• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Join a new generation of ethical global citizens and change-makers. Become equipped with the skills and expertise to address pressing global challenges such as poverty alleviation, social justice, inequality, climate change, economic growth and sustainable resource management with the help of the Global Development program at James Cook University.


Through a multi-faceted approach to learning, you will develop the technical skills to take on high-level roles in civil society organisations, government agencies, and the private sector. It will enable you to acquire complex theoretical knowledge in development that is informed by multidisciplinary perspectives in the Global Development program at James Cook University.

Access opportunities to undertake an individual research project and domestic or international learning internships that will expand your professional network. Participate in projects that respond to global and community priorities including partnerships aimed at creating a brighter future for life in the tropics.

JCU’s position in tropical Australia, and our relative proximity to remote communities, provides a unique platform for engaging with pressing global development issues, such as extractive industries and infrastructure expansion, as well as indigenous futures.

Career Opportunities

Take on high-level roles within funded development projects, aid organisations and government departments using your conceptual and technical skills obtained through the Master of Global Development.

Graduates will have strong intercultural competencies and the self-reflexivity required to work effectively and ethically in developing countries. Through fieldwork exercises and work-integrated learning programs, graduates will develop and apply professional leadership skills.

Graduates will be competitive in seeking employment with:

  • National and international non-government organisations
  • Government departments
  • Local councils
  • Private sector operators working in international development
  • Multilateral organisations
  • Global governance institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Development in Practice
  • Critical Issues in Global Development
  • Community Development
  • Research Methods for Global Development
  • Asia Pacific Development: Culture and Globalisation
  • Politics and Foreign Relations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Part-time option is available for domestic students only

  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

CRICOS code: 098478G

Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31200 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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