Master of Social Work

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

This program allows graduates from other disciplines the opportunity to enter the Social Work profession without having to return to undergraduate study. This qualifying program is designed to develop the capacity for effective professional practice in the human services, with the ability to meet the demands of current and emerging policy and practice contexts. The program equips graduates with the knowledge, skills and ethical foundations to enact practice for individual and collective well-being from a social justice perspective. This combines with an ability to critically reflect on and analyse social policy and organisational practices, with skills necessary for advocating for change. Students are encouraged to apply the theoretical learning to areas of their own interest. The MSW is progressive in content, taking a critical perspective that encourages students to engage with the concepts of social justice, human rights and anti-oppressive practice.


192 credit points, comprising eight 12-credit-point core courses, two 36-credit-point core courses and two 12-credit-point elective courses. Most courses are offered face-to-face.


  • Casework, counselling and advocacy
  • Community development strategies
  • Critical social work
  • Mental health social work
  • Policy making/social policy
  • Research strategies-social sciences
  • Social and political theory
  • Social work field education
  • Social work with groups

Standard entry 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.


Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Study pathways

Credits for previous study and/or professional experience may be negotiated.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
City Domestic: $42,240
International: $55,680
No information available No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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