Course Description

The Master of Social Work prepares students for practice as professional social workers. This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). The Master of Social Work is a vibrant and challenging program that encourages students to build on their existing knowledge and experience as well as providing a sound understanding of social work values and practice approaches. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on social justice, human rights, and on achieving the best possible outcomes for the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of our community.Students will be taught by leading social work practitioners and academics and there is a strong focus on experiential learning throughout the course.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $6,560 per year full-time, $13,120 total course cost


2 years full time, 4 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Social Work postgraduate courses at Australian Catholic University (ACU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 64.9% (national average 71.7%)
Improved skills: 86.5% (national average 78.7%)
Overall satisfaction: 80.2% (national average 83.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from Australian Catholic University (ACU). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Social Work postgraduate courses at Australian Catholic University (ACU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 70.8% (national average 78.1%)
Studying full time: 7.1% (national average 5.6%)
Median full time salary: $63,900 (national average $67,800)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 066741F

Entry Requirements