Master of Social Work The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong


Course info



In the face of the growing complexity of social problems, and the increasing challenges met in daily social work practice, it is of paramount importance for social work practitioners to acquire a holistic perspective and advance their knowledge and skills wherever and whenever possible. The Master of Social Work Programme aims to provide a comprehensive advanced course of social work study for students' professional and career advancement. It aims to prepare them for taking up leadership roles in their profession, particularly in practice innovation and service development.

Programme Characteristics

1. An emphasis on the integration of theory and practice.

2. A holistic curriculum that addresses service needs and intervention approaches at individual, family, and community levels.

3. A flexible curriculum that gives students freedom to concentrate on a specific area of interest or take elective courses in different areas of interest.

Important Note:

Among our postgraduate programmes, only the Master of Social Science in Social Work Programme (MSSc) is particularly designed for applicants who would like to become a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in Hong Kong after graduation.

Students admitted to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Programme are not eligible to become a RSW upon graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Programme, students are expected to be able to:

1. apply social work practice knowledge and skills in interactions with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities;

2. integrate macro and micro perspectives in their practice; and

3. formulate culturally specific, holistic, and proactive practice approaches or policy alternatives according to the needs of the target group and the context in which these needs arise.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Social Work.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

HK$147,000.00 (14,05,555) per year

Paid by 2 installments


02 Sep, 06 Jan


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must satisfy one of the following:

  1. graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honors not lower than Second Class; or
  2. graduated from an honors programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" ; or
  3. completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honors degree.

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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