Academic requirements may vary between courses. You will need to satisfy the minimum academic requirements for the course you wish to apply for as outlined in our student handbook.

The following details the Australian academic requirements necessary to study at CQUniversity, as well as alternative entry options and recognition of prior learning. CQUniversity recognises qualifications obtained from overseas for entry into our courses.

You may use our country specific academic requirements document to assist you in equating academic qualifications from around the world.

Certificate and Diploma Courses


Successful completion of Australian Year 10 or equivalent.


Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent; or completion of AQF Certificate IV or equivalent. Please refer to the Country Specific Academic Requirements.

Undergraduate Courses

Successful completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 12. An approved university foundation studies or formal Australian Certificate IV can also be taken to meet this entry requirement.

If you have successfully completed a certificate, diploma or advanced diploma (or equivalent) you may gain advanced standing into your CQUniversity course. Please refer to the Country Specific Academic Requirements

Postgraduate Coursework

Completion of a bachelor degree with the equivalent to an Australian pass grade average in the final two terms, from a recognised higher education institution.

Postgraduate Research

The entry requirements to undertake a research higher degree is different from a postgraduate coursework. In addition to meeting the academic entry requirements, you must select your research area of interest as well as find your research supervisor.

Special Postgraduate Entry

Entry into the Master of Business Administration normally requires the equivalent of an Australian undergraduate degree and at least three years of work experience in a management capacity.

CQUniversity provides an alternative entry to these masters courses through successful completion of a:

  • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

Entry into the graduate certificate can be obtained through five years of relevant work experience or a combination of diploma and two years relevant work experience.

Special Consideration

Special consideration for admission into our courses may be granted if you do not have formal academic qualifications but have completed other forms of post-secondary study (e.g. professional qualifications) and have relevant work experience. You should submit full details with your application.

Credit Transfer

You may be able to apply for credits from your previous academic qualifications. When you apply, our Admissions Centre will assess your prior qualifications on a case-by-case basis and may award you with credit towards the course you wish to study. You should submit full details of qualifications with your application and consult with a CQUniversity adviser or one of our recruitment partners in your country.

CQUniversity also has formal articulation arrangements with a number of Australian and international institutions. Please refer to our articulation database for a full list of qualifications and institutions that have defined pathways with CQUniversity.