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What will I learn?

Develop the knowledge and skills to practise responsibly and reflectively as a professional social worker.

The Master of Social Work is a coursework program designed to provide higher degree coursework and meets the standards set by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

The course is available via graduate entry or qualified social worker entry.

What you will study

The program teaches you to research, analyse and articulate a framework for inclusive and ethical professional social work practice. You will develop the skills to identify the cultural context of various approaches and their relevance to specific situations and populations, and to delineate the connections between interpersonal practice, social policy and research. Topics cover areas such as social work with diverse populations, complexities in work with children and families, mental health through the life course, and trauma and resilience.

Your career

Graduates can go on to secure positions in a variety of settings within a framework of relevant legislation and procedures, supporting individuals, families, and groups within the community.

Potential occupations include:

  • community services project officer
  • social worker
  • case manager
  • advocacy worker
  • mental health worker
  • social research officer
  • youth pathways project officer.

Potential employers include:

  • governmental departments
  • hospitals
  • health and community centres
  • correctional services
  • local government
  • community service departments
  • for-profit human services
  • non-government welfare agencies

Which department am I in?

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work



Study options

Full Time (104 weeks)

Tuition fees
A$34,500.00 (US$ 23,177) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023


Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE): Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking, 300 Reading, 300 Listening.

For international students

Graduate Entry

Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree with a competitive GPA. International applicants will be required to complete two intensive foundation topics. These topics run for one week only prior to the start of first and second semesters. The study of the foundation topics will not incur a tuition fee.

Qualified Social Worker Entry

Applicants must normally hold a Bachelor of Social Work recognised by the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) or equivalent. Applicants must have completed either an AASW-accredited Bachelor of Social Work Honours, or an AASW-accredited Bachelor of Social Work plus at least two years professional work experience (paid or volunteer) or equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing, 6.0 Reading, 6.0 Listening; TOEFL (Internet): 80 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing, 18 Reading, 18 Listening; Pearson PTE Academic: 58 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing, 50 Reading, 50 Listening; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): C

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


About Flinders University

Flinders University ranked 1st in South Australia for teaching quality, learning engagement and student support.

  • Among top 300 - THE World University Rankings 2020
  • Home to over 5000 international students
  • Based in Adelaide one of the most liveable cities in the world
  • Over 300 study options to choose from

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