Master of Community Planning and Development
The Master of Community Planning and Development will see you working with communities in urban, regional and rural areas, with community development planning agencies and in an international setting. You will also work with non-government organisations and have exposure to a range of rural and regional development issues including: community development, healthy urban design, food security, child friendly and active environments, land-use planning and environmental and social policy at local, regional, national and international levels.
An approved Bachelor's degree or an approved graduate qualification (e.g. the Graduate Diploma in Community Planning and Development) and approved relevant work experience, or relevant work experience and completion of a Graduate Certificate with a 70% average. You can start this course at second year if you've completed an approved four-year undergraduate degree with an average of at least 70% in all fourth-year subjects.
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.
Graduates are likely to find diverse opportunities within government departments, including local governments, NGOs, research organisations, advocacy bodies and in the private sector in roles such as community development and management, advocacy, research, public policy development, social and community planning and urban, rural and environmental planning as part of multi-disciplinary teams in social and economic development projects in developed and developing countries. There is currently a shortage of skilled workers in land use planning, environmental management, community development and public policy development.
The Urban and Rural Planning stream of the Master of Community Planning and Development is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) until 2021. Depending on subject choice, students are able to graduate with the PIA accredited qualification, please refer to the Handbook for further details. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Fees and costs
$20,000 per 120 credit points. CSP places are available for 2018.
Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.
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See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: