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Master of Arts (Honours)

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CSU's Master of Arts (Honours) is a research program applicable across a wide variety of disciplines, wherein the student, with the aid of a supervisory team, will develop a proposal and undertake focused research culminating with the submission of a thesis.

  • Why study this course?

    Priority areas for the Master of Arts (Honours) by research and thesis include Australian history, Australian literature, communication and culture, drama, fine arts, justice studies and police studies, professional and applied ethics, psychology, sociology, rural social studies, social work, social welfare and social policy, and theology.

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  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Students complete a major research project or portfolio in an area within the Arts and Social Sciences disciplines. As such students should contact the Associate Dean Higher Degree Research to discuss possible projects. In consultation with the Associate Dean and a supervisor, each student will be allocated a specific research subject code and will enrol in that subject for the period of his or her candidature:

    • ART601  Master Honours Research (Arts) PT 
    • ART602  Master Honours Research (Arts) FT 
    • COM601  Master Honours Research (Communication) PT 
    • COM602  Master Honours Research (Communication) FT 
    • HSS601  Master of Arts Research (Humanities and Social Sciences) PT 
    • HSS602  Master of Arts Research (Humanities and Social Sciences) FT 
    • PSY601  Master Honours Research (Psychology) PT 
    • PSY602  Master Honours Research (Psychology) FT
    Enrolment pattern

    The enrolment pattern will depend on the project  identified in partnership with the student.. Students are advised to contact the Associate Dean Higer Degree Research or their Course Coordinator for relevant information.

  • Admission information

    Applicants should hold:

    • a Bachelors (Honours) with Class 1 or Class 2 Division 1 from Charles Sturt University; or
    • an award from another accredited tertiary institution, accepted by the University as equivalent to one of the above awards, and/or have demonstrated in study or professional performance potential to undertake research at a Master degree level.

    Intending applicants should contact the Associate Dean Higher Degree Research in the Faculty to discuss the proposal before applying for admission to the program. In addition, applicants must complete a form describing their area of interest, which should accompany their application.

    Admission to candidature is subject to approval by the Research Advisory Committee.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationUni WideFPPGYYYOAMA
    DirectDistance EducationUni WideFPOSYYYJAMA
    DirectOn CampusUni WideFPOSYYYIAMA
    DirectOn CampusUni WideFPPGYYYGAMA

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    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete a thesis or portfolio which is equivalent to 128 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    015502K (Uni Wide)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.


  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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