Master of Social Science
Arts, Education and Social Sciences
Completion of a bachelor degree, or a bachelor degree with honours, or equivalent degree, from this or another university; or
Completion of a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma in a relevant area from this university, and a minimum of at least five years academic and professional experience in a cognate discipline; or
Other qualifications recognised by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences as equivalent to the above.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.
Additional selection requirements
Special admission requirements
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Master of Social Science, graduates will be able to:
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
36 credit points as per course structure
Additional course rules
Additional completion requirements
SS5103:06 Post-Graduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences or 6 credit points of advanced standing if completed an honours degree or equivalent
SS5012:12 Social Science Coursework Thesis or 12 credit points of general advanced standing for 2 years equivalent professional experience approval by Major Coordinator or 12 credit points of negotiated coursework subjects approved by Major Coordinator
Select a major from the table below.
Type of major
Credit points in major
18 credit points
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
18 months full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
A candidate who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.
Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.
12 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process.
Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 10 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.
Inclusion of majors on testamur
The major studied shall appear on the testamur.
Exit with lesser award
Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the relevant number of credit points and appropriate subjects, may be eligible for one of the following awards: