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What is an Online teaching period?

An Online teaching period is made up of six-week study blocks, during which a course of the program is taught. There are a total of six online teaching periods every year, with a two week break in between (there is an extended break over Christmas)

If I study online, do I have to attend any face-to-face classes or exams?

Online programs are delivered 100% online, including all your lectures and classes. In most cases, there are no exams, you'll be assessed on practical and authentic assignments you can use in your current or future role.

What is focused study?

Focused study simply means that we condense each course in to 6 weeks of teaching. Therefore you can focus your time into bursts of learning built into your weekly routine, job and daily commitments.

What technology will I need to complete the program?

We recommend you use a computer with the following specifications:

  • sufficient memory and processor speed to handle files such as multimedia and video
  • a fast broadband, cable or satellite internet connection
  • a webcam and microphone
  • general business software such as word processing, presentations and spreadsheets 

If I study online, what will my testamur say?

As an online student, your certificate will not differentiate from those who study on campus. Your certificate will state the following:

  • The University
  • Your name
  • Title of program completed
  • Date of completion
  • Signed by the Vice Chancellor

What is a LMS?

A Learning Management System system (LMS) is an application software used to deliver education/training courses. The University provides most of its learning and teaching resources through MyUni, our online learning management system. After you have enrolled, you will see your courses appear in this system. In the meantime, it is worth downloading the MyUni mobile App.

What support can I expect during my studies?

If you are offered a place on one of our programs and successfully complete enrollment you will have your own dedicated student success advisor who will support you throughout your studies.

Are scholarships available for online study?

Unfortunately, there are no online-specific scholarships but you are welcome to apply for a university-wide scholarship. 

The government also offers scholarships such as this one for rural and regional students.

Can I seek credit for any of the courses in the program which I believe I have already completed?

  • Your previous study should be under 10 years old and at AQF 8* to be able to apply.
  • In order to be successfully granted credit for a course, your previous study must be aligned by +80% in terms of learning outcomes and assessments.
  • A maximum of half to two-thirds of the total program can be granted as credit and will be assessed upon application.
  • If using “Informal Learning” (work experience, volunteering, internships, etc) you may be required to complete an assessment to be successful.
  • You must be fully enrolled in the program prior to submitting a credit application, which will require all relevant transcripts and course outlines to be submitted at the same time.

I am an international applicant - what are the English language requirements?

In order to study with the University of Adelaide, you must be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English as this is the language of instruction.

You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirements, however you will not require English evidence if you are a citizen or hold a passport from one of the following countries: Canada (English speaking provinces only), New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Please download the English Proficiency Language Criteria to ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

I am a domestic applicant - what are the English language requirements?

In order to study with the University of Adelaide, you must be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English as this is the language of instruction.

Typically, if English is your first language you will not be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.

If English is not your first language, further evidence will be required please download the English Proficiency Language Criteria to ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

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What is a HELP loan?

The combined HELP loan limit is a cap on what you can borrow from the Australian Government to cover the costs of your tuition fees. The HELP loan limit will replace the current FEE-HELP limit from 1 January 2020.

Who is eligible for the HELP loan?

Australian citizens are eligible for a HELP loan. You must also be enrolled in a program with the University of Adelaide by the enrolment deadline (census), and have not reached the HELP loan limit.

I’m an international student. Am I eligible for a HELP loan?

International students are not eligible for HELP loans. However, some visa sub classes may be eligible. Please visit Study Assist for more information.

What does a HELP loan cover?

It covers course fees for award courses that lead to a recognised qualification, including a graduate diploma or master’s degree.

How much can I borrow?

For 2020, the HELP loan limit is $106,319 for most students. Existing FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loan debts will be carried over and count towards your HELP loan limit.

Any previous HECS-HELP debts will not be included in the HELP loan limit.

From 1 January 2020 onwards, new HECS-HELP borrowing will count towards the limit.

How do I apply for a loan?

Once you have been offered a place in a University of Adelaide program, you will be able to apply for a HELP loan as a part of the enrolment process. Alternatively, you can apply for a HELP loan after you enrol as long as it is before the census date. You will need a tax file number to complete your application.

Where do I find my available HELP balance?

From 1 January 2020, the department will have an application available for students called myHELPbalance.

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What are the entry requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Data Science (Applied)?

Undergraduate Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a 4.5 GPA or above, as well as SACE Level 2 Maths Methods.

What is deemed as equivalent for SACE Level 2 Maths Methods?

Equivalent Senior Secondary Mathematics Subjects in Australia

South Australia and Northern Territory Mathematical Studies Mathematical Methods Specialist Mathematics
Australian Capital Territory Mathematics Methods (major) or Specialist Mathematics (major-minor) Mathematical Applications Specialist Mathematics (double major)
New South Wales Mathematics Extension 1 or Mathematics General Mathematics Mathematics Extension 2
Queensland Mathematics B Mathematics A Mathematics C
Tasmania Mathematics Methods  Mathematics Applied Mathematics Specialised
Victoria Mathematics Methods Further Mathematics Specialist Mathematics
Western Australia Mathematics 3C/3D Mathematics 3A/3B Specialist Mathematics 3C/3D
International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics (HL), Passed at minimum Grade 3, Mathematics (SL), Passed at minimum Grade 4 Mathematics (HL), Passed at minimum Grade 3, Mathematics (SL), Passed at minimum Grade 4 Mathematics (HL), Passed at minimum Grade 3


If you are still unclear or have studied Maths overseas or at university, please call one of our Student Advisors who will be happy to help on 1300 291 117.

How do I know what my grade point average is?

Your grade point average (GPA) summarises your academic performance. It is the average result of all your grades and calculated on a 7-point grading scale. 

Grade Point Average (GPA)

7.0 GPA scale Final Grade 4.0 GPA scale Range
7 High Distinction (HD) 4.0 80-100
6 Distinction (D) 3.0 70-79
5 Credit (C) 2.0 60-69
4 Pass (P); Non-Graded Pass (NGP); Unclassified Pass Satisfactory (S) 1.0 50-59
3 Conceded Pass (CP-grade deleted after 2010) 0.7 0-49
1.5 Fail (F); Unsatisfactory; Incomplete Fail (F-grade deleted after 2008) 0.3 Fail (F); Unsatisfactory; Incomplete Fail (F-grade deleted after 2008)
0 Withdraw Fail (WF); Fail No Submission (FNS); Not Awarded 0.3 Withdraw Fail (WF); Fail No Submission (FNS); Not Awarded
Not included Withdraw Not Fail (WNF); Continuing (CN); Result Pending (RP) 0.0 Withdraw Not Fail (WNF); Continuing (CN); Result Pending (RP), Withheld (WH)

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What are the entry requirements for the MBA?

To be eligible, you need to meet one of the following requirements:

  1. A completed undergraduate bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.
  2. No degree, completed GMAT with a score of >500 and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.
  3. A completed University Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

All students must meet the English language requirements. If you do not meet the above entry requirements, you may be eligible to study our  Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

What are the entry requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration?

To be eligible for our online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, you need to meet one of the following requirements:

  1. A completed undergraduate bachelor degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.
  2. No degree, completed GMAT with a score of >500 and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.
  3. No degree, with minimum five years’ relevant work experience.

All students must meet English language requirements.

What qualifies as relevant work experience?

Full-time leadership and management experience in a role (such as Team Leader, Supervisor, Manager) demonstrating leadership skills, critical thinking, negotiation skills and analysis of complex scenarios.

What skills do I need to demonstrate as part of my relevant work experience?

Relevant work experience should highlight how each of the following capabilities are part of your role.

  • Leadership – e.g setting organisational goals and objectives, motivating or leading a group of people towards a common goal, directing and coordinating activities personally or by delegation.
  • Critical thinking – e.g determining priorities, analysing or reviewing a document, numbers, policy or legislations.
  • Negotiation – e.g find mutual agreement in which all parties are comfortable, liaising between areas of responsibility.
  • Analysing complex scenarios – e.g process in which an analysis is conducted to consider alternative outcomes, monitoring and evaluating performance.
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How do I apply?

You'll need to visit the application portal and set up an account. Once you have registered your details, you will be able to start the application form and upload all your supporting evidence.
Entry requirements differ between each program so remember to take note of the criteria and documents you will be required to provide.
Application Portal can be found here: online.adelaide.edu.au/application-portal

Do my documents need to be certified?

Your documents do not need to be certified. You will need to provide a scanned copy of your previous qualifications, as well an official academic transcript. 

How long does it take to complete the application?

The application process will take about 10 minutes if you have all of your supporting documentation ready. 

What happens after I've submitted my application?

Once submitted, we will be in touch within 48 hours to confirm we have received your application.