Master of Social Work

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This program aims to prepare students for key social work roles in which they might work with individuals, families and groups, or be involved in community work, social policy, social research, and organisational planning and administration. The curriculum is based on a philosophy of social justice, and students should acquire the knowledge and skills to work effectively in complex organisations. A key feature is the practical placement component, which allows students to gain practical skills in the field.


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.

Study pathways

Honours is available during the final year.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Bendigo International: $64,800 No No information available
Melbourne International: $64,800 No No information available
Albury-Wodonga International: $64,800 No No information available
Mildura International: $64,800 No No information available

Further information

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.

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