Master of Social Work

The University of Melbourne

This course offers a postgraduate course of study that prepares students for professional practice in a diverse range of social work contexts. The course provides a nationally and internationally benchmarked course of study in the theory and practice of social work. On completion graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Course Fee:

Australian: $53,360
International: $78,237

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate degree with at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences or equivalent, with studies to have been completed within 10 years of commencing the Master of Social Work; or older undergraduate degree and more recent graduate study that demonstrates current capacity for graduate study, and at least 40 hours of relevant work experience over a three-month duration, a personal statement and a professional referee report using the Referee Report Form template.


Coursework, eight core subjects and supervised practicum. Work experience requirement: students undertake two field work placements during the course.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Further information:

Students are encouraged to submit their professional reference using the School's Referee Report form.


Australian Association of Social Workers; This is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been designed to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Who for:

Graduates who are already working, or seeking to work in the field

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Related Careers:

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

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