MC150 - Master of Social Work

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Plan: MC150P15 - 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

This program has been designed for you to master the advanced knowledge and skills required for professional critical social work practice. Building on the knowledge and skills you bring to the program you will:

  • develop your cognitive and technical skills in critically analysing the contemporary human services sector in an international context;  
  • synthesise and apply appropriate interdisciplinary knowledge about human development, human needs and human problems, across a range of social work practice contexts; 
  • undertake 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) and
  • utilise and undertake research in professional practice . 

This program will equip you to practice as social worker with individuals, families, groups and communities in a range of settings and roles. While the program prepares you for social work practice in Australia, your learning is situated within an international comparative approach that recognises that practice is not limited by the national context.

Through your completion of two supervised professional practice placements you will consolidate your learning and integrate theory and practice across the range of social work practices. A capstone experience based on an individually negotiated professional project will enable you to bring together your practice experience and research skills to contribute to critical assessment of practice directions and innovations in the many fields of practice in which social workers are employed.  This capstone project will enable you to synthesize and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

On completion of the program you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. You will also be prepared to pursue research and scholarship at a higher degree level. 

Successful completion of this program provides a pathway into a PhD.

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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 MC150 Master of Social Work 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 instances will be assessed on individually and are dependent on the 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. More specifically, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in postgraduate research programs.

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Entrance requirements

Completion of a relevant Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent, which includes the equivalent of at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences or equivalent.

Applicants will be selected competitively based on undergraduate grades and work experience.

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 a 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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