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The Master of Social Work from University of Auckland prepares you for advanced professional responsibility in social work.

You will learn advanced approaches and interventions in social work practice, and develop knowledge, skills and experience in critiquing and undertaking social work research to enhance your practice.

The programme enables social work practitioners to undertake further study in subjects related to their professional practice and then undertake research in an area of special interest.

This postgraduate programme is for qualified social workers. If you are looking for a postgraduate programme to become a qualified social worker see: Master of Social Work (Professional).


If you are a qualified social worker, this programme will enable you to inquire into an area of interest and prepare you for advanced professional responsibility in your practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Education Professional Studies
  • Education
  • Professional Counselling
  • Professional Supervision
  • Social Work
  • Social Work Child and Family Practice
  • Social Work Health Practice
  • Social Work Youth Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

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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    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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    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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Research 120 points  

  • You must have completed one year of postgraduate study in social work, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution). You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Research 240 points

  • You must have completed an undergraduate degree in social work at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21827 USD/year
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  • National

    5084 USD/year
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  • Domestic: NZ$7,545.60 – $7,694.40
  • International: NZ$32,392

Living costs for Auckland

  • 1400 - 2200 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Are you an international student considering studying at the University of Auckland or already studying here? You may be eligible for a scholarship.

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