Master of International Community Development

VU course code: AMCD | CRICOS: 083312G | Level of study: Postgraduate
2 years full time or longer for part time

Fee type for this course: Full fee

City Campus
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


Take your knowledge of community development and human rights to the next level, with the Master of International Community Development at Victoria University.

This unique and popular program in international community development offers a personalised education. The mix of study and practical experience will have you job-ready for a fulfilling career in a local or international arena.

Key study areas include:

  • community development theories and practices
  • project design, planning and management
  • social research and evaluation
  • understanding globalisation and its impacts on communities
  • peace strategies and conflict resolution
  • building capacity and mobilising communities
  • advocacy of gender rights and other human rights
  • leadership in community development
  • governance of local and international organisations.

The course is open to graduates considering a career in community development.

Our masters is the final stage of three courses, following our graduate certificate and graduate diploma.

If you are already employed in community development and want to advance your career, this program will give you the practical skills and intellectual know-how to be a more capable and skilled professional and leader in real-world settings.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

For PhD applicants, we offer a related ‘Integrated PhD’ which allows you to establish relevant skills before beginning your research.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To complete the Master of International Community Development students will be required to complete 192 credit points consisting of the following:

  • 72 credit points of Core studies

  • 72 credit points of Elective studies

  • 48 credit points of either Community-Based Research or Research Thesis Capstone Studies.


Fees & scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

Find out how



Graduates find work in many related areas, including international humanitarian and development aid.

Careers include:

  • international and regional consultant in human rights, gender, poverty reduction and project evaluation
  • project manager with international, government and local organisations such as Australian Red Cross, Save the Children, Asylum Seekers Resources Centre
  • leaders and advisers in government
  • community development educator and trainer
  • journalist
  • activist
  • academic and researcher.


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