Masters in Social Work

Social work is an academic discipline studying and promoting the quality of life of individuals and the well-being of the community. Social work integrates knowledge about human and community development, social policy and administration, human interaction, and the influence and manipulation of social, political and psychological factors upon society. Social work degrees combine theories from different other fields such as sociology, medicine, psychology, philosophy, politics and economics in order to enable complete understanding and shaping power over the social mechanisms of any kind.

By studying a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in social work you will develop the following skills and qualities: empathy, active listening, social perceptiveness, persuasion, cooperation, critical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills. Professional social workers focus on providing help to individuals or communities suffering from poverty, lack of opportunities or information, social injustice, persecution, abuse or violation of rights and they have to connect individuals with the resources they need, advocate for individual clients or the community on identified problems.

Graduates of social work studies usually get careers opportunities such as: probation officer, advice worker, careers adviser, charity officer, counsellor, volunteer coordinator, youth worker, social policy analyst and more.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Disability Studies M.A. Disability Studies
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 6,000 per year
  • International £ 15,000 per year
  • 12 months

This exciting Disability Studies programme from the University of Leeds explores disability as an equal opportunities issue by focusing on contemporary organisations and institutionalised practice.

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Social Work M.A. Social Work
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 11,500
  • International £ 17,400
  • 24 months

The aim of the Social Work programme from London South Bank University is to develop practitioners who can meet the needs of the service users, carers and communities in the context of a complex and changing welfare environment.

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Graduate Pathway in Social Work Pre-Master Graduate Pathway in Social Work
  • Aug 2017
  • International $ 34,950
  • 12 months

INTO George Mason University’s Graduate Pathway in Social Work will prepare you to enter the second year of a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Practice or Social Change at George Mason University.

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Social Work with Youth and Children (joint Study Programme with Riga Stradins University, Latvia) Master Social Work with Youth and Children (joint Study Programme with Riga Stradins University, Latvia)
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 2,116 per year
  • International € 3,120 per year
  • 18 months

The Master's Degree programme has been developed in conjunction with Latvia's Riga Stradinš University. Its implementation is based on the experience of education in social work in the EU. This Social Work with Youth and Children (joint Study Programme with Riga Stradins University, Latvia) programme is offered by the Mykolas Romeris University.

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Social Work M.A. Social Work
  • Sep 2016
  • Not specified
  • 18 months

The Social Sciences Department at the University of Nicosia is committed to providing education in Psychology and Social Work.

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Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services M.Sc. Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services
  • Jan 2017
  • National $ 25,410 per year
  • International $ 25,410 per year
  • 24 months

The Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services program at California State University Northridge enable persons with disabilities to live more independently through assistive technology.

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Social Work M.Sc. Social Work
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 6,550 per year
  • International € 13,500 per year
  • 24 months

The Social Work programme is offered at the Royal Holloway University of London. Research and teaching within the Department of Health and Social care derives from its key objectives of ensuring contemporary health, welfare policy and practice can be informed at every level by a sound social science knowledge base. We undertake a wide variety of commissioned research in the national and international health and welfare arena.

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Social Work with a focus on Multiculturalism M.A. Social Work with a focus on Multiculturalism
  • Any time
  • International $ 9,000 per year
  • 12 months

The University of Haifa's international Social Work MA program in Multicultural Social Work explores the vantage points of marginalized and minority populations in the context of mainstream society and aims to develop a knowledge and skillset for a culturally competent program of assistance.

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The University of Vermont

Master Social Work
  • Any time
  • National $ 611 per module
  • International $ 1,544 per module
  • Not specified

The Department of Social Work at the University of Vermont (UVM) offers two nationally accredited social work degrees, a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Social Work (BSW) and a Master of Social Work (MSW). These programs reflect the history and character of the University, state, and region. The rural character, sparse population, climate, and progressive traditions combine to give life in Vermont its particular character. These qualities also help shape the kind of social work practice that can best serve the population and address the needs of the region.

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San Francisco State University

Master Social Work
  • Any time
  • National $ 3,369 per semester
  • International $ 3,369 per semester
  • Not specified

The purpose of the School of Social Work is to provide an education to social workers who deliver culturally competent and multiculturally relevant services to diverse populations. Focus is on educating students to open access and become effective service providers to people who have been historically under-served and under-represented. The Master of Social Work (MSW) curriculum prepares its graduates for advanced practice through mastery of the core competencies supplemented by knowledge and practice behaviors specific to advanced social work practice. Only a full-time program is offered. The program requires four academic semesters or two years of full-time study to complete.

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