Master of Social Work
The Master of Social Work (MSW) and its component graduate diploma have been designed to develop and support the careers of social workers and social policy professionals, enabling students to evaluate existing social work practice and provision, including their own, and to study and appraise alternative practices and theories as well as investigate the impact of various initiatives in social policy.
The program does not lead to accreditation as a social worker. Applicants interested in a graduate-level social work qualification should consult the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) pages.
Unique to Sydney Uni
By combining social work and social policy units of study, the MSW program gives intellectual rigour to its study of equity, social justice and social empowerment issues.
The program has a broad range of available areas of study, including:
- specific population groups such as women, migrants and Aboriginal Australians
- theories of social work practice
- comparative studies of welfare policy and practice in a range of sociocultural settings (including Europe and Asia)
- the history and theory of the welfare state.
As well, academic staff maintain a broad range of community involvements, including sitting on local, state and national advisory boards, serving on community welfare organisations' boards, and providing advice to a range of welfare agencies.
Applicants must have a Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent qualification recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers and have been in full-time employment (or equivalent) in social work for at least one year.
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services (GradCertH&CS) are eligible to apply for credit towards either level of the MSW program.
Please note that the Master of Social Work is not a qualifying degree. Completion of this course does not enable graduates to qualify as social workers in Australia.
Master’s candidates are required to complete eight units of study, including:
- two core units; and
- one capstone unit.
Graduate Diploma candidates are required to complete six units of study, including:
- two core units.
Core units of study
Elective units of study
- Working with Communities (SCWK6910)
- Practice Development (SCWK6917)
- Dying, Death and Mourning (SCWK6944)
- Social Policy Frameworks (SCWK6948)
- Global Social Policy (SCWK6949)
Capstone units of study
Master’s candidates must enrol in either SCWK6908 (6 credit points) or the Dissertation (12 credit points).
- Authorised Independent Study and Report (SCWK6908)
- Dissertation (EDPZ6720) completed in one semester; counts as two units of study; or
- Dissertation Part 1 (EDPZ6724) and Dissertation Part 2 (EDPZ6725)
Students who complete the Master of Social Work with sufficient merit may apply to proceed to a higher degree by research.
Tuition fees vary according to whether the candidate is a local or international student and are reviewed annually. The most up-to-date estimate for the MSW articulated program course fees can be found under Fees & Admissions for the Master of Social Work in the Courses Online database. Comprehensive information about payment of international fees is available from the International Office fee-payment page.