Future students

Course search


Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Humanitarian Assistance

Cloud (online)

Includes compulsory short intensive classes (includes five days in Trimester 3 and five days in Trimester 1 of the following year) held at a Deakin University campus. 

Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

Indicative annual fee 2014$17,480* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9244 6007

or 03 9251 7071 


Course Director

Phil Connors, +61 3 522 73458, phil.connors@deakin.edu.au


Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

Deakin course code A757

New course commencing Trimester 3 (November) 2013.

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, campus mode 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 AusAID and other relevant participants in the sector.

Back to top

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
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.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2014 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed from the Unit Search. Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.

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.

Back to top

Course rules

To qualify for the Master of Humanitarian Assistance, students must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising six credit points of core units plus 10 credit points of elective units.

Back to top

Course structure

Core units

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

Trimester 3 and Trimester 1

AHL701 The Humanitarian World  


Trimester 3

AHA724 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Humanitarian Contexts  

AHA725 Project and Financial Management in Humanitarian Contexts  


Trimester 1

AHA721 Dynamics and Dilemmas of the Humanitarian Sector  

AHA722 Applied Humanitarian Assistance: From Theory to Practice  *


*AHA722 not offered 2014, reoffered 2015.


Trimester 2

AHA723 Fundamentals of People Management Across the Humanitarian Continuum  



Elective units


Students to select 10 credit points of study from any of coursework, internship, research units listed below:


Trimester 1

ADS711 Non-government Organisations and Development  (formerly AID711)

ADS712 Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods  (formerly AID712)

ASS705 Anthropology of Poverty and Development  

Trimester 2

ADS714 Gender and Development  (formerly AID714)

ADS735 Conflict Resolution and Development  (formerly AID735)

ADS740 Participatory Approaches to Development  (formerly AID740)

ADS716 Humanitarian Settlement  (formerly ASD716)


Trimester 3

ADS715 Cross Cultural Communication and Practice  (formerly ASD715)



Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

ADS753 International and Community Development Internship  (2 credit points - formerly AID753)

AHA726 Humanitarian Assistance Internship  (4 credit points) (commencing March 2015)


For students wishing to undertake a PhD pathway:

Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

AIX702 Dissertation A  (2 credit points)

AIX703 Dissertation B  (2 credit points)

Back to top

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Back to top

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Humanitarian Assistance applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Back to top

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

Back to top

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.


Students will be required to undertake 16 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • A bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; OR
  • Qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Students will be required to undertake 12 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline; OR
  • A postgraduate certificate or diploma in a related discipline; OR
  • An undergraduate degree and 2 years of full-time documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent.


Students will be required to undertake 8 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • An honours degree in a cognate discipline; OR
  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and a relevant graduate certificate OR an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and 2 years of full-time documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent; OR
  • A postgraduate diploma in a cognate discipline.

Back to top

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.


Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

8th June 2007