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Bachelor of Social Work

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The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is highly sought-after and internationally recognised. It will offer you a lifelong career that can take you across New Zealand and around the world. More than 90% of Massey social work graduates find employment within six months of earning their degree.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
4 years full-time
Study Mode
In person, Online

About this course

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is highly sought-after and internationally recognised. It will offer you a lifelong career that can take you across New Zealand and around the world.

  • More than 90% of Massey social work graduates find employment within six months of earning their degree.
  • Massey University is committed to being Te Tiriti o Waitangi-led and this is reflected in the School of Social Work and in your learning.
  • The degree is recognised by the NZ Social Work Registration Board.
  • Massey graduates make up the largest number of qualified social workers in the country.
  • Social work is a growth industry, with about 7000 registered social workers in NZ.
  • Massey is the leading university in New Zealand where you can study for your degree through distance learning.
  • You will get vital hands-on experience in the workplace in your third and fourth year of study where you will be supported to undertake placements.
  • We combine both theory and practice, taught by well-qualified staff.

Our degree equips you with all the skills needed to understand and work alongside people and communities in the modern world.

Want to work towards a role that has a positive impact on individuals, families, groups and communities? Want to enjoy a fulfilling career that can give you great employment opportunities and further career development pathways? Open to personal and professional development and keen to work with diverse communities? Join us today on a journey of self-discovery and success.

Entry requirements

The Bachelor of Social Work is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Bachelor of Social Work programme you will:

  • meet the requirements set down by the Social Workers Registration Act 2003 for registration as a social worker in New Zealand in terms of being ""fit and proper persons to practise social work"" - see: swrb.govt.nz/about-us/policies/
  • provide a curriculum vitae which includes your academic and work history
  • provide a personal statement explaining why you wish to enter the social work programme and profession
  • provide details of two character referees - these must not be family or friends
  • provide details of any convictions or charges pending in New Zealand and/or overseas
  • complete the vetting service request and consent form for a New Zealand Police check
  • provide a current police certificate from any overseas countries you have lived in for twelve months or more in the last ten years.
  • undertake an interview (if required).

Study locations

Auckland

Manawatu

Online

Career pathways

A social work degree means you can work in many different areas. Social workers work across all age groups and you will have opportunities to work in many different areas, in non-government or statutory organisations, for example:

  • child protection
  • community work and community development
  • diversity specific services (eg Chinese, Korean, Samoan, Rainbow, Spiritually-based)
  • hospitals and primary health care
  • housing
  • iwi and marae-based social services
  • management and supervision
  • mental health and addictions
  • offenders
  • policy development
  • refugees and migrants
  • residential care
  • schools
  • tertiary education
  • women
  • youth justice.