Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

Admissions

The Sir Walter School offers a personalised merit-based admissions process, based on each student’s individual study and professional experience.

Enrolment Advice

Enrolments open from mid-May for mid-year intake, and mid-November each year for the following year. You should enrol in all your units as soon as you can so you are fully prepared for the semester and don't miss out on any information. You can make changes and add units online through MyInfo up until the end of the second week of each semester – provided that classes for the unit in which you wish to enrol have not commenced, in which case approval from the Unit Coordinator is required. Unit Coordinator approval is required for all unit enrolment after the second week of semester. If approval is not sought, the School Dean or Academic Chair may cancel your enrolment in that unit.

It is in your best interest to enrol in your units by the start of the semester, irrespective of when classes start, to ensure you are eligible for Fee Help. Students enrolling after the census date will not be eligible for Fee Help.

Prerequisites for study at Murdoch

Admission to our Masters degrees and Graduate Certificates are available to students with a recognised Bachelor degree in any field.

Students must demonstrate English language competency according to Murdoch University’s language requirements

Learn about Murdoch University's English Language Requirements

Advanced Standing for Masters degrees

Previous academic and professional experience may qualify you for advanced standing – credit towards your course, allowing you to complete your qualification in less time.

Up to 12 points (0.5 year) of advanced standing is available to students with:
• A Bachelor degree with a major in a cognate discipline to the Masters course
• Or, a Bachelor degree in an unrelated discipline and a Graduate Certificate or Diploma in a cognate discipline to the Masters course
• Or, an Honours degree or equivalent in an unrelated discipline
• Or, a Bachelor degree in an unrelated discipline and two years of relevant, documented professional experience

Up to 24 points (1 year) of advanced standing is available to students with:
• An Honours degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline to the Masters course
• Or, an Honours degree or equivalent in an unrelated discipline and at least two years of relevant documented professional experience

Your advanced standing is assessed at the time of your application.

Scholarships

The Sir Walter Murdoch School has a range of scholarship options available.
In addition to our Global Voices scholarship for established SWMS students, new students can also apply for a fee waiver based on their undergraduate results by following the link here.

Scholarships for international students are listed here.

The application process

You can apply online as a domestic student or as an international student, or contact us for more information.

Once we receive your details, the Admissions Team will contact you via email within 7-10 business days to confirm they have all the relevant documents to process your application. Admissions, and eligibility for advanced standing, are considered on individual merit, taking into account your previous study and professional experience.