• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Students choose James Cook University because of the university's well-deserved reputation for delivering courses that are highly valued by employers. The JCU Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) is a wise study choice if you have a particular interest in working with people and communities in Northern Australia and beyond.


If you are a graduate with some social science background, you can choose the James Cook University Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) to gain a post graduate qualification in social work. You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning for one field education placement if you already have significant social welfare and human services experience.

JCU's Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) degree gives you valuable opportunities to network and gain practical professional experience in social welfare agencies in Australia and overseas. You'll be job-ready when you graduate.

Studies of local and global issues, and subjects that integrate international perspectives with the perspectives of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are integral to this course.

Career opportunities:

This Masters degree qualifies you to apply for work in government and non-government organisations throughout Australia or internationally in areas such as:

  • Hospital and community health services
  • Child protection services
  • Youth and family services
  • Community work and development roles
  • Social policy, research and advocacy roles.


This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates are eligible for full membership of AASW. Student preliminary membership is available.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Postgraduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice
  • Social Welfare Work with Children and Families
  • Social Work and Mental Health
  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Community Development
  • Foundations for Social Work Practice
  • Advanced Social Work Practicum

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Part-time option is available for domestic students only

  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Applicants must hold a recognised and appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning, including appropriate professional experience.

CRICOS code: 070091A

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29400 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29400 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Townsville

  • 1500 - 2800 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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