At UTS Business School we’ve discovered that many people are uncertain about different aspects of postgraduate study, so we’ve put together this list of tips to help.
- Fees & Financial Support
- Timetabling & Study Options
- Eligibility, Pathways & Course Options
- Applications & Enrolment Processes
- Enquire, chat with us, or come to an event
Fees & Financial Support
How much does postgraduate study cost?
The exact amount of tuition fees that you will pay depends on the subjects you enrol in and the particular course you’re studying. For each teaching period, your enrolment is finalised on the census date and you become financially liable for the tuition fees for those subjects in which you are enrolled. You can work out the tuition fees of your course using the online fee calculator (details below).
How can I estimate my tuition fees using the fee calculator?
You can work out the tuition fees of your course using the online fee calculator.
Fill out the fields as follows:
Fee Type will be Postgraduate Domestic Coursework or International Postgraduate Coursework, depending on whether or not you are an international student.
Fee year: the year you are studying in
Cohort year: will be the year you intend to begin study.
Course area: Business
Course code or name: enter the full course title, such as “Master of Finance” or “Master of Business Administration”.
The results will then show you the cost per credit point, the total number of credit points in the course and an estimate of the cost per session if studying 24 credit points.
- To estimate the entire cost of the course, multiply the cost per credit point by the total number of credit points in the course
- To work out how much per subject, simply multiply this amount by the number of credit points in the subject. Most subjects in the Business School will be 6 credit points, with the exceptions for subjects in our MBA in Entrepreneurship, Executive MBA and Advanced MBA. You can check the number of credit points in each course and subject using the UTS Handbook.
- You do not need to pay for your whole course up front, just the subjects you are studying that semester. For each teaching period, your enrolment is finalised on the census date and you become financially liable for the tuition fees for those subjects in which you are enrolled.
- In addition to tuition fees, students are also required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for each session which they are enrolled in. This provides for amenities and non-academic services for students such as counselling, financial advice, student advocacy, food services etc. The fee for 2019 is $151.50 for full-time student and $75.75 for part-time students. Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and eligible NZ citizens can apply for SA-HELP, a scheme to defer the payment of the SSAF.
Am I eligible to defer my fees?
If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible for the FEE-HELP loan scheme. If eligible, FEE-HELP can cover all or part of your tuition fees to a maximum amount - the FEE-HELP loan limit, over your lifetime.
The amount you repay each year is a percentage of your income. The percentage increases as your income increases, so the more you earn, the higher your repayment will be. The ATO will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include it on your income tax notice of assessment.
Alternatively, if what you are studying is directly related to your current job and you pay your fees up front, you may also be able to claim your fees and other study related expenses as a tax deduction. See the ATO website for more details.
Do you offer Commonwealth Supported Places?
While you may have heard the phrase Commonwealth Supported Place, this generally refers to spaces in undergraduate courses where local students’ fees are subsidised as part of the Higher Education Commonwealth Support (HECS) scheme. While UTS Business School does not offer Commonwealth Support Places to students in our postgraduate programs, you may be able to defer your fees under the Australian Government’s Higher Education Loan Program (FEE-HELP). While you can defer fees under the program, you will pay back the entire amount instead of just a student contribution.
Am I eligible for a scholarship?
We offer a range of scholarships for both commencing and continuing students. Many of our scholarships and prizes awarded to high-achievers are funded by our Industry Partners. To explore the UTS scholarships that may be relevant for you, use the scholarships search tool.
What is the Alumni Advantage program?
If you have already completed a degree at UTS, you may be eligible for our Alumni Advantage program. Eligible alumni will receive a 10% saving on tuition fees for full fee paying courses (this includes students accessing FEE HELP) when enrolling for award programs commencing after 1 January 2017. The saving will apply automatically to graduates upon successful enrolment. To find out more and check whether the discount is offered for your course, .
Timetabling & Study Options
When are classes scheduled?
All programs at UTS Business School involve some on-campus teaching. While the exact timetable for classes will differ depending on which course you are enrolled in, all of our postgraduate degrees offer a timetable that is designed to suit busy professionals.
- In most of our specialised Master degrees, the standard timetable for teaching is 1 class a week per subject from 6-9pm. Each subject comprises approximately 3 hours face-to-face teaching each week which could be split into a lecture, tutorial or seminar format. If you are a domestic student, you can generally choose to vary your timetable between 1, 2, 3 or 4 subjects per semester and change this each session – adapting your timetable to what suits your needs.
- Some of our smaller courses and specialised MBA programs offer a different timetable in keeping with the cohort-teaching model. This may include blended delivery via online & face-to-face mode, or subjects being taught in block mode. You can find the calendars for these specific degrees at the following links: the Advanced MBA, Executive MBA, MBA in Entrepreneurship and Master of Financial Planning.
- For a guide to when individual subjects are offered, you can find the subject codes in the UTS Handbook and input them into the 2019 timetable planner. The timetable planner will show you options for the Autumn Session (AUT), Spring Session (SPR) or Summer Session (SUM). Select your preferred session and click ‘show timetable’ to preview teaching dates for that subject.
You can find the teaching dates for 2019 and 2020 here. Keep in mind that the Business School subjects run on the Primary Teaching Sessions (Calendar A).
How long will it take to complete the course part time?
In most of our courses, domestic students can generally choose to vary your timetable between 1, 2, 3 or 4 subjects per session – so the duration of study will depend on how many subjects you enrol in each session.
You can change the number of subjects you enrol from session to session, so your study plan can easily be changed with your circumstances. Most of our commencing postgraduate students will begin with one subject in their first session as they adjust to studying along full-time work. There are 2 main sessions per year (Autumn and Spring sessions), with most part-time students doing 2 subjects per session.
Some students will take units over our Summer session to speed up their course completion or make use of time during an off-peak work period. Another way to reduce the number of subjects you will complete each session is if you receive recognition of prior learning.
The flexibility of your study plan will depend on which course you are enrolled in. Some courses may offer block mode subjects or some blended teaching. You may also be able to study fewer subjects in some sessions, take Leave of Absence from your study, or consult with your subject co-ordinator about minor alterations to your subject schedule.
If you are a prospective student with specific questions about timetabling flexibility, please submit an enquiry with UTS Business School and we’ll be in touch to discuss your circumstances. If you are an International Student, you may not be eligible to enrol part-time under your visa requirements. Please contact the International Office for more advice.
Can I apply for subject exemptions based on my prior study?
We believe that when you study you should learn something new and we recognise the value of your prior learning. At UTS Business School, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is are granted where your previous study is deemed equivalent to UTS subjects and was not undertaken more than 10 years ago. You can find more information on the Business School’s guidelines here.
In a postgraduate degree, RPL may be granted based on previously completed undergraduate qualifications, other postgraduate study (need not be a complete degree) or based on other recognised professional study, such as the CA and CPA programs. At the postgraduate level, exemptions are not granted for qualifications at a lower AQF level than an undergraduate degree.
If you would like a rough guideline of what subjects you might be exempt from study, email copies of your transcripts to our advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide you with a rough pre-assessment of the exemptions you may be eligible for.
Can I study online?
Unfortunately, we do not offer online or correspondence mode for our postgraduate business programs. Our part-time study modes offer a great degree of flexibility but do require regular (usually weekly) attendance on campus. Generally, material is provided online to assist in preparing for class (the slides for the lecture, pre-readings, practice examples, case studies etc.). While some classes may offer lecture recordings, these are intended for review purposes and are not intended as a substitute to attending classes.
How much time will I spend studying in total?
The amount of time you need to devote to study outside class hours is very subjective and will differ between students and subjects depending on how much you want to get out of it and your level of experience with a certain subject matter. As a general rule you might expect to undertake 2 hours of self-study for every hour of face-to-face teaching. This time might include reviewing class content, completing readings for upcoming classes, completing assessments or preparing for exams. Teaching content is usually provided online prior to each class to give you sufficient time to prepare for classes.
Many of our buildings are open 24/7, with award-winning spaces that makes this much easier to manage. Many classes take place in the innovative Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, just minutes from Central Station.
Can I study in Summer?
UTS offers an optional Summer Session, running from late November to mid February. This is the same length as our main Autumn (March to June) and Spring (late July to early November) sessions. No classes run between Christmas and New Year. Please note that only the Master of Marketing currently offers the option for students to commence the degree in Summer.
Eligibility, Pathways & Course Options
Do I meet the eligibility requirements?
Our programs are offered in a range of different formats that provide alternative entry paths and study durations. Generally, applicants to a Master degree study will have completed a Bachelor’s degree and have 2+ years relevant work experience. If you do not meet the requirements to apply directly to the Master Degree, you may be able to use the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate as an entry pathway. Check the admission requirements & documentation that you’ll need for each course here.
What course is right for me?
We have a range of postgraduate programs to choose from. Options include MBA programs suited to different experiences and aspirations and a range of specialised master degrees as well as shorter graduate diplomas and certificates. You can read more about these options in our Postgraduate Course Guide.
Should I complete a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master or Master Extension?
There are many different paths to gaining a postgraduate qualification from UTS Business School. Our programs are offered in a range of different formats that provide alternative entry paths and study durations, including graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s degrees and extended master’s degrees. You can find a summary of these options here and can check the Postgraduate Course guide for which course options are offered in each area of specialisation.
Do I need a Bachelor's degree to do a Master's degree?
The traditional path to postgraduate study is via a completed bachelor’s degree, but if you have professional experience (around 8 years) you may be eligible to enter a graduate certificate.
The Graduate Certificate usually comprises of the first 4 subjects of the master’s degree. It is designed for students with no undergraduate degree but extensive practical experience in the area of study. The course will provide you with the key building blocks before undertaking advanced level subjects in a graduate diploma or master’s program. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, you can apply to go straight on to complete the diploma or master's degree.
For example, if you have been working in marketing since high school and over the past 10 years have progressed to a marketing coordinator role, and want a formal qualification to cement your on-the-job learning and give you the confidence to go for managerial positions, you can commence a Graduate Certificate in Marketing. If you complete this with a credit average (65% or higher for your weighted average mark) you can articulate into the Master of Marketing. Similar arrangements exist for Accounting, Human Resources, Finance and a range of Management courses.
How do I know if I am ready for more study?
If it's been a while since you last went to university (or school) and you haven’t done much mathematics, library searching or report writing since then, we have plenty of support options to bring you up to speed. Support comes from academic and support staff as well as your fellow students and includes free classes, workshops and online services all designed to help you survive your assignments.
Applications & Enrolment Processes
How do I apply?
Applications for local students to commence coursework degrees in 2019 (in the Autumn and Spring Sessions) are now open. For more information about the documents required and to lodge your application, click here. The process generally takes around 20 minutes to complete. Depending on the volume of applications we receive, you should be notified of the outcome within 3 weeks of submitting it as long as all required documentation has been included.
Check the admission requirements & documentation that you’ll need for each course here.
It is recommended that you have the following before submitting your application:
- An up-to-date resume, in a PDF format that can be uploaded
- A Statement of Service or employment letter which includes a general job description, start and end dates (if applicable) and an indication of whether the employment was full time or part time. This is necessary only for your current or most recent employment.
- Details on your qualifications, including Year 12, tertiary and other studies. If your prior university education took place within an Australian university, you do not need to scan records for your application, but just need the name of the institution, the name of the course(s) you completed/commenced and your student identification number.
How do I enrol?
You will a find a helpful guide about how to complete the process here. The online enrolment process should walk you through accepting your offer, applying for FEE-HELP and creating a class timetable. We’ve summarised the steps below, should you be part-way through the process.
- Login to My Student Admin
- Within My Student Admin, the Offers tab will have details of your offer and guide you through the process of accepting the offer, updating your contact details, applying for government fee assistance if you are eligible, enrolling in subjects and completing your timetable. You can find details about all these steps in our enrolment guide.
- The enrolment system should provide details about the subjects you need to enrol in. You can also find a course study plan in the UTS handbook.
- When you are enrolled in subjects, access UTS Online with your login. Through this online portal, you can access teaching materials for each subject you are enrolled in. Before classes commence, you should receive a subject outline through UTS Online, which will include contact information for the course co-ordinator and teaching staff, who you can contact using your UTS Student email address if you have any queries about the subject.
- You can also register for orientation events to get to meet your fellow students.
If you encounter issues when enrolling, you will need to get in touch with the Student Centre.
Am I an International Student?
If you do not have full Australian Permanent Resident Status or Australian or New Zealand Citizenship, you will be classified as an International Student. You can find everything you need to know about applying to UTS as and International Applicant here and can get in touch with the International Office if you have specific questions.
If you’re considering applying to UTS Business School, be sure to confirm that the course you’re interested in is offered to International Students. You can also check here whether we are holding an information evening in your country / region – this page is updated regularly.
I’m interested in a research degree, how do I apply?
You can apply to complete a PhD in one of seven different areas of specialisation. Please note, we do not offer Master by Research/MPhil in the Business School.
Before applying for a research degree with UTS Business School, you should submit an expression of interest to the UTS Business School Research Office. You can find out more about the Expression of Interest process here. It is best to enquire well ahead (at least two months) before closing dates of formal applications. Refer to Research degrees at UTS for these closing dates. Submitting an EOI before you formally apply to enrol for a PhD degree saves significant time for you and also speeds up the process of the formal application. The EOI process will take between three weeks to two months from the time we receive all the documents we request.
If you have specific questions about research options at UTS, please get in touch with the Research Office directly on:
Phone: +61 2 9514 3691
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