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Study the Master of Humanitarianism and Development to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the planet. Extend your theoretical knowledge and enhance your specialist and practical skills in international development, humanitarian responses, and community development.

You’ll gain deep insights into the histories, causes, interconnections, and multiple impacts of the many crises facing the world. You’ll also learn about community-led approaches to these issues that are occurring locally and across the globe. By identifying the challenges and successes of these strategies you’ll understand how communities create new and far-reaching methods and processes for addressing social, political and environmental problems.

Deakin has an exceptional reputation with over 40 years of teaching and research in international and community development, and more than a decade in humanitarian assistance. We were the first graduate program in humanitarian assistance in Australia.

The Master of Humanitarianism and Development is designed with industry consultation and taught by pioneering academics.

Graduates are awarded a Master of Humanitarianism and Development from Deakin University. 


Course streams

Students may select units within or across the different thematic streams listed below.

  • Disasters and community resilience
  • Community Development
  • International Development
  • Humanitarianism
  • Professional practice

Most units are offered in person at Burwood campus, Melbourne, and some are available online.


1–2 years full time, depending on your entry point.

Scholarship eligibility

Prospective students may be eligible for one of Deakin University’s postgraduate by coursework scholarships.

What you get

The Master of Humanitarian Assistance will enhance your career potential in your chosen field.

Graduates may go onto work in the following areas: 

  • Government
  • Not-for-profit
  • Policy and advocacy roles
  • Program and partnership roles
  • National and Local non-government organisations
  • Community development agencies  
  • Emergency management
  • Private sector
  • Social enterprise  
  • Consultant
  • UN and associated agencies, including UNICEF, UNDP, UNOCHA, World Food program, and many other agencies
  • Military and civil/military partnerships  
  • Universities


What are the costs and fees associated with this course?

The Master of Humanitarian and Development is administered through Deakin University. Fees and charges depend on a variety of factors, including your fee category and the year you begin the course. Find out more about Deakin University’s fee structures.

Are there any scholarships available for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance?

Yes. Prospective students for the Master of Humanitarianism and Development may be eligible for one of Deakin University’s postgraduate by coursework scholarships. A range of academic merit and access and equity scholarships are offered. More information about Deakin University scholarships, including application details, is available at the Deakin website.

Applications for Trimester 1 2024 (March 2024) are now open through Deakin.

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