Entry Requirements

For non-accredited courses

There are requirements in the areas of English language competence, age and finance for non-accredited courses.
The Administration of SILA reserves the right to waive these requirements when satisfied that the student has sufficient ability and experience to have a reasonable probability of successfully completing the course of their choice.

English Language Competence

Students from a non-English speaking background must satisfy the minimum level of English language competence. This shall normally be by obtaining an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic version score of at least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in any band in the 24 months prior to the application. IELTS test report forms must accompany applications.
In some cases SILA may accept alternative evidence such as satisfactory completion of at least two years of post-secondary school studies at a recognised institution in Australia or another country where the language of instruction and assessment is English. Entry under this criterion is subject to the approval of the Education Committee.


The minimum age is normally 18 years.


Prospective students must demonstrate their ability to cover course costs.

Alternate entry

Applicants may be considered for mature age entry if they are over the age of 21 and have sufficient life experience to demonstrate capacity to undertake education at this level.

Course Credit

For students enrolled at Melbourne School of Theology (MST) credit transfer or recognition of prior learning may be given for previous study in relevant subject areas undertaken at approved institutions. Click here for more information

For Accredited Courses

Enrolment in accredited courses is through MST.
For graduate level study:

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent.
  • International English Language Testing Service of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in reading and writing and 6.5 in listening and speaking for Non English Speaking Background students.

For undergraduate level study:

  • Year 12 with ATAR of at least 65.
  • Mature age entry for students over 21 years.
  • International English Language Testing Service of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in each subtest for Non English Speaking Background students.

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