Master of Social Work

La Trobe University

This program aims to prepare students for key social work roles in which they might work with individuals, families and groups, or be involved in community work, social policy, social research, and organisational planning and administration. The curriculum is based on a philosophy of social justice, and students should acquire the knowledge and skills to work effectively in complex organisations. A key feature is the practical placement component, which allows students to gain practical skills in the field.

Course Fee:

Australian: $46,400
International: $64,800

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree: A minimum grade average of 70 per cent; preferably with studies in arts, social sciences, psychology, teaching, nursing or business-related areas; NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place; Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


Students undertake academic and fieldwork subjects, and 2 supervised 70-day placements (1 in each year), in a professional social work agency. Please note students may be required to attend some lectures and seminars in block mode and/or outside official University semester dates.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Study Pathways:

Honours is available during the final year.

Further information:

This course starts on 6 February 2017 (Summer 2). La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply. Students must obtain a National Police Check (or equivalent) and Working With Children Check before undertaking clinical professional placements. Please note that professional placements are unpaid and may be located in metropolitan or rural areas, interstate or overseas. Students may be required to do their placement outside semesters. For more information about clinical placements, visit our Professional Placements website.


The Master of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates of the Master of Social Work may apply for membership with the AASW. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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