Entry requirements

The entry requirements described below should be viewed in the context of the AGSM MBA (full-time) Admissions Policy (pdf).

There are two pathways into the AGSM MBA program:

A good undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification), minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 550 and a minimum of 2 years professional or managerial work experience

At least 6 years professional work experience and a minimum GMAT score of 550

Application checklist

Completed online application form

Applications must be completed online.

Please refer to the applications section for more information.

Academic ability & transcript/s

Copies of recognised undergraduate degree, showing all grades and proof of completion/degree awarded. Degree must be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. Transcripts and a conferred degree in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Fails in prior university study are considered carefully by the Selection Committee. Reasons for failure should be attached for the Selection Committee to review. Exceptional career attainments acceptable to the School, may be considered in lieu of a degree.

Please note: Any applicant who holds a degree from Mainland China are required to obtain a China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) Transcript Verification Report. Any applicant who holds a degree from India should submit the semester breakdown mark sheets. A comprehensive transcript is not accepted if you wish to transfer to another program within UNSW in the future.

GMAT

Minimum scores: Verbal 25; Quantitative 35; AWA 4.0. Overall: 550

The GMAT provides information about your ability to meet the Program's academic requirements. All applicants must take the GMAT - there are NO exemptions regardless of experience or educational background. The scores are valid for five years. Incoming students typically have a GMAT score greater than 600, with the average GMAT for the incoming students in 2014 at 650.

Register for the test at www.mba.com. (Applicants should select AGSM code:H7Q-CJ-17).

Details on GMAT are also available from the GMAT website. Software can be downloaded to engage in practice tests before sitting the GMAT.

We cannot accept a "Test Taker" copy (even certified) of your GMAT scores. We will require the official "School Copy" (original or certified) generated by the testing agency to satisfy our documentation requirements. You may also contact GMAC, the GMAT testing agency directly, so that they may provide us with electronic access to your official scores.

GRE scores can be accepted on a case by case basis provided you meet the minimum Verbal 148; Quantitative 156 and Overall: 307 score.

Work experience

Minimum of 2 years' managerial/professional experience post degree.

The selection committee assesses the applicant's ability to benefit from and contribute to class room debate based on his or her previous work experience.

A minimum of two years full-time professional or managerial work experience is required after completion of an undergraduate degree.

A successful work history is an important criterion in the selection process.

A detailed CV is a requirement of the application process and should demonstrate a candidate's diverse and professional experience and leadership qualities.

Personal statement essays

Four personal statement essays are required as part of your application. The essay questions are designed to help the Admissions Committee learn more about you. Each essay should meet the word length requirement.

Essay topics:

  1. What are you made for and how will an AGSM degree help you achieve it? (approx. 250 words)
  2. What are you most proud of personally and/or professionally and why? (approx. 250 words)
  3. How will you contribute to your classes and to the AGSM community? (approx. 250 words)
  4. (Optional Question) Is there anything else we need to know about you? (approx. 250 words)

Detailed CV

As part of the application process please submit a current Curriculum Vitae/ Resume which provides us with information on the following:

  • Full, legally recognised name
  • Educational qualifications (degree, name of institution, city, dates)
  • Employment history, for each position include:
  • length of employment - month/year for start and finish, position title and department, location, city, country, organisation details (i.e. products, size, annual turnover, number of staff, a detailed description of your role,, responsibilities and achievements) provide any details on professional memberships (e.g. CPA/CAANZ)
  • Personal details, including awards, prizes, personal achievements, club memberships, interests, languages, citizenship and residency.

Assessment criteria

It is important to note that when preparing your CV/Resume, that the information you provide will be assessed based on the following competencies:

  1. Written communication - clearly and logically expressing ideas in writing using appropriate terminology and good grammatical form.
  2. Business management - establishing a course of action to perform complicated tasks successfully.
  3. Leadership - demonstrating individual leadership by taking a principal role in identifying goals, determining strategies and initiating actions and/or demonstrating team leadership by guiding groups of people to work effectively together.
  4. Adaptability to change - maintaining effectiveness in changing organisational situations and in different cultures.
  5. Influence and decision making - using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to persuade others internal or external to the organisation of an idea, product or service and exercising appropriate judgement in reaching conclusions based on factual information and logic.
  6. Leadership potential - assessment is based on leadership history at school, university, in the workplace, the personal statement essays and referees' reports. The criteria include: Strong interpersonal and communication skills; a willingness to show leadership in a team environment; a high degree of self-confidence and independence of mind; a strong sense of commitment and drive to succeed, combined with a preparedness to be flexible when required; a willingness, based on natural curiosity, to learn continually, interview.

Referee reports

You need to arrange two referees to complete the AGSM referee report forms to support your application. Both referees should be people who know you well, and be able to comment on your skills and abilities in a professional setting. However, relatives or personal friends are not permitted to act as referees. AGSM reserves the right to contact referees

All applicants should forward the referee report form to the two referees and upload the signed reports to their application.

For your information, referees need to provide commentary on your intellectual capacity, ability to relate to others, written expression, oral expression, leadership in a team environment, self confidence, motivation to succeed, adaptability to change, commitment to learning, natural curiosity, maturity and overall management potential. Moreover, referees need to answer the following questions:

  • How long, how well and in what connection have you known the applicant?
  • What do you consider to be her/his outstanding management talents or strengths?
  • What do you consider to be her/his weaknesses or areas of development?
  • How would you describe the applicant’s creativity and problem solving ability?
  • Please indicate to what level was English used in the applicant’s position of employment (covering spoken, written, reading and listening skills)
  • Please make any other comments you feel would be useful to AGSM MBA Programs in considering this application
  • Referee details: Name, Title, Organisation, Work phone, Work fax, Email, Address

Proof of identity

All applicants must provide proof of identity with their applications. Proof of identity is defined as photo identification showing your legally recognised full name, date of birth and photo. Appropriate documentation is one of the following:

  • Australian/New Zealand Citizens must provide the photo page of passport;
  • Australian Permanent Residents and other Visa holders must provide the photo page of passport and copy of Visa.

English language requirement


All applicants must meet the University's English requirements regardless of nationality or residency. 

Please refer to the UNSW English Requirements Policy for further information. 

Please note: An English waiver based on work experience and residency only applies to the following countries: 

American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe. 

International applications

All international applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their complete applications well before the 1st or 2nd round deadlines to avoid any possible delays pertaining to a visa application, and to allow for relocation arrangements to be made in the case of an offer being made.

Student visas

It is essential that international applicants apply for a student visa at an Australian Consulate as soon as the decision to accept the place on the AGSM MBA program is made, as visa applications can take up to three months to be resolved; six months in the case of DIAC Assessment Level 4 countries. *

The application process for a student visa can be complex and unexpected delays can occur. It is the student’s responsibility to allow enough time to organise their visa.

The student visa regulations may require you to have sat an IELTS test prior to lodging your application for a student visa. You should refer to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website or your local Australian Consulate for more information. The UNSW International website is also a useful resource.

*A list of these countries is available at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

Interview

After reviewing applications for the AGSM MBA program, the selection committee may request that an applicant participates in one or two interviews. These interviews will enable the committee to obtain further information to assist in the selection process.

Depending on the level of detail required from the applicant, the interview will either be a 'formal interview', conducted by a member of the selection committee which will be approximately 30-45 minutes in length, or a 'brief interview' conducted by an AGSM MBA representative overseas which is approximately 5-10 minutes in length.

Applicants should note that the interview is a formal and assessable component of the application process.

What next?

Please visit the applications page for further information regarding the AGSM MBA application process. If you have any further questions please contact the AGSM MBA Admissions Office.