Master of Social Work

RMIT University

Program Description

Master of Social Work

RMIT University

Master of Social Work

Get a flying start to your social work career with a postgraduate qualification.

Social workers promote human well-being and combat social exclusion. They mobilise the forces of individuals, the community and state organisations to transform lives and create lasting and meaningful social change.

RMIT University has been teaching social work for over 40 years and our programs continue to reflect up-to-date ideas about social work and its place in a changing world.

Our classroom is the city and our graduates are resilient, outspoken members of society who advocate a fairer world for all.

Field education forms a large component of the social work program. You'll undertake 140 days of work placements within human and community service organisations.

Program structure

This program is designed to develop your capacity to deliver human services and to master current and emerging policy and practice trends.

You'll critically reflect on and analyse social policy and organisational practices and develop the skills necessary for advocating change. You'll graduate with the knowledge, skills and ethical foundations to bring about individual and collective well-being from a social justice perspective.

The Master of Social Work is 192 credit points, comprising eight 12-credit-point core courses, two 36-credit-point core courses and two 12-credit-point elective courses. Most courses are offered face-to-face.

Core courses include:

  • Casework, Counselling and Advocacy (Social Work Theory and Practice II)
  • Community Development Strategies (Social Work Theory and Practice IV)
  • Critical Social Work (Social Work Theory and Practice I)
  • Mental Health Social Work
  • Policy Making or Social Policy
  • Research Strategies - Social Sciences
  • Social and Political Theory (available in distance mode)
  • Social Work Field Education 1 (Advanced)
  • Social Work Field Education 2 (Advanced)
  • Social Work with Groups (Social Work Theory and Practice III).

Elective courses include:

  • Advanced Advocacy and Social Action
  • Advanced Professional Practice in Social Work (compulsory if you have no prior human services experience)
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Loss, Trauma and Grief
  • Working with Violence and Abuse.

Program entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. Applicants with Bachelor degree from another discipline must have paid or voluntary Australian industry experience in relevant fields like welfare, health or education. Applicants with significant paid or voluntary Australian industry experience in relevant fields like welfare, health or education may also be considered.

English language requirements

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
  • Pearson: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 2018
2 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2018
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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