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Applied Social Work, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #287 (QS) Auckland, New Zealand| Online
If you are motivated to make a positive difference in people’s lives, a social work career may be for you. The Master in  Applied Social Work is delivered by Massey University.


If you want to be a social worker, then this is the programme for you.

The Master of Applied Social Work (MApplSW) from Massey University will prepare you for practice and registration as a social worker in New Zealand and most other countries.

The course conforms to national and international guidelines by including two different supervised field experiences. This 240-credit master's programme is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than social work but wish to change careers.

Programme Structure

Master of Applied Social Work structure

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please use the Planning Tool.

While the structure of the programme is set, there is scope within the courses to choose your particular emphasis from within the fields of social or community work practice. The programme is designed to meet the requirements for registration as a Social Worker in New Zealand, and the degree is recognised internationally.

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

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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General Requirements

As well as meeting the criteria to enter the University, for the MApplSW Selected Entry application process, you will need to:

  • Meet the requirements set down by the Social Workers Registration Act 2003 for registration as a social worker in New Zealand in terms of being “fit and proper persons to practise social work”
  • Provide a curriculum vitae which includes your academic and work history
  • Provide a personal statement explaining why you wish to enter the social work programme and profession 
  • Provide details of two character referees - these must not be family or friends

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35070 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7186 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7186 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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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.


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