MC075 - Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services)

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Plan: MC075 - Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services)
Award abbreviation: MSocSc(Pol&HumServ)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1.5 years full-time/3 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global Studies, Social Science and Planning (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 090300
CRICOS code: 029760K

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Purpose of the Program

The program has been designed for policy makers and managers working in government, community and private sector organisations. With a focus on public policy making and development, the program provides a strong theoretical framework and uses current issues and practice to prepare graduates for the demands of professional policy and management work. A large range of professionally-oriented elective choices allow you to take individual courses or specialise in Public Policy and Management, Human Services, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Management, International Development and Global Studies, Justice, and Human Rights.

Key features of this program include:

  • Policy courses that reflect current trends and issues
  • Strong emphasis on using theory to understand practice experiences
  • A focus on ethics, values and human rights in policy and management
  • Skill development in conceptual analysis and strategic thinking
  • Research opportunities and the option to undertake a minor thesis
  • An optional field project for those without professional policy and management experience

Courses will provide you with frameworks for thinking about equity and justice, risk management, fairness and questions of resource distribution and reform. The program will provide you with the opportunity to develop a robust and intellectually critical perspective which will assist you to engage with the challenges and issues facing policy professionals in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.

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Articulation and pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy is available as an exit award of the Master of Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services).

You will have the option of exiting from the Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services) with the Graduate Diploma in Graduate Diploma in Public Policy if you have successfully completed the 96 credit points listed in this structure.




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Entrance requirements

*Please note, the Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services) will be closed for new enrolments from 2014. Prospective students are able to apply for entry to the Master of Public Policy (MC216).

Entrance requirements

An Australian undergraduate degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Applicants with significant professional practice may be considered.

English requirements

In addition, International Students must be able to meet the minimum University English Language requirements either:

  • IELTS - 6.5+ (no band less than 6.0) 
  • TOEFL - Paper Based = 580+ (TWE 4.5+) 
  • TOEFL - Computer Based = 237+ (TWE 4.5+) 
  • REW - Advanced Plus certificate (Advanced 2 certificate pre- 2011)


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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit studies in policy and human services.

The program has strong links with industry, including:

  • an active Program Advisory Committee with industry representation,
  • active involvement in research relevant to, and collaboratively with, the sector
  • representation on industry conferences

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
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Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
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