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Master's degree

Master of Social Work

MSW
03 October 2023

UC's Master of Social Work (MSW) is ideal for practitioners with specialist practice, supervisory, management, or policy analysis and development responsibilities. Learn more about studying an MSW through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts.

DURATION

Master of Social Work

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time

START

Master of Social Work

Degree Structure - Start In
First day of any month

POINTS

120

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $7,627
  • International — $30,900

Overview


Master of Social Work

Introduction

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 your 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.


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Master of Social Work

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

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

To enrol in the MSW, you 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 an approved qualifying course to the 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.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Social Work

Career - Body

Career opportunities

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:

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,627
  • International — $30,900

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,419
  • International — $29,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Master of Social Work

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The MSW degree requires you to complete SOWK695 MSW Thesis on a full or part-time basis.

It will take 1 year full-time, or up to 3 years part-time. You can begin your thesis at the beginning of any month.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Social Work.

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Postgraduate Prospectus 2024

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