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Yes, FEE-HELP is available for domestic students on all our certificates, diplomas, and master courses, thanks to the Australian government. This allows you to defer your student contribution to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and pay it back at a later date when you are earning above the threshold.

Yes, Excelsia College currently offers scholarships for its creative and performing arts programs. Please contact if you are interested in finding out more!

For enrolment or graduate enquiries, please call (02) 9819 8816 or refer to our student administration forms.  

For course information, please submit an enquiry

Alternatively, you can call the faculty course coordinator:

Business: (02) 9000 9612

Education and Early Childhood: (02) 9000 9611

Drama: (02) 9000 9613

Music: (02) 9000 9613

Screen Production: (02) 9000 9613

Counselling: (02) 9000 9614

Social Work: (02) 9000 9616

Applications generally close two weeks prior to the course start date. To check a specific course date, please select the course calendar.

Please go to our Academic Calendar

Our courses all vary in cost depending on their discipline. Please refer to the specific course guide for domestic costs and international student fees.

Yes, all our courses are available to study full-time and part-time.

Excelsia College prides itself on having a Christian ethos. The smaller class sizes also mean students are known by name, not just by number.

Excelsia College offers courses across Business, Education, Counselling, Social Work, Accounting and Creative and Performing Arts.

Please look at the relevant course guide which will tell you what the study requirements are.

Yes, Excelsia College offers alternate entry pathways. Please fill out the web enquiry form for specific information relevant to your course. 

Excelsia College welcomes Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander applicants who may be able to successfully complete a given course, but who may not have had reasonable prior opportunity to develop experience and qualifications sufficient to satisfy the entry criteria for that course.

As well as preparing lecture and tutorial content, lecturers are responsible for conducting research and assisting with academic publications, attending faculty meetings, providing academic guidance to students and preparing and marking essays, assignments and exams.

Excelsia College’s Bachelor courses in Dramatic Art, Music, Film Production, Early Childhood Education and Bachelor of Business (Accounting) are between three to four years full time.

Excelsia College offers Masters of Primary Education, Secondary Education, Business Administration, Educational Leadership, Professional Accounting, Counselling, Music, Education Research (STEM), Education Research and Social Work (Qualifying) 

Excelsia College’s Masters courses in Professional Accounting, Business Administration, Counselling, Teaching, Education Research, Education Research (STEM), Music and Social Work (Qualifying) are all two years full time.

Creative and Performing Arts

Excelsia College’s Bachelor of Music provides theory and practical components. Over three years full time or six years part time, students will study subjects such as Small Ensemble and Large Ensemble Studies, Early Music History, Production and Live Audio, Harmony and Aural, Digital Music Production and Romantics and Modernists. They also have the choice to major in Classical, Contemporary or Jazz music. 

Excelsia College’s Master of Music can open up opportunities for graduates to work as soloists, members of chamber ensembles, as commercial composers or involved in academia or tertiary institutions.

Excelsia College’s Bachelor of Screen Production is delivered by Sydney Film School and Excelsia College at the two campuses. The three-year full-time course allows students to teach, equip and train students to produce screen projects, gaining practical hands-on screen production skills. They will study units such as Cinematography, Directing, Foundations of Screen Storytelling, Production Design, Sound Post Production and Screen Editing.

Excelsia College’s Bachelor of Dramatic Art is perfect if you are looking to pursue a career in acting. The course not only provides professional industry links, a supportive and collaborative learning environment, but is also accredited in Production, Theatre Practice and Performance. Furthermore, students get the opportunity to participate in the OZ to LA program where they spend three months in Hollywood training at the prestigious Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory.

Business / Accounting

Applicants for admission into the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) will be required to provide evidence of completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate or its interstate or overseas equivalent.

Our small class sizes compared to a large tertiary provider, coupled with the fact that Excelsia’s Accounting courses are accredited by CPA (Certified Practising Accountant Australia) or CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand) make Excelsia a suitable choice if you’re interested in studying Accounting.

Yes! Throughout the course, students undertake practical projects using contemporary software such as Xero. Applied business projects provide students with practical skills to enhance their employability on graduation.

Accounting is a global profession providing qualified accountants with career opportunities in international business and financial services. Accountants are employed in all organisations from small enterprises through to large global companies in roles such as a chief financial officer, chief accountant or financial controller.  

Graduates are required to do a minimum of three years of professional work experience under an approved mentor organisation in an accounting position. They will complete the professional examinations of the organisation that they have applied to be a member of. Following the successful completion of their professional work experience and providing they pass all of the professional examinations, the graduate will then be eligible to apply for membership of the organisation and can use the post-nominal letter CPA or CA. 

The total tuition to study a two-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Excelsia College is $30,000 for domestic and international students.

Excelsia College’s Bachelor of Management and Entrepreneurship gives you the theoretical foundations to work in small to medium family enterprises or start-up businesses.

Excelsia College’s PhD in Organisational Leadership is designed for those who want to undertake extensive research or re-examine known data and established ideas. Having a PhD in Organisational Leadership will help open up opportunities in academia to teach, lecture, and contribute to the growing knowledge of research in your field.


Excelsia College’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling provides you with the theoretical underpinning and develops your understanding of appropriate and professional approaches to support those in need. Students will study subjects such as Relational Dynamics, Approaches to Mental Health, and Counselling Theories and Models. Group work forms part of the course and students will learn fundamental clinical skills, as well as how to design, implement, facilitate and assess a group program.

Excelsia College’s Master of Counselling is two years full-time or four years part-time

Excelsia College offers a Graduate Certificate in Counselling which is a 1 semester course designed for students without the recommended prior knowledge needed to proceed into the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and/or Master of Counselling.

Units completed in the Graduate Certificate in Counselling comprise 50 per cent of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and 25 per cent of the Master of Counselling.


In order to assess whether you are eligible for the Master of Education Research (STEM), you must have attained:

  • • a Bachelor degree in an appropriate area of study and a Bachelor of Teaching/Master of Teaching degree or equivalent, or 
  • • a Bachelor degree plus a one-year Diploma of Education in an appropriate area of study, or 
  • • a four year Bachelor of Education degree or Bachelors degree deemed by the faculty to be equivalent and of a standard acceptable to the faculty.

From working in a research capacity developing knowledge in an area of interest within the growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), to developing skills as an independent researcher, contributing to academia, or as a pathway to studying a PhD degree, a Master of Education Research (STEM) opens up a myriad of opportunities.

Students will gain the theoretical knowledge to innovate within their organisation and lead a team of people. You could work in technology research and development, policy analysis, university teaching or administration, within the government, business, research institutes, international organisations and more. With problem solving abilities and clear communication skills, a Master of Education Research (STEM) will help set you apart to prospective employers. 

No, a teaching degree is not essential for a Master of Education Research (STEM). Provided you have an undergraduate degree and relevant industry experience, you are eligible to apply.

Graduates of Bachelor of Early Childhood Education will be able to teach in early childhood settings, for children aged Birth to 5 years.

In order to teach at a university or tertiary education provider, institutions require postgraduate study such as a Master’s degree or PhD. This study must be a specialisation in the field that you wish to teach.

On top of preparing lecture and tutorial content, Lecturers are responsible for conducting research and assisting with academic publications, attending faculty meetings, providing academic guidance to students and preparing and marking essays, assignments and exams.

Social Work

A Master of Social Work (Qualifying) can open up a range of opportunities. From working in disaster welfare, to State Government, faith-based organisations, private practice, community services sector, healthcare and policy development, the options are wide and varied.

Social workers in Australia have high job prospects. The ABS Labour Force Survey data revealed there were 30,000 social workers in 2020 (Job Outlook 2020) and National Skills Commission Employment data projects this figure will increase to 34,600 social workers by 2025 (Labour Market Information Portal, 2021). 

Within the Master of Social Work (Qualifying), students will complete a unit titled Field Education Practicum 1. This unit consists of 500 hours of professional social work experience. In their second and final year of studies, students will complete another unit titled Field Education Practicum 2. This unit consists of another 500 hours of professional social work experience.

Yes, Excelsia’s Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is provisionally accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.