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Social Work, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #287 (QS) Online
Excellent social workers are always striving to gain new knowledge. The Master of Social Work (MSW) from Massey University is the right programme for you if you already have a professional qualification in social work and want to improve your practice.
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The Master of Social Work from Massey University is intended for practitioners who wish to undertake advanced study of a specific aspect of social and community work. 

Learning outcomes

The MSW is flexible and offers you opportunities for both full and part-time study.The MSW is a thesis-based programme that encourages social workers to pursue research in a particular field of practice, population, or area of interest. It equips social workers to develop and use research skills in their practice settings and keep current with the very latest theories and practice.

Programme Structure

Courses to the value of 240 credits consisting of either:

  • 120 credits of taught courses and a 120 credit thesis; or 
  • 150 credits of taught courses and a 90 credit thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work with Honours with a B grade average over the 300-level majoring courses
  • Have been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work with a B grade average across all courses

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • National

    4836 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4836 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Domestic students: 7400 NZD
  • Not available for international students.


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