Master of Social Science

Prepare yourself to tackle the complex contemporary issues of social policy, governance, cultural heritage, and resource management.

Set for success

82% of graduates employed after 4 months* *Good Universities Guide 2021, PG study area

Access expertise

World-class research* *ERA 2018, Human Society research area

Make a difference

Design and conduct your own research project


  • Townsville: February
  • Cairns: February




+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee

^estimated annual tuition fee

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


1.5 years full-time

or part-time equivalent

Entry Requirements

AQF level 7 bachelor degree in social sciences with GPA 5.0 or AQF level 8 qualification, both completed within 5 years of application

Course Code


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Real stories

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    Carly Lubicz

    Master of Social Science

    I’m really enjoying gaining knowledge, examining and questioning arguments, giving myself the space to think deeply, and be mentally stimulated and challenged. I’ve found the study to be flexible in the mix of on-campus courses, intensives and remote options, so I’m able to tailor my degree to fit my circumstance.

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    Duc Chien Huynh

    Master of Social Science

    It was an amazing opportunity for me to study at JCU. I had the opportunity to gain more knowledge, improve professional skills in the international environment and learn about life in Australia. My lecturers and classmates left me with a deep impression on the friendliness and professionalism that JCU offers.

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    Dr Mark Chong

    Course Coordinator, Master of Social Sciences

    The Master of Social Science course seeks to produce graduates who will have a well-rounded understanding of the political, environmental and cultural climate of this geo-political area. This provides our graduates with an ideal platform upon which to secure employment within the Asia-Pacific region.