La Trobe University

Master of International Development


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
2 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
30 800

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

Academic entry requirement

An approved bachelor's degree with 60% average in the humanities, social sciences or similar discipline. If you don't have a 60% average, appropriate professional experience is considered.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements 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.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

Employment in international development organisations, government and inter-governmental agencies, campaigning/advocacy organisations, media organisations, and research or training institutes, which include: AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development), the Australian Federal Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Oxfam, World Vision, Red Cross, United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Graduates can seek employment in the following roles: development project officer; humanitarian delegate; policy and research officer (NGO, government, business, academic); journalist; communications officer; analyst; public health/emergency relief officer; campaign/advocacy officer and fundraising.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

30 800


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 or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Additional information

The Master of International Development has nested exit points so students can exit with a qualification should they not meet the requirements of the Master. These nested exit points are a Graduate Certificate (60 credit points) and a Graduate Diploma (120 credit points).

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:

CRICOS code: 079183B