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Study a Bachelor of Social Work – BSW
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is highly sought-after and internationally recognised. It will offer you a lifelong career that can take you across Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.
More than 90% of Massey social work graduates find employment within six months of earning their degree.
Massey University is committed to being Te Tiriti o Waitangi-led and this is reflected in the School of Social Work and in your learning.
The degree is recognised by the Social Work Registration Board.
Massey graduates make up the largest number of qualified social workers in the country.
Social work is a growth industry, with more than 10.000 registered social workers.
Massey offers flexible study modes: the BSW is offered from both Auckland and Manawatu campuses. Students can choose to study internal, block and/or by distance.
You will get vital hands-on experience in the workplace in your third and fourth year of study where you will be supported to undertake placements.
You will be equipped with both theory and practice, and taught by highly qualified staff – all experts in their fields.
Our degree equips you with knowledge and skills needed to understand and work alongside people and communities in the modern world.
Want to work towards a role that has a positive impact on individuals, families, whanau, groups and communities? Want to enjoy a fulfilling career that can give you great employment opportunities and further career development pathways? Open to personal and professional development and keen to work with diverse communities? Join us today on a journey of self-discovery and success.
You may wish to progress to the Master of Social Work when you successfully complete this qualification.
A BSW is a good fit if you:
passionate about working with people
want to advocate for meaningful change
open to personal growth and professional development
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
The Bachelor of Social Work is a selected entry qualification. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.
To enter the Bachelor of Social Work qualification you will:
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 10 Level 2 NCEA credits in Literacy (five reading and five writing); or equivalent.
We require two people who can act as referees for you. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, e.g. Kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.
If English, Maori 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: