What will I learn?

Social workers can be a lifeline for people facing difficulties related to financial, medical, mental health or relational circumstances. This course enables you to develop the skills, knowledge and values to become a strategic, ethical and reflective social work practitioner.

Our accredited Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) is suited to applicants with previous experience in the study of the social sciences, social welfare, psychology or related fields.

In this program, you'll examine child protection, social policy and law, health issues impacting Indigenous communities, and leadership in social work organisations. You'll also undertake practice under the supervision of an experienced social worker.

As a graduate, you'll be ready for a career as a professional social worker in Australia and may also be eligible for employment overseas.

Major areas of study

The course includes core content in child protection, cross cultural practice, mental health work, and work with people from Indigenous communities. It covers essential theories and methods of social work practice including effective practice in working with individuals, groups and communities. Students are also exposed to key knowledge in using social policy and the law to advance the rights of clients and community members.

Professional recognition

This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Career opportunities

Graduates of this degree will qualify as social workers in Australia. Graduates may also be eligible to apply to work as social workers overseas.

Graduates will be suited to employment in a wide range of jobs in the health and community services sectors. These include positions that are designated solely for social work-qualified staff (e.g. in hospitals), as well as other human services jobs that are open to other graduates. Graduates may be employed in organisations such as Centrelink, public and private hospitals, child protection agencies, Australian Defence Force, domestic violence services, housing and homelessness agencies, aged care and disability services, mental health agencies, family counselling agencies, rehabilitation services and private practice.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,800.00 (14,34,690) per year
AUD $3,350 per unit
Start date

14 November 2021


Bilinga Campus

Room A1.11, Southern Cross Drive,



4225, GOLD COAST, Australia

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,800.00 (14,34,690) per year
AUD $3,350 per unit
Start date

14 November 2021

Entry requirements

For international students

All applicants must have completed a three-year undergraduate degree.

All applicants must have undertaken some prior study in the social sciences, psychology, or related fields.

Applicants must have IELTS - 7.0 with no band less than 6.5; CAE - 67; TOEFL PBT - 592 min 5.0 (TWE); TOEFL iBT - 94 with no less than 24 in writing; PTE - 65 with no communicative score less than 58; ISPLR - 4 in all 4 skill areas.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.