Bachelor of Social Work

Massey University

Program Description

Bachelor of Social Work

Massey University

Massey boasts the best, the biggest and the longest-serving (since 1976) four-year Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in the country. And our highly sought-after, internationally recognized degree guarantees you a lifelong career that can take you across the country and around the world to countries such as Canada, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and the United States. Just to name a few.

Eight more compelling reasons to study social work at Massey

  • More than 90% of Massey social work graduates find employment within six months of earning their degree
  • Your degree is recognized by the NZ Social Work Registration Board, so you can immediately apply for provisional registration
  • Massey graduates make up the largest number of highly qualified social workers in the country
  • Social work is a growth industry - with 4,000 registered social workers in NZ, the government needs more
  • Massey is the only university in New Zealand where you can study for your degree through distance learning
  • We guarantee you a national network of hands-on field experience and work placements for our Year 3 and 4 students
  • Whether you choose to study with us by the distance from halfway around the world or face-to-face on campus, you will benefit from the widest range of university courses in social work and social policy in New Zealand.
  • We combine both theory and practice (including the only university course on Maori development), taught by highly qualified staff - all experts in their fields and passionate about their profession.

Every year, we find work experience for more than 200 students like you in placements throughout New Zealand to make sure you get that vital hands-on experience in the real world.

Our highly regarded social work degree equips you with all the skills needed to understand people and communities in the modern world as you work with them to better their lives.

Want to start making your mark on the lives of others? And enjoy a fulfilling career that can take you right to the top of the profession around the world? Then join us today on a journey to success. Our promise to you? We’ll be with you every step of the way. So what are you waiting for?


The New Zealand Social Work Registration Board has approved this four-year degree. It is one of the few internationally recognized social work qualifications in New Zealand, and many of our graduates are working in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

What kind of jobs can you get in social work?

A social work degree means you can work in many different areas. You could be a field operator working in the community or you could be a professional advisor in a hospital or a district health board. You might choose to be a policy expert working with the government. Or you could travel overseas to the jungles of Papua New Guinea to work within a village setting. The options are endless. And endlessly meaningful. Social workers make a difference in many areas around the world including:

  • Hospitals and primary health care
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Voluntary and community organizations and government organizations
  • Child protection
  • Youth justice
  • Housing
  • Offenders
  • Residential care
  • Management and supervision
  • Tertiary education
  • Community work and community development
  • Refugees and migrants
  • Schools

Entry requirements

Admission into the Bachelor of Social Work is by selected entry. As well as meeting the entry criteria to enter the university, the BSW Selected Entry application for the BSW process includes:

  • An application form and CV
  • A short essay explaining why you wish to enter the social work programme and profession
  • Meeting 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 practice social work”
  • Two character references - these must not be from family or friends
  • Consent for New Zealand Police check
  • Anticipated study plan mapped out for the entire degree
  • An interview (if required)
  • A current Police Certificate from any overseas countries you have lived in for twelve months or more in the last ten years.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 3, 2018
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4 years
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New Zealand - Auckland, Auckland
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