Entry Requirements

UNSW Business School has set entry requirements for study in all our undergraduate and postgraduate  degrees. View the details below for more information on required qualifications and alternative pathways to study at UNSW Business School. 

Entry into our undergraduate degrees is based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or an equivalent rank derived from the following:

  • Australian interstate Year 12 qualifications (e.g. OP rank)
  • New Zealand NCEA Level 3
  • Equivalent overseas qualifications e.g. International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or GCE A-Levels
  • Post-secondary or tertiary qualifications
  • An alternative entry qualification

Domestic Students

For further information on domestic admission requirements, visit UNSW Degree Finder

International Students

For further information on international admission requirements, see the International Undergraduate Direct Entry Table.

If you don’t have the required academic qualification for admission, visit the UNSW Future Students website to explore other options available to you.

We also have a range of alternative pathway options including:

Masters Degrees

To be eligible for UNSW Business Master’s programs, you’ll need to have a recognised bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average (65% or higher) as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator.

Note: No other requirement (such as GMAT, GRE, personal statement or academic referee) is considered unless otherwise specified.  

Alternative Entry Pathways

Applicants who don’t have a credit average within their bachelor's degree may be assessed on other performance indicators, which may include: 

  • GMAT score of 600 or above. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an exam created to measure the academic abilities needed to succeed in graduate management education
  • Completion of other undergraduate, postgraduate or postgraduate research qualifications
  • Professional qualifications completed through relevant professional bodies, for example the Institute of Chartered Accountants or CPA Australia
  • A Graduate Certificate from UNSW Business School with a credit average (65% or higher)

Graduate Certificates

To be eligible for a Graduate Certificate, you’ll need to have a recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification), with an average grade of 60% or higher, as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator
OR,
Alternatively, if you don’t have an undergraduate degree with an average grade of 60% or more, you may be eligible for entry into a Graduate Certificate if you have relevant work experience. 

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you are applying for a Masters’ degree, up to four courses, or 24 Units of Credit (UOC) may be awarded based on your previous business studies (bachelor or higher). You’ll be notified of the credits in your official letter of offer.

To apply for a postgraduate research degree you’ll need: 

  •  A three-year undergraduate degree plus a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline with an overall average grade of Distinction or higher 

         OR 

  • Multiple undergraduate degrees (e.g. a dual degree) with at least one in a relevant discipline and an overall average grade of Distinction or higher 

         OR 

  • A four-year degree of Bachelor with first or upper second-class Honours in a relevant discipline. 

English language requirements also apply. 

Visit Postgraduate Research Degrees for more information. 

NOTE: These are the minimum requirements for admission. Admission will ultimately be at the discretion of the UNSW Business School and will rely on the Business School having appropriate research supervision capacity and resources available for the applicant’s research interests. 

For students who have studied at overseas universities, the normal minimum academic requirement is the equivalent of a credit average grade (65%) from an Australian university, as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator. Details on assessment will be determined by your grading system so it’s important that this is attached with your transcript when you apply.

UNSW Business uses the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR). They are the government body that provides official information on the comparability of overseas qualifications with Australian qualifications using the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as our benchmark.

In those countries where an equivalent grade has not been established, the following will be taken into consideration:

  • The standard and content of the undergraduate program completed
  • The standard of the institution from which the qualifications were obtained
  • Indian universities award different types of bachelor and master degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a three-year bachelor degree or professional bachelor degree and provide all individual marksheets
  • Iranian universities award different types of bachelor degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a four-year bachelor degree

Note: Applicants from non-211 universities in China wishing to study Postgraduate Coursework in the UNSW Business School, must achieve a minimum overall average of 88 in their current university’s grading system. This is equivalent to an 85% Australian scaled average using the calculator.