Master of International Development

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This program aims to encourage thoughtful and reflexive practitioners, analysts and policymakers who understand the complexity of international development. This understanding requires students to be well acquainted with the history of development thinking and practice as well as having up to date knowledge and skills relating to current best practice. Students have direct contact with senior and experienced practitioners from the development sector.


Students without previous cognate studies complete 240 credit points of study. The course consists of 180 credit points of fifth-year level subjects for students who have previous studies, and or professional experience that are related (cognate) to international development. An example of cognate studies would (typically) be a degree in the social sciences.


  • International development

Standard entry requirements

  • Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent)
  • Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered
  • In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience
  • The Bachelor degree (or equivalent) must be deemed cognate and marks reflective of the capacity to work at the Masters level to gain entry to a 1.5-year Master degree, otherwise, the applicant will be considered for a 2-year Master degree program, which involves initial entry into a fully upgradeable 1-year Graduate Diploma entry pathway where all subjects are credited into the Masters
  • NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place
  • Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Study pathways

This program has nested exit points so students can exit with a qualification should they not meet requirements for the award. These nested exit points are a Graduate Certificate (60 credit points) and a Graduate Diploma (120 credit points). Student who enter the Master's with a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline may be granted Advanced Standing (credit), and only complete 180 credit points for the degree.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne International: $39,200 Yes No information available

Further information

Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.

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