La Trobe University

Master of International Development


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
$19,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

The guiding aim of our programs in international development is to encourage thoughtful and reflexive practitioners, analysts and policymakers who understand the complexity of international development and who are able to effectively analyse and respond to challenges. We believe that 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. A distinctive aspect of our degree programmes is the quality and experience of practitioners that teach into our subjects, including those who have worked with Oxfam, the Australian Red Cross, the World Health Organization, the United Nations and more.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


La Trobe University offers a range of postgraduate pathways. The minimum entry requirement for a Master's degree is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor's 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's 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 Master's level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. The Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) must be deemed cognate and marks reflective of the capacity to work at the Master's level to gain entry to a 1.5-year Master's degree, otherwise, the applicant will be considered for a 2-year Master's degree program, which involves initial entry into a fully upgradeable 1-year Graduate Diploma entry pathway where all subjects are credited into the Master's.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Sheila Scopis (, to gain advice about how these admission requirements apply to their background.

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.

Career outcomes

Graduates are suited to roles in international development organisations, government and intergovernmental agencies, campaigning and advocacy organisations, media organisations, and research or training institutes. These include: AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development), the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Oxfam International, World Vision, Red Cross and the United Nations Development Programme.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$19,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


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

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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Additional information

Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available - contact the Faculty for more information. A student who enters the Master's with a Bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline may be granted Advanced Standing (credit), and only complete 180 credit points for the degree.

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: