Transfer process from Honours to Masters

Are you in your final semester of your Honours degree? As a current arts or science Honours student at La Trobe, you have the opportunity to expand and develop your current research by transferring into the Master of Arts or Master of Science degree and apply for a dedicated stipend valued at A$24,045 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 begin your Masters degree in the second year of candidature and can submit your thesis as soon as it’s completed to the required standard
  • 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

  • If you're a sponsored student, ensure your sponsor supports this step.
  • Please note that if you are currently enrolled in an Honours program in Psychology, transferring to the Masters by Research will mean that you will no longer be on a pathway to provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as you will not graduate with an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited Level 2 program (e.g. 4th or Honours year of psychology study).
  • Complete the appropriate application form below with your supervisor and send it to by 27 September 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 1 November 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 7 February 2022. Candidates holding a stipend are required to commence during the period 1 – 28 February 2022.
  • 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 2021. Should you change your mind and still wish to graduate with an Honours degree, you can graduate in 2022.

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

  • Transfer from Honours to Masters form for domestic students [DOC 68KB]
  • Application for Masters from Honours form for international students [DOC 72KB]

The transfer process

The transfer process is outlined below:

Monday 20 September
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (AEST)

Student Info Session via zoom – link included in invitation email

Monday 27 September

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

Monday 18 October

Conditional candidature offers sent out

Monday 1 November

Acceptances due at

Friday 19 November

Official release of results

Friday 17 December

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

Monday 7 February 2022
(unless otherwise specified on your offer letter)

Transfer students commence in the Masters

Early March 2022

Withdrawn from Bachelor (Honours) degree


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