If you are an ADF veteran and are seeking to reskill through university studies, we can help

At Griffith, we recognise and value your experience in the Australian Defence Force ( ADF). We also understand the unique challenges that applicants from defence backgrounds face when considering their university study options.

For admission to Griffith undergraduate programs we award selection ranks for your armed services training and experience, and for eligible degrees you may also be able to apply via the Veterans Direct application pathway.

Veterans Direct application pathway

The Veterans Direct application pathway offers you the opportunity to apply for admission to most Griffith undergraduate degrees on the basis of your service directly to the University. For programs available for this application pathway please refer to the drop-down list below.

Ready to apply?

Make sure you have your Military Service Record ready to upload as well as any additional qualifications (AQF Diplomas, other university study) or documentation that provides evidence that you meet any prerequisite requirements (Senior statement or Bridging course completion), or academic transcripts from any prior university study (if relevant).

To avoid assessment delays, supporting documentation should be uploaded with your application. Further information may be requested following the submission of your application or to meet additional entry requirements. For example, the Bachelor of Education you will be provided with a link to complete the non-academic requirements for teacher education (NARTE) – the personal statement of your suitability to teach.

Eligible degrees

If you are a military service personnel or a veteran of the Australian Defence Force, you may apply directly for most undergraduate programs using our online application form using the link below.

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Applying for other degrees?

If applying for undergraduate programs that are not available via our Veterans Direct application pathway, you will be required to apply via QTAC.

Please note that some programs have earlier close dates and may require more competitive ranks or include additional admission criteria such as auditions, portfolios or interviews in addition to or instead of a minimum selection rank. For rank based programs, you will still be awarded ranks as above for Griffith degrees.

If you are eligible to apply for postgraduate study, for most programs you can apply directly using the link on our Degree Finder. The exceptions are the Doctor of Medicine via GEMSAS or the Master of Secondary Teaching and the Master of Primary Teaching offered via QTAC.

Received an offer?

If you receive an offer, you’ll receive a welcome email which provides a personalised link to your MyGriffith account and information on your next steps to take to enrol.

We encourage you to enrol as soon as you can. For some degrees you may be required to enrol within a short timeframe, or your offer may lapse. Lapsed offers are not automatically reinstated and for some programs reinstatement may not be possible.

How you will be assessed

Meeting minimum selection rank

If you have completed the armed services general training and have at least two years' service, you will be awarded a selection rank that can make you eligible for a range of Griffith degrees. If you have attained a higher level of rank within the ADF, you will attain a higher level of equivalent selection rank.

  • Completion of the armed services general training and two years’ experience awards a selection rank of 82.00.
  • Armed services experience or examinations to a rank of Sergeant or equivalent awards a selection rank of 84.00.
  • Experience as a Lieutenant (Army), or Sub-Lieutenant (Navy), or Flying Officer (RAAF) awards a selection rank of 85.00.
  • Experience as a Captain (Army), or Lieutenant (Navy), or Flight Lieutenant ( AAF) awards a selection rank of 86.00.
  • Experience as a Major (Army), or Lieutenant Commander (Navy), or Squadron Leader (RAAF) awards a selection rank of 87.00.
  • Experience as a Lieutenant, Colonel or higher rank awards a selection rank of 88.00.

As an example, a selection rank of 82.00 may meet the eligibility for the following programs*:

  • Bachelor of Aviation
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Cyber Security
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Political Science and International Relations
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Sport Development.

*This is a guide only based on selection ranks for admission in 2024.  This is not an exhaustive list; you can also search for your preferred degree in the Degree Finder.

The University awards ranks for a range of qualifications including TAFE and VET qualifications or university study. Please include any relevant details in your application.

For more options to improve your selection rank for more competitive degrees, visit upgrading via university studies and pathways.

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

For most Griffith undergraduate degrees, English is assumed knowledge. This means that while this is not assessable upon admission, we encourage you to consider a bridging course to strengthen your foundational knowledge if you have not completed the listed course at school or via equivalent study,

Some degrees, including all laws, education, paramedicine and occupational therapy, have subject prerequisites as a condition of admission. Refer to our Degree Finder for details and check out our Prerequisites and assumed knowledge to determine whether you have already met the equivalent or need to complete a bridging course to meet these requirements.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

Griffith has a long-standing history of recognising that success at university is about more than completing Year 12 of high school. Mature students with communication and critical thinking skills, as well as high levels of commitment, motivation and resilience are some of our greatest achieving students, and these key traits are demonstrated by current and former Australian military personnel. Griffith recognises the training, experience and qualifications undertaken by ADF personnel aligns with our undergraduate programs Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Psychological Science. Details of credit awarded towards other degrees offered by Griffith University can be searched via the Credit Precedent Database, or please contact credit@griffith.edu.au and we will assist you further.

Up to 120CP credit towards Bachelor of Business (1632) 240CP, 3 years full-time/6 years part-time

Up to 90CP credit towards Bachelor of Psychological Science (1012) 240CP, 3 years full-time/6 years part-time

Veterans Student Success Program

Griffith University is developing opportunities to reach your full potential through education with a newly formed Veterans Student Success Program.

For more details, contact the team at veterans@griffith.edu.au.


Griffith University provides support for all students through peer mentoring and academic support through Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS).

We provide wellbeing services such as counselling, and support for students with medical conditions, disabilities and accessibility needs is available.

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