MC150 - Master of Social Work

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Plan: MC150 - Master of Social Work
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 Work
Award abbreviation: MSocWk
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full time, 4 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 090501
CRICOS code: 058234C

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Purpose of the Program

The program is designed to provide you with professional education for social work practice in the contemporary Australian welfare and human service system. Upon completion you will be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. The program is specifically designed for people who have already completed an undergraduate studies and/or with work experience in the human services sector.  Accordingly, graduates will have a deep appreciation of the theoretical disciplines informing social work.

Specifically, you will be able to:

  • Build on your existing knowledge about Australian society, social issues and social problems to inform social work practice
  • Synthesise and apply appropriate interdisciplinary knowledge about human development, human needs and human problems, across a range of social work practice contexts.
  • Undertake advanced professional practice in interpersonal, intra-familial, group, organisational, community and policy contexts as evidenced by successful completion of industry based field education (work integrated learning)
  • Utilise research in professional practice


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Articulation and pathways

Upon entry to the program you will complete the 2 year program which is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates of the MSW are recognised by the Association as accredited social workers. 

If you have undertaken higher qualifications (AQF 8 or 9) you may be able to apply for credit, these will be assessed on an individual case base dependent on qualification, program undertaken and GPA.

Information is available on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of MC150 Master of Social Work you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

*Please note, the MC150 plan of the Master of Social Work is closed for new enrolments for 2015. Prospective students are able to apply for entry to the P15 plan of the Master of Social Work (MC150). For further information, including entrance requirements, please refer to the program handbook -

Entrance requirements

An Australian undergraduate degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Applicants with an undergraduate degree from another discipline must have paid or voluntary Australian industry experience in relevant fields such as welfare, health or education. Applicants with significant paid or voluntary Australian industry experience in relevant fields such as welfare, health or education may also be considered.

English requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 7.0, with no band less than 7.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page


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    External accreditation and industry links

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

    This program is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been designed to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards.

    The program is informed by regular consultations with the Program Advisory Committee whose membership is drawn from the human services industry.

    All accredited social work programs require students to undertake 140 days of professional field education (work integrated learning) which are offered in a range of human service agencies. All placements are supervised by a social worker eligible for membership of the AASW.

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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

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