Master of Arts

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





2 years full-time
4 years part-time

Credit points


Offered in

For Continuing Students Only

Why choose this program?

This program has been withdrawn and will not be available to commencing (new) students after Trimester 2-2018.

A Master of Arts at Griffith University offers you a unique opportunity to enhance your skills and and expand your potential as a researcher and knowledge-creator in the humanities and social sciences. The School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at Griffith University fosters the latest research and best practice in teaching across a wide range of subject areas. By studying this degree you will have the opportunity to search, to study, and to learn alongside world-leading researchers who can offer you the insights, support, and encouragement that comes from being at the cutting edge of their fields of knowledge. Above all, our Program enables you to combine different ways of studying, and to learn from different fields of knowledge, to equip you with distinctive skills, refined abilities, and unique perspectives to make your own contribution as informed global citizens.

The suite of courses in our Master of Arts program is designed for students seeking new opportunities, not only to add value to their previous studies, but to engage with issues that matter:

  • to question how we understand humanity through multiple sources, by combining the best insights from science, the arts, history and literature;
  • to ask where the unfolding social and cultural changes of our time are leading us;
  • to explore the multiple dimensions of global problems of war, poverty and climate change;
  • to seek new solutions - reshaping the way we comprehend and communicate meaning, and reflect on truth in the digital age.

Our Master of Arts Program offers a combination of traditional and emerging study areas relevant to an ever-changing global environment that continually challenges what we think we know, and prompts us to think differently. At the heart of our Master of Arts Program is the development of advanced writing and presentation skills, and the ability to conduct your own research in pursuit of your own projects. Whether you are looking for a career in management, community development, journalism or communications, or whether you are looking for a chance to hone your research, communicative and analytical skills, this degree will help you achieve your goals.


The Master of Arts offers a range of different durations depending on your previous studies:

If you have: You may be eligible to complete this program in:
Bachelor, any discipline 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Bachelor, related discipline
Graduate Certificate, related discipline
1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (with 40 credit points of advanced standing)
Bachelor Honours, related discipline
Graduate Diploma, related discipline
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent (with 80 credit points of advanced standing)

Attendance information

Courses in this program are offered in a mixed mode consisting of on-campus, in-person and online.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

By undertaking 7565LHS Professional Experience, students will have the option to undertake an Internship in a related area.

My career opportunities

This program will prepare you for any profession in which advanced skills in strategic communication in relation to global issues and contexts is required. This includes government and non-government policy, migration and communities, information dissemination, Public Relations and the media.

This program is ideal for those interested in working as media and communications officers, PR consultants, journalists, administrators, policy makers, entrepreneurs, community advocates and those seeking careers in an international policy arena. This program also offers a research study pathway for those seeking to advance their professional and academic careers.

Pathways to further study

For students interested in undertaking doctoral studies, this program provides a pathway to the Master of Arts Research (5633) and onto the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.

Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time trimesters).

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Master of Arts (5719)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2019 Fee Band 22.0 $275.00 $22,000.00
Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Further information