Eight reasons to study a postgraduate course

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More opportunities, more income, more options…there are many good reasons to reasons start a postgraduate course. Here are just a few:

Postgraduates earn more

The median reported salary for all postgraduates was $80,000 according to the 2014 Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) Postgraduate Destinations report. And La Trobe's MBA graduates earn among the highest MBA graduate salaries in the world (Source: Business Insider Australia, July 2015).

Postgraduates get jobs

Evidence suggests that people with postgraduate degrees are more likely to find employment than those with a graduate degree or no degree at all. The 2013 GCA Postgraduate Destinations Report found that 92.4 per cent of new postgraduates were in some form of employment shortly after completing their degree.

Take the next step in your career

Postgraduate studies can help you progress your career or explore new career paths. You'll acquire specialist knowledge in your field and transferable skills and experience such as project management and leadership. This will leave you better placed to take advantage of career opportunities when they arise.

Expand your professional network

One of the great advantages of studying a postgraduate course is the opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and researchers from around the world. Expand your professional network and open yourself up to new opportunities for employment, business, research and collaboration.

Learn best practice

Many of our courses are accredited by industry peak bodies so you can rest assured that what you learn is industry best practice. For example, our Master of Health Administration is accredited by the Australasian College of Health Service Management, while our Master of Business Administration holds the prestigious EPAS accreditation, awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development.

Personal fulfilment

Many people cite career progression and a better income as reasons for starting a postgraduate course. Others do it for personal reasons and to benefit their communities. Tanzanian born Immaculate Gillo is studying the Master of Community Planning and Development at La Trobe University to improve planning and development in Tanzania.

'With my Master's I will have more chances to work with international organisations operating in my country and be able to use the obtained knowledge and skills for the advantage of many people', says Ms Gillo.

Make a difference

We were founded on the belief that a university can, and should, be useful to the communities it touches. By studying with us you'll be part of a community that is solving some of the most pressing issues of our time. Our researchers at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science are looking for new ways to fight disease, while at the Centre for AgriBioscience we're tackling climate change, drought and other threats to Australia's agriculture. Find out more about research at La Trobe.

La Trobe's Alumni Advantage

Now is a great time to start a postgraduate course at La Trobe. As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for a 10% fee reduction when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate by coursework program. Find out more about our Alumni Advantage.