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New Masters Courses approved for student income support

Minister for Education, Julia Gillard today released a new list of Masters by Coursework studies approved for student income support, Youth Allowance and Austudy.

The updated list of nearly 400 courses includes qualifications required for entry into a profession and builds on the list of previously approved Masters courses.

The updated list also includes courses that provide the fastest pathway to professional entry, or where they are the only pathway offered by the higher education institution following a restructure of existing course delivery.

The new list of courses and further information is available at: www.deewr.gov.au/student_income_support.

Many professional bodies require Masters studies for entry into the field in areas such as Nurse Practitioner, Teacher-Librarianship and some specialisations in dental health.

The approval of Masters courses for the purpose of student income support is an ongoing process.

This initiative was implemented at the beginning of 2008 and some 2151 Masters students have been assisted through this measure.

The Australian Government is committed to supporting and encouraging students to undertake higher level studies in professional fields, given the long-term benefit to Australia’s society and economy.

Higher education institutions are invited to submit Masters course applications to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in a supplementary round of Masters by Coursework program assessments for the 2009 academic year.