Transfer process from Honours to Masters

Are you in your final semester of your Honours degree? As current arts and science Honours students at La Trobe, you have an opportunity to expand and develop your current research by transferring into the Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees and apply for a dedicated stipend valued at A$23,410 to support your research.

Why apply to transfer to a Masters degree?

  • You will build on the foundations that you’ve already developed during your Honours year and explore your project in further depth
  • You will have access to a dedicated pool of competitive scholarships available only to Masters applicants
  • As a graduate research candidate, you will benefit from the full suite of research development opportunities offered by the University’s Research Education and Development (RED) team
  • You may transfer directly into the second year of a Masters by research degree and can submit a completed thesis at this standard at any time, or, if you're an international student, apply for entry directly into the second year.
  • You may be in a position to graduate with a globally recognised Masters degree in close to one year
  • With a Masters by research degree you will have a competitive edge if you decide later to apply for a doctoral degree.
  • If you transfer to a Masters degree and choose not to complete it, you can change your mind at any time and graduate from your current Honours degree.

How it works

  • Admissions at to discuss the application process
  • If you're a sponsored student, ensure your sponsor supports this step.
  • Complete the application to transfer form (see below) with your supervisor and send it to by 23 April 2021.
  • Tick the scholarship box to apply for a Graduate Research Pathways Scholarship (includes both a stipend and a guarantee of an RTP Fees Offset scholarship for Australian citizens, Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens)
  • Candidature offers will be conditional on your school’s support and on completing your Honours degree in the first instance with a WAM of at least 65. Your school may choose to set a higher WAM requirement and this would be included on your conditional offer.
  • If you receive a conditional offer, ensure you accept by 4 June 2021.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis and offers will be made to successful recipients in December once final results for honours have been released.
  • If you are successful, the Graduate Research School will enrol you in the Master of Science or Master of Arts, normally effective from 16  August 2021. Candidates holding a stipend are required to commence during the period 1 – 31 August 2021.
  • You can still apply for direct entry to the PhD to commence a new project. Your PhD application will not be jeopardised if you accept an offer to transfer from your Honours degree to the Master of Science and Master of Arts.
    • You will be commencing in the second year of the Master of Arts and will be provided with progress milestones.
      • These will be a Pre-Submission review (6 months from commencement) and an Expected Work Submission Date (8 months from commencement).
      • Your Expected Work Submission Date can be postponed up to your Maximum Candidature Date (12 months from commencement).

Please note: if you receive and accept a conditional Masters offer, you will not be able to graduate from your Honours degree in mid-2021. Should you change your mind and still wish to graduate with an Honours degree, you can graduate later in 2021.

To apply please use the relevant Honours to Master transfer form:

The transfer process

The transfer process is outlined below:

Thursday 15 April
10 am - 11 am (AEDT)

Student Info Session via zoom – link included in invitation email

Friday 23 April

Applications to transfer due at (student and supervisor sections completed) – student to submit.

Friday 21 May

Conditional candidature offers sent out

Friday 4 June

Acceptances due at

Wednesday 14 July

Official release of results

Monday 26 July

Students notified if conditions of offer have been met and scholarship offers sent to successful recipients

Monday 16 August
(unless otherwise specified on your offer letter)

Transfer students commence in the Masters

Early September 2021

Withdrawn from Bachelor (Honours) degree


If you need further information, please make sure to check the following resources: