Change of major, minor or specialisation

Change of major, minor or specialisation

Requesting a change of major

Students who commenced their degree in 2015 or have course transferred into the 2015 curriculum can only graduate with the degree that they are admitted into. This includes any corresponding majors and specialisations needed to meet the requirements of the degree. It is therefore important that you complete the correct version of the major/specialisation required for your program which must correspond to the year that you started your current degree. If you wish to graduate with a different major/specialisation, you are required to apply for it to be changed on your study plan. 

Please note that units that you study under your degree should contribute to the requirements of that degree.

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

What is a major or a minor? 

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

Degrees with majors 

Most degrees at MQ 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.

Changing your qualifying major

If you are a pre-2017 student in a generic degree and the qualifying major you wish to change to is in a different faculty to the one you are currently admitted into (i.e. your new major belongs to a different Faculty), 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.

From 2017 new admissions, generic degrees will not have a faculty designation marker. If you are admitted into a 2017 generic degree, qualifying majors can be changed between faculties without a Course Transfer. If you started your current degree prior to 2017 you will still need to apply for Course Transfer if you have a faculty designation and want to apply for a qualifying major outside that faculty.
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 or students who apply to course transfer into a 2017 degree, your GPA will be calculated out of 7.00. Further information regarding GPAs can be found on the website.

There are two types of degrees with majors:

Group A (non - generic degrees)

These are degrees with majors that are directly associated with a particular faculty.

For example:

  • B Commerce - course code is BCOMM
  • B Business Administration with B Arts - course code is BBABA (B Arts is the second degree in the double degree combination, so no faculty designation marker is required)
  • B Human Sciences  - course code is BHUMANSC
  • B Commerce with B Science - course code is BCOMBSC

Most degrees with majors at Macquarie fit into the Group B (generic) category.

Changing your qualifying major

If you are in a non-generic degree you can change your qualifying major at any time via the Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation form

Group B (generic degrees)

The degrees in this group are the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and any double degree that has BA or BSC as the first degree in the double degree name. These are:

  • B Arts
  • B Science
  • B Arts with B Science
  • B Arts with B Commerce
  • B Arts with B Laws
  • B Arts with B Education (primary or secondary)
  • B Science with B Education (primary or secondary)
  • B Science with B Laws

Your qualifying major in these generic degrees can come from any one of the four main faculties: Arts (ART), Science and Engineering (SCI), Human Sciences (HUS) or Business and Economics (BUS).

Pre-2017 students admitted to a Macquarie degree,  can identify a generic degree if the degree code in eStudent has a faculty designation marker at the end of it:

  • ;ART
  • ;SCI
  • ;HUS
  • ;BUS

The faculty designation indicates which faculty owns your particular degree, and this is determined by the qualifying major you select in the BA / BSc part of your degree.  (The major in the second degree of your double degree combination does not determine which faculty owns your degree).

Example 1 (Generic degree with Faculty designation):

  • Year of admission 2014 (i.e. you commenced your degree in 2014)
  • Admitted to a Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Commerce
  • Qualifying major is Education for your B Arts and Marketing for your B Commerce
  • Owning Faculty: the Education major for your Bachelor of Arts (first degree in the double degree combination) is owned by the Faculty of Human Sciences, so the faculty that owns your degree is Human Sciences.
  • Degree code is BABCOM;HUS
    *Faculty designation will only be shown for students in a pre-2017 degree

Example 2 (Generic degree with Faculty designation):

  • Year of admission 2016 (i.e. you commenced your degree in 2016)
  • Admitted to a Bachelor of Arts
  • Qualifying major is English
  • Owning Faculty is Faculty of Arts
  • Degree code is BARTS;ART
    *Faculty designation will only be shown for students in a pre-2017 degree

Example 3 (Generic degree without Faculty designation):

  • Year of admission 2017 (i.e. you commenced your degree in 2017)
  • Admitted to Bachelor of Arts
  • Qualifying major is Accounting
  • Owning Faculty is Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Degree code is BARTS
    *No Faculty designation shown for students in a 2017 generic degree

Change of major examples 

Example 1:

CurrentChange of Major request
Year of admission 2016Remains the same
Admitted to a Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Education (Primary)Remains the same
Current qualifying major is EducationNew qualifying major is Linguistics
Owning Faculty is Faculty of Human SciencesOwning Faculty is Faculty of Human Sciences
Degree code is BABED(PRM);HUSDegree code is BABED(PRM);HUS

You can change your qualifying major at any time via the Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation form

Example 2:

CurrentChange of Major request
Year of admission 2013Year of submission 2017
Admitted to a Bachelor of ArtsRemains the same
Current qualifying major is Psychological ScienceNew qualifying major is Biology
Owning Faculty is Faculty of Human SciencesOwning Faculty is Faculty of Science
COURSE TRANSFER REQUIRED 
Degree code is BABED(PRM);HUSDegree code is BABED(PRM)
GPA calculated out of 4.0GPA calculated out of 7.0

In the above example, as the owning Faculty of the new major is different to the previous owning Faculty, this will require a course transfer to the BABED(PRM). This also means that you will be moved to the newest curriculum (ie 2017).
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 or students who apply to course transfer into a 2017 degree, your GPA will be calculated out of 7.00. Further information regarding GPAs can be found on the website.

It is important that you seek academic advice prior to submitting a course transfer application as you may be required to study additional units in order to satisfy the degree requirements of the newest curriculum. This can only be processed during the course transfer period in July or December.

IMPORTANT:

  1. If you are in a pre-2017 degree and you wish to change to a qualifying major that is new in 2017, this will require a course transfer, regardless of which type of degree you're in. This is due to significant changes in the 2017 curriculum.
  2. The B Commerce,with a major in Accounting is a different degree from the B Commerce - Professional Accounting. If you wish to change from one of these degrees to the other, you must submit a course transfer request.
  3. If you are changing your Qualifying major and you have a minor on your study plan, this minor structure will be removed as part of the change as a result of curriculum updates. You can still study toward this minor under your elective space and add it to your Expect to Complete.

Summary table of change of qualifying major process:

Type of degreeMajorTiming of change of major
Non-Generic degree or 2017 Degree (A) Any time via Change of Major form
Pre-2017 Generic degree (B)New major in same facultyAny time via Change of Major form
Pre-2017 Generic degree (B)New major in different facultyJuly, Dec only via a Course Transfer
Pre-2017 degree (A, B)New 2017 majorJuly, Dec only via 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 or students who apply to course transfer into a 2017 degree, your GPA will be calculated out of 7.00. Further information regarding GPAs can be found on the website.

Changing your secondary major 

This process is only available for students who were admitted into their bachelor degree from 2015 or after.

From 2015 onwards some degrees may allow you to also elect to study a secondary major, but these are not essential for the completion of your degree.

If you wish to change a secondary major  you can do this at any time by submitting a Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation form. Make sure to specify both the qualifying major and the new major you wish to add

Adding/Changing your minor 

Students should be advised that minors will no longer be displayed in eStudent as its own separate structure on your study plan. The effect of these changes for the following cohorts is outlined below:

Students in pre-2015 degrees - if you are admitted to a pre-2015 degree you cannot add a minor onto your study plan. You can however study toward a minor but using elective space on your study plan. You must then nominate the minor in your Expect to Complete form for it to be assessed for completion.

Students in 2015/2016 degrees with existing minors - if you are admitted to a 2015/2016 degree with existing minors these can remain on your study plan. However if you wish to change your minor the old minor structure will be removed and you will need to enrol into units that contribute to the new minor by using your elective space. This minor will then need to be nominated in your Expect to Complete form. Please note that if you change your qualifying major any minors that you have may be removed from your study plan. You can still complete these under your elective space and they will then need to be nominated in your Expect to Complete form.

Students in 2015/2016 degrees with no existing minors - you are still able to complete a minor however, eStudent will not show this minor as a separate structure. You will need to enrol into units that contribute to the minor by using your elective space. If you have run out of elective space, submit an AskMQ enquiry with an explanation of what additional unit/s are required. This minor will then need to be nominated in your Expect to Complete form.

Students in 2017 degrees - You will need to enrol into units that contribute to the minor by using your elective space. If you have run out of elective space, submit an AskMQ enquiry with an explanation of what additional unit/s are required. This minor will then need to be nominated in your Expect to Complete form.

Please note:

  • All students can request to remove a minor structure from their study plan using the Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation form.
  • If you have requested for additional elective space for the minor, this should only be used to study towards the minor.

Changing specialisation (postgraduate) 

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.

The following degrees cannot change specialisations through the Change of Specialisation process. You will need to submit a new application for the course, listing the new specialisation. Information about how to apply can be found here: http://courses.mq.edu.au/list/postgraduate

Master of Commerce*

  1. Accounting (ACC12S)
  2. Business Management and Organisations (BMO12S)
  3. Corporate Governance (COR12S)
  4. Economics (ECO12S)
  5. Financial Crime and Governance (FCG12S)
  6. Finance (FIN12S)
  7. Human Resource Management (HRM12S)
  8. Marketing (MKT12S)

Master of Education*

  1. Advanced Practices in Learning and Teaching (ADP11S)
  2. Educational Leadership (EDL11S)
  3. ICT in Education (ICT12S)

Master of Educational Leadership*

  1. Early Childhood (ECH13S)
  2. School Education (SCH13S)

Graduate Certificate of Education Studies*

  1. Advanced Practices in Learning and Teaching (ADP31S)
  2. Educational Leadership (EDL31S)
  3. ICT in Education (ICT32S)
  4. Leading Teaching (LET31S)

Below is a list of postgraduate programs that can change specialisations through the Change of Major form:

Masters

Master of Development Studies and Global Health

  1. Development Studies (DES12S)
  2. Global Health (GLH12S)

Master of Engineering

  1. Electronics Engineering (ELE11S)

Master of Environment

  1. Environmental Management (ENM13S)
  2. Environmental Science (ENS12S)
  3. Environmental Studies (ENV12S)

Master of Information Technology

  1. Internetworking and Cyber Security (INC12S)
  2. Management (MAN13S)

Master of Laws

  1. Corporate and Commercial Law (COL11S)
  2. Environmental Law (ENL12S)
  3. International Law (INL11S)
  4. Media and Technology Law (MDL11S)
  5. Social Justice (SOJ11S)

Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

  1. Counter Terrorism (CTE14S)
  2. Cyber-Security (CYS13S)
  3. Intelligence (INT14S)
  4. General Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PIC14S)
  5. Policing (POL14S)

Graduate diplomas

Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance

  1. Business Valuation (BVA21S)
  2. Retirement Outcomes (REO21S)

Graduate Diploma of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

  1. Counter Terrorism (CTE24S)
  2. Cyber-Security (CYS23S)
  3. Intelligence (INT24S)
  4. General Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PIC24S)
  5. Policing (POL24S)

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 AskMQwith 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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