Frequently asked questions 2017
Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about postgraduate applications.
Applications for courses commencing in 2017 – including semester 1, semester 2, summer semester and later teaching periods – open on Monday 1 August 2016. Closing dates vary between courses. Check the course entry details in Explore for information.
All applications are submitted online. Information on how to apply, what happens after you apply and details of how the universities select applicants can be found on the Clarify page.
The processing fee for all postgraduate applicants is $68.00. There is no late fee.
Some applicants are required to provide supporting documents for their qualifications, such as documents for studies undertaken overseas. You can find information about submitting supporting documents on the after you apply page.
Yes, if you need to submit supporting documents to SATAC you can upload them online in PDF or JPEG format after you have submitted your application. The online instructions will step you through the process. You can return to your application to add additional documents via My Application.
It is important to give SATAC a complete picture of your academic history, because it may be necessary for the assessment of your application. The entry requirements for postgraduate courses vary from course to course, and the qualifications you claim in your application may be required to assess your eligibility for other courses should you decide to change your preferences.
For example, if you have completed a higher-level award e.g. a postgraduate qualification, and you have also completed an earlier award e.g. a Bachelor degree, you should include both qualifications in your application as SATAC may need to assess both to determine your eligibility for an offer.
Assessment times vary depending on the entry requirements for the course, and your qualifications.
It is not possible for SATAC to give an exact assessment timeframe. If your course makes offers in the weekly offer rounds, and you are not awaiting current year results, you may wish to check the progress of your application after around 4 weeks.
Most postgraduate courses make offers in the weekly offer rounds. Weekly offer rounds begin on Wednesday 10 August 2016 and continue most Wednesdays throughout 2016 and 2017.
No, postgraduate courses are not deferrable through SATAC.
SATAC does not inform applicants if they have not received an offer, as the institutions may make further offers during the admissions cycle.
You can contact us at any time if you wish to check the status of your application. If you comply with all the application requirements but are unsuccessful and are still interested in studying at tertiary level, you should seek advice directly from the universities on how you might increase your chances in a future application.