Master of Social policy

Last Updated on January 17, 2023

Course overview

  • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake – March and Mid Year Intake – July

Overview

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Make a change in the world. Social policy makers weave the fabric of our society. And with the Master of Social Policy program, you can examine key developments in social policy through a global lens, with a strong emphasis on social justice and the ability to influence policy.

As a social policy maker, you can meld the needs of citizens with the roles of government and not‐for‐profit service agencies in contentious fields like employment, income support, education, health and climate change.

The Master of Social Policy enables you to understand the respective roles of government, private and not‐for‐profit sectors in meeting the needs of citizens. Understand and critique the key developments in social policy through a global lens, aiming to find ethically sustainable solutions, while considering the competing factors of social policy and the economy.https://www.youtube.com/embed/6TruEirl4kU

Who is it for?

People with an interest in analysing key areas of contemporary social policy, including governance, inclusion and exclusion, social capital, and globalisation. You can engage with the social dimensions of social policy – race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and age – and understand social policy as a contested process. Apply your research skills to a range of organisational contexts and explore real world experiences through the School’s partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence social research team. You can also activate your knowledge through an Executive Internship placement over two semesters.

Overview

200 point program (2 years full-time or part-time equivalent)

This is our most popular program for those who have completed undergraduate study. No experience is necessary.

FIRST 100 POINTS
  • 25 points of Compulsory subjects
  • 75 points of Elective subjects
SECOND 100 POINTS
  • 25 points of Compulsory subjects

AND

  • 75 points of Elective subjects (Coursework option)

OR

  • 37.5 points of Minor Thesis subjects (Thesis option)
  • 12.5 point Core subject (Thesis option)
  • 25 points of Elective subjects (Thesis option)

150 point program (1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent)

This program is for graduates with relevant background studies.

  • 50 points of Compulsory subjects

AND

  • 100 points of Elective subjects (Coursework option)

OR

  • 37.5 points of Minor Thesis subjects (Thesis option)
  • 12.5 point Core subjects (Thesis option)
  • 50 points of Elective subjects (Thesis option)

100 point program (1 year full-time or part-time equivalent)

This is for relevant honours graduates or those who have completed at least two years professional work experience in a closely related field, in addition to relevant background study.

  • 50 points of Compulsory subjects

AND

  • 50 points of Elective subjects (Coursework option)

OR

  • 37.5 points of Minor Thesis subjects (Thesis option)
  • 12.5 point Core subject (Thesis option)

Capstone requirement

Students must complete one of three available Capstone streams for this degree (some are Coursework-based and some are Thesis-based). For more information on subjects, Capstone streams, and detailed information, please view the Handbook entry for this course.

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Explore this course

Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this degree.Showing subjects for:        200 point program            150 point program            100 point program     3 options available2 years full time / 4 years part time. All students must complete one capstone option.Compulsory subjects: first 100 pointsCompulsory subjects: second 100 pointsElective subjectsCapstone stream 1: minor thesisCapstone stream 2: internshipCapstone stream 3: project basedStudents must complete 25 points of compulsory subjects from this list in the first 100 points of the program.

  • Social Research Design and Evaluation12.5 pts
  • Foundations of Social Policy12.5 pts
  • Foundations of Social Policy12.5 pts

Where will this take me?

Overview

The Master of Social Policy develops you professional knowledge and prepares you for work in fields including:

  • Community, state and national government
  • Policy design
  • Social administration and welfare work
  • Policy analysis
  • Management

Graduates have also gone on to work in global organisations including:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Centrelink
  • KPMG
  • Salvation Army
  • Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc
  • Victorian Human Rights Commission

Entry requirements for the 200 point program (2 years full-time / 4 years part-time)

Please note: Part-time enrolment is not available to international students.

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline with at least an H2B (70%) weighted average, or equivalent

Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance; and
  • Relevance of previous studies

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

The minimum Graduate English language requirements for this course are Band 6.5.

Applicants with the following may be awarded up to 50 points of credit:

  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with at least an H2B (70%) weighted average, or equivalent

Applicants with the following may be awarded up to 100 points of credit:

  • An honours degree in a cognate discipline with at least an H2B (70%) weighted average, or equivalent; or
  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with at least an H2B (70%) weighted average, or equivalent, and at least two years of documented, relevant work experience

Applicants seeking credit must provide the following documentation in support of their application for the recognition of prior professional experience:

  • Brief curriculum vitae, detailing work experience
  • Contact details of two referees
  • A covering letter outlining the applicants professional background and how this prepares them to successfully undertake the program

In some cases, an interview and / or two reference letters from employers / managers detailing the period of employment and areas of responsibility, and / or evidence of written work or reports undertaken during the period of employment may be requested.

English Language Criteria

You must meet the English language requirements of the university to be eligible for a place. You can satisfy the English language requirements in a number of ways, depending on your circumstances. For the options available to you please visit the university’s Study Graduate English language requirements web page.

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