Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
What to expect
How to apply
Enhance your current qualifications and gain the critical skills to improve the lives of others, working towards creating a just and equitable society. This specialist post-graduate course is designed by JCU to give you valuable opportunities to network and gain practical professional experience in social welfare agencies, both in Australia and overseas.
Acquire valuable hands-on experience working with individuals, families, groups and communities through on-campus classes and/or residential workshops. JCU’s world-class lecturers provide consistent support and regular feedback to help you get the most out of your learning experience.
Students complete a series of essential core subjects, tailored to the unique and complex challenges of social work. Subjects consider global issues and international perspectives with those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Work while you study with JCU’s flexible delivery options. You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning for one field education placement if you already have significant social welfare and human services experience.
View the handbook for a detailed overview of subjects.
Further your passion for social work and expand your career opportunities with professional accreditation, recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers.
You could pursue a career in government and non-government organisations throughout Australia or internationally.
Graduates find employment in areas like hospital and community health services, child protection services, youth and family services.
You could work in a range of occupations, such as case work with individuals and families, community work and development roles, or social policy, research and advocacy roles.
What you need to know before you apply
Certified copies of supporting documents
You must supply the following information with your application:
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:
James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA
If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.
An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.
Credit and Articulation
Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.
As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.
Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.
If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.
- 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
- 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)
Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.
How to apply
Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.
Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.
Ready to apply? Apply now.
Help with your application
If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at email@example.com or phone: +61 7 4781 5601
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
WS5517:06 Foundations for Social Work Practice
WS4503:03 Social Work and Mental Health
WS2121:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice
WS4514:03 Theories for Social Work Practice
WS5304:06 Field Education 1
WS3027:03 Social Welfare Practice with Children and Families
WS5103:03 Community Development
WS5005:03 Social Policy Analysis
SS5103:06 Post-Graduate Research Methods for the Social Sciences
WS5611:03 Professional Development for Social Work Practice
WS5605:09 Advanced Social Work Practicum
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Cairns-based and External students who commence mid-year will be required to travel to Townsville twice during their first Study Period to attend compulsory workshops, as described in the Post Admission Requirements.
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Policy.
Students may be required to undertake placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled at their own expense.
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
A student 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.
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
24 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK (PROFESSIONAL QUALIFYING)
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$30,400 (Estimate only)
Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.