Master of International Development

La Trobe University

Program Overview

Passionate about building a better world for all?

Despite the efforts of multilateral organisations, governments and philanthropists, more than 700 million people (around 10 per cent of the world’s population) still live in extreme poverty – often without adequate clean water, food or access to healthcare.* As inequality continues to increase around the world,** we desperately need more skilled professionals who understand the complexities of the development sector and who can help fight this alarming trend.

If you're passionate about supporting our world's most vulnerable communities, La Trobe's Master of International Development will give you strong foundations to advance your career in the humanitarian and development sector.

Build a meaningful career and learn how to create sustainable, positive change in areas where we need it most. You'll learn from experienced experts as you choose from a wide range of specialisations and specially curated electives, allowing you to pursue your passion.

You'll learn how to build strong relationships in the development sector and have the opportunity to undertake an internship or placement with a local or international development organisation, helping you to further build your skills and networks.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 35,800


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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Study options

Core subjects

Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Contemporary Approaches To Development
  • Development In Practice
  • Environmental Management And Development
  • Field Methods And Research For Development
  • Gender Mobility And Development
  • How Social Change Happens
  • Human Security And Development
  • Making Development Matter

Academic entry requirement


Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or 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's degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors, including academic record, English proficiency and/or employment experience.

Selection criteria

Applicants with an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline or area and marks reflective of the capacity to work at the masters level will receive credit of up to 60 credit points.

The following subjects will be credited as advanced standing for cognate students:


Applicants with an Australian Honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline or related area will receive credit of up to 120 credit points, including the subjects listed above.

Applicants with over 2 years of relevant work experience may be eligible to receive credit of up to 60cp credit points

Note: 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.

Annual tuition fee
A$35 800 per 120 credit points.

Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

After graduation, you could work across a wide range of organisations, including multilateral development organisations, government and intergovernmental agencies, media organisations and not-for-profits, community-based and non-government organisations, and research or training institutions.

Possible roles include:

  • Project manager
  • Humanitarian delegate
  • Policy analyst
  • Humanitarian/emergency relief officer
  • Campaign or advocacy manager
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