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Postgraduate course

Master of Professional Psychology

Australian National University

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The Master of Professional Psychology is an alternative pathway to your career as a professional psychologist, without needing an honours degree. The two-year program includes coursework on psychological assessment, interventions and professional skills; a group research project in the first year and practical placement experience in the second year. The Master of Professional Psychology is less research-intensive than honours.

Admission criteria

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment are:

  • Completion of an Australian bachelor degree or international equivalent with an APAC accredited sequence of courses in Psychology with a GPA of at least 5.00/7.00.
  • Successful assessment of suitability which will be based on interview, supplementary form, CV and referee reports (supporting document requirements detailed below)
  • Compliance with the Australian National University's English language requirements for admission policy.

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program.

Supporting documents

  1. Supplementary form: Upload to your UAC application.
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV): Clearly specify dates and indicate whether the activities were full-time or part-time. Upload to your UAC application.
  3. Two referee forms: Option 1. Apply for a reference using the Psychology Reference Request System. Your references will be shared with ANU.
    Option 2. Ask your referees to complete the Referee Form and email directly to rsp.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au. ANU will not accept references sent directly by applicants.
  4. Australian Psychological Society qualification assessment (APS Assessment) (not required if qualifications obtained in Australia): Applicants with qualifications obtained outside Australia must have a formal assessment completed by the Australian Psychological Society before submitting an application for study. Note that this can take approximately two months.


Competitive applicants will be invited to participate in a suitability assessment process which will include a panel interview and other activities.

GPA calculation

ANU uses a 7-point grade point average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities.

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications that are eligible to be considered.

Course credit or exemption

For information about course credit for previous studies, see the program entry or read about course credit or exemption on the ANU website.

Fees and charges

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Australian Government financial assistance

Australian National University scholarships and financial assistance

Equity Scholarships through UAC

Commonwealth-supported places

Some ANU graduate degree programs may have Commonwealth-supported places (CSP) available. CSP are limited in number and selection is highly competitive. Places will be awarded on merit and not all applicants will be successful. There is no application process for a CSP as applicants who have received an offer of admission to a postgraduate program are automatically considered. Visit the ANU website for further information.

Further information

Read the full course details on the ANU website.

Visit the ANU College of Health and Medicine website.
Call (02) 6125 2809.
Email the College.