Master of Planning

La Trobe University

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

Build tomorrow's world. The world's population is set to grow by more than 40 per cent between now and the end of the century. With an extra 3 billion more humans to feed, shelter and nurture, there's an urgent need for experienced planning professionals who can create sustainable and liveable communities for all. With the Australian Government forecasting strong future job growth for urban and regional planners, there's never been a better time to advance your career in this important field. If you've always wanted to help shape the world around you - or you're already working in planning and would like to advance your career - La Trobe's accredited Master of Planning offers a unique opportunity to excel in this high-demand field.


  • The Master of Planning is a 240-credit point course that consists of:
  • Successful completion of 120 credit points of disciplinary core subjects
  • and
  • Successful completion of a 60 credit points of a planning specialisation
  • Successful completion of 60 credit points of elective subjects


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Environmental Management and Development
  • Governance, Public Policy and Legislation
  • Negotiation, Mediation and Community Consultation
  • Planning Theory Urban Strategy and Design
  • Research Skills

Standard entry requirements

  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - An approved graduate qualification (e.g: Graduate Diploma in a planning or planning related field).
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Undergraduate requirements - Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • International: IELTS - 6.5 < 6.0 (PG minimum) - 6.5 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 6.0.
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website:


Master of Planning (Urban and Regional Planning specialisation) and Master of Planning (Community Planning specialisation) are accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). Graduates of the Master of Planning who have completed either the Urban and Regional Planning or Community Planning specialisation are eligible for professional membership with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). Professional membership 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

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Bendigo International: $71,200 Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Bendigo.

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Friday, Dec 8 2023

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