Deakin University

Master of Social Work

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

With a Master of Social Work, you will have the skills, experience and platform to protect the vulnerable, fight social injustice and help those from disadvantaged circumstances turn their lives around. Seek membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) when you graduate and set yourself up for senior roles in a rapidly growing sector.You will study this course alongside a group of students that, while diverse, all share a common passion for helping others. Many join the course after completing a bachelor degree in a cognate discipline, such as psychology, allied health and nursing.You will undertake at least 1000 hours of professional placement preparing you for the challenges you will face in your future role. You can take on placements at a variety of organisations, broadening your experience and professional networks and you will be supervised by qualified social work practitioners who can give you feedback and expert guidance along the way.


16 credit points. All units are core (these are compulsory). Students must complete two practice education units as part of the core units, each involving a minimum of 500 hours (across at least 65 days) of practicum (field placement) in a social or community service agency or program.


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Standard entry requirements

Entry will be based on performance in Bachelor degree in a related discipline, with two units in the study of human behaviour and two units in the study of society.Selection is competitive, meeting these minimum requirements or their equivalents does not guarantee selection into this course. All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please refer to this course entry on the Deakin University website to read about ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.


The professionally qualifying Master of Social Work creates a new pathway for entry into the profession and prepares graduates for a more advanced level of practice. The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has fully accredited the Master of Social Work. The AASW has also singled out Deakin for our 'critically reflective practice', setting us apart from other social work programs in Australia.

Study pathways

This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Cloud(online) Domestic: $46,064
International: $66,344
  • Part-time : 4 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Cloud(online).

Domestic students enrolled in this postgraduate coursework program may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information

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