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Master of Social Work

  • Masters (Coursework)

Excellent social workers are always striving to gain new knowledge. If you already have a professional qualification in social work and want to improve your practice, this qualification is for you. The programme is flexible and offers you opportunities for both full and part-time study.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Duration
2 years full-time
Study Mode
Online

About this course

Excellent social workers are always striving to gain new knowledge. If you already have a professional qualification in social work and want to improve your practice, this qualification is for you.

The Master of Social Work programme is advanced study of a specific aspect of social and community work. The programme is flexible and offers you opportunities for both full and part-time study.

This is a thesis-based programme that encourages you to pursue research in a particular field of practice, population, or area of interest. It equips you to develop and use research skills in their practice settings. You'll also keep current with the very latest theories and practice.

Practice-based social work research can include needs assessments, programme development, implementation assessment and programme evaluation. Your study will also include theory development in a New Zealand context.

Entry requirements

To enter the Master of Social Work programme you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work with Honours or equivalent, or
  • have been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work or equivalent with a B grade average across all courses.

You will provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Study locations

Online

Career pathways

Professionally trained people working in the social services make a vital contribution to present day New Zealand society. Their skills are in increasing demand.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) will enable you to practice at senior levels in New Zealand and many other countries in a wide range of social service fields. These include government services, such as Child, Youth and Family and Community Probation, Hospitals, and Iwi, hapu, and Pacific Island organisations.

Graduates with the MSW can expect to take up leadership roles in all these settings, and they may achieve senior positions in a variety of career paths, including roles in:

  • social work
  • social work education
  • management of social service agencies
  • policy analysis
  • social work research.

Credit for prior study or work

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

  • review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
  • contact us through the Enquire button on this page.