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Master of Social Science

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

Five stars

for social equity and graduate employment outcomes* *Good Universities Guide 2022

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 for a full-time study load

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

English language requirements

Band 1

If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.



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.

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    Sally Watson

    Executive Officer, Shelter Housing Action Cairns (SHAC)

    Our JCU Master of Social Science graduate brings a rare combination of commendable attributes to our workplace. She has the practice skills we need, is highly professional in her approach and makes great use of theory and evidence to guide her practice.