Master of Social Work (Applied)
The Master of Social Work (Applied) offers the opportunity for students with an approved social science degree to complete a recognised professional qualification over two years.
The programme is able to be completed on a part-time basis, which offers some flexibility to those with family or employment commitments.
UC also offers the Master of Social Work involving thesis work.
You must have completed any bachelor’s degree with a B Grade Point Average in your 300-level courses, and have completed either courses in social research and human development, or have relevant practice experience or another qualifying programme.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
A special application is required – see 'How to apply' below.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Social Work (Applied) or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
The programme has a limited number of places available, and you will need to complete a formal application to the Social Work department in addition to their application to enrol.
Late applications for February entry to the programme can be made up until 30 September. After this date, further late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The full-time programme consists of two parts, and will normally be completed in 2 consecutive years. A part-time programme consists of three parts, and must be completed within 6 years.
The MSW(App) requires 10 compulsory courses. The courses are a combination of distance and on-campus block courses. There is also a research project and two fieldwork practicums.
Part I involves the following taught courses:
- SOWK611 Human Behaviour and Mental Health
- SOWK612 Mana Motuhake, a Bicultural Analysis
- SOWK614 Social Work Theory, Research and Practice
- SOWK615 Social Work Principles and Skills
- SOWK640 Practice Research for Social Work
Part II involves practical fieldwork and research:
You will complete Part I before proceeding to Part II. The fieldwork courses in Part II are taken simultaneously.
UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||240||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$15,922|
|2022||240||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$15,496|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||240||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$56,400||$49,043|
|2023||240||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$58,000||$50,435|
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Social Work (Applied).
For study planning help, contact Tauwhiro Hapori | Department of Social Work.
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