Master of Community Planning and Development

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This program will have students working with communities in urban, regional and rural areas, with community development planning agencies and in an international setting. They will also work with non-government organisations on rural and regional development issues, community development, healthy urban design, child friendly and active environments, land use planning and environmental and social policy at local, regional, national and international levels.


This course offers 3 streams: Community Development, Urban and Rural Planning, and Environmental and Social Policy. Students will complete 240 credit points of subjects including a minor thesis (15,000 words).


  • Environmental and social policy
  • Community development
  • Urban and rural planning

Standard entry requirements

  • An approved Bachelor's degree or an approved graduate qualification (e.g. the Graduate Diploma in Community Planning and Development) and approved relevant work experience, or relevant work experience and completion of a Graduate Certificate with a 70% average
  • Students can start this course at second year, if completed an approved four-year undergraduate degree with an average of at least 70% in all fourth-year subjects
  • NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place
  • Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


The Spatial Planning stream within the Master of Community and Planning Development is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA); please refer to the Handbook for further details. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Bendigo Domestic: $40,000
International: $62,400
No information available Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Further information

Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.

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