Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMHSM
Total credit points required72
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Karen Crinall


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals in the social, community and human services sectors who have moved, or who wish to move, from direct practice into a managerial role.

The curriculum includes program planning and evaluation, management and leadership, strategic planning, development of quality standards and best practice models, human resource management, problem-solving and organisational culture and environment analysis. The course 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, whether local or in international agencies, to adapt topics and assignments to their own experience and professional context.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Students successfully completing this course will have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • a critical appreciation of 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
  • advanced analytical skills
  • a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.


This course consists of three core units and elective units. A maximum of 48 points must be taken at level four and minimum of 24 points at level five. Students will normally complete one 12-point unit per semester. All units are 12 points except where indicated.


Level four

Core units

Students must complete three of:

  • APG4571 Human services management: Structure and context
  • APG4572 Human services management: Principles and process
  • APG4761 Program planning and evaluation in the human services
  • APG4762 Management and leadership in the human services


Students must complete one of:

  • APG4759 International relations
  • APG4763 Research methods for the human services*
  • ATS4677 Theory and practice in sociology

Note that prerequisites are required for some of the above electives.

A maximum of 12 points may be taken outside the Faculty of Arts as approved by the course coordinator.

Units in other areas can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( and indexes of unitsindexes of units ( in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; postgraduate units are those that commence with the numbers 4-5 and 9. Note: Some non-arts units may require permission from the owning faculty.

Level five

Students must complete a minimum of 24 points from the following:

  • APG5571 Human services management: Structure and context
  • APG5572 Human services management: Principles and process
  • APG5784 Human services research practicum
  • APG5785 Human services research practicum (24-point option)*
  • APG5786 Research methods for the human services

* Students intending to undertake APG5785 will need approval from the course coordinator and will be required to complete APG4763 at fourth level and achieve a distinction grade.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with course a Faculty Certificate in Human Services Management
  • 48 points with course a Graduate Diploma in Human Services Management.


Master of Human Services Management