Latest information about COVID-19

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

About this course

Understand your calling. Lead a successful career in social work.

If you’re already working in the human and community services sector, love what you do and are looking for a postgraduate qualification in social work, this is your course. Our Master of Social Work (Qualifying) gives you a deep insight into why we think and act the way we do, and the skills and knowledge you need to develop your professional identity as a social worker. 

This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

This course has been accredited by TEQSA. 


What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Master of Social Work (Qualifying).

Explore with an applied focus:

  • Social Policy and Practice
  • Critical Theories and Skills
  • Fields of Practice
  • Individuals and Families
  • Group, Teamwork and Organisational Learning
  • Field Education

See the complete course guide here.

Course Structure

12 units

For more information see the full course guide

Course Guide

This course is comprised of a number of core and elective units. Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your degree. 

Electives are a range of units that give you the chance to


study specific topics you might be interested in. You still need to complete a set number of elective units to graduate. 

This includes 1,000 hours of student placement

Admission Criteria

Meet one of the following criteria:
  • A Bachelor degree in a cognate area (for example social sciences, psychology, community and welfare work, nursing, allied health, counselling), or
  • A Bachelor degree with evidence of at least one year of full-time study in social sciences, or equivalent.


  • A written 500-word statement outlining your interest in studying social work.
  • It is a condition of progression in this course that students complete a national police record check in their first trimester of enrolment.

 International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Note: From T321, International students require an Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 7 with no individual band below 6.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by ACAP as equivalent to Australian qualifications.

The accrediting body may have additional requirements, including minimum English language, to meet professional accreditation standards. For more information on meeting those requirements visit

Please click here for information on Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning

Apply or find out more

Chat to one of our ACAP course advisors to make sure you’re picking the right course for your goals. Think about funding options, and whether full-time or part-time study suits your commitments. We’ve also got some entry requirements and practical components to complete.

Before you start studying at ACAP, check out the services and support available to students. 

Feel free to get in touch with us

Apply Now Enquire about this course

or contact us directly