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Applied Social Work, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 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.
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If you want to be a social worker, then this is the programme for you.

Learning outcomes

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

  • To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please use the regulations button.
  • 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • 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

  • 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
  • Provide details of any convictions or charges pending in New Zealand and/or overseas
  • Complete the Vetting Service Request and Consent Form for a New Zealand Police check

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19693 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19693 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4324 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4324 USD 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.
  • Domestic students: 6609 NZD
  • International students: 30100 NZD

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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