Making changes

Making changes

Changing courses includes course transfers, as well as changing majors/minors/specialisations and location of study.

You should seek academic advice before applying for a change or transfer and you can only submit one application per session.

Change of major, minor or specialisation

This section explains how degrees with majors work and what you need to do if you wish to change your major.

A major is a structured sequence of units that focuses on an area of study that you want to achieve within your bachelor degree in order to provide you with specialised knowledge in a particular subject area.

A minor is similar to a major except that it is half the size of a major. A minor can be completed in addition to your major and should represent a secondary interest.

Generic degrees are those with majors that are directly associated with a particular faculty.

Changing your qualifying major

Most degrees at Macquarie require at least one major for completion. This is known as your qualifying major and you need it to successfully complete your degree. A double degree may require two qualifying majors.

If you are a pre-2017 student in a generic degree and the new major you wish to change to is in a different faculty to the one you are currently admitted into, you will have to change your qualifying major via the course transfer form during the designated course transfer periods. For more information, please visit the course transfer page.

To find out which faculty owns a major, select the major in the online handbook. The Department and Faculty that administer the major are listed below the major title.

If you are admitted into a 2017 generic degree, qualifying majors can be changed between faculties without a course transfer. 

Note: If a course transfer is required, your degree will be moved to the newest curriculum of your degree and you will have a new admission for 2017. From 1 January 2017 students who apply to course transfer into a 2017 degree will have their GPA calculated out of 7.00. Further information regarding GPAs can be found on our GPA page.

Majors and minors explained

major is a structured sequence of units that focuses on an area of study that you want to achieve within your bachelor degree in order to provide you with specialised knowledge in a particular subject area. The major you choose should represent your main interest, provided this is available within the degree you are admitted into.

Please note that not all degrees require completion of a major/minor and you will not be able to complete a major/minor if your degree does not permit this. To check whether your degree requires a major/minor for completion, please refer to the online handbook or seek Academic Advice.

Examples of Macquarie degrees that do not require completion of a major:

Bachelor of Actuarial Studies

Bachelor of Ancient History

Bachelor of Applied Finance

Examples of Macquarie degrees that require completion of a major:

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Science

For degrees that allow the completion of a major, you usually need to do at least 24 credit points, or 8 units, some majors will require further units to be completed. Your completed major(s) will be recorded on your transcript and testamur when you graduate.

Students should be advised that from 2015, all the majors you wish to qualify with must be added to your study plan and nominated on your 'Expect to Complete' form upon completion of your degree.

minor is similar to a major except that it is half the size of a major. A minor can be completed in addition to your major and should represent a secondary interest. To complete a minor, you usually need to study at least 12 credit points, or 4 units, with at least 6 credit points at 200 level or above within a particular major.

Your completed minor will be recorded on your academic transcript but not on your testamur when you graduate.

From 2017, minors will no longer be displayed in eStudent as its own separate structure. Instead, you will need to enrol into units that contribute to the requirements of a minor by using your elective space. If you would like to undertake a minor and have run out of elective space, submit an AskMQ enquiry with an explanation to request extra space

Changing specialisation 

A specialisation is an area of study that you want to study under your postgraduate program in order to give you expertise in a particular area. The specialisation you choose should represent your main interest.

Your specialisation(s) will be recorded on your transcript and testamur when you graduate.

How to apply 

If you wish to change your major for Session 1 2017, you must submit your request by 5pm Friday 3 March 2017 for your request to be processed in time to add internal unit(s) to your program.

More information on Enrolment Dates can be found on the Enrolment Preparation page.

  1. Seek Academic Advice prior to applying for a change of major/minor/specialisation
  2. Apply by submitting a Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation form
  3. For any successful applications, make sure you check your enrolment for future sessions. It is your responsibility to re-enrol in units and re-register in classes if necessary.
  4. If you are an international sponsored student (i.e. a non-Australian government sponsor pays your tuition fees) you MUST get permission from your sponsor to make the change you are requesting before submitting your application. If you need further assistance, please contact Student Advocacy and Support Services.

Please note:

  • You are only permitted to submit one application per session.
  • If you have submitted an application and you wish to cancel it, please submit an enquiry via AskMQ with the subject line "Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation - cancel application". Please include the case reference number you received with your original application.
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