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Master of Social Work (Qualifying)
University of Southern Queensland - Ipswich

Course outline

The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) is a two-year intensive professional qualifying postgraduate program provided on campus in Ipswich. The degree delivers a graduate-level social work qualification that allows direct entry into the profession.. A defining feature of the UniSQ MSW(Q) is the choice of two pathways in the second year of the program; a Professional Pathway, or Research Pathway. Both pathways enable graduates to be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. First year is core to all students but in the second year, they can choose to continue a Professional Pathway with bespoke elective choices (four 0.5 units of credit each) OR choose a Research Pathway with two dissertation linked courses. Completion of the Research Pathway enables graduates to practice as a social worker and they can also pursue a PhD. For more program information, visit Master of Social Work (Qualifying) at USQ.


The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) requires 1,000 hours of field education.

Fee notes

Subject to final approval.

Other requirements

Master of Social Work (Qualifying) students will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal History Check and Working with Children Check (Blue Card) prior to placement. Students need to comply with UniSQ’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Compliance requirements.

Admissions Criteria

Completion of an Australian university three-year bachelor’s degree in any area (or equivalent) with a minimum of 12 months of Social Science subjects.
Participate in an interview with a panel of School staff.
For additional information about the admissions criteria for the University of Southern Queensland and for this course, refer to UniSQ’s website.


Prior study; Interview

Additional entry requirements

There are inherent requirements that must be met in order to successfully complete this degree. Inherent requirements are fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the degree, while maintaining the academic integrity of the degree.
Inherent requirements are applicable to the program please refer to for more information.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

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As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2023 information is not available.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2023

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As this is a new course, Semester 1, 2023 information is not available.

Career opportunities

Become a social worker in just two years with UniSQ and embark on a career as a change agent in society. You’ll be prepared to enter an in-demand profession and work with people who are facing emotional, social, and economic challenges. The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) can be the start of a new career in social work; building on your knowledge and skills. You will develop effective communication, creative thinking, and solution-based skills and get 1000 hours of hands-on experience during field placements to prepare you for professional practice. Graduates can work clinically with individuals or in counselling, advocacy, community engagement, social action, and international development. Graduates will be able to practice as a critical ally with marginalised individuals and communities, and foster cultural safety, be culturally responsive and be able to work alongside First Nations peoples. Choose either a professional or research pathway in your final year to tailor the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) to your desired career path.


Graduates will be eligible to be a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Eligibility for this membership is required to practice as a social worker in Australia.

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Offer rounds

15 Jan 2024
24 Apr 2024


Fee *See notes

Level of Qualification
Masters qualifying course
Study Area
Humanities and social sciences
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

2 years Full time or 4 years Part time

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