MS in Australia: Everything you need to know
Australia has become one of the foremost global education powerhouse attracting international students all over the world after the United States and Canada, providing international students with world-class infrastructure & quality of education, along with a vast range of courses to choose from.

Several Australian universities, like the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney & the University of Queensland rank consistently among the TOP 50 universities in the world.

Statistics show that students graduating from Australian universities are sought after all around the world, as degrees conferred by Australian institutions are widely respected.

So why exactly are so many students looking down south for their graduate studies?

Here’s a list of the top factors that make Australia one of the hottest destinations for international students:

Wide range of courses

Apart from popular STEM and Business courses, there are plenty of options to choose from in sectors as diverse as hospitality, the humanities, gastronomy & wildlife preservation.
Investment in Research

It is estimated that Australia invests about 27% of its expenditure on Research and Development and 78% on basic research (Source: Australia, Department of Industry, Science and Tourism, 1997).
Diverse student body

Being one of the fastest growing economies among developed nations, Australia has attracted international students from across the world making it a melting pot of multiculturalism.
Affordable Education

An important factor which makes studying in Australia an attractive option is its comparatively low cost of tuition along with significantly higher wages than countries like Canada and the UK.
Simple Route to PR

An Australian education is one of the surest and most cost-effective routes to getting Australian Permanent Residency and helps you get the requisite points to migrate as a Skilled Worker.
Job Opportunities

With one of the fastest growing economies among developed nations, Australia provides abundant opportunities for international students to find attractive career opportunities.

The average tuition fees for different courses range between
  • International undergraduate courses: AU$ 30,840 ( US$ 22,170)
  • Post-Graduate Courses: AU$ 20,000- AU$ 37,000 ( US$ 14,400- US$ 26,600)
  • Doctoral (PhD) Courses: AU$ 14,000- AU$ 37,000 ( US$ 10,060- US$ 26,600)
Most popular Australian Universities for Post Graduation:
Some of the most popular Australian Universities according to the global rank for a Master’s program are listed below. If you wish to study in a well-reputed university in Oceania, these must be some of your first choices The typical requirement from the undergraduate study is six months to twelve months of full-time study and one to two years of full-time study for the graduate diploma. Admission generally requires a bachelor degree or advanced diploma in the institutes mentioned below.

Australian National University#24Arts and Humanities
Computer Science
Environment and Ecology
Business management
The University of Melbourne#39Engineering
Computer Science
Business Analytics
Arts and Humanities
The University of Sydney#42Engineering
Arts and Humanities
Social Sciences and Public Health
Clinical medicine
Pharmacology and Toxicology
The University of New South Wales#45Engineering
Medicine Science
The University of Queensland Australia#48Environment and Ecology
Social Sciences
Biology and Biochemistry
Monash University#48Engineering
Economics and Business
Social Sciences

To plan your applications better, here’s a rough idea of when to send your application by, for each intake
July/AugustMid March - April endAugust - November
January/FebruaryMid-July- August endJanuary - March
Eligibility for Masters in Australian Universities

  • Most Australian Universities accept the 3-year graduation system for enrolment into different post graduation courses. For example, a bachelor’s degree like B.A., B.Com. or B.Sc from India is equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s Degree.
  • A few institutions and postgraduate courses require a qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s Degree. This involves 16 years of formal education, implying four years of graduation or an extra year of academic studies after your three-year graduation course.
  • For most Universities, a high first division marks in your undergraduate course from a leading university in India or its equivalent is essential.
  • Since Australia is an English speaking country, it is extremely important that you have taken the IELTS examination and have already scored above 6.5 bands (overall). Having a 7 point on the IELTS boosts your chances of securing your work visa.
  • If you wish to pursue a Masters program in Management (M.Ba) in the Australian Business schools, you are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Exam (GMAT). This is not mandatory; however, certain institutions may ask for the score.

Chances of gaining Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia
If you wish to stay back in Australia, after completing your studies, you may do so, if you qualify for the guidelines stated by the GSM or General Skilled Migration program.
Requirements for students to qualify for GSM:
  • You must have a qualification from an Australian University from which you have studied for at least two years.
  • You must be within the age group of 18-49.
  • For most Universities, a high first division marks in your undergraduate course from a leading university in India or its equivalent is essential.
  • A minimum of 6 in the IELTS exam is required.
  • Must possess the requisite skills to get a job on the skilled occupation list.
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Procedure to Apply to Australian Colleges
The huge jump in the number of students wanting to study in Australia has led to the competition for a seat at Australia’s top universities getting a lot stiffer! This is precisely where a well-planned application process can make a huge difference. Take a look at the complete timeline to follow when applying to Australian universities

Step: #1
Target 6.5+ band
Step: #2
Shortlist Universities
Step: #3
Draft your SOPs & LORs
Step: #3
Submit your application

That’s quite a lot of work, isn’t it? That’s why we recommend that you keep sufficient time on your hands - make sure you write your IELTS and start the university shortlisting process at least 4-5 months prior to the deadlines!

Scholarship Opportunities
Australia has a pretty high number of scholarships when compared to other developed countries, mostly aimed at attracting young, talented students from abroad. The Australian Awards Scholarship is funded by the Government of Australia which is available to Australian citizens as well as people from Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle-East, and more. Another popular scholarship is the Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships which is mostly for those wanting to pursue postgraduate studies in Australian Universities. Those who intend to receive a scholarship for their doctoral program may apply for the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship which offers up to AU$ 15,000 per semester for two years of a master’s degree and four years of Ph.D.

Life After your Master's in Australia:
Employment Prospects:
With bright employment opportunities in fields as diverse as Computer Science, Healthcare, biotechnology, agriculture/forestry, hospitality, and environmental management, students usually have no dearth of employment opportunities post the completion of their studies.

Pay Scale:
With the starting annual pay of fresh graduates generally ranging between AU$70,000 - $100,000 (INR 34 lakhs - 50 lakhs approx.), getting a well-paying job is fairly easy in most major Australian cities! In a highly heterogeneous, immigrant-friendly environment, young graduates can explore their potential to the fullest, while enjoying all the privileges that Australia has to offer!

PR Options:
In case one wishes to apply for permanent residency, too, a high IELTS band, a degree from an Australian university and a valid job offer from an Australia-based organization is generally all that’s required to meet the eligibility criteria.

Top Australian Recruiters:
Some of the best organizations to work for in Australia include KPMG Australia, Deloitte, Amazon, Salesforce, PwC Australia, Commonwealth Bank, Australia & New Zealand Bank, Westpac Group & National Australia Bank.

Most top universities have excellent student outcomes, with nearly 100% of graduating students being successfully absorbed in industries that are directly related to their line of education.

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