Master of Social Work

RMIT University

This program allows graduates from other disciplines the opportunity to enter the Social Work profession without having to return to undergraduate study. This qualifying program is designed to develop the capacity for effective professional practice in the human services, with the ability to meet the demands of current and emerging policy and practice contexts. The program equips graduates with the knowledge, skills and ethical foundations to enact practice for individual and collective well-being from a social justice perspective. This combines with an ability to critically reflect on and analyse social policy and organisational practices, with skills necessary for advocating for change. Students are encouraged to apply the theoretical learning to areas of their own interest. The MSW is progressive in content, taking a critical perspective that encourages students to engage with the concepts of social justice, human rights and anti-oppressive practice.

Course Fee:

Australian: $42,240
International: $55,680

Entry Requirements:

Completion of a relevant Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent, which includes the equivalent of at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences or equivalent. Applicants will be selected competitively based on undergraduate grades and work experience.


192 credit points, comprising eight 12-credit-point core courses, two 36-credit-point core courses and two 12-credit-point elective courses. Most courses are offered face-to-face.

Subjects you can Study:

Casework, counselling and advocacy; Community development strategies; Critical social work; Mental health social work; Policy making/social policy; Research strategies-social sciences; Social and political theory; Social work field education; Social work with groups

Study Pathways:

Credits for previous study and/or professional experience may be negotiated.


Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

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

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
  • Career advice and resume building workshops
  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
  • Accommodation assistance 
  • Disability services
  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
  • Health information 
  • Safety and security services
  • Legal advice
  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

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The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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