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Online
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Duration

2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session 1 201830

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

This degree encompasses areas such as child protection, cross-cultural and Indigenous studies, ethics, human rights, law, mental health, psychology, social policy, sociology and in-depth study of social work methods and theories. You'll learn about people, communities, groups and social structures and how to think, communicate, and respond to need and opportunity.

Launch a career in an internationally recognised profession

CSU's Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) has full AASW accreditation, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout Australia. Graduates are also eligible for membership of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).

Benefit from our reputation

CSU is a leading provider of social work education in Australia.

Gain authentic experience

You'll develop strong practical skills and hands-on learning through 1000 hours of supported workplace learning, offering unique opportunities to observe, question and model social work behaviour. If you choose, you can broaden your horizons by embarking on a two-week social work tour in a country such as India, South Korea, Samoa or Indonesia.

Study under leading educators

Whether you're studying full-time or part-time, you can be assured of quality learning support and personal contact from dedicated staff who have extensive industry experience and are leaders in their profession. CSU's award-winning academics have contributed to the development of social work education in Australia and are continuously engaged in extensive education-based research to inform CSU's field education and international programs.

This course is approved and accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates will be eligible for full accreditation and membership with AASW. Graduates are also eligible for membership of the
International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
.

AASW

Please note: an IELTS of 7.0 is required by AASW to obtain employment as a social worker in Australia for those coming from overseas and is recommended for international students undertaking accredited degrees.

This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Graduates will be eligible for full accreditation and membership with AASW.  Graduates are also eligible for membership of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).

Please note: an IELTS of 7.0 is required by AASW to obtain employment as a social worker in Australia for those coming from overseas and is recommended for international students undertaking accredited degrees.

You will complete 1000 hours of field education under the supervision of a qualified social worker. Field education is divided into two subjects, with flexible arrangements of placement days in each. Learning objectives are based on the formulation of a detailed learning plan that you negotiate with your supervisor and CSU staff. During field education, you will receive ongoing support and communication from CSU. This includes a minimum of three liaison contacts with CSU staff and one on-site visit from a CSU staff member or their representative.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2
SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2A
HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects have a residential school component:

HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo level Practice
HCS508 Social Work theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4- Macro Practice and Professional Identity

For more information about residential schools for Social Work students, please see our factsheet.

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

Diverse roles

Work in counselling, case management, social administration and policy formation, social action and program planning, family work and rehabilitation, health, community services and corrections, disability advocacy, legal aid or research.

Multiple destinations

While CSU social work graduates can travel the world and work anywhere, they are often found at the heart of communities in rural and regional areas.

Career enhancement

If you are already employed in the human services sector, upgrading your qualifications may provide new opportunities or help advance your career.

Diverse roles

Work in counselling, case management, social administration and policy formation, social action and program planning, family work and rehabilitation, health, community services and corrections, disability advocacy, legal aid or research.

Multiple destinations

While CSU social work graduates can travel the world and work anywhere, they are often found at the heart of communities in rural and regional areas.

Career enhancement

If you are already employed in the human services sector, upgrading your qualifications may provide new opportunities or help advance your career.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

No special arrangements apply

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) is only available to study on campus.

The Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) is only available to study online.

You can study the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) online or on campus.

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DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYNNEAMY

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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

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

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYNNJAMY
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYNNOAPQ
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYNNEAMY

LEGEND
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

Robyn Broadley - CSU Graduate

"The practical components of the course gave a breadth of experience, and recognised the transference of skills across domains."

Robyn Broadley - CSU Graduate

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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

All subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.

To graduate with the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying), students must satisfactorily complete 128 points, made up of 120 points of core subjects plus 1 restricted elective.

Core subjects (120 points):
HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights
HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo Level Practice
HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4 - Macro Practice and Professional Identity
HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (16 points)
HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) *
HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1
HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2 - Mandated Practice
HCS532 Law for the Human Services
SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice
SWK423 Ethics and Social Work Practice
SWK504 Social Work Research

* With Course Director's approval, HCS506 may be replaced by SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points).

Fieldwork placements are undertaken within subjects HCS505 and HCS506 (above) – see Workplace Learning Section for full details.

One Restricted Elective (8 points) - selected from:
ETH401 Ethics and Social Welfare
ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
GER404 Aging & Professional Practice
GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication
GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
HCS510 Social Work Practice in Mental Health
HLT502 Ageing, Policy and Social Construction
HRM502 Human Resource Management
HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare
MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
PAD591 Public Sector Management
PHL502 Law, Ethics and Human Rights
SWK414 International Social Development
WEL407 Child and Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
WEL409 Grief and Loss
WEL418 Case Management
WEL420 Working in Child Protection
WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care for Older People
WEL425 Addiction – Clinical Practice in Human Services
WEL426 Holistic Eco-Social Approaches and Disaster Recovery
WEL427 Holistic Eco-Social Practice in Human Services
WEL428 Holistic Eco-Social Approaches to Global Governance and Policy
WEL429 Indigenous Australian Practice for Human Services Workers
WEL430 Critical Analysis of Professional Practice

A limited number of other electives, drawn from relevant postgraduate subjects, are available to students following consultation with the Course Director.


KEY SUBJECTS
Key subjects contain critical information that students must master in order to progress in their course.  Passing a key subjects is one of the indicators of satisfactory academic progress in a course.  Student must pass key subjects at no more than two attempts.  Commencing in 2018, the key subjects for the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) are:

HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1
HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2
HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1
HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2 - Mandated Practice

PART-TIME -

Year 1 – Session 1
HCS507 Social Work Theory and Practice 1 - Foundations of Practice
HCS518 Social Work Fields of Practice 1

Year 1 - Session 2
HCS508 Social Work Theory and Practice 2 - Micro Practice
SWK504 Research Methods

Year 2 – Session 1
HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (16 points) (commence)*
HCS519 Social Work Fields of Practice 2 - Mandated Practice

Year 2 - Session 2
HCS505 Social Work Field Education 1 (complete)*
SWK423 Ethics and Social Work Practice

Year 3 - Session 1
HCS509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo level Practice
SPE502 Social Policy

Year 3 - Session 2
HCS 406 Human Rights
[             ] Restricted Elective**

Year 4 – Session 1
HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (commence)*
HCS532 Law for the Human Services

Year 4 - Session 2
HCS506 Social Work Field Education 2 (16 points) (complete)*
HCS511 Social Work Theory and Practice 4 - Macro Practice and Professional Identity
 

* Fieldwork subject.

** If Restricted Elective subject selected is only available in Session 1, swap enrolment with HCS532 - Year 4 - Session 1.

Students who have previously completed a subject or subjects deemed equivalent to HCS532 and/or HCS406 can substitute a Restricted Elective subject in consultation with the Course Coordinator.

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To successfully graduate, must complete 128 points at Pass level or better, including all core subjects.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

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

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees. Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

As a HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. CSU also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.

Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates may apply for a scholarship to cover their tuition fees, living costs and research costs. Please visit the CSU Higher Degree by Research Scholarships for more information. The main round of Australian Government funded Research Training Program scholarships is open for applications in September and October each year.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
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Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

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(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

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2018 Session 1 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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