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This information is for students who intend to progress to a Master's program by first completing a Graduate Certificate program.  This will mostly apply to international students with packaged offers.

Step 1. Important things to remember

  • You must satisfy the conditions stated on your conditional offer letter for the Masters program.
  • You must complete the correct courses for your Graduate Certificate program.  Check out the Programs and Courses website.
  • Graduate Studies Select students enrolled in a Graduate Certificate of Studies should have a look at the GSS pathway page for information about which courses they should be enrolled in.

Step 2. Start thinking now!

Start thinking early about your options in case you don't get the required average.  Don't leave it until the end of the semester when results are released because you will have very limited options.

Monitor your grades so far

  • Have you failed or just passed any assessment items this semester?  If yes, this may make it very difficult for you to achieve the required average.

Changing programs

  • If you decide to change programs, you need to send an email to international.admissions@anu.edu.au clearly outlining your request. 
  • You need to include your ANU ID number and send the email from your ANU email account.

Assessment of semester results

  • The CBE Student Services Team will assess your semester results and inform the International Admissions Team.

  • If you have achieved the required average, the International Admissions Team will issue you an unconditional offer letter for the Master’s program.  You will need to accept this offer and then enrol into your Master’s courses.

  • If you have not achieved the required average, the International Admissions Team will not be able to issue you an unconditional offer letter.  You will not be able to enrol into the Master’s courses.  You will need to condition the options above.

Australia Awards students

If you are studying at ANU on a DFAT Australia Award (previously AusAid), you need to contact the Australia Awards Liaison Office before you decide to take any of the above options.

Students on other sponsorships

If you are studying at ANU on any other sponsorship arrangement, you need to check with your sponsor before you decide to take any of the above options. 

You can contact the ANU Sponsored Students Office for advice.

Step 3. What if you do get the required average?


  • The CBE Student Services Team will inform the International Admissions Team who will issue you with an unconditional offer letter for the Master’s program. 

  • You don’t need to apply for a transfer because you will already have an offer to the Master’s program.

  • You will need to accept the unconditional offer.  After providing your acceptance to the International Admissions Team, you will be able to enrol into your Master’s courses for the next semester.  Check out the Programs and Courses page for your Master’s program to see which courses you need to enrol into.

  • If you need help working out which courses you need to take, contact the CBE Student Services Team.

Step 4. What if you don’t get the required average?

You have a few options to consider if you don’t satisfy the condition on your offer letter.

Change your Master’s program

  • Find another program with a lower admission requirement on the Programs and Courses website.
  • You’ll need to satisfy the admission requirement for the new program.
  • If the new program is not directly related to the courses you’ve already completed, you may not receive any credits or exemptions for those courses.  This will mean that you will have to study for a longer duration at ANU.
  • This is very important so you need to look carefully at the courses listed under the new program and see if you have done any of them already.

Change to a Master of Studies program

  • You will need to satisfy the admission requirement for this program.  The GSS Advisor will assess your undergraduate degree, and can provide further information. 
  • Have a look at the GSS website for details.
  • Important: You will be able to take further CBE courses if you get into the Master of Studies, but you will not be able to graduate with a CBE Master’s program.

Change to a different university

Hopefully this does not happen to you but if your average is very low and you can’t find any other Master’s program that you can get into, you need to consider changing universities.

Step 5. What can you do to make sure you get the required average?

Below are some suggestions which may help you focus on your studies and achieve the required average.

Speak with your lecturer or tutor

  • Your lecturer or tutor will be able to give you extra help if you need it.  Ask them questions if you don’t understand something completely. 

  • Remember, they will not be able to give you answers and help you if you haven’t tried to understand the content yourself first.

Form a study group

  • Make friends with students in your course or tutorial group and form a study group.  There may be parts of the course that you understand and other parts that your friends understand.  Use your strengths to learn from each other.

  • Remember, academic integrity is taken very seriously at ANU.  You are encouraged to learn from each other but your work must be original and authentic. 

  • Check out the Academic honesty & plagiarism page for great tips on how to make sure that you do not breach academic integrity rules.

Make use of the ASLC

The Academic Skills and Learning Centre is a great resource available especially for students to help you develop the skills and strategies to be successful in your studies at ANU and beyond.

  • Time management – a critical skill necessary for all students.
  • Referencing – you will need to know how to correctly reference your courses in almost all of your assessment items.
  • Turnitin – this is a great tool to help you ensure you are completing your work with academic integrity.
  • Writing resources – useful information about essay and report writing, critical reviews and annotated bibliographies. 

Step 6. Where can you get more information?

If you have read through all of the above information butare confused about what you need to do, please send us an email as soon as possible before the end of the semester so we can help you work out your options.

If you leave your questions to the end of the semester after results are released, it may be too late for us to help you work out any possible options.

Email: info.cbe@anu.edu.au  (you must use your ANU email account)

Remember to include this information:

  • Your ANU ID number;
  • Details of your situation (for example, you may fail one or more courses);
  • Which options have you considered in section 2 above.

Updated:   21 July 2017 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team