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Whatever your background, if you’re a graduate with a passion for social justice then La Trobe’s Master of Social Work is your pathway into a highly-rewarding and in-demand career.

The principles of equity, diversity and inclusion are embedded in this degree. Here, you’ll be challenged and inspired by our staff and learn from their broad spectrum of experience. You’ll be encouraged to draw on your own educational background, guided by our highly-qualified teaching staff.

You will undertake two 70-day practical placements where you will have the opportunity to put social work knowledge and theory into practice working alongside professionals, who will guide your development.

La Trobe has been rated above world standard for their research in social work* and has a wealth of industry experience – so you’ll receive up-to-date theoretical and practical learning essential to the field.

Gain valuable international experience by completing your final placement with one of our partner organisations in Fiji, Timor Leste, Macau, Cambodia or the Philippines. You’ll have the opportunity to work in diverse and challenging fields including research, education, advocacy, community development, mental health, child and family welfare, and disability.

At La Trobe, we also offer you flexible study options. Study for two years full-time or three to four years part-time, with your choice of the Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne or Mildura campuses.

*2015 Excellence in Research Australia report

Career opportunities

Employment prospects in social work are high and are projected to continue growing strongly over the next five years.* Now is the time to extend your skills and embark upon a career where you can make a difference on a local,  national and/or international scale. Social workers are employed across a range of public sector and community organisations.

When you graduate you’ll be qualified to work in a diverse range of contexts including:

  • community development
  • child protection and family services
  • disability
  • aged care
  • mental health
  • refugee and asylum seeker support services
  • social policy and research
  • advocacy and many others.

* joboutlook.gov.au

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Maureen Long

Discipline Lead – Social Work, Department of Community and Clinical Allied Health | School of Allied Health

Students of social work at La Trobe University gain access to more than just teachers, they get to work with some of the finest and most dedicated practitioners in the industry.

Educators come from backgrounds in disciplines including; child and family welfare, Indigenous issues, drug and alcohol, advocacy and people with disabilities.

Maureen Long is the Discipline Lead of Social Work and she said it was this rich experience that most benefited students in the Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work courses.

'What makes this different is that we have very strong research that supports our teaching,' she said.

'The other thing is that we are very experienced practitioners. Even though we do have some career academics, most of us actually have very strong practice backgrounds. Our teaching and our research is very grounded in high quality social work practice across a range of contexts.'

'So we've got this very strong practice background, with influenced research and it comes out in our teaching and our passion for our discipline.'

Course details for local students

Master of Social Work

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
12 February, 2018
Fees amount:
$23,200 per 120 credit points. There are limited CSP places.
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga; Bendigo; Melbourne; Mildura
Duration:
2 years full-time or 3-4 years part time.
Prerequisites:
- Bachelor's degree - A minimum grade average of 70 per cent - Preferably with studies in arts, social sciences, psychology, teaching, nursing or business-related areas. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Master of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional costs (other than health insurance):
Approximate costs include textbooks (available from the La Trobe Co-op bookshop at approximately A$70-$100 per text), which remain students' personal property. A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$16 (for a student with a Victorian residential address) or A$42 (for a student with a residential address outside of Victoria) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). There is a nominal cost for a passport size photo required for WWC check as well as a name badge to be worn on placement (approximately A$10). Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, some students may be required to provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: all costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information:
La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply. Students must obtain a National Police Check (or equivalent) and Working With Children Check before undertaking clinical professional placements. Please note that professional placements are unpaid and may be located in metropolitan or rural areas, interstate or overseas. Students may be required to do their placement outside semesters. For more information about clinical placements, visit our Professional Placements website.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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Choose Master of Social Work at La Trobe

Whatever your background, if you’re a graduate with a passion for social justice then La Trobe’s Master of Social Work is your pathway into a highly-rewarding and in-demand career.

The principles of equity, diversity and inclusion are embedded in this degree. Here, you’ll be challenged and inspired by our staff and learn from their broad spectrum of experience. You’ll be encouraged to draw on your own educational background, guided by our highly-qualified teaching staff.

You will undertake two 70-day practical placements where you will have the opportunity to put social work knowledge and theory into practice working alongside professionals, who will guide your development.

La Trobe has been rated above world standard for their research in social work* and has a wealth of industry experience – so you’ll receive up-to-date theoretical and practical learning essential to the field.

Gain valuable international experience by completing your final placement with one of our partner organisations in Fiji, Timor Leste, Macau, Cambodia or the Philippines. You’ll have the opportunity to work in diverse and challenging fields including research, education, advocacy, community development, mental health, child and family welfare, and disability.

At La Trobe, we also offer you flexible study options. Study for two years full-time or three to four years part-time, with your choice of the Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne or Mildura campuses.

*2015 Excellence in Research Australia report

Career opportunities

Employment prospects in social work are high and are projected to continue growing strongly over the next five years.* Now is the time to extend your skills and embark upon a career where you can make a difference on a local,  national and/or international scale. Social workers are employed across a range of public sector and community organisations.

When you graduate you’ll be qualified to work in a diverse range of contexts including:

  • community development
  • child protection and family services
  • disability
  • aged care
  • mental health
  • refugee and asylum seeker support services
  • social policy and research
  • advocacy and many others.

* joboutlook.gov.au

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Staff profile

Maureen Long

Discipline Lead – Social Work, Department of Community and Clinical Allied Health | School of Allied Health

Students of social work at La Trobe University gain access to more than just teachers, they get to work with some of the finest and most dedicated practitioners in the industry.

Educators come from backgrounds in disciplines including; child and family welfare, Indigenous issues, drug and alcohol, advocacy and people with disabilities.

Maureen Long is the Discipline Lead of Social Work and she said it was this rich experience that most benefited students in the Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work courses.

'What makes this different is that we have very strong research that supports our teaching,' she said.

'The other thing is that we are very experienced practitioners. Even though we do have some career academics, most of us actually have very strong practice backgrounds. Our teaching and our research is very grounded in high quality social work practice across a range of contexts.'

'So we've got this very strong practice background, with influenced research and it comes out in our teaching and our passion for our discipline.'

Course details for international students

Master of Social Work (074028J)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
See additional information
Fees amount ($A):
32 400
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga; Bendigo; Melbourne; Mildura
Duration:
2 years
English language requirements:
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English; TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27; English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher. or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements:
You must have a relevant Bachelor's degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's degree, completed in the past five years (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Relevant studies include health, human or social sciences. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Special requirements:
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the: Health Sciences website for important information. All students are required to obtain a National Police Check (A$15.50) and Working with Children check (no cost) before undertaking a clinical professional placement. Note the quoted costs are approximate only and subject to change. Applicants for this course must also complete Supplementary Application Form from the website
Professional recognition:
The Master of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
Applicants must also submit a supplementary form [PDF 689KB] with your application.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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