Social Work - M6012

Social Work

Professional entry master degree

Pandemics, natural disasters, environmental crises and the ensuing economic, health and mental health issues are driving an increased need for social workers worldwide. Our Master of Social Work prepares you as a work-ready, qualified social worker in two years, with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to drive change and advocate for individuals, families and communities.

Social work is a hands-on, people-focused profession as is our approach to teaching in both our on-campus and online streams. In our course, you learn by doing from day one - whether that’s practising your core interviewing, assessment or counselling skills with professional actors, applying your knowledge to a case study in an interactive workshop, or taking part in our student-led social work clinic on campus. You’ll also gain substantial professional experience by completing two 500-hour supervised placements, working with real social work clients at one of our partner organisations.

Our course provides you with the context, professionalism, knowledge and skills you’ll need as a social worker. Your studies start with the foundations of social work - from the history of social work in Australia, to social policy, welfare systems, and social work research. You’ll then explore social work in specific settings such as hospitals, community service centres, domestic violence shelters, and government departments. You also have the opportunity to choose electives in specialist topics - such as child protection, alcohol and drugs, domestic and family violence, and criminology - allowing you to discover different areas of practice that will shape your future career pathway.

At Monash, we are globally recognised for our research expertise in areas like addiction, mental health and family violence. Your teachers are experienced social workers, practitioners and researchers. This ensures our curriculum incorporates the latest professional guidelines and social work research, so your practice is evidence-based and meets the changing needs of our community. Importantly, we not only train you to be a social worker, but also a critical thinker and lifelong learner.

Professional recognition

The Master of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Following successful completion of this course, you’ll graduate as a qualified social worker and be eligible for membership with the AASW.

Career opportunities

With a Monash degree in social work, you will be ready to practice in a range of settings, and work with people of all ages and backgrounds. Social work is a career with strong projected employment growth, and our qualification enables you to practice as a social worker both locally in Australia or around the world.

Social workers empower people and drive important change - whether that’s working one-on-one, as part of a team of professionals, or by shaping policy. You can work in a range of settings delivering health and social services, such as hospitals, mental health programs, government departments, non-profit human services organisations and community-based agencies. You may also choose to specialise in working with specific populations - such as young people, older adults, victims of family violence, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or LGTBQI communities, those affected by addiction, or you can drive change on a large-scale with roles in policy or research.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time

This course requires you to undertake field education placements. Mandatory attendance is required by off-campus students for workshops held at the Caulfield campus.

  • 2 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Master of Social Work
Course Handbook

Deliver collaborative health care

Social workers play an important role in advocacy and counselling. But it takes a whole team of different health professions working together to get the best outcomes for patients.

Tune in to the Master of Social Work online webinar

Listen to this webinar to learn more about the course and discover the diverse career options as an accredited social worker.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent), with at least a credit (60%) average, and successful completion of two units in the study of society.

Units fulfilling the prerequisite studies of society are broadly assessed and include, for example, studies in sociology, social science, social psychology, human development, anthropology, philosophy, history, gender, law, politics, media, the arts, technology, and multicultural society.

Past academic standing is also a significant factor in selection. Students are selected on academic merit and the completion of two broad studies of society.

English entry requirements

Level B
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic):  58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 58, Reading 58, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 19, Listening 20, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Applicants will be required to undertake a police check, working with children check and provide proof of relevant vaccinations prior to being permitted onto fieldwork placements.

Making the application

Future students

Note: Please make sure you read the extra requirements before you apply.

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6012


For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: M6012

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee information specific to this course

Domestic students in this course may apply for Austudy payments fromCentrelink / the Department of Human Services. See the Austudy site for details. Additional eligibility criteria apply.

There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) within the course; the faculty will assess and determine a ranked listing of applicants who meet the admission criteria, and offers will be made to the highest ranking applicants based on a rank order and number of places available.

Applicants who apply for a CSP will be advised in due course in regards to the progress of their application.
The CSP rates published in this guide are indicative and can vary depending on unit enrolment.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 090746A