La Trobe University

Master of Social Work

Overview

Start dates
Semester 1 (February)
Duration
2 years full-time or 3-4 years part time.
Fees and costs
$23,200 per 120 credit points. There are limited CSP places.

La Trobe's Master of Social Work is for graduates of other disciplines who wish to move into social work from a related area. The course will prepare you to work in direct practice, social policy, social research, organisational planning and administration, and to conduct effective community work.

Studying with passionate students from a range of disciplines, our program will encourage you to draw on your relevant experience and challenge the way you think. Throughout the course, you'll be guided by highly qualified teaching staff with a wealth of industry experience. You'll make new contacts, grow your networks, and acquire the skills you'll need to step into a professional practice career in social work.

Our curriculum is based on a philosophy of social justice. You'll develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively in a range of social policy, community and direct practice areas in the government, community and private sectors.

Practical placements allow you to gain valuable skills and experience in the field by working alongside professionals. In each year of your course, you'll complete a 70-day block placement during which you'll be supervised by a qualified social worker and will work towards developing the skills required for professional practice. You might even choose to complete your placement overseas with one of our partner organisations in Fiji, Timor Leste, Macau, or the Philippines.

You'll have the opportunity to work in diverse and challenging fields of practice including community development, advocacy, research, mental health, education, child and family, disability, health and youth.

As a graduate, you can choose to move into areas such as hospitals and community based health services, disability, substance abuse, child protection and family care, aged care, housing services, mental health, family services, psychiatric services, protective services, refugee and asylum seeker support services, local government, community work, social justice advocacy and counselling services.

You can study the course for two years full-time or three to four years part-time at our Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne and Mildura campuses.

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.'

Entry requirements

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.

Career outcomes

Our graduates find work in a diverse and rewarding range of contexts including social policy, community and direct practice. They have gone on to work at organisations such as Oxfam, World Vision, Anglicare, Centrelink and the Department of Human Services, as well as various health services and hospitals, in Australia and overseas. When you graduate you’ll be prepared to take on roles in a range of specialist areas including child protection and family services, aged care, Indigenous support, housing services, mental health, family services, protective services, refugee and asylum seeker support services, social justice advocacy and more. The curriculum is based on a philosophy of social justice. The course will prepare you to work in social policy, social research, organisational planning and administration, and to conduct effective community work. You'll also get hands-on experience during your practical placement.

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.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$23,200 per 120 credit points. There are limited CSP places.

Additional costs

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.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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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: