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Postgraduate Student Guide

UOWD Postgraduate Student Guide 2012 2013

To enrol on a UOWD postgraduate degree program you will need to meet the University’s minimum academic and English language requirements.

Academic Requirements

Applicants for a postgraduate degree must have completed a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) at an accredited institution of higher education and have achieved the minimum grades detailed below, as well as any specific course-related requirements.

Country Grade - Direct Entry Grade - Probation Entry*
Australia 65% 57.5%
China 75% 65%
Egypt 65% (Good) 57.5% (Pass)
India Section I and II - 53%
Section III - First Division
Section I and II - 49%
Section III - 57%
Iran 14 13
Jordan 70% 60%
Kenya 50% 45%
Lebanon 12 10
Nigeria 50% 45%
Pakistan Section I and II - 58% (GPA 2.4)
Section III - 60% (GPA 2.6)
Section I & II - 53% (GPA 2.2)
Section III - 55% (GPA 2.4)
Russia Average of 4 3.5
UAE 3.0 2.5
UK 2nd Class Honours with lower division (or min 50%) 3rd Class Honours (or min 45%)
USA 3.0 2.5

* Probationary Entry – Students are allowed to enrol in a maximum of two subjects in their first semester and are required to achieve a weighted average mark of 60% in the first three subjects completed to continue on the program.

Note:

[1] Unless otherwise stated, the entry requirements above are based on Section I institutions. Further details on alternate entry requirements can be obtained by contacting the Admissions department.

[2] Applicants to the MBA program are also required to have two years full time work experience prior to enrolment.

[3] Applicants for the MMC and MIST programs are also required to pass an essay writing test.

Mature Entry

If you have a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent), plus a minimum of two years work experience, you may qualify as a mature entry student. Mature students with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 would be admitted on a probationary basis and will be allowed to take a maximum of two subjects in their first semester and achieve a weighted average mark of 60% in the first three subjects taken to continue on the program.

Graduate Foundation Course

If you hold an undergraduate degree from a non-business discipline, you may be required to undertake a Graduate Foundation Course (GFC). The course must be successfully completed in the first semester and it is usually held in the first six weeks of the semester.

The GFC does not accrue any academic credit towards the postgraduate program but will provide you with a foundation in key subjects such as Accountancy, Finance, Marketing, Statistics and Operations Management, that may be required for your chosen field of study. You will be advised if and what course(s) from the GFC you will be required to take following careful consideration of your admission application.

For more information, visit the Graduate Foundation Course page.

Advanced Standing (Transfer of Credits)

In some cases you may be credited with advanced standing (status/exemptions) on the basis of work you have already completed at another recognised higher education institution. If you are seeking advanced standing status, you will need to submit an official academic transcripts showing all courses studied and the grades obtained, syllabus details (including information on course content) for the courses you have successfully completed and an explanation of the grading system.

English Language Requirements

All instruction at UOWD is carried out in English and you will need to demonstrate an adequate level of English language proficiency in order to enrol on a program at the University. As a postgraduate applicant, you will be required to submit one of the following certificates of proficiency:

Program IELTS (Academic) Internet based TOEFL Computer based TOEFL International Paper based TOEFL* Pearson PTE (Academic) Cambridge English Advanced
MIB Overall score of 6.0 with 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.0 in Listening and Speaking 79 with not less than 20 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 16 in Speaking 213 with a 4.0
TWE/Essay Writing
550 with a 4.0
TWE/Essay Writing
Overall score of 57 with a minimum of 57 for reading and writing and 50 for speaking and listening Overall score of 52
MQM
MSM
MSHRM
MAFB
MEM
MITM
Msc (Log)
MBA Overall score of 6.5 with 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking 88 with not less than 22 in Writing, 20 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 18 in Speaking 231 with a 4.5
TWE/Essay Writing

575 with a 4.5
TWE/Essay Writing

Overall score of 64 with a minimum of 59 in all bands Overall score of 58

MMC

Overall score of 6.0 with 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.0 in Listening and Speaking 79 with not less than 20 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 16 in Speaking 213 with a 4.0
TWE/Essay Writing
550 with a 4.0
TWE/Essay Writing
Overall score of 57 with a minimum of 57 for reading and writing and 50 for speaking and listening Overall score of 52
MIST

* Students admitted under this criterion must present evidence of completing this test before their undergraduate degree. If they are unable to provide this, the test must be completed at UOWD.

UOWD English Test

If you do not have the required evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL) you may take the Accuplacer English Test to establish your language level. The test is conducted on a regular basis and you can register for the test at the same time as you lodge your application for admission.

Applicants without the appropriate level of English language proficiency will be required to take an English language course and successfully complete an IELTS or TOEFL test before being admitted to UOWD. English language programs for University studies and IELTS preparation are available at the University’s Language Studies Centre.

Additional English Language Requirements for Master of International Studies and Master of Media and Communication Students

In order to ensure that students admitted to the MIST and MMC programs are sufficiently equipped in English writing skills to manage the academic writing and research that will be required, an additional English language subject will be taken in the first semester. Students with a score of IELTS 7 and a band score of 7.0 in Writing at the time of entry are exempt from this subject.

Exemptions

The English language proficiency requirements can be waived under certain circumstances, on a case by case basis. If you meet either of the following criteria, you can qualify for this waiver.

1. If you are a native English speaker and completed your undergraduate education in the English language at an institution* in a country where English is the official language. Students who are citizens of the following countries are eligible for this exemption:

Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Norfolk Islands, Palau, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Turks and Caicos, United Kingdom, United States of America and British Virgin Islands.

* Institutions to be checked with the UOWD Registrar’s Office

2. If you have graduated from an institution where English is the language of instruction and you are able to provide evidence of having acquired a TOEFL score of 500 (or its equivalent in another standardised test, approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research) at the time of your admission to that undergraduate program.

To be eligible for exemption 2 you must have completed your studies no more than two years prior to the start of the postgraduate degree program for which you are applying. If you completed your studies more than two years prior to applying, you may be requested to undertake an Accuplacer test. At the discretion of  the head of admissions, you may then be required to meet the English language requirements via a TOEFL exam or equivalent.