Flexible study options

Make life a little easier with our flexible study options. Full time or part time. On campus or online. Discover ways to keep your study, work and home life balanced.

We understand that postgraduate study is important to get you where you really want to be, so we've built flexible study options to support you in finding the perfect balance.

Many of our courses allow you to study full time or part time1. You can also study online, or on campus at one of our many metro and regional campuses.

Evening classes or intensive ‘block learning’ is available in many courses, including the Master of Management and Master of Marketing. We also have subjects that incorporate online video streams that allow you to participate from home or work.

If your personal circumstances change, you can exit early. Most of our Master's programs let you graduate with a graduate certificate or diploma if you've completed the minimum requirements.

To find out more about your study options, book a one-on-one consultation.

Full-time and part-time study

Most postgraduate courses offer both full time and part time options.

Full-time study allows you to complete the course faster but requires a greater commitment in terms of contact hours and study.

Part-time study reduces the number of contact hours per semester. You have the option to complete your degree at a pace that leaves more time for work or other commitments.

On campus

With seven campuses to choose from across Victoria and New South Wales, the choice is yours.

Study in the heart of Melbourne. Featuring state-of-the-art learning facilities, our City Campus is suited to people who work or live near the CBD. Find out more about our City Campus.

Our Melbourne Campus is one of Australia’s largest. It’s situated in Melbourne’s north and is easily reached by public transport or car. Find out more about our Melbourne Campus.

We’re also Victoria’s largest regional university, with campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton. Find out more about our regional campuses.


Our online courses are designed with flexibility in mind. Start studying at one of six entry points throughout the year and learn in your own time and space. Our innovative online campus allows you to interact with your lecturers and research supervisors with ease.

Online study is useful for:

  • fitting in study around family, work, or other commitments
  • students based in a regional or remote location

Visit our La Trobe Online website for more details and to see all available online courses.

Early exit

Sometimes life gets in the way. If circumstances prevent you from completing your Master's degree, you may be able to exit early and receive a graduate certificate or graduate diploma1.

For example, you may choose to leave the Master of Nursing after one semester of full-time study. If you’ve met the subject requirements, you're entitled to graduate with a Graduate Certificate of Nursing. You’ll also be permitted to resume your Master of Nursing at a later time.

Postgraduate qualification

Estimated length of study

Master's degree

Three semesters full time or six semesters part time

Graduate Diploma

Two semesters full time or four semesters part time

Graduate Certificate

One semester full time or two semesters part time

1Part-time study is not available to international students due to visa restrictions.
2Students must have met the relevant course requirements for their particular degree.

Any questions? We'd love to help.