Entry Requirements

Application Checklist

Applications must be completed online. Please visit How to apply for further information regarding the application process. If you have any further questions, please contact the AGSM MBA Admissions Office by phone +61 2 9931 9490 or by email at admissions@agsm.edu.au.

MBA Full-Time

An undergraduate degree (or equivalent), at least 2 years’ work experience and a GMAT is required for entry into MBA Full-Time.

GMAT

The GMAT provides information about your ability to meet the program's academic requirements. All applicants must take the GMAT. The scores are valid for five years. Incoming students typically have a GMAT score greater than 660, with the average GMAT for the incoming students in 2020 at 686.

The average GMAT score to qualify for the AGSM Full-Time MBA program is 660, while the minimum requirement scores are: Verbal 25; Quantitative 35; AWA 4.0. Overall: 550

The GMAT provides information about your ability to meet the program's academic requirements. All applicants must take the GMAT - there are NO exemptions regardless of experience or educational background. The scores are valid for five years. Incoming students typically have a GMAT score greater than 650, with the average GMAT for the incoming students in 2020 at 686.

Register for the test at http://www.mba.com/ (Applicants should select AGSM code:H7Q-CJ-17).

Details on GMAT are also available from the GMAT website. Software can be downloaded to engage in practice tests before sitting the GMAT.

We cannot accept a "Test Taker" copy (even certified) of your GMAT scores. We will require the official "School Copy" (original or certified) generated by the testing agency to satisfy our documentation requirements. You may also contact GMAC, the GMAT testing agency directly, so that they may provide us with electronic access to your official scores.

GRE scores can be accepted on a case by case basis provided you meet the minimum Verbal 148; Quantitative 156 and Overall: 307 score.

A minimum of two years full-time professional or managerial work experience is required after completion of an undergraduate degree.

The selection committee assesses the applicant's ability to benefit from and contribute to classroom debates based on the applicant’s previous work experience.

A successful work history is an important criterion in the selection process.

A detailed CV is a requirement of the application process and should demonstrate a candidate's diverse and professional experience and leadership qualities.

As part of the application process please submit a current Curriculum Vitae/ Resume which provides us with information on the following:

  • Full and legally recognised name
  • Educational qualifications (degree, name of institution, city, dates)
  • Employment history, for each position please include: length of employment - month/year for start and finish, position title and department, location, city, country, organisation details (i.e. products, size, annual turnover, number of staff, a detailed description of your role, responsibilities and achievements) and provide any details on professional memberships (e.g. CPA/CAANZ)
  • Personal details, including awards, prizes, personal achievements, club memberships, interests, languages, citizenship and residency

Assessment Criteria

It is important to note that when preparing your CV/Resume, that the information you provide will be assessed based on the following competencies:

  1. Written communication - clearly and logically expressing ideas in writing using appropriate terminology and good grammatical form.
  2. Business management - establishing a course of action to perform complicated tasks successfully.
  3. Leadership - demonstrating individual leadership by taking a principal role in identifying goals, determining strategies and initiating actions and/or demonstrating team leadership by guiding groups of people to work effectively together.
  4. Adaptability to change - maintaining effectiveness in changing organisational situations and in different cultures.
  5. Influence and decision making - using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to persuade others internal or external to the organisation of an idea, product or service and exercising appropriate judgement in reaching conclusions based on information and logic.
  6. Leadership potential - assessment is based on leadership history at school, university, in the workplace and referees' reports. The criteria include: Strong interpersonal and communication skills; a willingness to show leadership in a team environment; a high degree of self-confidence and independence of mind; a strong sense of commitment and drive to succeed, combined with a preparedness to be flexible when required; a willingness, based on natural curiosity, to learn continually, interview.

Copies of recognised undergraduate degree, showing all grades and proof of completion/degree awarded. Your degree must be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. Transcripts and a conferred degree in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Fails in prior university study are considered carefully by the Selection Committee. Reasons for failure should be attached for the Selection Committee to review. Exceptional career attainments acceptable to the School, may be considered in lieu of a degree.

Please note: Any applicant who holds a degree from India should submit the semester breakdown mark sheets. A comprehensive transcript is not accepted if you wish to transfer to another program within UNSW in the future.

You need to arrange two referees to complete the AGSM referee report forms to support your application. Both referees should be people who know you well and be able to comment on your skills and abilities in a professional setting. Relatives or personal friends are not permitted to act as referees.

If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 7 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years).

All applicants should forward the referee report form to the two referees and upload the signed reports to their application. AGSM reserves the right to contact referees.

For your reference, referees need to provide commentary on your intellectual capacity, ability to relate to others, written expression, oral expression, leadership in a team environment, self-confidence, motivation to succeed, adaptability to change, commitment to learning, natural curiosity, maturity and overall management potential. Referees will also need to answer the following questions:

  • How long, how well and in what connection have you known the applicant?
  • What do you consider to be the applicant’s outstanding management talents or strengths?
  • What do you consider to be the applicant’s weaknesses or areas of development?
  • How would you describe the applicant’s creativity and problem-solving ability?
  • Please indicate to what level was English used in the applicant’s position of employment (covering spoken, written, reading and listening skills)
  • Please make any other comments you feel would be useful to AGSM MBA Programs in considering this application
  • Referee details: Name, Title, Organisation, Work phone, Work fax, Email, Address

All applicants must meet the University's English requirements regardless of nationality or residency.

Please refer to the UNSW English Requirements Policy for further information.

Please note: An English waiver based on work experience and residency only applies to the following countries:

American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

All applicants must provide proof of identity with their applications. Proof of identity is defined as photo identification showing your legally recognised full name, date of birth and photo. Appropriate documentation is one of the following:

  • Australian/New Zealand Citizens must provide the photo page of passport;
  • Australian Permanent Residents and other Visa holders must provide the photo page of passport and copy of Visa.

Once your online application is completed and received you will need to complete the short video interview, which is required as part of your application. We will email the link once the complete application has been received.

You will have a limited time to complete this so if you haven’t received the video link after 3 days of submitting the application, please reach out to us at admissions@agsm.edu.auIt is highly recommended that students submit the application a few days prior to their intended deadline in order to complete this portion of the application. The questions are designed to help the Admissions Committee learn more about you and your fit within our program.

After reviewing applications for the AGSM MBA program, the selection committee may request that an applicant participates in one or two interviews. These interviews will enable the committee to obtain further information to assist in the selection process.

Depending on the level of detail required from the applicant, the interview will either be a 'formal interview', conducted by a member of the selection committee which will be approximately 30-45 minutes in length, or a 'brief interview' conducted by an AGSM MBA representative overseas which is approximately 5-10 minutes in length.

Applicants should note that the interview is a formal and assessable component of the application process.

All international applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their complete applications well before the 1st or 2nd round deadlines to avoid any possible delays pertaining to a visa application, and to allow for relocation arrangements to be made in the case of an offer being made.

Student Visas

It is essential that international applicants apply for a student visa at an Australian Consulate as soon as the decision to accept the place on the AGSM MBA program is made, as visa applications can take up to three months to be resolved; six months in the case of DIAC Assessment Level 4 countries.*

The application process for a student visa can be complex and unexpected delays can occur. It is the student’s responsibility to allow enough time to organise their visa.

The student visa regulations may require you to have sat an IELTS test prior to lodging your application for a student visa. You should refer to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship or your local Australian Consulate for more information. UNSW International is also a useful resource.

*A list of these countries is available at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

MBA (Executive), MBAX & Graduate Certificates

There are two pathways into the MBA (Executive), MBAX and AGSM Graduate Certificate Programs:

  • A strong undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) and a minimum of 2 years professional or managerial work experience
  • Or at least 6 years professional work experience if you don’t have an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

Please note that 2 years post-graduate experience is an absolute minimum requirement for entry. Most of our MBA (Executive) students have on average around 11 years work experience. You will need to demonstrate an outstanding work and study progression to gain admittance into our MBA (Executive) program with less than 3-4 years post graduate work experience.

Entry requirements should be viewed in the context of the AGSM MBA (Executive), MBAX and Graduate Certificate Admissions Policy.

A minimum of two years full-time professional or managerial work experience is required after completion of an undergraduate degree.

The selection committee assesses the applicant's ability to benefit from and contribute to classroom debates based on the applicant’s previous work experience.

A successful work history is an important criterion in the selection process.

A detailed CV is a requirement of the application process and should demonstrate a candidate's diverse and professional experience and leadership qualities.

As part of the application process please submit a current Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume which provides us with information on the following:

  • Full, legally recognised name
  • Educational qualifications (degree, name of institution, city, dates)
  • Employment history, for each position please include: length of employment - month/year for start and finish, position title and department, location, city, country, organisation details (i.e. products, size, annual turnover, number of staff, a detailed description of your role, responsibilities and achievements) and provide any details on professional memberships (e.g. CPA/CAANZ)
  • Personal details, including awards, prizes, personal achievements, club memberships, interests, languages, citizenship and residency.

Assessment Criteria

It is important to note that when preparing your CV/Resume, that the information you provide will be assessed based on the following competencies:

  1. Written communication - clearly and logically expressing ideas in writing using appropriate terminology and good grammatical form.
  2. Business management - establishing a course of action to perform complicated tasks successfully.
  3. Leadership - demonstrating individual leadership by taking a principal role in identifying goals, determining strategies and initiating actions and/or demonstrating team leadership by guiding groups of people to work effectively together.
  4. Adaptability to change - maintaining effectiveness in changing organisational situations and in different cultures.
  5. Influence and decision making - using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to persuade others internal or external to the organisation of an idea, product or service and exercising appropriate judgement in reaching conclusions based on information and logic.
  6. Leadership potential - assessment is based on leadership history at school, university, in the workplace, the personal statement essays and referees' reports. The criteria include: strong interpersonal and communication skills; a willingness to show leadership in a team environment; a high degree of self-confidence and independence of mind; a strong sense of commitment and drive to succeed, combined with a preparedness to be flexible when required; a willingness, based on natural curiosity, to learn continually, interview.

Copies of recognised undergraduate degree, showing all grades and proof of completion/degree awarded. Your degree must be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. Transcripts and a conferred degree in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Fails in prior university study are considered carefully by the Selection Committee.

Reasons for failure should be attached for the Selection Committee to review. Exceptional career attainments acceptable to the School, may be considered in lieu of a degree.

Please note: Any applicant who holds a degree from India should submit the semester breakdown mark sheets. A comprehensive transcript is not accepted if you wish to transfer to another program within UNSW in the future.

Previous study can lead to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). When a student demonstrates their knowledge in a specific course, AGSM Programs may award transfer credit for that subject.

Please refer to the AGSM Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) Protocol and Procedure for further details. Students wishing to apply for RPL must submit a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Application and provide all required documentation as listed on the application form.

All applicants must provide proof of identity with their applications. Proof of identity is defined as photo identification showing your legally recognised full name, date of birth and photo. Appropriate documentation is one of the following:

  • Australian/New Zealand Citizens must provide the photo page of passport
  • Australian Permanent Residents and other Visa holders must provide the photo page of passport and copy of Visa.

Four personal statement essays are required as part of your application. The essay questions are designed to help the Admissions Committee learn more about you. Each essay should meet the word length requirement.

Essay topics:

  • What are you made for and how will an AGSM degree help you achieve it? (approx. 250 words)
  • What are you most proud of personally and/or professionally and why? (approx. 250 words)
  • How will you contribute to your classes and to the AGSM community? (approx. 250 words)
  • (Optional Question) Is there anything else we need to know about you? (approx. 250 words)

You need to arrange two referees to complete the AGSM referee report form to support your application. Both referees should be people who know you well and be able to comment on your skills and abilities in a professional setting. Relatives or personal friends are not permitted to act as referees.

If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 7 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years). AGSM reserves the right to contact referees.

All applicants should forward the referee report form to the two referees and upload the signed reports to their application.

For your reference, referees need to provide commentary on your intellectual capacity, ability to relate to others, written expression, oral expression, leadership in a team environment, self-confidence, motivation to succeed, adaptability to change, commitment to learning, natural curiosity, maturity and overall management potential. Referees will also need to answer the following questions:

  • How long, how well and in what connection have you known the applicant?
  • What do you consider to be the applicant’s outstanding management talents or strengths?
  • What do you consider to be the applicant’s weaknesses or areas of development?
  • How would you describe the applicant’s creativity and problem-solving ability?
  • Please indicate to what level was English used in the applicant’s position of employment (covering spoken, written, reading and listening skills)
  • Please make any other comments you feel would be useful to AGSM MBA Programs in considering this application
  • Referee details: Name, Title, Organisation, Work phone, Work fax, Email, Address

All applicants must meet the University's English requirements regardless of nationality or residency. Please refer to the UNSW English Requirements Policy for further information.

Please note: An English waiver based on work experience and residency only applies to the following countries: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

LLM MBA (Law)

In addition to meeting the MBAX entry requirements as shown above, applicants must also meet the UNSW LLM entry requirements:

A candidate for the Master of Laws by Coursework shall have been previously awarded any of the following: 

  1. A Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from UNSW Sydney or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution;
  2. A Bachelor of Laws degree with a credit average, from UNSW Sydney or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution;
  3. A Juris Doctor degree, with a credit average, from UNSW Sydney or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution;
  4. A Bachelor degree in Social Sciences or Humanities, with a credit average, from UNSW Sydney or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution;
  5. A Juris Doctor degree or a Bachelor degree in Laws, Social Sciences or Humanities from UNSW Sydney or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution with a minimum of two years' relevant professional experience; 
  6. A Bachelor degree from UNSW Sydney, with a credit average, or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution and a minimum of two years' relevant professional experience.

For the purposes of (5) and (6), relevant professional experience could include professional experience in legal and policy issues gained as an officer in local government; consulting on legal and policy issues; an officer/manager or similar for state or federal government agency with responsibility for legal and policy issues; corporate auditing, monitoring or managing legal and policy issues; project management with a legal or policy focus; NGO or international organisation responsible for law or policy reform.
 

A minimum of two years full-time professional or managerial work experience is required after completion of an undergraduate degree.

The selection committee assesses the applicant's ability to benefit from and contribute to classroom debates based on the applicant’s previous work experience.

A successful work history is an important criterion in the selection process.

A detailed CV is a requirement of the application process and should demonstrate a candidate's diverse and professional experience and leadership qualities.

As part of the application process please submit a current Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume which provides us with information on the following:

  • Full, legally recognised name
  • Educational qualifications (degree, name of institution, city, dates)
  • Employment history, for each position please include: length of employment - month/year for start and finish, position title and department, location, city, country, organisation details (i.e. products, size, annual turnover, number of staff, a detailed description of your role, responsibilities and achievements) and provide any details on professional memberships (e.g. CPA/CAANZ)
  • Personal details, including awards, prizes, personal achievements, club memberships, interests, languages, citizenship and residency.

Assessment Criteria

It is important to note that when preparing your CV/Resume, that the information you provide will be assessed based on the following competencies:

  1. Written communication - clearly and logically expressing ideas in writing using appropriate terminology and good grammatical form.
  2. Business management - establishing a course of action to perform complicated tasks successfully.
  3. Leadership - demonstrating individual leadership by taking a principal role in identifying goals, determining strategies and initiating actions and/or demonstrating team leadership by guiding groups of people to work effectively together.
  4. Adaptability to change - maintaining effectiveness in changing organisational situations and in different cultures.
  5. Influence and decision making - using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to persuade others internal or external to the organisation of an idea, product or service and exercising appropriate judgement in reaching conclusions based on information and logic.
  6. Leadership potential - assessment is based on leadership history at school, university, in the workplace, the personal statement essays and referees' reports. The criteria include: strong interpersonal and communication skills; a willingness to show leadership in a team environment; a high degree of self-confidence and independence of mind; a strong sense of commitment and drive to succeed, combined with a preparedness to be flexible when required; a willingness, based on natural curiosity, to learn continually, interview.

Copies of recognised undergraduate degree, showing all grades and proof of completion/degree awarded. Your degree must be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. Transcripts and a conferred degree in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Fails in prior university study are considered carefully by the Selection Committee.

Reasons for failure should be attached for the Selection Committee to review. Exceptional career attainments acceptable to the School, may be considered in lieu of a degree.

Please note: Any applicant who holds a degree from India should submit the semester breakdown mark sheets. A comprehensive transcript is not accepted if you wish to transfer to another program within UNSW in the future.

Previous study can lead to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). When a student demonstrates their knowledge in a specific course, AGSM Programs may award transfer credit for that subject.

Please refer to the AGSM Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) Protocol and Procedure for further details. Students wishing to apply for RPL must submit a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Application and provide all required documentation as listed on the application form.

All applicants must provide proof of identity with their applications. Proof of identity is defined as photo identification showing your legally recognised full name, date of birth and photo. Appropriate documentation is one of the following:

  • Australian/New Zealand Citizens must provide the photo page of passport
  • Australian Permanent Residents and other Visa holders must provide the photo page of passport and copy of Visa.

Four personal statement essays are required as part of your application. The essay questions are designed to help the Admissions Committee learn more about you. Each essay should meet the word length requirement.

Essay topics:

  • What are you made for and how will an AGSM degree help you achieve it? (approx. 250 words)
  • What are you most proud of personally and/or professionally and why? (approx. 250 words)
  • How will you contribute to your classes and to the AGSM community? (approx. 250 words)
  • (Optional Question) Is there anything else we need to know about you? (approx. 250 words)

You need to arrange two referees to complete the AGSM referee report form to support your application. Both referees should be people who know you well and be able to comment on your skills and abilities in a professional setting. Relatives or personal friends are not permitted to act as referees.

If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 7 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years). AGSM reserves the right to contact referees.

All applicants should forward the referee report form to the two referees and upload the signed reports to their application.

For your reference, referees need to provide commentary on your intellectual capacity, ability to relate to others, written expression, oral expression, leadership in a team environment, self-confidence, motivation to succeed, adaptability to change, commitment to learning, natural curiosity, maturity and overall management potential. Referees will also need to answer the following questions:

  • How long, how well and in what connection have you known the applicant?
  • What do you consider to be the applicant’s outstanding management talents or strengths?
  • What do you consider to be the applicant’s weaknesses or areas of development?
  • How would you describe the applicant’s creativity and problem-solving ability?
  • Please indicate to what level was English used in the applicant’s position of employment (covering spoken, written, reading and listening skills)
  • Please make any other comments you feel would be useful to AGSM MBA Programs in considering this application
  • Referee details: Name, Title, Organisation, Work phone, Work fax, Email, Address

All applicants must meet the University's English requirements regardless of nationality or residency. Please refer to the UNSW English Requirements Policy for further information.

Please note: An English waiver based on work experience and residency only applies to the following countries: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.