Master of Social Work (Qualifying) - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Advance your skills and knowledge to create a more just world.

Social work is becoming an increasingly important discipline in our rapidly changing world. As societies reckon with the challenges posed by globalism, populism, social and economic exploitation, and climate change, social work practice works to address structural inequalities and ensure people do not experience marginalisation based on their gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, age or geographical living situation. This professionally accredited, post-qualifying degree builds on your prior knowledge and experience, and gives you the advanced knowledge and skills you need to work with people – both individually and collectively – to effect social change.

Study location
  • Sunshine Coast
Refer to the program footnotes
CRICOS code
073869J
Commence
Semester 1 or Semester 2 # (Semester 2 commencement is not available to international students on a Student Visa)
Program length (full-time)
2 years
Annual tuition fee 2021
A$26,400
Estimated total tuition fee *
A$52,800
Footnotes
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • # Semester 2 commencement is available as part-time only (please see the study sequence for further details). Semester 2 commencement is not available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Note: The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) offers a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). Please see the Admission Requirements tab for further details.
Study location
  • Sunshine Coast
USC program code
AR707
Commence
Semester 1 or Semester 2 # (Semester 2 commencement is not available to international students on a Student Visa)
Duration
2 years full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
on campus
Total courses
12
Total units
192
Footnotes
  • # Semester 2 commencement is available as part-time only (please see the study sequence for further details). Semester 2 commencement is not available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Note: The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) offers a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). Please see the Admission Requirements tab for further details.
Program coordinator
Dr Athena Lathouras

In this degree you will:

  • Develop your skills as a critically reflective and analytical social work practitioner 
  • Build the advanced innovative knowledge and skills required to undertake social action, community development, policy analysis and development, advocacy and research
  • Complete two field education placements (1000 hours in total) to integrate classroom learning with practical workplace experience in a huge range of fields, including health and mental health, child protection, disability, substance abuse, family violence, homelessness, working with young people, families, the elderly, refugees and Indigenous communities
Career opportunities

This program opens up jobs in diverse social work settings including health, mental health, family support, child protection, aged care, youth work, income support, community development, refugee and migrant support, Indigenous rights and human service management. Employment opportunities as a social worker are in demand in government organisations, community agencies, and in private practice in Australia and overseas.

Accreditation

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is fully accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). 

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership to the AASW and to practice as professional social workers. Membership to the AASW enables graduates to apply to become a mental health accredited practitioner, which attracts a Medicare rebate for private practitioners.

Blue Cards are issued by the Public Safety Business Agency. More information on Blue Cards, and how to apply.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission:

Applicants must hold a relevant 3-year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) that contains at least one year, or the equivalent, of full-time studies in social and behavioural sciences. This is the minimum entry requirement as set out by the ASWEAS guidelines (2019).

If an applicant's prior degree has not specifically addressed the above, they may be required to undertake additional foundational study as determined by the School of Social Science (usually the Program Coordinator of Master of Social Work (Qualifying)).

To be accepted into the program, international students who have not completed a Year 12 or equivalent secondary school level qualification or higher qualification in the English language consistent with the requirements for admission to AQF Level 9 degree course in Australia must have a minimum score of 7.0 or higher in each component (listening, reading, writing and speaking) of the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test upon application.

Applicants must complete a Personal Statement Form (up to 500 words) detailing the following:

  • What is your motivation to choose a career pathway into Social Work and what are the qualities you bring
  • How do your previous studies and experience align with the degree

Applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

How to apply 

To apply for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying), submit the completed application form and personal statement form to USC. For more information visit Application forms.

Applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

Applications for Semester 1, 2021 close on 30 November 2020.

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