Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleFacCertHSM
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)1 year PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Karen Crinall


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Students can apply to the course coordinator to be considered for a full-time study option.


This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals in the social, community and human services sectors who have moved from direct practice into a managerial role, but who do not hold an appropriate undergraduate degree. The program offers an alternative entry to graduate study, with the option to advance via the graduate diploma to the masters if a credit average is achieved. The curriculum includes program planning and evaluation, management and leadership, and offers a unique focus on exploring the role, function and responsibilities of the human service organisation in rural, regional and urban environments. The course content is designed to allow students to adapt topics and assignments to their own experience and professional context.


Students completing this course will have:

  • a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • a familiarity with the world view of the field of study
  • a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • developed sound analytical skills
  • developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of two 12-point core units.


Students complete:

  • APG4761 Program planning and evaluation in the human services
  • APG4762 Management and leadership in the human services

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course with a minimum credit average are eligible to apply for entry into course 3789 Graduate Diploma in Human Services Management.


Faculty Certificate in Human Services Management