Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

This program prepares students who have non-social-work bachelor's degrees for employment in an environment that is complex, diverse and changing. Human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work, according to the International Federation of Social Work definition of the profession. In response to this, the faculty's program is designed to produce graduates who are reflective, versatile and skillful in a range of practice areas and able to translate professional values into action.


Entry requirements

People applying for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) program must have a recognised bachelor's degree in a discipline other than social work as well as demonstrable understanding of the development and organisation of both human society and human behaviour.

Applications for the entry into the MSW(Qual) must include:

  • proof of graduation from a recognised bachelor’s degree (other than Social Work)

  • employment or other records showing a minimum of three years’ full-time experience in the human and community services industry during the previous eight years

  • a statement (500 words) by the applicant that about their suitability for the program, demonstrating their knowledge of human society and behaviour.

  • referee report/s outlining the applicant's suitability for the program (domestic students must provide one report; international students must provide three).

For more information about the application process, please download all three supplementary forms for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) from the Supplementary Application Forms page.

Because the course requires considerable use of computers in the delivery of course materials and information, as well as in communications and coursework during the course, applicants who do not have basic computer proficiency, including Internet skills, should consideration undertaking appropriate computer training prior to enrolment in Semester One.

All applicants will be required to complete the online "Working with Children" check prior to undertaking field work. Health immunisation certificates will also required in many cases.


Course structure

The MSW(Qualifying) is a two-year full-time (four-year part-time) program. Students will be required to complete at least 96 credit points, including 140 days Field Education and at least one unit of research offered in the postgraduate-social-work degree, the Master of Social Work.

The program incorporates greater flexibility for students and enables greater choice in tailoring the course to their own learning goals. The timetable allows students to continue in paid employment, at least part time, recognising that their life stage will typically differ from that of undergraduates. Some units of study will be delivered flexibly in block and/or online.

Field Education is negotiated between each student and the Faculty’s Director of Field Education, ensuring each candidate is able to meet the Australian Association of Social Workers requirement that all social-work students undertake 140 days of practice learning under the direct supervision of a suitably experienced and qualified social-worker. Field work negotiations include exploring the possibilities for recognising prior learning, as well as for placement in existing workplaces.