2.2 English language proficiency

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

Qualifications completed more than five years prior to the submission of an application for admission will not be considered, with the exception of the faculties of Arts and Law, where studies must be completed within two years.

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

General
Requirements

6.5 overall
(no band less than 6.0)

550+ 
TWE 4.5

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

58 +
communicative score 50

176 +
no skill below 169

Arts

Business &
Economics

Law

7.0 overall 
(no band less than 6.5)

587+  
TWE 4.5

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

65 +
communicative score 58

     

185 +
Writing 185 and no skill below 169


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 UnitProgram
  • Art, Design & Architecture
  • Education (15-week and 10-week programs only)
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Science
  • Monash University Accident Research Centre
  • Monash Sustainable Development Institute
Standard
  • Business & Economics
Advanced