24 months
32960 AUD/year
30150 AUD/year
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Create a brighter future. Graduates of the Global Development program from James Cook University have the strong intercultural competencies and self-reflexivity required to work effectively and ethically in developing countries. 


Consolidate and extend your expertise in Global Development and join a new generation of ethical global citizens and change-makers. JCU’s central, tropical location gives Global Development graduates a unique platform for engaging with pressing global development issues.

Benefit from a multi-faceted approach to learning. Undertake an individual research project, and take advantage of a domestic or international internship that will expand your professional network. Develop and apply leadership skills by partnering with leading global organisations.

Finish your Global Development program from James Cook University faster. With credit for previous study, you can finish your degree in less than two years. Finish 6 months sooner if you have a Bachelor or Graduate Certificate in a related discipline, or 1 year sooner if you have a Bachelor (Honours) or Graduate Diploma in a related discipline.

Career Opportunities 

  • JCU Master of Global Development graduates are experts in their field and are highly sought-after in various local and global settings.
  • Graduates pursue careers in a range of industries, including national and international nongovernment organisations, government departments, local councils, multilateral organisations, global governance institutions, and research.
  • You could find employment as a leading advocate, business planner and developer, fundraiser, disaster recovery specialist, research officer, teacher, engineer, or health professional.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 098478G 

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree; or equivalent
  • US: Satisfactory completion of one year at a recognised university with a minimum GPA of 2.8, however, students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 will be considered for the study abroad program.
  • Germany: Successful completion of six months of study at a recognised German university with an overall grade of Pass or successful completion of Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or Reifezeugnis.
  • Sweden: Successful completion of Upper Secondary School or Kommunal vuxenutbildning (Komvux) with a minimum GPA of 12.
  • Norway: Successful completion of at least six months of study at a recognised higher education institution in Norway; or successful completion of Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skolen with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Denmark: Successful completion of one semester of study at a recognised higher education institution in Denmark with an overall grade of Pass (average of D).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32960 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32960 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    30150 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30150 AUD per year during 24 months.

Commonwealth Supported Fee: $11,040


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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