The Australian Catholic University was opened on 1 January 1991 following the amalgamation of four Catholic tertiary institutions in eastern Australia – the Catholic College of Education Sydney in New South Wales, the Institute of Catholic Education in Victoria, McAuley College of Queensland, and Signadou College of Education in the Australian Capital Territory.

The institutions that merged to form the university had their origins in the mid-19th century, when religious orders and institutes became involved in preparing teachers for Catholic schools and, later, nurses for Catholic hospitals. Through a series of amalgamations, relocations, transfers of responsibilities and diocesan initiatives, more than 20 historical entities have contributed to the creation of the university.

The university operates as a company limited by guarantee, under the Companies (Victoria) Code and has a constitution which identifies its objects in education, scholarship and research as part of the mission of the Catholic Church.

The university is a member of the publicly funded national system of Australian universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The university’s Vice-Chancellor is a member of the Universities Australia and its Board of Directors.

ACU has seven campuses located in the state capital cities of Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, and in the regional centre of Ballarat.

Adelaide: The Adelaide Campus was established when ACU and the Archdiocese of Adelaide entered a partnership in 2013 to deliver theological education in South Australia. The Catholic Theological College (Adelaide) was absorbed into ACU’s Faculty of Theology and Philosophy.

Ballarat: The Ballarat Campus (Aquinas) is set in the historic gardens of Carn Brea, formerly the property of Cornish miner Cyrus Retallac. The Ballarat Campus had its beginnings in the establishment of the Aquinas Training College by the Ballarat East Sisters of Mercy in 1909. The property was later purchased by the Diocese of Ballarat and from 1974 became the new site of the Catholic teachers’ college, which was initially known as Aquinas College. In March 1974, the authorities controlling the Victorian Catholic teachers’ colleges relinquished their control to the Institute of Catholic Education. In December 1974, the institute was admitted as a constituent member of the State College of Victoria. At the end of 1990 the institute formally handed responsibility for the Institute and its operations to ACU.

Brisbane: The Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) commenced in 2003, replacing the former Brisbane Campus at Mitchelton. The 40-hectare site was formerly the Pius XII Provincial Seminary, with a history extending back to 1863. Formed in 1955 as McAuley College by the Sisters of Mercy for the preparation of Sisters of Mercy to teach in Catholic schools, the college soon extended its mission to include members of other religious orders. This mission was further extended in 1973 when lay-students were admitted to the college. At the end of 1990, the Council of McAuley College formally handed responsibility for the college and its operations to ACU.

Canberra: In response to the invitation of the Catholic Bishops, the Dominican Sisters came to Australia from Ireland and England in 1867 and established their first teacher training school in Maitland, New South Wales. After the devastating Hunter Valley floods of 1955, the college was relocated to Sydney, and then to Canberra – where it was opened by the then Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies on 24 March 1963. At the end of 1990 the Signadou Dominican College of Education formally handed responsibility for the College and its operations to ACU, and it is now known as Signadou.

Melbourne: The Melbourne Campus (St Patrick’s) at Fitzroy, incorporating Central Hall, was established in 2000 after ACU’s existing two Melbourne campuses (Mercy and Christ) were formally amalgamated. Mercy and Christ had both been colleges of the Victorian Institute of Catholic Education between 1975 and 1990. At the heart of the Fitzroy neighbourhood stands historic Central Hall, previously known as Cathedral Hall, which has stood at 20 Brunswick Street, near the Victoria Parade corner, since 1904. Central Hall was showing signs of wear and tear when custodianship was handed to ACU six years ago but it gained state heritage listing in February 2002. From that point, the university embarked on a restoration program to return the Central Hall complex back to its former glory, and it reopened in October 2007.

North Sydney: Mary MacKillop founded the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph in South Australia in 1866 and moved to a cottage in Mount Street, North Sydney, in the 1880s.In 1913, the Sisters established a training school at North Sydney for the teacher training of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. In 1958, lay students were admitted to the College which in 1971 became the Catholic Teachers’ College. In 1982, this College became part of Catholic College of Education. It was at this stage that the name MacKillop was given to this campus to identify it as a discrete part of the College and to recognise the ongoing support of the Sisters of St Joseph. At the end of 1990, the Catholic College of Education Sydney formally handed over responsibility for the College and its operations, which now rests with ACU. The North Sydney Campus is still known as MacKillop.

Strathfield: The Strathfield Campus (Mount Saint Mary) was once the home of Australia’s fourth Prime Minister, Sir George Houston Reid, before it was purchased by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1907. The Brothers originally used the site as a provincial headquarters and as a centre for trainee Brothers. Lay male students were admitted in the 1970s and female students were admitted in the 1980s. In 1981, the Federal Government required specified colleges in each State to amalgamate, and in 1982 Mount Saint Mary College joined in the amalgamation to become the Catholic College of Education Sydney. At the end of 1990, the Catholic College of Education Sydney formally handed responsibility for the college and its operations to ACU.

 

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The course is designed to produce knowledgeable, articulate, innovative graduates skilled in research, logical thought, clear expression and the application of ethical principles to decision making. Studies include the arts, humanities, technology, and the social, physical, and biological sciences.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $14,440.

Work Experience: No

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

 

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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce

This course provide both a liberal education and skills development focused on managerial decision making, business and personal leadership, the ethics of values-based management and relevant work experience. It is designed for students who wish to combine the benefits of a liberal education with specific skills focusing on accounting, financial services, human resource management, business or marketing.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $15720.

Work Experience: No

Duration: 4 years

Eligibility: Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

 

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Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

This course provide both a liberal education and skills development focused on managerial decision making, business and personal leadership, the ethics of values-based management and relevant work experience. It is designed for students who wish to combine the benefits of a liberal education with specific skills focusing on accounting, financial services, human resource management, business or marketing.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $15,720.

Work Experience: No

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

 

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Bachelor of Human Resource Management

The Bachelor of Human Resource Management is designed to provide the knowledge and transferable skills necessary to manage and sustain organisational human resources.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: $15,720

Work Experience: No

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

 

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Bachelor of Marketing

The Bachelor of Marketing is designed to give students the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for a stimulating career in marketing. Marketing plays a pivotal role in the success of any business. Students develop an understanding of consumer behaviour and the importance of market research and factors to consider when pricing, distributing and promoting products and services in different markets are studied.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $15,720

Work Experience: No

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

 

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Bachelor of Marketing (Honours)

The Bachelor of Marketing (Honours) is designed to give existing knowledge and skills gained in the past studies and allows the students to develop their research discipline under the supervision of staff with the relevant expertise.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $8,859

Work Experience: No

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Bachelor of Marketing pass degree or equivalent

 

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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

This course is designed to develop generalist primary teachers with particular strengths in literacy, mathematics, science and religious education who meet the requirements to teach in Catholic, independent and government schools. The course produce teachers who continue to think deeply and critically about the ends and means of education and the social, political and cultural contexts that shape schools.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam : IELTS

Tuition Fees : Average first year fee: $14,440

Work Experience: No

Duration: 4 years

Eligibility: Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

 

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Bachelor of Environmental Science

This course educates students to contribute to the monitoring and management of processes and activities that affect the environment. The course provides students with understanding and practical competence in the scientific, social, ethical and legal dimensions of the practice of environmental science.

Level of Study : Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $14,440

Work Experience: No

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

 

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Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science

The Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science course produce graduates with a strong academic base in the discipline of exercise and health science, including knowledge and skills in the areas of personal development, health, physical education, outdoor recreation and sport, and with the capacity to apply knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees:Average first year fee: $14,440

Work Experience: No

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility : Equivalent to Australian High School completion plus

 

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Bachelor of Media Communication

The Bachelor of Media Communication degree enable students to understand and acquire the major competencies which characterise those who work in the fields of media and communication. The course focuses on the development of effective communication skills, including an understanding of the major ethical and institutional issues confronting media communicators through discourse on critical issues and trends in the discipline.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $14,440

Work Experience: No

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: Equivalent to Australian High School completion plus

 

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Bachelor of Midwifery

This Course is to educate an individual to work as a\competent midwife at a beginning level in any maternity setting according to the International Confederation of Midwives Definition of the Midwife (2005) and the Australian Nursing Midwifery Councils Competency Standards for the Midwife, (2006). Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a Division 1 Nurse with restriction to practise as a midwife in Victoria and authorised to practise as a midwife in Queensland.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee is approx $5,044

Work Experience: No

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: 12 level, or equivalent

 

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Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine

The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine course develop a proactive and adaptable graduate who, at a beginning level, will be a competent, ethical clinician, a creative and critical thinker, an independent lifelong learner and a professional nurse and paramedic.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $5,609

Work Experience: No

Duration: 4 years

Eligibility: 12 level, or equivalent

 

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Bachelor of Pyhsiotherapy

The course will provide students with the opportunity to interact in order to explore and analyse critically the prevention and treatment of human movement disorders. The course is designed to enablestudents to consider a wide variety of career options related to physiotherapy. These range from international level sports organisations, to hospitals, local community practices and nursing homes.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $25,224

Work Experience: No

Duration: 4 years

Eligibility : Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

 

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Bachelor of Psychological Science

The Bachelor of Psychological Science course will provide the necessary knowledge and skills to enable graduates to progress to postgraduate training in psychology (the next necessary step for career preparation to be a professional psychologist).

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $15,720

Work Experience: No

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

 

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Bachelor of Social Science

The Bachelor of Social Science course provides students with the theoretical insights and practical competencies that will enable them to play a creative role in a variety of public and community-based settings. The course offers the opportunity for dialogue between those fields leading to professional competence in the human services sector.

Level of Study: Bachelors Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $14,440

Work Experience: No

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate

 

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

This course delivers the basic foundations, content and competencies that will support the development of effective managers in a variety of roles and organisational settings. The course assists students to understand management processes in organisations in the private and public sectors. Students acquire a deeper knowledge of theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues applying to business processes.

Level of Study: Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $26400

Work Experience: 2 years professional experience in management/leadership positions

Duration: 1.5 years

Eligibility: Bachelor degree in any discipline

 

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Master of Business Administration (Advanced)- MBA

The Master of Business Administration (Advanced) seeks to give students the opportunity to develop these attributes to a greater depth and breadth. The course assists students to understand management processes in organisations in the private and public sectors. Students acquire a deeper knowledge of theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues applying to business processes, including completion of a research component

Level of Study: Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: GMAT

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $35,200

Work Experience: 2 years professional experience in management/ leadership positions

Duration: 2 years

Eligibility: Bachelor degree in any discipline

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Master of Accounting

The Master of Accounting designed to provide students with skills and competencies necessary to pursue a career in accounting. Knowledge of accounting as well as finance can help individuals and organisations better understand how to put their financial and other resources to best use.

Level of Study: Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam : IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $26,400

Work Experience: 2 years professional experience in management/ leadership positions

Duration: 1.5 years

Eligibility: Bachelor degree in any discipline

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Master of Business Information Systems

The Master of Business Information Systems provide the knowledge and skills to implement information systems aligned with business goals and objectives, particularly during times of rapid technological change and economic uncertainty. The course examines the significance of both technological and organisational issues in the analysis, design, development and deployment of IS solutions for sustainable business.

Level of Study: Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $26,400

Work Experience : 2 years professional experience in management/ leadership positions

Duration: 1.5 years

Eligibility: Bachelor degree in any discipline

 

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Master of Human Resource Management

Master of Human Resource Management is to provide practising human resource management professionals and those wishing to enter the profession with a quality practical and theoretical understanding of human resource management (HRM).

Level of Study : Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $26,400

Work Experience: 2 years professional experience in management/ leadership positions

Duration: 1.5 years

Eligibility: Bachelor degree in any discipline

 

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Master of Global Leadership

The Master of Global Leadership is designed to meet the growing demand for leaders in the global economy. Modern professionals need to be able to operate effectively internationally in a globalised business environment where labour is sourced from a global talent pool. The program combines best business practices in areas such as marketing and finance with principles of ethical leadership while emphasising respect for cultural, political, and economic differences.

Level of Study: Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $26,400

Work Experience: 2 years professional experience in management/ leadership positions

Duration: 1.5 years

Eligibility: Bachelor degree in any discipline

 

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Master of Marketing

The Master of Marketing provide students with knowledge of and expertise in the latest marketing techniques and technologies. From a solid foundation of marketing principles students will learn how to think strategically about value, branding and positioning, and competitive advantage. Throughout the units, integration of theory and practice of marketing is emphasised.

Level of Study: Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $26,400

Work Experience: 2 years professional experience in management/ leadership positions

Duration: 1.5 years

Eligibility: Bachelor degree in any discipline

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Graduate Diploma in Business Administration

The course assists students to understand management processes in organisations in the private and public sectors. Students acquire a deeper knowledge of theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues applying to business processes. They are able to analyse, evaluate and justify business processes in a changing environment.

Level of Study: Diploma

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $17,600

Work Experience: 2 years professional experience in management/ leadership positions

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Bachelor degree in any discipline

 

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Master of Teaching (Primary)

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a two-year degree course designed for applicants with an appropriate undergraduate degree and who wish to become teachers in a primary school. It provides a pre-service education for beginning teachers. Graduates are eligible for employment in Catholic, government and non-government schools.

Level of Study : Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $31,440

Work Experience: No

Duration: 2 years

Eligibility: Bachelor Degree or equivalent

 

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Master of Education

The Master of Education course is designed for graduate students interested in pursuing a broad academic study of education. It provides studies in a range of academic areas, including arts education, career development, early childhood, education and training in professional contexts, information and communication technology, literacy education, mathematics education, pastoral care leadership, religious education, TESOL, and well being in inclusive schooling.

Level of Study: Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $15,720

Work Experience: No

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Bachelor Degree in Education

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Master of Health Science (Clinical Practice)

The Master of Health Science program is designed to enhance the practice of health care professionals by expanding their knowledge and skills in Clinical Practice. Graduates will be able to contribute to values-based professional practice in todays dynamic and challenging health service environments through new and creative approaches to their practice.

Level of Study : Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Average first year fee: $12,000

Work Experience: No

Duration: 1 year

Eligibility: Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent

 

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Master of Business Information Systems 

The Master of Business Information Systems provide a relevant and innovative program to address the need for both Information Technology (IT) and non-IT professionals to increase their breadth and depth of knowledge in Business Information Systems.

Level of Study: Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $26,400

Work Experience: 2 years professional experience in management/ leadership positions

Duration: 1.5 years

Eligibility: Bachelor degree in any discipline

 

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Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

This Course prepare graduates with advanced knowledge, professional skills and ethical values integrated by means of the scientist-practitioner model. Graduates will be prepared for responsible work as practitioner psychologists who are skilled as researchers.

Level of Study: Ph.D

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $49,032.

Work Experience: No

Duration: 3 years

Eligibility: Master of Psychology with a GPA of 6 and no result lower than Credit

 

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Master of Psychology (Clinical)

This course is a fifth and sixth year program in psychology open to successful graduates of an accredited program in psychology. It provides psychology graduates with ethical values, advanced knowledge and professional skills in psychology, integrated by means of the scientist-practitioner model.

Level of Study: Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $31,440

Work Experience: No

Duration: 2 years

Eligibility: Undergraduate psychology sequence, comprising an Honours degree in psychology,

 

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Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work is educate students for professional social work practice according to the standards set by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). The AASW Practice Standards (2003) and Code of Ethics (2002) are a foundation for the courses in the program and define the knowledge and skills which must be learned during the course of study.

Level of Study: Masters Degree

Mode of Study: Full Time

Exam: IELTS

Tuition Fees: Estimated Total Cost: $31,440

Work Experience: No

Duration: 2 years

Eligibility: Bachelor degree