Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
La Trobe's Master of Social Work is for graduates of other disciplines who wish to move into social work from a related area. The course will prepare you to work in direct practice, social policy, social research, organisational planning and administration, and to conduct effective community work. Studying with passionate students from a range of disciplines, our program will encourage you to draw on your relevant experience and challenge the way you think. Throughout the course, you'll be guided by highly qualified teaching staff with a wealth of industry experience. You'll make new contacts, grow your networks, and acquire the skills you'll need to step into a professional practice career in social work. Our curriculum is based on a philosophy of social justice. You'll develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively in a range of social policy, community and direct practice areas in the government, community and private sectors.
Students undertake academic and fieldwork subjects, and 2 supervised 70-day placements (1 in each year), in a professional social work agency. Please note students may be required to attend some lectures and seminars in block mode and/or outside official University semester dates.
- Social work
Standard entry requirements
- Bachelor degree: A minimum grade average of 70 per cent
- Preferably with studies in arts, social sciences, psychology, teaching, nursing or business-related areas
- NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place
- Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
The Master of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates of the Master of Social Work may apply for membership with the AASW. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Honours is available during the final year.
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This course starts on 6 February 2017 (Summer 2). La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply. Students must obtain a National Police Check (or equivalent) and Working With Children Check before undertaking clinical professional placements. Please note that professional placements are unpaid and may be located in metropolitan or rural areas, interstate or overseas. Students may be required to do their placement outside semesters. For more information about clinical placements, visit our Professional Placements website.