Graduate Attributes

Master of Applied Social Science (MASS)

The Master of Applied Social Science draws on the three disciplines of applied psychology: counselling, sociology and management. Core units of the course are grounded in theory and practice that provide frameworks for:

  • the development of critical thinking;
  • the analysis of social structures and systems;
  • the undertaking of research using appropriate methodologies; and
  • the understanding of social theory as well as the understanding and interpretation of individual and group behaviour in social and cultural contexts.


Master of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

The educational outcomes for students of the Counselling Specialisation include a mastery of counselling theory and the ability to apply the skills and techniques of counselling in an ethical and professional manner. Graduates of the course will be expected to have acquired a range of leadership qualities and proficiencies including communication, personal effectiveness, self-management, teamwork, strategic thinking, ethical decision making and innovation.

Graduates will be trained in counselling at an advanced level allowing them to pursue careers in specialist areas of counselling or counselling related fields. Graduates will be able to:

  • review, consolidate, extend and apply the coherent body of knowledge acquired in the area of their specialty;
  • recognise problems in a variety of contexts and apply various critical and creative skills in resolving them such as skills of research analysis, synthesis, critical evaluation and decision-making;
  • apply professional and technical skills associated with the particular disciplines studied and apply communication and information management skills that are applicable to a variety of professional social and personal context;
  • demonstrate leadership as well as independent, interpersonal and teamwork skills;
  • act ethically in the workplace; and
  • formulate and cogently express an opinion point of view or logical argument in written and oral form.


Master of Applied Social Science (Management)

A student who undertakes the Management Specialisation will be capable of demonstrating conceptual, relational and technical skills depending on their areas of interest and their innate personal abilities.

The skills and knowledge gained from the Master of Applied Social Science (Management) course could be applied in a broad range of settings including:

  • human resource management;
  • change management and project management;
  • strategic planning and organisational development;
  • market research and analysis; public and/or private administration, policy development and analysis;
  • personnel management, recruitment and selection; performance management; social welfare administration;
  • industrial relations.