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Master of Social Work

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Social Work degree requires candidates to complete a thesis on a full or part-time basis. The MSW is particularly aimed at practitioners with specialist practice, supervisory, management, or policy analysis and development responsibilities.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Code
MSW
Domestic Fees
$7,099 per year / $7,099 total
International Fees
$27,200 per year / $27,200 total

About this course

The Master of Social Work degree requires candidates to complete a thesis on a full or part-time basis. The MSW is particularly aimed at practitioners with specialist practice, supervisory, management, or policy analysis and development responsibilities.

The programme of study and research can be designed to meet each candidate's professional needs and interests.

The degree may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

UC also offers the Master of Social Work (Applied) involving taught coursework.

Entry requirements

The MSW is accessible only to those students who have obtained a professional qualification in Social Work. This means they will have completed fieldwork requirements. For more details, contact Tauwhiro Hapori | Department of Social Work. Students who do not have a professional qualification in Social Work may instead consider the Master of Social Work (Applied).

To enrol in the MSW, students must have completed one of the following:

  • a Bachelor of Social Work with First Class or Second Class Honours Division I
  • any bachelor's degree and the Graduate Diploma in Social Work
  • any bachelor's degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work with a B+ Grade Point Average or above (or equivalent)
  • completed a qualifying course prescribed by the Head of the Department of Social Work and Human Services, and approved by the Dean of Arts (Academic) of a standard to the prerequisite courses.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Social Work or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful information:

  • Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
  • Te Ropu Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
  • For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
  • Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
  • Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.