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Social Work (Graduate Entry)

Develop the knowledge and skills to practise responsibly and reflectively as a professional social worker.

The Master of Social Work is a coursework program designed to provide higher degree coursework and meets the standards set by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

The course is available via graduate entry or qualified social worker entry.

Quick Facts

Duration: 2 years
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $34,500
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
CRICOS code: 019222G
Delivery mode: On campus

What you will study

The program teaches you to research, analyse and articulate a framework for inclusive and ethical professional social work practice. You will develop the skills to identify the cultural context of various approaches and their relevance to specific situations and populations, and to delineate the connections between interpersonal practice, social policy and research. Topics cover areas such as social work with diverse populations, complexities in work with children and families, mental health through the life course, and trauma and resilience.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Graduates can go on to secure positions in a variety of settings within a framework of relevant legislation and procedures, supporting individuals, families, and groups within the community.

Potential occupations include:

  • community services project officer
  • social worker
  • case manager
  • advocacy worker
  • mental health worker
  • social research officer
  • youth pathways project officer.

Potential employers include:

  • governmental departments
  • hospitals
  • health and community centres
  • correctional services
  • local government
  • community service departments
  • for-profit human services
  • non-government welfare agencies.

Professional accreditation/recognition

Master of Social Work graduates are eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Students must have completed an accredited degree and also meet the AASW English language requirements.