Master of Social Work

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Take the next step in your social work career

Excellent social workers are always striving to gain new knowledge. The Master of Social Work (MSW) is the right programme for you if you already have a professional qualification in social work and want to improve your practice.

What is it like?

Excellent social workers are always striving to gain new knowledge. The Master of Social Work (MSW) is the right programme for you if you already have a professional qualification in social work and want to improve your practice.

The MSW programme is intended for practitioners who wish to undertake advanced study of a specific aspect of social and community work. The MSW is flexible and offers you opportunities for both full and part-time study.

The MSW is a thesis-based programme that encourages social workers to pursue research in a particular field of practice, population, or area of interest. It equips social workers to develop and use research skills in their practice settings and keep current with the very latest theories and practice.

Practice-based social work research can include needs assessments, programme development, implementation assessment and programme evaluation. It also includes theory development in a New Zealand context.

A good fit if you:

  • Already have a professional qualification in social work
  • Wish to undertake advanced study of a specific aspect of social and community work
  • Want to do practice-based social work research
Florrie Brooking
Site Manager, Oranga Tamariki Gisborne

“Massey has an excellent reputation, especially at a University level in the Social Work space…”
    Ko Hikurangi te maunga
    Ko Waiapu te awa
    Ko Ngāti Rangi tōku marae
    Ko Te Whanau a Tuwhakairiora te hapū
    Ko Ngāti Porou tōku iwi

I decided to study with Massey as it suited my lifestyle at the time as I could only study extramurally. I started, when I had two young children and was working in a tutoring role in Gisborne.

Massey has an excellent reputation, especially at a University level in the Social Work space. I really enjoyed the content of the different topics available. I came into my master’s programme with 11 years of statutory social work. This programme really solidified my experience into a social work framework using social work theory.

I would recommend Massey for people exploring study in a flexible yet supportive environment. The support service for extramural students is amazing, tutors are specialised in their different areas. I had many tutors bought in externally for their expertise.

Student research

Florrie Brooking's master's thesis focused on a policy document that was published thirty years ago: Pūao-te-Ata-tū; The Heralding of a New Dawn. The findings of her thesis highlighted that Pūao-te-Ata-tū was much more than just a policy document, it was an approach that has never been replicated but its authenticity as a voice for the people was immeasurable.

Careers

Professionally trained people working in the social services make a vital contribution to present day New Zealand society, and their skills are in increasing demand.

The Master of Social Work will enable you to practice at senior levels in New Zealand and many other countries in a wide range of social service fields. These include government services, such as Child, Youth and Family and Community Probation, Hospitals, and Iwi, hapu, and Pacific Island organisations.

Graduates with the MSW can expect to take up leadership roles in all these settings, and they may achieve senior positions in a variety of career paths, including roles in:

  • Social work
  • Social work education
  • Management of social service agencies
  • Policy analysis
  • Social work research.

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