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Master of Social Work

  • Full time available
  • February, November
  • 2 years full-time (Jan/Feb entry); 2.5 years full-time (Nov/Dec entry)

Course Description

This degree will provide you with a postgraduate professional social work qualification that allows entry into the profession. It is specifically designed for graduates holding degrees with some social and behavioural science components. You will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, values and ethical foundations for social work practice in contemporary social policy and human service contexts.
The frameworks for practice incorporated in the program are designed to ensure graduates are effective, ethical, and innovative thinkers, communicators, problem-solvers, change facilitators and leaders.

[[Language requirements]]
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:
A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0 and
English test results must be no more than two years old.

[[Pre-placement requirements]]
*Criminal History Check
*Immunisation and Health Record
*Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Placement Essentials website http://www.griffith.edu.au/health/placement-essentials/school-course-information for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

[[My career opportunities]]
You will be prepared for practice in a range of social work roles including working with individuals, groups and families, community work, advocacy, research, planning and policy development and management and administration. You will find career opportunities in government, non-government and private sector agencies with jobs in hospital and community health settings, youth work, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, child and family welfare, child protection, youth and adult offending, employment and income support, aged care, community development, family support, disability services, services for women, multicultural services and many other social welfare organisations.

[[Professional recognition]]
Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the AASW. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact the AASW to confirm registration requirements.
Graduates from a non-English speaking background should be aware that an IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub-score less than 7.0 is required for registration with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). You will be required to complete an IELTS test at your own expense.

[[Program accreditation]]
Accreditation will be sought from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Entry Requirements

From Summer Semester Nov/Dec 2014, to be eligible for admission to the Master of Social Work, a student must hold a relevant three-year degree in a related field (other than social work)* which includes at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences (studies of the individual and society) or equivalent. (* This includes programs in human services, social sciences, behavioural sciences and psychological sciences.)

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