Master of Social Work (M6012)

Monash University

This course prepares graduates for careers as professionally qualified social workers. The course includes studies in theory, skills development and supervised professional practice, and opportunities for group-based learning, community engagement, practice research and integration of social work theory and practice. Theoretical content builds on knowledge acquired by graduates in previous higher education, while social work skills components and professional practice introduce students to contemporary social work practice. The course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), including 1000 hours of supervised professional practice.

Course Fee:

Australian: $47,800
International: $64,000

Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for admission, students will need to have: An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least a credit (60%) average and Completed two units in the study of society* (as required by the Australian Association of Social Workers) Past academic standing is also a significant factor in selection. *Units fulfilling the prerequisite studies of society are broadly assessed and include units such as studies in sociology, social science, social psychology, human development, anthropology, philosophy, history, gender, law, politics, media, the arts, technology, and multicultural society.


The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Foundations for social work, Part B. Specialist social work practice and Part C. Advanced application in social work. Part A. Foundations for social work These studies will provide an orientation to the field of social work at graduate level. They will provide an overview of the context of social work practice, the social justice principles, the international human rights regime and foundations of the Australian legal system framework within which social work is practised, so that you will understand the link between social policy and the goals of social work. It introduces you to social work theory and social work practice skills. Part B. Specialist social work practice These studies provide you with skills and knowledge to work effectively in social work practice in the health and mental health field, working with people at all stages of life. It provides you with social work theory and practice skills and covers risk and protective factors at individual, family and community level. It includes the role of social policy and principles and the link between social work principles and methods. Selected students have the opportunity to complete a research project that can provide a pathway to a higher degree by research (PhD). Part C. Advanced application in social work The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You will complete a program of supervised professional practice involving advanced study and an industry experience.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Further information:

Extra Requirements: Applicants will be required to undertake a police check, working with children check and provide proof of relevant vaccinations prior to being permitted onto fieldwork placements.


Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00008C

Related Careers:

Social Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Caulfield No info No Part time 4 years
Caulfield No info No Full time 2 years
Caulfield No info No Online

For 60 years, our work has changed the world. And we’re not about to stop.


We never shy from challenges, instead we run towards them.


As a global top 100 university, we have an obligation to contribute towards the solutions the world needs. Every student, researcher, member of staff, alumni and supporter of Monash contributes towards making real change. Now you too have the opportunity to step up. Are you ready? Because if you don’t like it, change it.


Visit us online 

Is the information on this page correct? Request update

Request Information
Enquire about this course

Related courses