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Master of Applied Social Work

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of Applied Social Work is by selected entry. Entry requirements are detailed.

Please refer to the selected entry programmes application dates web page.

As well as meeting the criteria to enter the University, for the MAppSW Selected Entry application process, you will need to:

  • Meet the requirements set down by the Social Workers Registration Act 2003 for registration as a social worker in New Zealand in terms of being “fit and proper persons to practise social work”
  • Provide a curriculum vitae which includes your academic and work history
  • Provide a personal statement explaining why you wish to enter the social work programme and profession 
  • Provide details of two character referees - these must not be family or friends
  • Provide details of any convictions or charges pending in New Zealand and/or overseas
  • Complete the Vetting Service Request and Consent Form for a New Zealand Police check
  • Provide a current Police Certificate from any overseas countries you have lived in for twelve months or more in the last ten years.
  • Undertake an interview (if required)

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

To support your application, you will need to provide the following documents

  • A curriculum vitae:
  • Verified copy of all academic transcripts
  • A completed New Zealand Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form
  • A current Police Certificate from any overseas countries you have lived in for twelve months or more in the last ten years.

If English, Māori or New Zealand sign language is not your first language, you will need to provide official evidence of your English language competency in the form of an IELTS test with an overall academic score of at least 6.5, with no band score less than 6.5, taken within the preceding two years, or a TOEFL internet-based test (IBT) score of 85 or higher with a writing score of 22; or at least two years of successful study in a new Zealand secondary school, with at least ten Level 2 NCEA credits in Literacy (five reading and five writing); or equivalent.


Students who complete within two years of first enrolling for full-time study or within five years of first enrolling for part-time study may be eligible for Honours.


All requirements must be completed within six years of first enrolling in the Master of Applied Social Work.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Master of Applied Social Work structure

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please check the regulations.

While the structure of the programme is set, there is scope within the courses to choose your particular emphasis from within the fields of social or community work practice. The programme is designed to meet the requirements for registration as a Social Worker in New Zealand, and the degree is recognised internationally.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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