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RMIT University

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Master of Social Work

  • Masters (Coursework)

Get a flying start to your social work career with a postgraduate qualification.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Course Code
MC150P15, 058234C
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
International Fees
$31,680 per year / $63,360 total

About this course

Social workers promote human wellbeing and foster social inclusion. They mobilise the forces of individuals, the community, and state organisations to transform lives and create lasting and meaningful social change.

RMIT has been teaching social work for over 40 years, and our programs continue to reflect up-to-date ideas about social work and its place in a changing world.

Our graduates are resilient, outspoken members of society who advocate a fairer world for all.

Field education forms a large component of the social work course. You'll undertake 140 days of work placements within human and community service organisations.

Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) that includes at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences (or equivalent).

If you are applying for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) you must submit your application by 10 November 2020. Selection for Commonwealth Supported Places is competitive, based on your grade point average (GPA) and professional experience. You will receive an outcome for your CSP application in mid January 2021.

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.

Study locations

Melbourne City

Career pathways

Graduates are highly employable in human services organisations, community-based agencies, various levels of government, and increasingly in corporate and private enterprise.

Some graduates help to develop social policy, some engage in research, some assist communities to develop their own services, and some provide services to individuals and families. In a social work career, there are ample opportunities to pursue different specialisations and interests.

With your working knowledge of social science, research, and social work, you'll be eligible for a wide range of human services or community jobs in areas such as:

  • child protection
  • dispute mediation and industrial relations
  • health services and hospitals
  • human resource management
  • policy and advocacy work
  • community development projects
  • program and organisational development
  • immigration advice and referral centres
  • government departments
  • youth and family services.