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Western Sydney University

Parramatta , New South Wales ,Australia

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

If you are a graduate of Social Sciences or another Human Services program and want to gain professional qualifications in social work, this postgraduate course is a strong choice. Explore a wide range of fascinating topics in applied social sciences, like the impacts of ageing, alcohol and drug use, empowerment in the workplace, personality, therapies, equity and access, tourism management and urban management. You’ll be guided by passionate academics who can help you reach your full potential and enact positive and lasting change in the world.

This degree combines academic rigour, exceptional research training, blended and work-based learning, and 1,008 hours of field education. As a student of Western Sydney University you will undertake traditional academic units as well as completing assessed placements. The combination of blended and work-based learning is a distinguishing feature of this degree. There is a strong emphasis on our students moving beyond the University and working on projects with people in the community and workplace. It is specifically designed to ensure you graduate with hands-on skills working with the community at large – skills that can take your career to the next level. In addition to emerging with a Master qualification, you will also be equipped with the practical education required to meet Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) standards.

Campus Information

Parramatta City Campus (Main Campus)

Our brand new Parramatta City campus is home to state-of-the-art learning facilities and unique study spaces. Gives you access to leaders in industry, community and government.


  • March

Application Processing Time in Days: 7

Application Process

More info required
10 Days
GTE/Possible interview call
10 Days
unconditional offer
10 Days
Visa process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Your career

With a Master of Social Work (Qualifying), there are so many ways to influence the world you'll live in.

  • Become a caseworker/manager and make a difference in the areas of child protection, drug and alcohol services or community health
  • Take on an exciting research role
  • Become a counsellor and change the lives of people struggling with emotional issues
  • Influence the development of social policy
  • Get involved in Human Services and help Improve aged care, communities, education providers and transport services

PSW Opportunity

  • Yes, In Hawkesbury Campus and Penrith has 3 years, the Rest of all has 2 years PSW.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • Successful completion of a recognized** Bachelor degree equivalent to an Australian degree

**Please note that some degrees and awards are subject to an individual assessment.