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Master of Social Work

  • Masters (Coursework)

Excellent social workers are always striving to gain new knowledge. The Master of Social Work (MSW) is the right programme for you if you already have a professional qualification in social work and want to improve your practice.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)

About this course

Excellent social workers are always striving to gain new knowledge. The Master of Social Work (MSW) is the right programme for you if you already have a professional qualification in social work and want to improve your practice.

The MSW programme is intended for practitioners who wish to undertake advanced study of a specific aspect of social and community work. The MSW is flexible and offers you opportunities for both full and part-time study.

The MSW is a thesis-based programme that encourages social workers to pursue research in a particular field of practice, population, or area of interest. It equips social workers to develop and use research skills in their practice settings and 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. It also includes theory development in a New Zealand context.

Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of Social Work requires you to:

  • Have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work with Honours with a B grade average over the 300-level majoring courses
  • Have been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work with a B grade average across all courses

Please note: The Master of Social Work is not a professional social work qualification and will not prepare you for social work registration in New Zealand. The Master of Applied Social Work programme does lead to a professional qualification at Masterate level.

Study locations

Distance Learning