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    Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
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    Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Key Facts

    Program Level

    Master by Course Work

    Study Type

    Full Time


    On Campus

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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 2 years
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 32,040  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)


    Make a real difference with social work and expand your career opportunities in this professionally accredited course, recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers. Gain expertise in improving the lives of others with critical skills in social work tailored to the unique and complex challenges of individuals, families, groups and communities.

    Enhance your current qualifications and gain the critical skills to improve the lives of others, working towards creating a just and equitable society. This specialist postgraduate professional qualifying course, recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers is designed to give you valuable opportunities to gain practical professional experience in social work practice and social welfare agencies, both in Australia and overseas.

    Acquire valuable hands-on experience working with individuals, families, groups and communities through on-campus classes and/or residential workshops. JCU’s world-class lecturers provide consistent support and regular feedback to help you get the most out of your learning experience.

    Students complete a series of essential core subjects, tailored to the unique and complex challenges of individuals, families, groups and communities. Subjects consider global and contemporary Australian issues and international perspectives with those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Work while you study with JCU’s flexible delivery options. You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning for one field education placement if you already have significant social welfare and human services experience.

    View the handbook for a detailed overview of subjects.
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    Master’s in Social Work

    Do you genuinely care about the well-being of others and want to work in a role where you can make a real difference and contribute to improving the lives of others? Are you a good communicator, resilient to stress, passionate about human rights and willing to take on a challenge? Then you seem like the ideal candidate for a career in social work. Social work is a highly rewarding field where you get to work with people and make a positive difference. It’s challenging but highly rewarding and gives a sense of self-fulfilment, unlike many other jobs. To qualify for this type of role, study for a master’s degree in Social Work at JCU.

    Studying at JCU will provide you with excellent opportunities to further your knowledge and will provide you with the key skills you need to succeed in social work. With flexible study options and excellent learning resources the JCU Master of Social Work is qualifying for social work and sets you up for success with real experience.

    Study Flexibly

    JCU's flexible delivery options make it accessible for more people to study social work and become qualified in the field they’re most passionate about. If you’re wondering how to get a master’s degree in social work in a way that fits your lifestyle and existing commitments, JCU is the answer. You can study in Townsville or Cairns and can choose between studying full-time or part-time, which allows you to work while studying or fit your master’s degree around other existing commitments. Those with significant experience in social welfare or human services can be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning to replace one field education placement.

    Set Yourself Up for Success

    The JCU master’s in Social Work is professional qualifying and recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers. Students receive top-quality teaching and access to excellent learning resources and work placements to ensure they graduate fully equipped to take on the world of social work. Graduates are highly employable and find work in government and non-government organisations in Australia and abroad. You can find yourself working in settings like hospitals, community health services, mental health services, child protection services and more. You could work in roles that include case worker, community work and development roles, social policy, research or advocacy. With the broad skillset and extensive experience gained during your studies, you can work in an area of social work you feel most passionately about and open up the doors to endless employment opportunities.

    Study a Master's Degree in Social Work at JCU & Learn Through Experience

    There is no substitute for experience. Students of the master’s in Social Work at JCU complete 1000 hours of placements during their studies, gaining invaluable real-life work experience in a range of relevant settings both in Australia and other countries. Apart from classes and workshops with world-class teachers, you will get practical experience working with individuals, families and communities which will set you apart to employers after graduation.

    Make a difference where it matters and provide yourself with the experience you need for success by choosing JCU when you want to study for a master’s in Social Work in Queensland.
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    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline other than Social Work that includes a minimum of 1 year full-time study in social and behavioural sciences; or equivalent

    English language requirements

    Band 3c

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) graduates are highly employable and make a difference in a variety of settings.

    You could pursue a career as a social worker in government and non-government organisations throughout Australia or internationally.

    Graduates find employment in areas like hospital and community health services, mental health services, child protection services, youth and family services.

    You could work in a range of occupations, such as case work with individuals and families, community work and development roles, or social policy, research and advocacy roles.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 32,040 

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