Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Humanitarian Assistance
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes

This course is 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration. Please see the Pathways section below for more information.

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)


Trimesters 1 and 2 are available for both campus and Cloud (online) intakes.

Trimester 3 is available for Burwood (Melbourne) campus mode intake only.

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$23,000 AUD
Indicative annual fee 2016$23,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
IELTS Requirement

IELTS band score of 6.5 with no band less than 6

Deakin course code A757
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Humanitarian Assistance provides the opportunity for those working in or wishing to work in the humanitarian sector to gain an industry-relevant, formal qualification.

Combining theory and practice, the course is delivered using both Deakin’s interactive online education (cloud learning) and intensive, located learning practice-based units. This, combined with action-based research in the field, will enable you to be an effective and highly skilled worker in the sector, 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 (DFAT) and other relevant participants in the sector.

Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

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 My Course My Career

Course rules

To qualify for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance, students must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:

  • 6 credit points of core units; and
  • 10 credit points of study as a combination of research and elective units in one of the following three configurations.

Option 1: Research Project

  • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)
  • 4 credit points independent research project (AIX702, AIX703)
  • 4 credit points of electives

Option 2: Research Paper

  • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)
  • 2 credit points of independent research project (AIX704 Research Paper A and AIX705 Research Paper B)
  • 6 credit points of electives

Option 3: Research Project

  • 1 credit point research training (AIX706 Research Design)
  • 1 credit point independent research project (AIX701 Research Project)
  • 8 credit points of electives

Course structure

Core units

Students to complete the following 6 core units (6 credit points of study)

AHA721Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector

AHA722Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice

AHA723Fundamentals of Humanitarian Management

AHA724Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Humanitarian Contexts

AHA725Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts

AHL701The Humanitarian World

Students to select 10 credit points of study as a combination of research and elective units listed below


ADS711Non-government Organisations and Development

ADS712Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods

ADS714Gender and Development

ADS715Cross Cultural Communication and Practice

ADS716Humanitarian Settlement

ADS735Conflict Resolution and Development

ADS740Participatory Approaches to Development

ASS705Anthropology of Poverty and Development


AHA726Humanitarian Assistance Internship (4 credit points)

Research options

Option 1: Research Project (6 credit points)

AIX706Research Design

Plus one of

AIX707Qualitative Research


AIX708Quantitative Research

Students then complete:

AIX702Dissertation A (2 credit points)


AIX703Dissertation B (2 credit points)

Option 2: Research Paper (4 credit points)

AIX706Research Design

Students then complete:

AIX704Research Paper A


AIX705Research Paper B

Option 3: Research Project (2 credit points)

AIX706Research Design

Students then complete:

AIX701Research Project


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Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 


A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' award for this course is any Bachelor degree or major sequence in the field of Education, whether or not it is an initial teacher qualification.

Highest same discipline award held at point of Masters entry Reduction in course duration Remaining course duration
Bachelor, same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)
Bachelor (Honours), same discipline 1 year (8 credit points) 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)
Graduate Certificate, same discipline 0.5 year (4 credit points) 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)
Graduate Diploma, same discipline 1 year (8 credit points) 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact