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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Master of International and Community Development

Set yourself up for career progression in an evolving field by studying the Master of International and Community Development. With new expertise, you’ll be able to take the lead on development programs that promote justice, reduce poverty, and create environments for people to lead sustainable, fulfilling lives.

Tomorrow’s development opportunities require new ways of thinking. Want the practical experience needed to respond to future challenges in creative, culturally sensitive ways? 

Deakin’s Master of International and Community Development is the largest, longest-running, and most reputable course of its type in Australia. Our academic staff has extensive professional experience within the sector and course content is finely tuned to the state of local and global events that impact development – just two of the reasons why our graduates are better prepared for their current and future roles. The course fosters your passion for social justice, sustainable development, and human rights. At the same time, it provides professional development opportunities that take your career forward. Plus, you’ll be studying on our premium online learning platform, giving you the flexibility to fit your degree around your work.

You can tailor the degree to your interests and career goals by choosing from three study streams:

  • international development stream
  • community development stream
  • combined stream (international and community development)


  • March
  • July
  • Nov

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa Application outcome
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

You’ll graduate from this course with sought-after skills that open the door to a wide range of opportunities, both in Australia and internationally. Your practical experience will prepare you for leadership roles within all organizations that respond to challenges relating to social justice, empowerment, poverty, and community development. These include:

  • international and domestic non-government organizations
  • government agencies
  • local community organizations, councils, and other civil society actors
  • Commonwealth departments such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • international aid and development agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • bilateral and multilateral agencies.

There is also the potential to work in related areas, such as:

  • social enterprise and other private sector businesses
  • teaching
  • travel
  • consulting
  • journalism
  • government and non-government agencies are concerned with the flow of trade, services, capital, and personnel.

Interested in pursuing a career in further research? You can choose to complete a minor thesis as your research option which meets the thesis requirements for admission to a Ph.D. pathway.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.

Admission is based on:

  • Bachelor honors (AQF8) degree in a related discipline or
  • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years of relevant work experience or
  • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline or
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement, or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check, or another check.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.