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 tuition fee

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible


1.5 years full-time

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 detail

Real stories

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    Maani Moosa Manik

    Master of Social Science, majoring in Asia-Pacific Governance and Development

    I chose the Master of Social Science because I wanted to extend my knowledge on the underlying workings of a society, and how it can be used for the advancement and sustainable development of communities. We connect theories to real-world cases, which allows me to transfer the knowledge and skills I gain into practice.

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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.