If you want to become a registered social worker, but don't have a bachelor's degree in social work, then this programme is for you.
The Master of Applied Social Work is designed for those with relevant practice experience, or a bachelor's degree in a related discipline. That could include psychology, education, law, medicine, nursing, sociology, anthropology, theology or case management.
This programme will prepare you for practice and registration as a social worker in New Zealand and most other countries.
The Master of Applied Social Work is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.
To enter the Master of Applied Social Work you will:
You will provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
Once you are successful at gaining a place in the Master of Applied Social Work programme, you will also need to complete further tasks. These are to meet the requirements set down by the Social Workers Registration Act 2003 for registration as a social worker in New Zealand (to ensure you are a "fit and proper person to practise social work"). You will need to:
If English, Maori or New Zealand sign language is not your first language, you will need to provide official evidence of your English language competency in the form of:
A social work degree means you can work in many different areas. You could be a field operator working in the community or you could be a professional adviser in a hospital or a district health board. You might choose to be a policy expert working with government. Or, you could travel overseas to the jungles of Papua New Guinea to work within a village setting. The options are endless - and endlessly meaningful.
Social workers make a difference in many areas around the world including:
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions: