MGA Graduate Student Survey on Motivation and Practice

We want to understand why and how graduate students study so that the MGA can provide better services and advocate for your needs at Monash University.

Within the industry of higher education, many assumptions are made about graduate students. Universities think they know why you pursue a graduate degree, how you study, where you study and what you want to achieve.

The MGA has developed this survey to test and challenge these assumptions. We want to better understand your motivations for studying at a graduate level and invite you to reflect on why and how you study. What works and what doesn’t work, and what you want to achieve while studying and after you finish?

We will use the data from the survey to benefit a wider range of graduate students at Monash University. For example, we will tailor our services and lobby the University to make your graduate journey at Monash more supported.

Our survey is confidential and all responses are anonymous. It will take coursework students approximately 7-10 minutes to complete and HDR students approximately 10-20 minutes. 

This survey is open to all Monash graduate students, including distance education students based in Australia and overseas. 

Survey Closes: Wednesday, 28 September 2022



Prize Draw

Graduate students who participated in this survey before 5:00pm on Wednesday, 28 September were welcome to enter a prize draw to win one of 50 x $100 gift cards!

We will announce the winners of the draw by Friday, 14 October 2022, so stay tuned to this page.

Read the Terms and Conditions for this survey and prize here.


Your privacy is important to us

The MGA is an independent, representative body and is not part of the University. Everything you share with us will be treated in the strictest confidence.  All responses are anonymous. We will not publish anything that would identify you as an individual, so you can fire away without fear of reprisal.

The MGA will use the information obtained to lobby for improvements for graduate students. If you’d like to see how we have used survey data previously provided by graduate students, go to our Reports & Feedback page.

This research has the approval of the MUHREC: Project ID 35124