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Leadership in Human Services (with specialisations)

18 months
24000 AUD/year
21200 AUD/year
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Establish yourself as a leader in human services. The Leadership in Human Services (with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University equips you with high-level critical analysis skills and advanced practice knowledge to facilitate your progress as a specialist human services manager.   


Designed to meet the diverse professional needs and challenges of those working in government and non-government human services roles, this degree provides expertise in human services management and social policy. You can also choose to specialise in an area that aligns with your career goals: Child Youth and Family Practice, Ecological and Social Change, or Management

The Master of Leadership in Human Services (with specialisations) prepares you to analyse, plan and implement social policies to enhance the quality of the human services field you work in. It also enables you to demonstrate critical, analytical and reflective management skills. You'll gain a high-level understanding of contemporary issues, challenges and future directions for the industry.  

With Charles Sturt University you'll have the option to complete your degree by research or coursework. In the research strand, you'll develop specific skills in research and evaluation by completing core subjects and a research dissertation in an area of interest or relevance to your workplace. If you choose the coursework strand, you'll take a selection of core and elective subjects to augment your professional skills in human services.

In addition to the research and coursework options, and a broad-based generic degree, this degree offers three specialisations. You can choose to tailor your studies to management; ecological and social change; or child, youth and family practice.

If it's flexibility you're looking for, Charles Sturt University has study options to suit you. Choose from full-time and part-time offerings to complement your work and family commitments. Part-time study allows you to implement the knowledge you are gaining directly at your workplace.

Charles Sturt University is a well-established provider of human service education, and our academic staff are highly experienced in social welfare practice. Right from the start of your course, you'll benefit from personal contact and support for your learning needs.

Career opportunities

Whether you are seeking a qualification to formalise and extend your current skill set and experience, or you are a professional practitioner on a leadership trajectory, Charles Sturt University's Master of Leadership in Human Services (with specialisations) will give you an edge in a dynamic and competitive job market. Your degree will give you the capacity to make change happen.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
  • Leadership in Human Services Practice
  • Indigenous Australian Practice for Human Service Workers
  • Building Sustainable Communities
  • Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare 
  • Mediation: Processes and Uses 
  • Ageing and Professional Practice
  • Transforming Human Services
  • Disaster Recovery a Human Services Perspective
  • Social Work Practice in Mental Health
  • Contemporary Theories for Case Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


96 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS 00005F 

  • Bachelors degree (or AQF equivalent) in human services, social work, social welfare, social sciences, or related areas;

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24000 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    21200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21200 AUD per year during 18 months.


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