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Overview

Master of Social Change and Development (Commencing Semester 1 2015)

If a career in not-for-profit or government aid appeals to your sense of adventure or you already have the desire and passion to pursue a career in the professional service of others, then the Master of Social Change and Development will provide you with the foundational knowledge you need to begin that journey.

With growing demand for qualified professionals to undertake roles in community development and policy analysis, the University of Newcastle’s program will enable you to take on positions within funded development projects, aid organisations and government departments. It could also take you outside of Australia to developing countries, which are supported through government departments.

The Master of Social Change and Development covers all aspects of social change, from the macro global issues to their impact on regional and local communities. This is achieved through a balance of theoretical and practical coursework which can be delivered online or face-to-face via a blended learning approach to accommodate your needs. Once armed with these skills, you will be able to work effectively as an administrator, field officer, researcher, development planner, educator or manager.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your Master of Social Change and Development at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Social Change and Development is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

If you are looking for an opportunity to improve your contribution and effectiveness in the area of social change and development, the Master of Social Change and Development will prepare you with the required knowledge and skills to achieve this goal. With an increasing need for qualified professionals, you will graduate with the necessary credentials to work in key areas including Aboriginal studies, organisational leadership and capacity building, trade and development, and sustainable agriculture and food security for rural development - in Australia as well as developing countries.

The Master of Social Change and Development will prepare you to understand the implications of wider social and political changes at a global level which affect local conditions and capacities. This knowledge is essential when working in international development. With advanced theoretical and applicable knowledge you will be prepared to meet the challenges of development work in a rapidly changing global environment.

What distinguishes this program from others in this field is the opportunity it offers to create your own research work as part of a research project. Not only does this give scope to individuals already working within the field to further pursue their specific areas of interest, but it enables those new to the field to explore many paths to shape their career's future.

This program is ideally suited to those who have completed undergraduate degrees in social sciences, human resources, politics, health, environmental studies, indigenous studies or agriculture.

Career Pathways

At the completion of your Master of Social Change and Development you will have the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge to take on meaningful roles in government agencies, non-government organisations and private firms.

You will have the necessary knowledge and skills to understand the processes of social change and development and to improve your effectiveness as an administrator, researcher, development planner, educator or manager.

As Australia engages more and more with developing countries, there is a growing need for qualified professionals to work in the community development and policy analysis sectors of funded development projects and aid organisations. The University of Newcastle’s Master of Social Change and Development can be the program to make your career goals a reality.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Social Change and Development program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education and/or work experience.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience Units required to complete Masters (10 units = 1 course)
3 year Bachelor degree in a non-related field of study. Zero 160
3 year Bachelor degree in a non-related field of study. Two 120
3 year Bachelor degree in an aligned field of study. Zero 120
3 year Bachelor degree in a related field of study. Zero 120
3 year Bachelor degree in a related field of study Two 80
Masters, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor (Hons) in a non-related field of study Two 80
Masters, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor (Hons) in an aligned or related field of study. Zero 80

For the purposes of admission to the Master of Social Change and Development:

  • Related fields of study include sociology, geography, anthropology and development studies.
  • Aligned fields of study include social work, welfare, human resource management, politics, health, environmental studies, indigenous studies, economics, agriculture and education.
  • Relevant work experience includes work in a developing country or indigenous community in either a NGO or government department.


If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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I found this course online while searching for schools that do an online Masters program and I must say I love the content. The only fly in the oil is the fact that there is no information about the tuition fees for an international student since I am from Nigeria. Can i get some more information on this please?
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Thanks for the review Leslie. The 2015 international fees have been approved and can now be found within the table to the right of this page. Regards, GradSchool.

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