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Master of Social and Community Work (Applied)

This is a taught masters (undertaken by papers) that will be offered for the first time in 2018. This masters degree introduces a new 240-point programme which will provide an option for students to undertake study of the discipline of social work. It is intended to provide eligibility to register as a social worker with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB). Recognition by the SWRB is still pending, but we expect this to be confirmed by October 2017.

In order to be eligible to apply, applicants will be required to:

  • Be a graduate, having completed an undergraduate degree programme of at least 360 points in an area considered to be suitable as background for postgraduate study in Social Work;
  • Have achieved an average grade of at least B in the 300-level major-subject papers for the applicant's undergraduate degree programme;
  • Provide evidence, to the satisfaction of the Social Work Admissions Committee, that the applicant is a fit and proper person to be a social work student. This is evaluated through character references and assessment of evidence of practice experience in community or voluntary organisations and/or a period of professional social services employment. Applicants will also be subject to NZ Police and Vulnerable Children Act 2014 safety checks;
  • Provide evidence of prior skills or formal training in: Maori language and culture, the Treaty of Waitangi, social issues in New Zealand society, social research methods, and human development. International applicants shall be assessed as to whether they require further study on issues in New Zealand society.

Note: For applicants who do not meet some of these criteria, the Social Work Admissions Committee can request completion of coursework (e.g. for Certificate of Proficiency at the University of Otago) prior to admission to the programme.

The Social Work programmes (BSW and MSCW (App)) have English language standards as follows:
All students who do not have English, Māori or New Zealand sign language as their primary language demonstrate either:
(a) IELTS academic score of 6.5 academic no band score lower than 6.5, or
(b) TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 85 or higher with a writing score of 22.
These tests must have been completed in one sitting within the previous 2 years.

This masters degree will be offered by distance to people living in Aotearoa New Zealand, and on-campus. It will consist of two years of full-time study, or the part-time equivalent. Applications for this programme will close on November 1st, 2017.

If you would like to join an email list to receive information about the finalisation of SWRB recognition and more information, please contact sgsw@otago.ac.nz.

A list of papers offered can be found here.