Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

Make a real difference with social work and expand your career opportunities in this professionally accredited course, recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers. Gain expertise in improving the lives of others with critical skills in social work tailored to the unique and complex challenges of individuals, families, groups and communities.

Set for success

1000 hours of placement experience

Make a difference

Work where it matters most

Flexible delivery

Make study work for you


  • Townsville: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July



+estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

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


2 years full-time

Entry Requirements

AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline other than Social Work that includes a minimum of 1 year full-time study in social and behavioural sciences; or equivalent

English language requirements

Band 3c

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



Course detail

Real stories

  • Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) student Vimbayi Mupazviripo.


    Vimbayi Mupazviripo

    Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

    This course’s emphasis on remote and Indigenous communities aligns with my passion for serving marginalised groups. The academics’ dedication, the hands-on learning opportunities, and the sheer fun of the student life are unbeatable.

  • Studied Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)


    Valarie Derwent

    Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

    The wealth and depth of knowledge I gained through the Master of Social Work, in addition to being able to grow personally and professionally, has been amazing. I am now a school counsellor – a role not easily attained by Social Workers – but through this course, my dream became a reality.

  • Associate Professor Abraham Francis


    Associate Professor Abraham Francis

    Lecturer, College of Arts, Society and Education

    JCU Social Work is grounded on the principles of social justice and human rights. We welcome our students to be connected to the grassroots realities around them. We need competent, confident, and compassionate social workers and human service professionals in the field, and we inspire our students to be change agents.

  • North Queensland President, Australian Association of Social Workers


    Ross Murray

    North Queensland President, Australian Association of Social Workers

    Employing and working alongside JCU Social Work graduates has been a seamless process of securing well trained and supported graduates. The standout attributes we have observed with graduates in our workplace is the level of preparedness and readiness to provide productive clinical services on start of employment.