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What will I learn?

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) (MSW [Q]) is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) provisionally accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Social work is an academic practice-based profession that promotes social justice, inclusion and wellbeing. The MSW (Q) aims to produce graduates who are professionally competent, aware of socio-political realities in the human services and committed to social change through supporting and promoting the strengths of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

The course focuses on face-to-face small classes, and intensive interaction with fellow students and experienced social work academics. As social work engages with a changing world where social media, online material and interactivity are prevalent, student learning will also include blended learning technologies.

The learning will be delivered through: workshops; case studies; in-class exercises; experiential learning strategies; flipped classrooms; social work laboratory; written reports; oral presentations; blogs; essays; and research reports. Finally, students will explore social work practice through field education practicums.

Why study Social Work at Excelsia College:

  • A powerful, hands-on introduction to the world of social work.
  • Highly-qualified, friendly and experienced academic staff who are ready to help you on your journey.
  • Smaller class sizes where you are treated as more than just a number.
  • Study with a community of likeminded students.
  • Work placements give you hands on experience (500 hours per year) and professional skills in a range of settings (health, aged care, community services, child and family welfare, mental health, community work, research, policy and planning).
  • Course includes assisting students with locating professional practicums’ in agencies such as Anglicare, Catholic Care, Centrelink, Department of Community Services, Hospitals, Community Health Centres, Local Government, etc.
  • Prepare social work graduates to have a career locally, regionally and internationally.

Where this will take me

Once a social work student graduates, their career can change quite dramatically over the following five years. They could be working in the non-government community services sector, a private practice, or other faith-based agencies such as Catholic Care, Baptist Care and Wesley Mission. They could work in State government in family and children services, or in the hard edge of social work in child protection. A social worker’s healthcare area could include hospitals or community healthcare centres, the Department of Social Services or policy development roles.

Which department am I in?

School of Counselling



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$20,520.00 (11,16,431) per year
AUD $41,040 for the entire course
Start date

8 August 2022


Excelsia College

Macquarie Park Campus,

69-71 Waterloo Road,


New South Wales,

2113, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successful completion of an accredited undergraduate degree; Overseas students applying for admission to Excelsia College courses must have reached the age of 18 years by the commencement of their studies. Excelsia College will not admit overseas students who have not yet reached 18 years of age. English Language Proficiency: IELTS - Minimum Score - 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) - Minimum Score - 79 with no score less than 60; PTE Academic - Minimum Score - 58 with no score less than 50.

For international students

Educational prerequisites (Direct entry)

Applicants may be admitted to the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) if they have previously successfully completed a relevant bachelor (AQF Level 7) degree course that contains at least one year, or the equivalent (8 units) of full-time studies in the social and behavioural sciences, as required by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Units from the following broad fields may be considered:

• Psychology

• Sociology

• History

• Media and arts

• Community and welfare studies

• Human development

• Gender studies

• Nursing, allied health

• Anthropology

• Law

• Counselling

• Philosophy

• Politics

Educational prerequisites (pathway entry)

Applicants may be admitted to the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) if they have successfully completed a relevant bachelor (AQF Level 7) degree course with 4 units from the above list and the Graduate Certificate in Counselling (Bridging Course).

English language requirements:

IELTS: 7.0 with no band less than 6.5; TOEFL iBT (Internet-based): 94* with no score less than 20; PTE Academic: 65 with no score less than 58

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