Master of Social Work

Graduate Diploma


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.


Entry requirements

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 program will not enable graduates to be qualify as social workers in Australia.


Course structure

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

Capstone units of study

Master’s candidates must enrol in either SCWK6908 (6 credit points) or the Dissertation (12 credit points).


Further study

Students undertaking the Master of Social Work are able to proceed to enrolment in a postgraduate research degree in social work on the basis of exemplary results in their studies.


Fees

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.