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Bachelor of Social Work

  • Bachelor

When studying for a Bachelor of Social Work at Waikato, you'll be learning how to make a positive difference in the lives of others. If you're a person who wants to contribute to society - this is a professional qualification that helps you to do just that.

Key details

Degree Type
4 years full-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Domestic Fees
$7,280 per year / $29,120 total
International Fees
$25,915 per year / $103,660 total

About this course

Throughout your Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) studies, you'll be learning a range of skills from many different disciplines. The skills you develop and the knowledge you'll gain will give you the level of competence you'll need to thrive as a social worker.

Successful social workers are vital in our increasingly complex society, and you'll be part of a valued and important profession. The Waikato BSW is recognised by the Social Workers Registration Board, and qualified social workers are sought after both within New Zealand and overseas.

You'll study for your BSW at our Tauranga campus. During your studies, you'll learn about a wide range of topics: social policy and social issues, social science research and social work approaches and decision making. You'll learn about family and children at risk. You'll also develop your knowledge and skills in the areas of community development and bicultural and multicultural social work practices. The BSW may be awarded with Honours.

When you've finished your studies, there are a range of different organisations you might like to work for including district health boards, family services, government agencies, non-profit organisations or iwi social services.

Entry requirements

Applications for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Programme shall be made in the previous year by 31st October.

Study locations


Career pathways

  • Case Manager
  • Community Development Worker
  • Policy Analyst
  • Social Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker