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Do you aspire to become a leader in your field? CSU’s Doctor of Social Work gives you unique opportunities to undertake advanced and critical reflection on professional social work practice.

As the highest level qualification available, this course enables you to conduct research that makes an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the discipline.

  • Why study this course?

    The Doctor of Social Work is designed for professionals who wish to extend their levels of professional practice, explore theoretical and practice issues in the profession and acquire advanced research skills.

    Research proficiency

    Under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor, you will develop an advanced understanding of human service research methods, conduct an original research investigation and present your findings in a dissertation.

    Outstanding reputation

    CSU is a leading Australian provider of social work education whose academic staff draw on extensive industry experience and the latest research to inform their teaching. You will experience the benefits of group-based learning and forge professional connections that will extend well beyond your studies.


    CSU offers merit-based scholarships to help you realise your study or career goals.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU’s Doctor of Social Work will further your expertise as a dynamic, reflective practising social worker. It represents ideal preparation for management, policy, research and practice leadership roles.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Doctor of Social Work
    The course consists of four subjects (64 points), and a thesis subject (128 points) as follows:

    SWK701 Social Work Reflective Practice (16)
    SWK702 Advanced Human Services Research (16)
    SWK703 Social Work Literature Review (16)
    SWK704 Social Work Research Proposal (16)

    and either
    SWK726 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work FT (128)
    SWK727 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work PT (128)

    Enrolment pattern


    Session 1
    SWK702 Advanced Human Services Research (16)

    Session 2
    SWK701 Social Work Reflecive Practice (16)

    Session 3
    SWK703 Social Work Literature Review (16)

    Session 4
    SWK704 Social Work Research Proposal  (16 points)

    Session 5
    SWK727 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work PT (128 points) (Commenced)

    Session 6
    SWK727 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work PT (128 points) (Continued)

    Session 7
    SWK727 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work PT (128 points) (Continued)

    Session 8
    SWK727 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work PT (128 points) (Continued)

    Session 9
    SWK727 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work PT (128 points) (Continued)

    Session 10
    SWK727 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work PT (128 points) (Continued)

    Session 11
    SWK727 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work PT (128 points) (Continued)

    Session 12
    SWK727 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work PT (128 points) (Completed)


    Session 1
    SWK702 Advanced Human Services Research (16 points)
    SWK701 Social Work Reflecive Practice (16)

    Session 2
    SWK703 Social Work Literature Review (16)
    SWK704 Social Work Research Proposal  (16 points)

    Session 3
    SWK726 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work FT (128 points) (Commenced)

    Session 4
    SWK726 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work FT (128 points) (Continued)

    Session 5
    SWK726 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work FT (128 points) (Continued)

    Session 6
    SWK726 Doctoral Thesis in Social Work FT (128 points) (Completed)

  • Admission information

    Candidates for admission to the Doctor of Social Work shall:

    • have completed a Class 1 or Class 2 Division 1 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) degree; or a master degree in social work  or human services by coursework attained at a Distinction average (6.0) or better; or a master degree by research in social work or human services, and 
    • have at least three years of full time equivalent professional practice in social work or human services
    • meet the University's English language proficiency requirements.

    Variation to admission requirements based on alternative academic qualifications will be provisionally assessed by the Course Director and a recommendation on admission made to the Research Committee?

    These admission requirements are necessary to ensure that candidates have sufficient academic ability and professional experience to conduct research that leads to advanced, critical reflection on professional practice in the field of social work, human services and welfare.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOn campusWagga WaggaRTSYYNKAWR
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOASW
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaRTSYYNEAWR
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJASZ
    DirectOn campusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNIASZ
    DirectOn campusWagga WaggaFPPGYYNGASW

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Recruitment agent

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    073076J (Wagga Wagga)

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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