Master of Social Work

Singapore Institute of Management

Program Description

Master of Social Work

Singapore Institute of Management

The social work profession is moving into its sixth decade in Singapore now. Evolving societal, community and individual needs bring about heightened expectations of contemporary social workers, from both clients and employers.

To meet these new challenges of the new era, leaders in the social services sector are required to play the vital role in guiding and grooming fellow social workers, as well as, to possess a wealth of knowledge in a specific field.

This programme offers the key to satisfying this new role!

Our Programme

The Master of Social Work Programme is a practice-based programme, designed to prepare social workers aspiring to take up leadership positions in the social service sector by equipping graduates with clinical social work skills, administration skills and supervision skills to function at management positions in the sector.

The programme is designed to cater for both graduates with a social work degree and those with other degrees. For graduates without prior social work training, bridging courses will first equip you with the basic social work knowledge and skills so as to ease you into the Masters programme.

Graduates from this Masters programme will be recognized social work professionals with administrative and supervisory abilities as well as domain specialists, as accepted by the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) and the main employers of social workers namely the Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports (MCYS) and the National Council of Social Services (NCSS).

The programme also enjoys the support of the VWO Capability Fund (VCF) Local Training Grant and NCSS initiatives as stated in the Professionalisation Package.

Differentiating Features

  • Option of graduating with a graduate diploma or a master’s degree. Upon completion of the six compulsory core courses (plus three bridging courses and practicum, if applicable), students may choose to graduate with a graduate diploma. Re-entry to the Masters programme may be allowed within the maximum candidature of 3 years.
  • To cater to busy professionals like you, all classes for this programme are conducted on weekends to minimize disruptions to work schedules. Classes are conducted on alternate weekends, allowing time for self study and a balanced lifestyle.
  •  All courses are taught by established academics and professionals in leadership positions with vast real-time experiences, ensuring that issues discussed are always kept current and relevant for practical application.

Programme Structure 

For graduates without prior social work training, you will be required to complete three bridging courses and a supervised practicum on top of the requirements for the Masters Programme. An additional 15 weeks of classes and 400 hours of practicum will be needed for this bridging programme.

To graduate with the Master of Social Work, ten courses (six core and four electives) and a thesis must be completed. However there is an option to replace the thesis with two more electives offered. To graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Social Work, six core courses must be completed. The Master of Social Work will take about 84 weeks to complete, while the Graduate Diploma in Social Work will take about 42 weeks to complete.

The electives included in the programme are identified to enhance the expertise of social work professionals by allowing for specialisation in specific settings and with specific client groups.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
February 2017, September 2017
84 weeks
Full time
Start date February 2017, September 2017
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 84 weeks
Price Request Info