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Social Work (Advanced Practice), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) Online
Invigorate your professional practice with the Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) from Charles Sturt University. Building on your previous knowledge and experience as a qualified social worker, this degree provides opportunities to extend your practice through advanced study of specialised fields in social work.


Course highlights

The Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) equips you with highly developed knowledge and skills to enrich your professional practice and further your understanding of contemporary challenges and future directions in the social work profession.

  • Research or coursework

    Depending on your interests and aspirations, you can undertake your degree by either research or coursework. Research students will develop an understanding of human service research methods, conduct an original research investigation and present their findings in a dissertation. Students choosing coursework will select from a wide range of subjects with relevance to contemporary social work practice.

  • Online convenience

    Online study provides real flexibility, giving you the freedom to choose when and where you complete your degree. You'll have access to a wide range of online study materials, support and communication tools.

  • A dynamic academic community

    Charles Sturt University is a leading Australian provider of social work education and our academic staff draw on extensive industry experience and the latest research to inform their teaching. You'll experience the benefits of group-based learning and forge professional connections that will extend well beyond your studies.

Career opportunities

The Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) is a career-enhancing qualification that will further your expertise as a dynamic, reflective practising social worker. Representing ideal preparation for management, policy and practice leadership roles, this degree will give you a competitive edge in your bid for career advancement or promotion.

Programme Structure

Courses included
  • Human Services Research Methods
  • Advanced Social Work Practice Theory
  • Social Policy Reading Subject
  • Social Work and Human Services Dissertation 
  • Social Work and Mental Health Practice
  • Human Resource Management
  • Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
  • Ageing and Professional Practice
  • Issues in Dementia Care and Communication
  • Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
  • Ageing,Policy and Social Construction
  • Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
  • Issues in Leisure and Health
  • Project Management/Community Leisure and Health
  • Management Theory and Practice
  • Public Sector Management
  • Law, Ethics and Human Rights
  • Advanced Social Policy Analysis and Planning 
  • Social Work and Social Policy Practice
  • International Social Development
  • Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
  • Case Management
  • Working in Child Protection
  • Addiction Studies
  • Ethics and Social Welfare

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    64 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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 (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice), students must have completed an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)-accredited qualification, such as a Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).

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

  • International

    25200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25200 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


Australian Government Scholarships for International Students: The Australian government offers various scholarships for international students to study at Australian universities

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