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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Master of Social Work (Professional)

This program is designed for those who want to become a qualified social worker. If you already hold a bachelor's degree with study in a relevant discipline such as social science, sociology, psychology, health science or human services then this program can offer you a two-year pathway into the profession.

You will gain essential knowledge and understanding of the values, theories, and interventions that underpin social work practice. The program will teach the skills to be a critical and reflective practitioner who is able to contribute to any field of social work practice.

Campus Information

Epsom Campus

The Epsom Campus is the main campus for the Faculty of Education and Social Work and is home to approximately 3500 students.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

10 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

This programme is designed to lead you into a career as a registered social worker. For those who already have work experience in the field and a related undergraduate degree, but do not hold a formal social work qualification, this is an effective pathway to increase your salary and career opportunities.

Jobs related to this program

  • Case worker for Child Youth and Family
  • Community development officer
  • Policy adviser
  • Probation officer
  • Social worker
  • Social worker for a District Health Board
  • Youth worker

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Minimum program requirements

  • Normally this requires a completed bachelor honors degree or postgraduate diploma from New Zealand, or an acceptable equivalent postgraduate qualification from a recognized university (or similar) overseas.
  • An undergraduate degree
  • GPE 5.0