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Master of Social Work

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of Social Work requires you to:

  • Have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Work with Honours with a B grade average over the 300-level majoring courses
  • Have been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work with a B grade average across all courses

Please note: The Master of Social Work is not a professional social work qualification and will not prepare you for social work registration in New Zealand. The Master of Applied Social Work programme does lead to a professional qualification at Masterate level.


If you complete the Master of Social Work within two years of first enrolling in full-time study or five years of first enrolling in part-time study you may be eligible for Honours.


All requirements must be completed within six years of first enrolling in the Master of Social Work.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Master of Social Work structure

Courses to the value of 240 credits consisting of either:
120 credits of taught courses and a 120 credit thesis; or
150 credits of taught courses and a 90 credit thesis

For progression to Part Two of the Master of Social Work, students must achieve a minimum B grade average over the courses completed in Part One and at least a B grade in 179.702 Advanced Research Methods.

Students who are admitted to the Master of Social Work with a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work shall complete the Master of Social Work with 120 credits which must include the compulsory course 179.702 Advanced Research Methods.

To find out how to plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete this programme, please check the regulations. It will display regulatory information for this programme.

If you would like to find out more about the individual course requirements, please use our course search.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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