Next Step - Graduate coursework

Graduate study provides an edge in the jobs market both in Australia and internationally.

Employment rates and salaries for graduate coursework students are significantly higher than for undergraduates. According to the 2010 Graduate Destination Survey (the most recent currently available), the median annual salary for a University of Melbourne student with a graduate coursework degree was $65,000, compared to $50,000 for Melbourne students with a Bachelor degree.

Graduate coursework experience

Studying accounting at a graduate level has opened alternative career pathways that I once would not have considered. My diverse background means I have a unique skill set, which was looked upon favourably when I applied for graduate positions.

- Elka Johansson, Master of Management (Accounting) 2009, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Microbiology and Immunology)

What can I study?

You might be surprised by the number of options available to you. The University has been developing a wide range of new professional graduate programs tailored to meet the increasingly demanding requirements of employers and industry. Many of these graduate coursework programs are open to you even if you didn't complete your undergraduate studies in that discipline.

Graduate coursework programs at Melbourne fall into two categories: graduate professional entry programs and graduate professional development programs. Graduate professional entry programs are endorsed by the federal government as pathways to professional practice and offer professional accreditation for graduates. Graduate professional development programs have been designed to strengthen your area of undergraduate expertise and provide a depth of specialisation that is only possible at the graduate level.

Graduate coursework programs are also offered in a number of degree types. For more about the types of degrees offered at graduate level, visit the Graduate courses page for more.

Tips and Resources

Have a look at the following suggestions to help you discover your options
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Take some time to have a look through the University's Course Search database. The Course Search database is the main resource for accessing course application details. It will provide you with all sorts of information, from the length of time it takes to complete a program, to prerequisites, fees and application details. Use the Advanced Search function to refine your search to match your interests.
Speak to Stop 1 staff about your options. Stop 1 can help you ensure you have met (or will meet) any prerequisites that may be required for courses you might be considering - this includes helping you structure your undergraduate degree so you are ready for graduate study. They can also help you to navigate the application procedures.
Have a chat to your lecturers and tutors. Your lecturers and tutors are often very well placed to provide you with advice as they have experienced graduate study themselves. They will also be familiar with the sorts of programs offered in their area of academic expertise and will be able to talk to you about the benefits of continuing your studies.
Speak to professionals in the industry. People working in your area of interest will know first hand the advantages of graduate study. Employers are also keen to speak to potential employees and they will be able to discuss the sorts of attributes and skills that they are looking for and how graduate study can give you an edge over competitors.
Speak to current graduate students. Most of the graduate coursework programs available have been offered previously, so there will be current students undertaking them. These people have immediate knowledge of what it's like studying their particular course and will be able to talk to you about the experience of being a graduate student.
Make an appointment to see a Careers Consultant. A Careers Consultant in the Careers and Employment Unit can help you identify graduate programs that will best suit your career aspirations and can help clarify where graduate study can take you. Appointments can be made by contacting Careers and Employment directly.

Get in touch with a Graduate School

Graduate Schools are responsible for the University's graduate coursework programs, and can provide a range of advice about the programs they offer, including entry requirements and application procedures.

Many Graduate Schools have ways for you to keep in touch, whether it is through formal mailing lists and newsletters, or Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. If you have an interest in a particular discipline, get in touch with the Graduate School and let them know.

Have a look at the list of Graduate Schools.

Important Dates

It is important that you are aware of the dates that applications for particular courses open and close. Because of the procedures involved, application dates are often different for local and international students, so make sure you know well in advance when you will need to be submitting applications.

The Future Students website maintains a list of important dates for course applications at both graduate and undergraduate level.

Apply for a course

If you've found a course that you would like to apply for, check the application details on Course Search. Not all application procedures and dates are the same so make sure you know when you need to act and what you need to do.

If you're at all unsure, or need help, drop in to Stop 1 or get in touch with the Graduate School that offers the program.

Keep in mind that some graduate coursework programs may require you to identify and approach a potential supervisor for a research component, while others may require you to submit a personal statement or undertake an aptitude test.