Chapter 2: Admission to research master’s enrolment

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2.2 English language proficiency (ELP)

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University. Full documentary evidence in support of English Language Proficiency (ELP) must be submitted with applications for admission and scholarship. Monash University reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence of ELP.

If an applicant's first language is not English (i.e. originate from a country where English is not the official primary language), the ELP must be satisfied in at least one of the following ways:

2.2.1 Language of Instruction

Studies must be completed within the five-year period prior to application, with the exception of the faculties of Arts and Law, where studies must be completed within the two-year period prior to application.

Monash University approved English language countries
  • Successful completion of a course of tertiary studies, and
  • of at least two years' duration, and
  • conducted entirely in English, and
  • involving formal assessment of written work, and
  • in any of the following Monash University approved English language countries*:

    Antigua + Barbuda
    Australia
    Bahamas
    Barbados
    Belize
    Botswana
    Canada (excluding Quebec)
    Cook Islands
    Dominica
    Federal States of Micronesia


    Fiji
    Ghana
    Grenada
    Guyana
    Jamaica
    Kenya
    Kiribati
    Lesotho
    Malawi
    Marshall Islands
    Mauritius
    Namibia

    New Zealand
    Nigeria
    Papua New Guinea
    Philippines
    Republic of Ireland
    Sierra Leone
    Singapore
    Solomon Islands
    St Kitts and Nevis
    St Lucia
    Swaziland
    Tanzania

    The Gambia
    Tonga
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Uganda
    United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
    United States of America
    Zambia
    Zimbabwe

*Applicants from other countries may be considered on the basis where English is one of two (or more) official languages of the country. The decision will be made by the Graduate Research Committee during the assessment process and will be final.

Monash University's Malaysia or South Africa campus
  • Successful completion of a course of tertiary study of at least two years' duration at Monash University's Malaysia or South Africa campus, or an equivalent Malaysian tertiary education campus recognised by Monash University.

2.2.2 English Language Test

Tests that are taken more than two years prior to the proposed commencement date will not be accepted.

Table 1: Overview of minimum English Language Test requirements

Faculties

IELTS
(academic
English
Only)

TOEFL
(paper-based)*

TOEFL
(internet-based)*

Pearson
Test of
Academic
English

Cambridge English

Minimum
Requirements

6.5
(no band less
than 6.0)

550 +
TWE 4.5

79 +
Writing 21; Speaking 18, Reading 13 & Listening 12

58 +
communicative score 50 or greater

176 +
no skill below 169

Arts/Law

7.0 overall,
with written 7.0 (writing),
6.0 all other bands

600 +
TWE 5.0

100 +
Writing, Speaking, Reading & Listening 25

65 +
communicative score 58 or greater

185 +
no less than 185 in Writing and 169
in each other skill

Business &
Economics

7.0
(no band less
than 6.5)

587 +
TWE 4.5

94 +
Writing 24,
Speaking 20,
Reading 19,
Listening 20

65 +
communicative score 58 or greater

185 +
no less than 185 in Writing and 169
in each other skill


2.2.3 Monash English Bridging (MEB) Program

Applicants may complete the Monash English Bridging Program.  The faculties of Arts and Law do not accept applicants via this pathway.

Faculty / Organisational UnitStandard Program
Art, Design & ArchitectureStandard
Business & Economics Advanced
EducationStandard
EngineeringStandard
Information TechnologyStandard
Medicine, Nursing and Health SciencesStandard
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical SciencesStandard
ScienceStandard
Monash University Accident Research CentreStandard
Monash Sustainable Development InstituteStandard