. Find out more about options to finance your graduate study.

Fun while you study

Being at university isn't all hard work. Life on campus can be great fun too! For more information on activities and events outside of classes, take a look at the following:

Other services

Check out all of our fantastic support services to help you out while you study. Our services include: Careers and Employment, Child Care Services, Counselling Service and many more. See Services for Students for more information.