Master of Social Work - Qualifying

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 01595D

This course is an academically advanced 2-year post-qualifying degree that builds on the prior knowledge and experiences that students bring to their studies. USC's professionally accredited program develops critically reflective and analytical practitioners, equipping them with innovative knowledge and skills to undertake social action, counselling, community development, policy analysis and development, advocacy and research to work with people individually and collectively for change. You'll complete two field education placements (1000 hours in total), enabling integration of classroom learning with practical workplace experience in a huge range of fields including: health and mental health, child protection, disability, substance abuse, family violence, homelessness, working with young people, families, the elderly, refugees and Indigenous communities. Employment opportunities are extremely diverse in both government and community settings. The degree also provides a pathway to become a Medicare rebated, mental health accredited practitioner through the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) for graduates who want to pursue a career in private practice.


12 required subjects which include 2 field education placements


  • Social work

Standard entry requirements

Applicants must hold a relevant 3-year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) that includes the equivalent of at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences (studies of the individual and society). This is the minimum entry requirement as set out by the ASWEAS guidelines (2012). If an applicant's prior degree has not specifically addressed social work, sociology and psychology, they may be required to undertake additional foundational study. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview. English language requirements apply.


The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is fully accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
USC Sunshine Coast International: $44,800 Yes No information available

Further information

Students may be required to undertake a criminal history check and apply for a Blue Card.

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