Course Description

The Master of Social Work at the University of Melbourne offers an outstanding graduate course of study. You will benefit from our research-led teaching, based on up-to-date data allowing you to apply the most relevant theory to your social work practice.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $29,000 per year full-time, $58,000 total course cost


2 years full time, 4 years part time

Starting dates

February, September

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Social Work postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 75.0% (national average 71.7%)
Improved skills: 84.3% (national average 78.7%)
Overall satisfaction: 87.0% (national average 83.3%)

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

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Social Work postgraduate courses at University of Melbourne had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 84.0% (national average 78.1%)
Studying full time: 4.3% (national average 5.6%)
Median full time salary: $60,000 (national average $67,800)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 061212E

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree with at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences or equivalent, with studies to have been completed within 10 years of commencing the Master of Social Work, OR
  • an older undergraduate degree and more recent graduate study that demonstrates current capacity for graduate study, AND
  • evidence of relevant paid or volunteer work experience of at least 40 hours over a 3 month duration,
  • a personal statement of up to 500 words outlining why they wish to be considered for the course
  • nomination of a professional referee

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.