24 months
33600 AUD/year
26800 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Social Work course at La Trobe University can lead to roles in a diverse and rewarding range of areas including social policy, community and direct practice.

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Transform people's lives as a social worker with this Master of Social Work course at La Trobe University

Previous graduates have gone on to work at health and human services organisations such as Anglicare, Centrelink and the Department of Human Services, as well as various health services and hospitals both locally and abroad. When you graduate, you'll be equipped to take on roles in a range of specialist areas including child protection and family services, aged care, indigenous support, housing services, mental health, family services, protective services, refugee and asylum seeker support services, social justice advocacy and more . Due to the wide range of important services provided by social workers, the demand for skilled and compassionate social workers is high and expected to see considerable growth into the future.* More recently, social workers are employed to support communities impacted by disasters due to climate change.

La Trobe's Master of Social Work gives you the skills and knowledge to turn your passion for social justice into a thriving career. Whether you're looking to advance your career or move into a rewarding new field, you'll gain the hands-on expertise to help people in need.

Learn from world-class academics with extensive backgrounds in social work practice, including specialists in areas such as addiction, child and family welfare, disability, and mental health. 

Career outcomes

Graduate ready to take on roles in a range of fields including child protection, family services, aged care, disability, corrections, Indigenous, mental health, environmental protection, social justice and settings.

Possible roles include:

  • Senior social worker
    • Oversee the support services conducted in a community or a particular area, coordinate social workers, handle issues or concerns and manage schedules.
  • Mental health social worker
    • Work with individuals with psychological problems and help improve their quality of life.
  • School counsellor
    • Provide counselling and educational development for students experiencing psychological, social, behavioural or emotional difficulties.
  • Child and family support worker
    • Help children and families in need by providing emotional and practical assistance.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Social Work with Individuals, Families & Groups: Applications 
  • Fields of Social Work Practice 
  •  Law, Human Rights, and Ethics in Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Applications 
  • Professional Practice   

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

La Trobe University assesses applications on a rolling basis which means you can apply for the next upcoming intake or available future intakes.


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS code: 110240B
  • Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 60%
  • Specialisation - recommended: Studies in arts, social sciences, psychology, teaching, nursing or business-related areas.
  • All applicants can complete and submit a Personal Statement.
  • 7.0 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 7.0.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    33600 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33600 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    26800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26800 AUD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Melbourne

1501 - 2659 AUD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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