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Macquarie University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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Macquarie University is a dynamic institution established in 1964. Enrolling about 50,000 students, it has 27% international students from around the world. With an acceptance rate of 30%, the university is among the top two percent of the universities in the world, one of the best places to study in Australia. It offers 10 subjects ranking in the top 100, as per the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Macquarie University also provides more than a hundred scholarships for international students, which is one of the best financial aid programs in Australia. With five major faculties, its top disciplines include Earth and planetary sciences, agricultural and biological sciences, physics, and astronomy. The university provides numerous programs for the degrees in Arts, Business and Economics, Human Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Engineering and Technology.

  • International students are eligible for gives admission to Macquarie 250+ undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses.
  • It has more than 3, 000 staff out of which the number of academic staff exceeds 1300
  • It is mandatory for applicants to obtain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to be eligible for Macquarie University admissions.
  • Students not meeting the minimum eligibility criteria may opt for the respective pathway programs.
  • Macquarie encourages students to apply at least one-year before for semester-based programs and at least 6 months before for the short-term courses. 


Year of establishment1964
Application ProcessOnline
Acceptance rate30%
Average SAT score1200
Average ACT score28
Average GPA score requirement2.5
Average IB score requirement28
Average Percentage requirement75
TOEFL score83 minimum overall score
IELTS score6.5 overall with no band score below 6.0
PTE score5.8 with no skill score below 50
Average Tuition feeAUD 36,000
Mode of PaymentMaster-Card/ American Express/Discover/visa
Total Academic Programs420
Work ExperienceWork-Study, Loans, Grants, and Scholarships

Macquarie University Application Deadlines

It is suggested to apply at least 3-4 months prior to the session commencement of the program opted for as the deadlines vary for most programs. Applicants must keep in mind that assessment and application deadlines for some competitive exams vary.

Some important deadlines for international applicants are tabulated below:

Application closing date for session 2 of 2020MRes (FSE, FMHS, FoHS) March 31, 2020
HDR Main Scholarship round for 2021For PhD. MPhil, MRes, Y2+ PhD BundleJuly 31, 2020
Commencement closing date for session 1 of 2021MRes (without scholarship)September 15, 2020

Applicants will receive acknowledgment once their applications have been assessed. International applicants in need of financial aid must apply for scholarships by the means of competitive application. Scholarships are available for all HDR(High Degree Research) students for specific courses and must keep in mind the eligibility criteria and deadlines.

Macquarie University International Admission Requirements

At Macquarie university students come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them a range of qualifications and perspectives, making the student experience and cultural exposure at Macquarie exciting.

Country-Specific Academic Requirements

Macquarie University 2020 admissions require specific (minimum) scores like language proficiency and school/college from Indian applicants.

For undergraduate admissions, Macquarie has the following requirements:

  • AISSC – Scores awarded by CBSE should be based on the average of the best four academic subjects
  • HSSC – Scores from state boards will be calculated based on the average of all subjects
  • ISC – Scores will be calculated based on the average of three best academic electives along with English

For 2020 postgraduate programs, minimum passing score for group A(Percentage) and group B(Point system) are following:

  • Group A – 50%(Second class) while WAM ranges from 50 to 60
  • Group B – grade C or 5.0(Pass) while WAM ranges from 5.0 to 6.0

English Language Proficiency

It is essential for international applicants to prove that they are proficient in English if their primary language is not English by submitting scores of any of the following tests mentioned.

TestUndergraduate StudentsGraduate Students

While all applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency, some programs may require different (higher) scores than Standard English which is equivalent to IELTS of 6.5.

    Visa Process for International Students

    Macquarie University gives admission to only those international students who get the Australian student visaby the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For this, the students must submit the following:

    • Completed Australian student visa application form (157A)
    • Visa application fee 
    • Copy of passport biodata page
    • Certificate of enrolment or letter of offer
    • Evidence of sufficient funds
    • Evidence of health insurance cover
    • English proficiency test results
    • Criminal record check results
    • Four recent passport-sized photographs

    To maintain a valid Student Visa, the student should have a valid Confirmation of Enrolment. If the university rules are breached, the student visa might get canceled.

    Macquarie University Undergraduate Admissions

    About 13.5% of commencing undergraduate students at Macquarie University are international students. There are many different pathways to enter Macquarie, including academic Entry Program, Schools Recommendation Scheme etc. Prospective students can opt from a plethora of single undergraduate courses or 20+ double Bachelor degree programs in a number of fields.

    The admission guidelines and requirements for international students are mentioned below:

    Where to Apply: Macquarie University Undergraduate Application portal or Universities Admissions Center UAC

    Application Fee: No Fees

    Academic Requirements: the undergraduate programs requirements vary from country to country. To give you an idea, the academic requirements of the few programs are tabulated below:

    CourseGlobal IBIndia
    Gao Kao (Shanghai)
    Sri Lanka
    SriLankan A-Levels
    Sekolah Menengah Atas
    Bachelor of Economics2874%379480
    Bachelor of Psychology (honors)3289%331790
    Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences3079%312585
    Bachelor of InformationTechnology2570%380475

    Supporting Documents:

    • SOP: Not required
    • LOR: Needed for a few courses
    • Essays: Not required
    • CV: Needed for a few courses

    Macquarie University Postgraduate Admissions

    The university offers more than 200 postgraduate courses in academic areas like Business, Social Sciences, Medicine, and Humanities. of all PG-level courses, Macquarie University MBA and Global MBA programs are globally recognized by ranking agencies like Financial Times and CEO Magazine. Other than these, some of the popular master's courses available at MQ are:

    • Master of Data Science
    • Master of Media and Communications
    • Master of Business Analytics
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Master of Applied Statistics

    Where to apply: There are two main ways, via Macquarie University’s online portal or through an agent.
    Academic Requirements: Majority of graduate programs require students to have

    • bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution,
    • Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65 (65% or First class degree), and/or
    • relevant professional experience.

    Important dates and requirements of some popular courses are mentioned below:

    ProgramsRequirementsUpcoming Deadline
    Business School (All courses)Resume/CV,SOP, Two referee reports, Proof of English Language ProficiencyJuly 24, 2020 (Term 4)
    Masters of Engineering in Electronics EngineeringGPA 4/7, Proof of English Language Proficiency minimum 6.5, July 27, 2020 (Session 2)
    Doctor of MedicineTranscripts, minimum GPA 5/7, completed supplementary form, personal statement, MCAT/GAMSAT scoresOctober 1

    Macquarie University also provides students an opportunity of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. Students can get credit for their formal or informal qualifications which may result in reduced course work and shorter course duration. Students must provide evidence of formal and informal learning by visiting their website.

    The University has an online admission procedure. The students are asked to submit their credentials and other documents. The admission process is selective and only the best deserving students get a chance to enroll in the various courses offered by the university. The admission process is speedy and it only takes a week from registration till enrollment.

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