Transferring between degrees

Currently enrolled students wishing to change the degree they are studying may apply for a degree transfer. New students may not apply for a degree transfer until they have enrolled in a program for a minimum of 1 Semester, 24 units full time (0.5 EFTSL).


Important information to consider

  • You may only submit one degree transfer application per deadline.
  • Undergraduate students cannot apply for a degree transfer in a non-standard session. 
  • Transfers to some degrees are not possible (see Step 2).
  • Seek academic advice about changing your degree and ensure that you can meet the new degree requirements.
  • Tuition fees and the duration of your study may increase as a result of your degree transfer
  • Check your scholarship conditions of award or sponsorship agreement (see Step 1)
  • You will need to initiate an application for course credit transfer (see Step 7)
  • Once you have accepted your degree transfer in ISIS, the transfer WILL be processed

You do not need to apply for a degree transfer if you have been advised that you are:

  • a student identified as having breached academic progress rules.  You may be transferred to a new degree based on the outcome of this process and this will be initiated by your college.
  • a student who is not meeting the requirements of a higher degree and you are going to be transferred to a lower degree.  (An example would be a Masters to a Graduate Diploma).  This will be initiated by your College.

All other requests should be applied for online.

Principal Dates - Deadlines for applying for Degree Transfer

Session Date  
Autumn Session 31 January Postgraduate Students Only
Semester 2 & Winter Session 31 May  
Spring Session 31 July Postgraduate Students Only
Semester 1 & Summer Session 31 October  

Step 1
Seek advice on scholarship & sponsorship

Students with scholarships should be aware transferring to a new degree may affect their eligibility.

Students should check the conditions of award for their scholarship and confirm with the provider that their scholarship will not be jeopardised by changing degrees.

Sponsored students ie. those who have fees paid by a third party and which may include external scholarship holders, should discuss their intention to transfer with their sponsors before applying.  A degree transfer will require a new sponsorship agreement to be set up.  Students sponsored externally will need to complete a new Notification of External Sponsorship form

Step 2

To be eligible to transfer your undergraduate degree you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have have enrolled in a program for a minimum of 1 Semester, 24 units full time (0.5 EFTSL);
  • This is your first degree transfer application for each application period;
  • Your application must be received by the published deadlines for each half year;
  • Conditions of any sponsorship you may hold do not prevent the degree transfer;
  • There are no outstanding fees;
  • Transfer must be at the same level (eg from an undergraduate degree to another undergraduate degree);
  • Not be applying for a transfer to the ANU Medical School, ANU Extension, Bachelor of Studies or Diploma of Advance Studies (please contact your College for further information).

Step 3
Complete application

To apply for a degree transfer, click on the "Apply to Transfer" button at the top of this page.  This will take you into ISIS where you will be required to enter your ISIS username and password

To navigate to the degree transfer application select:  Main Menu (compass button in top-right corner of screen) > Navigator > ISIS > Degree Management > Apply for Degree Transfer

Step 4

Transferring to a new degree is an act of admission and all applications will be assessed against admission requirements.  To review the admission requirements for the degree you wish to transfer to, please go to Programs and Courses and review the degree or degree combination.

You must have enrolled in a program for a minimum of 1 Semester, 24 units full time (0.5 EFTSL) before tertiary study is considered as part of your admission assessment.  Applicants for transfer with less than 48 units of tertiary study will be assessed on their original entrance rank which does not include bonus points.

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Step 5
Enrol in courses

Until you are formally advised that your transfer is successful, you must meet all the requirements of your current degree including enrolling by the due dates and paying any fees.

If your transfer is successful, your enrolment in your old degree will be removed along with any fee liability in the semester/trimester/session of your transfer. Any fees already paid in the relevant semester/session will be credited towards your new degree fees.

You will then be required to enrol in courses under your new degree. 

Step 6
Notification of decision

Students will be advised of the outcome of their degree transfer application by email to your ANU student email account.

Applications will be actioned once you have accepted your offer. You will need to accept your degree transfer offer on your ISIS account by following these steps: Main Menu > ISIS > Degree Management > Degree Transfer Acceptance.

Upon successful application for degree transfer:

  • Eligible students will be required to complete new Commonwealth Assistance Forms (e-CAF) for HECS-HELP and SA-HELP.  These forms are available on ISIS under the Account Details menu.
  • Externally sponsored students are to complete a new Notification of External Sponsorship form and seek written approval from their sponsor

Step 7
Apply for credit

Credit for courses taken previously will not be assumed.

You are required to submit an Application for course credit to your ANU College for any or all of your previous study.

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