Social Work - M6012

Social Work

Professional entry master degree

The Master of Social Work degree is a graduate-entry degree, providing graduates with the knowledge, skills and professional experience required to work as qualified social workers. This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and includes 1000 hours of supervised placement over two years.

As we transition to a COVID-normal, we need social workers more than ever. Our Master of Social Work in Australia or online prepares you as a work-ready, qualified social worker in two years, and gives you the skills and practical experience to drive change, advocate for individuals, families and communities.

Social work is a hands-on, people-focused profession and we apply this approach to our teaching. As a postgraduate social work student, you’ll start thinking like a social worker from day one of your degree with an early focus on developing the essential skills, such as interviewing, counselling and collaborative decision-making.

In our course, you learn by doing - whether that’s practising your assessment skills with actors or applying your knowledge to a case study in an interactive workshop. You’ll also gain professional experience by completing two 500-hour supervised placements, working with real clients at one of our partner organisations.

Why study a Social Work course at Monash?

Your studies start with the foundations of social work - learning to use and develop evidence for practice. You’ll then explore social work in specific settings, like working in trauma, with families and communities. You also have the opportunity to choose electives in specialist topics - such as child protection, alcohol and drugs, and family violence - allowing you to discover different areas of practice and shape your future career pathway.

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.

Social Work 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 workers are in-demand and it’s a career with strong projected employment growth.

Our course prepares you for the diverse career opportunities in social work. You can work in hospitals, mental health programs, government departments, community, human service and non-profit organisations. You may choose to specialise in working with specific populations - such as young people, victims of family violence, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or LGTBQI communities or those affected by addiction. You can also choose to drive change on a large-scale, with roles in policy or research.

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At a glance

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

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 bachelor degree (or equivalent) with at least a credit (60%) average and at least one year of full-time studies in the social and behavioural sciences*


A Masters program with at least a pass (50%) average which qualifies graduates to register and practice in Allied Health**, Education, Medicine or Nursing.

*Examples of suitable discipline majors within Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Science degrees that would satisfy this requirement but are not limited to are:

  • Anthropology
  • Community development
  • Counselling
  • Criminology
  • Economics: with a health or social focus
  • Geography with a human/social focus
  • Indigenous studies
  • International relations
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Psychological sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Examples of suitable degrees that would satisfy this requirement but are not limited to are:

  • Education
  • Health Science
  • Medicine
  • Medical Radiation Science
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Paramedicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health

** Allied health includes: optometry, speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiography/medical imaging, radiation therapy, medical ultrasound, paramedicine, dietetics, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychology, podiatry

English entry requirements

Level D
IELTS (Academic): 7.0 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 7.0, Reading 7.0, Writing 7.0 and Speaking 7.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic):  65 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 65, Reading 65, Speaking 65 and Writing 65TOEFL Internet-based test: 98 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 23 and Writing 27Equivalent 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.  A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Screening check is required to undertake clinical/fieldwork placements in some settings.

Information regarding the full requirements is available at Mandatory compliance.

Inherent requirements

To complete your degree, you will need to demonstrate that you have the abilities, knowledge, and skills to achieve specific core learning outcomes, these are called inherent requirements.

Find out more about inherent requirements for this course.

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


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