International postgraduate online study applications

Many courses accept applications throughout the year with intakes in all three trimesters, so use our step-by-step guide to apply directly through Deakin now.

Understand the entry requirements

Specific entry requirements differ by subject and study area. Details can be viewed on each course’s page. General entry requirements, by qualification type, are outlined below. You can also read the International PG Course Guide 2020 (PDF, 6.2MB) for more information.

Graduate certificate and graduate diplomas

You must have either one of the following:

  • an approved three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an approved university or other educational institution
  • equivalent qualifications through examination or relevant professional or industrial experience.

Masters degree by coursework

You've completed at least a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, of an acceptable standard from an approved university or other educational institution.

You can find more information about Deakin courses in the postgraduate course guide:

International PG Course Guide 2020 (PDF, 6.2MB)

Meet our English language requirements

All applicants need to meet Deakin’s English language requirements – to the level necessary for their course. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirements are displayed on each course's page.

For the most up-to-date English language requirements, please visit the English Language Admission Criteria procedure.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you provide them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organised.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.

CVs and personal statements

When required, adding a CV and/or a personal statement is your opportunity to provide the admission area with greater insight into who you are, your qualifications, background and why you want to attend Deakin.

For more information and tips on how to prepare your CV and personal statement see preparing your application.

Evidence of English proficiency

Please refer to the English language requirements for Deakin coursework programs and attach documents supporting your level of English proficiency.

Application checklist

Please make sure you complete the following checklist.

  • Include your scholarship applicant ID (if applicable), full name and contact details on all your documents.
  • Provide supporting documents before the closing date.
  • Check your supporting documents and confirm the information you’ve
    provided in your application.
  • Ensure your supporting documents are as specific as possible, certified and current.

Recognition of prior learning

If you've studied or been in the workforce, you could use your learning qualifications to reduce the number of subjects or units you need to study for your course at Deakin – this means you could finish your course earlier and pay less.

How to apply for recognition of prior learning

To apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL), complete the relevant section of your application form and include:

  • certified copies of any relevant academic transcripts and certificates (please don't send in any original documents as they won’t be returned)
  • information on the structure or curriculum (including the level e.g. diploma, bachelor, masters) of the course that you’d like to use for the RPL
  • details of the unit, subject outline for all the units and subjects studied in your course, including:
    • breakdown of topics covered in each unit
    • number of contact hours
    • summary of assessment criteria (e.g. examinations, assignments)
    • a list of recommended textbooks and other references used for the unit.

If your application is successful, your offer letter will include details about your RPL. When you then enrol, you’ll need to present all original documents to the student adviser to complete your application for your RPL.

Find out more about recognition of prior learning

Certifying your documents

Most documents need to be certified before you provide them. Certified copies of documents are photocopies that have been sighted along with the original document by an authorised person (see list below).

Deakin does not accept documents that have been electronically certified. Documents submitted by mail will not be returned. Do not send originals, as they will not be returned.

How do I certify my documents?

  • Photocopy a copy of your original document.
  • Photocopies must be legible; this applies to all aspects of the document, including the name and address of the awarding institution.
  • If the document is in a language other than English, a certified copy of the original must be provided together with a certified translation.
  • Take both the photocopy and original to one of the people listed below to have them certified.
  • The authorised person must write and sign each page of the copied document.
  • The authorised person should sign each statement and provide their designation, i.e. pharmacist.

Many authorised persons have a stamp they use to mark the paper before they sign and date the declaration. If an authorised person does not have a stamp, they may use wording such as the example below:

Certified true copy. Original sighted by me on ......../......../20......
Signed ..................................................................................
Signatory's authority: .............................................................
Signatory’s Professional Registration Number: ……………….

Who can certify or sight my documents?

In Australia, the following people are acceptable as signatories for certification of documents:

  • a justice of the peace or bail justice
  • a public notary
  • an Australian lawyer (within the meaning of the Legal Profession Act 2004)
  • a clerk to an Australian lawyer
  • the prothonotary or deputy prothonotary of the Supreme Court, the registrar or the deputy registrar of the County Court, the principal registrar of the Magistrates' Court or the registrar or the deputy registrar of the Magistrates' Court
  • the registrar of probates and the assistant registrar of probates
  • the associate to a judge of the Supreme Court or of the County Court
  • the associate of an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court or of an associate judge of the County Court
  • a person registered as a patent attorney under Chapter 20 of the Patents Act 1990 of the Commonwealth
  • a member of the police force
  • the sheriff or deputy sheriff
  • a member or a former member of either House of the Parliament of Victoria
  • a member or a former member of either House of the Parliament of the Commonwealth
  • a councillor of a municipality
  • a senior officer of a council as defined in the Local Government Act 1989
  • a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the medical profession (other than as a student)
  • a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the dental profession as a dentist (other than as a student) and in the dentists division of that profession
  • a veterinary practitioner
  • a person registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise in the pharmacy profession (other than as a student)
  • a principal in the teaching service
  • the manager of an authorised deposit-taking institution
  • a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia or the Australian Society of Accountants or the Institute of Public Accountants
  • the secretary of a building society
  • a minister of religion authorised to celebrate marriages (not a civil celebrant)
  • a person employed under Part 3 of the Public Administration Act 2004 with a classification that is prescribed as a classification to which this section applies or who holds office in a statutory authority with such a classification
  • a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (Victoria).

Outside Australia, the following people are authorised to certify documents:

  • a justice of the peace
  • notary public
  • Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer (within the meaning of the Consular Fees Act 1955)
  • employee of the Commonwealth or the Australian Trade Commission who works outside of Australia
  • a recruitment agent for international students.

Outside Australia, the following people are authorised to sight documents:

  • Deakin offshore office staff
  • Deakin International onshore staff
  • Deakin International Managers travelling overseas
  • Selected Deakin International staff members travelling overseas
  • Registrar or Dean of Administration or equivalent may sight transcripts, testamurs, and other documents created by their own institution for students or past students of the institution
  • Registrar or Dean of Administration or equivalent of a Deakin partner university or Deakin partner institute may sight transcripts, testamurs and other documents for students intending to enrol in a partnership program.

Who can't certify my documents?

  • You cannot certify your own documents, even if you are listed as being able to do so for others on the list above.
  • A family member cannot certify your documents, even if they are listed as being able to do so for other people on the list above.

Statutory declarations

Sometimes you may be asked to complete a statutory declaration. The Department of Justice has more information on how to complete this, including a downloadable form.

The Office of General Counsel can also provide information on statutory declarations and/or affidavits.

Submit your application

You can submit your application to study at Deakin by email or online.

Apply by email

Step 1
Check the entry requirements and documentation you will need for the course you are applying for.

Step 2
Download and complete the International Cloud Campus/Single Unit Application Form.

Step 3
Ensure that you have to certified/notarised copies of your academic qualifications and English language proficiency.

Step 4
Send your completed form and documents to the Deakin International Admissions Team.

Email the Deakin International Admissions Team

Apply online

Applying online is simple, convenient and fast. You don’t need to pay an application fee but you'll need details of:

  • previous studies (including course name and institution, duration and qualification obtained)
  • current studies (including course name and institution, duration and expected date of completion)
  • English language proficiency and/or results of recent English language testing
  • (if applicable) employment history (including employer's name, dates and description of work carried out).

When you're ready to start your application, visit our easy-to-use Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Apply now via the Deakin Course and Scholarship applicant portal

Accept your offer and pay your fees

Once your application is processed you will receive a formal offer of a place into your chosen course at Deakin.

In order to accept your offer please refer to the details in the offer email, which will include the Off-campus/single unit acceptance form. You must meet all conditions and requirements, and also provide requested evidence so that Deakin can issue you a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE).

Due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus. Therefore, no upfront fee is required. For information about invoice due dates and payment methods please visit the current students Fees webpage.

For more about course fees, read our international student fees information.

Special requirements

A number of courses at Deakin may require additional documentation or qualifications for admission. These may be for undergraduate, postgraduate, honours and research degrees and include courses in education, medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology and performing and creative arts.

Examples of additional requirements include the following:

  • an interview
  • a written test
  • a current police check from your country/state of residence
  • an immunisation history/evidence of vaccinations
  • a portfolio of work
  • referee reports
  • a project proposal
  • a preference form
  • an audition.

When to supply additional requirements

Your individual course page will provide a list of requirements specific to your chosen field of study.

Some of these additional selection criteria may need to be submitted with your application, while others may only be required after you receive an offer of a place.

It’s your responsibility to check these requirements and ensure that all instructions are followed. If your application is successful, you’ll be sent a letter of offer.

Find out more about accepting your offer and paying fees


We offer a variety of scholarships to financially help international students through their Deakin experience.

Applicants must be eligible for their selected program and be citizens of a country other than Australia or New Zealand. Additional eligibility requirements may apply for selected scholarships.

Find a Deakin scholarship that's right for you

What happens next?

What happens after I submit my application?

You will receive an acknowledgement email from Deakin International a couple of days after your application has been received. There will be some great information in there for you to read. Your application will be allocated to a case officer who will then assess your documents and be in contact if they require anything further to make a full assessment.

When will I know if I’m accepted and how is the offer made?

Generally, you will get an outcome (offer or rejection) for your application within three weeks from the date of when we receive all required information to process the application. It is important to note that when lodging an application, all relevant fields in the application form should be completed and all relevant certified documents provided. If this is not done correctly, it can delay the assessment process. Once we have assessed the application, we will inform you of the assessment outcome as soon as possible.

What happens if I receive an offer of a place?

If you receive an offer of admission into a Deakin course, you can accept or defer the offer.

If your application has been successful, you will be issued an offer letter (a firm or a conditional offer). You can then accept, reject or defer. For conditional offers, you need to meet all the conditions before accepting the offer. For deferring or rejecting your offer, please send an email to the Deakin International Admissions Team.

Email the Deakin International Admissions Team

How long do I have to accept my offer?

Your offer letter will state the date by which you must accept or defer your offer.

You are encouraged to accept the offer and make payment as soon as possible. Please note that some courses are quota based for which we highly recommend early acceptance. If for any reasons you can’t accept the offer or would like to defer to another intake, contact the Deakin International Admissions Team.

Email the Deakin International Admissions Team

How do I accept my offer?

In order to accept your offer please refer to details in the offer email. You must meet all conditions and requirements, and also provide requested evidence so that Deakin can issue you a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE).

Download the Off-campus/single unit offer acceptance form (PDF, 224.8KB)

Your future begins here

There’s a reason why we’re rated one of Australia’s top universities: we’re all about giving you the best university experience.

While you wait for your application to be processed, learn all about life as a Deakin student and what we can do for you.

Find out more about life at Deakin

Contact us

Have questions about entry requirements, courses, key dates or anything else? We can help talk through your course and career options, scholarships and pathways into Deakin.

Deakin International
+61 3 9034 6205
Email Deakin International