Masters Qualifying Program


Develop the core academic and English language skills you need for success in selected postgraduate level courses in Business and Law.

International student information

Key facts


0.5 year full-time


Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Deakin University's Masters Qualifying Program (MQP) will develop the core skills you need for success at selected postgraduate level courses at Deakin.

The Deakin University Masters Qualifying Program is a non-award program designed to provide a quality pathway to Deakin University's postgraduate programs in Business and Law.

Combining English language training and academic studies, the MQP is designed for students whose academic qualifications and/or English proficiency levels are marginally below the entry requirements for postgraduate programs at Deakin University.

The emphasis is on developing the skills necessary for success at postgraduate level. Students who complete the particular pathways within the MQP will meet the academic and English language requirements for entry into specified coursework postgraduate programs at Deakin University.

The MQP is taught by the Deakin College and Deakin University's English Language Institute (DUELI). Both institutions are co-located in a purpose-built building on Deakin University's Burwood (Melbourne) campus with state-of-the-art classroom facilities.

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Course information

Award granted

This is a non-award course.


2023 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Courses Policy.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

Not applicable.

Course structure

To complete the Masters Qualifying Program (MQP), students must complete two discipline-based units (with an achieved pass grade), two academic skill-based units (with an achieved pass grade) and the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAIQ010 Academic Integrity Module.

Students complete compulsory 0-credit point unit:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Students complete 4 credit points of study:

    Academic and Intercultural Communication for Postgraduate Study^

    Academic Writing and Research Skills Development for Postgraduate Study^

    Plus 2 credit points of units from:

  • Accounting *
  • Principles of Finance *
  • Economics for Managers *
  • Foundation Skills in Data Analysis *
  • ^ Units delivered by DUELI located at the Burwood Melbourne Campus.

    * Units delivered by Deakin College located at the Burwood Melbourne Campus

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Intake 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Intake 2 - June

    • Start date: June
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Intake 3 - October

    • Start date: October
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    PRECLUSIONS:  Students who complete the two discipline-based postgraduate units and are successful in gaining entry into a postgraduate course, will be eligible for 2 preclusions.

    Note: credit is not awarded for preclusions. Students are required to replace precluded unit(s) with an equivalent number of credit points (unit/s) from elective units.

    Mandatory student checks



    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    This course does not include any compulsory placements or work-based training.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Minimum admission requirements for the MQP programs are outlined below. For specific academic standard requirements, and requirements for countries not listed, please refer to

    Completion of three year post-secondary study qualification (equivalent to post-Year 12).

    • India/Pakistan - 3 year qualification post Standard/Class XII
    • China - 3 year qualification post Senior High School Certificate
    • Sri Lanka - 3 year qualification post A levels.

    English language proficiency requirements:
    An overall band score of 6 or better in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test (Academic module) with no individual band score less than 6; or equivalent. A full listing of the University’s undergraduate English language requirements is available at

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    International tuition fees for the Masters Qualifying Programs are charged on a per course basis. Rates will be set annually and enrolled students will be invoiced in the applicable study period.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    No scholarships are currently available for this course.

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Career outcomes

    The MQP program is a Masters qualifying program with all successful students articulating into a Faculty of Business and Law Master or Graduate Diploma program. This will then enable the student to complete a professional degree leading on to employment in a related business area.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate your ability to understand and apply fundamental and technical knowledge in business to succeed in the faculty’s postgraduate programs


    Demonstrate written, oral and interpersonal communication skills essential for successful progression into the faculty’s postgraduate programs

    Digital Literacy

    To develop enough digital literacy to find, uses and disseminate information to meet the expectations at the postgraduate level

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate your ability to think critically and analyse and form judgement to meet the expectations at the postgraduate level

    Problem Solving

    To develop sufficient problem-solving skills to enable the student to successfully complete assessment at the postgraduate level in business and participate in group activities and class discussions


    Demonstrate time management and study skills essential for undertaking postgraduate studies in business


    Demonstrate teamwork skills when working in small groups

    Global Citizenship

    Engage effectively in different environments and contexts reflecting social, sustainable, ethical, economic, and global perspectives in the field of commerce