Master of Human Services

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 to 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$14,000.00* per year (more)
* 2022 indicative annual CSP fee

Admission requirements

  • Related Bachelor degree or higher
  • Any Bachelor Honours degree or higher


Commencing in

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

Next start date

Trimester 3, 2022 (more)

Applications close

Monday, 24 October 2022

About this program

Within a flexible online learning environment you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective human services professional. Human service professionals are concerned with improving the social, economic, personal and communal well-being of people. They seek to promote social inclusion and achieve equity, social justice, interdependence and human rights of people who are adversely affected by social and economic factors.

You will study with fellow students from different professional backgrounds, which will help you to learn and understand how different professions can contribute to improving the quality of people's lives. This program will suit you if you are wanting to be an agent for change and are looking for specialist human services training.

You will explore contemporary issues, and learn about the latest theory and practice that can be applied to a broad range of human service settings, including government and non-government, welfare organisations and community groups. You will access highly relevant courses based on the latest evidence-based research and build upon your existing knowledge base for working with children, families, young people, older people, communities and human service organisations.

You will complete one of the following majors:

  • Children, Youth and Families
  • Disability Practice
  • Generalist Practice
  • First Peoples Community Practice
  • Leadership and Management

You will also choose one of the following pathways:

  • Evidence Informed Practice
  • Research Dissertation

For students who prefer to primarily focus on increasing their human services practice skills, the Evidence Informed Practice pathway which includes coursework only may be preferred. Students who undertake the Research Dissertation pathway will complete a research dissertation on your area of interest in human services. This will provide you with the knowledge and skills for conducting independent research projects and the research experience necessary for those who wish to pursue a PhD or Master of Philosophy.

It is anticipated that successful graduates of the Master of Human Services will enhance their opportunities for advancement in the human services field.


The Master of Human Services offers a range of different durations depending on your previous studies:

If you have: You may be eligible to complete this program in:
Bachelor (or higher), non-related or cognate discipline 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Graduate Certificate in Human Services
Graduate Certificate in Disability Inclusion
Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies
Graduate Certificate in First Peoples Community Practice
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent (with 40 credit points of credit)

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
3272 Graduate Certificate in Human Services Online Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
3370 Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies Online Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
5604 Master of Human Services (this program) Distance Education Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
4206 Graduate Diploma of Human Services Distance Education Exit point only

Note 1: The Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies (3370) will be available to commencing students from 2021.

Note 2: Progression through this program suite is dependent upon satisfying admission requirements.

Attendance information

The Master of Human Services will be offered full-time and part-time via off-campus mode only.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

My career opportunities

This program prepares graduates for practice in a diverse range of human service fields including working with individuals, groups and families, community work, research, planning and policy development.

There are career opportunities for human service professionals in government and non-government settings including NDIS, health, family law, criminal justice and children's services.

Professional Practice requirements

There are placements associated with this program and before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to have completed the following by the end of their first trimester of study:

  • Vaccinations and Health Tests
  • Licenses and Certificates
  • Online Training
  • Health Placement Requirements

Students should refer to the checklist of professional practice requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Professional Practice website for full details of the requirements regarding professional placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Master of Human Services (5604)

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Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Further information

Additional fee information

This postgraduate program has Commonwealth Supported Places. If you are eligible, the Australian Government will contribute to the cost of this program but you will also be required to make a contribution.

Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places and all places have been filled for the current admission period, applicants who meet minimum program entry requirements may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place if such places are available.

This program has been approved by the Australian Government for student income support (for example, Youth Allowance and Austudy). Students should contact Centrelink for more information about their eligibility for student income support payments.