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Master of Humanitarian Assistance

  • Masters (Coursework)

If you're working in or wishing to work in the humanitarian sector, kick-start your career with an industry-relevant, formal qualification. The current environment in which humanitarian workers find themselves is more complex and diverse than ever.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
A767
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

If you're working in or wishing to work in the humanitarian sector, kick-start your career with an industry-relevant, formal qualification.

The current environment in which humanitarian workers find themselves is more complex and diverse than ever. Conflicts are increasingly complicated and natural disasters are escalating in number and intensity. These often occur in regions already struggling with socio-economic and political constraints and fragility.

This course in humanitarian assistance is strategically positioned as the first course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. It builds a unique platform where humanitarian practitioners and academics can share knowledge and experience, with a focus on improving leadership, preparedness and response capacities to national and international emergencies.

Combining theory and practice, the course is delivered using both Deakin's interactive online study and intensive, located learning practice-based units. Coupled with action-based research in the sector this course enables you to be an effective and highly-skilled worker, both in Australia and internationally.

You will also be able to capitalise on Deakin's strong partnerships with relevant international non-government organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, other locally-based NGOs, government agencies such as Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other relevant stakeholders in the sector.

Entry requirements

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

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

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

It is expected that completion of the Master of Humanitarian Assistance will place you in a favourable position to advance your professional standing. Employment in the humanitarian field is expanding, including in related areas, such as teaching, training, organisation and community capacity building, disaster risk reduction assessment and programming, consulting enterprises, journalism and communications, project management and community development.

Opportunities are available in government and non-government agencies concerned with the provision of all aspects of emergency and humanitarian responses including service provision, logistical support, communications, program management and support, community engagement and support, funding, coordination, monitoring and evaluation.

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Course structure

To qualify for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance, students must successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising

  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit);
  • 4 credit points of core units
  • Research Project 1 or 2 credit points
  • 2-3 credit points of course elective units (depending on your research project)

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences courses at Deakin University.
90.6%
Overall satisfaction
80.2%
Skill scale
81.3%
Teaching scale
80.6%
Employed full-time
$80.6k
Average salary