Master Of Social Work

Master Of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Overview

Objectives

The objectives of the Master of Social Work programme are:

1. To facilitate graduate exchange with top social work programmes overseas;
2. To meet projected manpower needs for specialist practice; 
3. To produce practitioners who can be leaders in their field of specialization and serve as part-of a multi-disciplinary group of professionals in health, family and community development

From a pedagogical point of view, the programme aimed at developing specialist skill sets based on a specific knowledge base, will focus on building from the generic level in the undergraduate programme as well as to provide a wider option in the choice of modules. The Master of Social Work with a specialization focus will provide a rung in the hierarchy of knowledge and skills development for social work professionals.

Duration

The maximum period of candidature is 36 months of full-time study or 48 months of part-time study from the date of commencement of the course. Leave of absence of up to one year will not be counted towards a candidate’s maximum candidature. Subsequent period of leave will be considered as part of the candidature.

The maximum periods of candidature are exclusive of any period of preparatory study that may be required by the Department of Social Work.

The Head of the Department of Social Work may require a candidate to withdraw from his/her programme of studies for the degree of Master of Social Work if, in the Head’s opinion, the candidate’s progress has not reached a satisfactory level of proficiency.

Admission Requirements


Candidates seeking admission to the course leading to the Master of Social Work degree must have obtained either: 

  • An NUS Honours degree (Honours (Merit) and above) or equivalent (e.g., a four‐year Bachelor’s degree with at least an average grade of B) in Social Work; good Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores (the University Code is 0677), taken no earlier than 5 years before the date of application (NUS/NTU/SMU graduates are not required to submit the GRE score); or

 

  • An NUS Honours degree (Honours (Merit) and above) or equivalent (e.g., a four‐year Bachelor’s degree with at least an average grade of B) in related field; good Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores (the University Code is 0677), taken no earlier than 5 years before the date of application (NUS/NTU/SMU graduates are not required to submit the GRE score); and a minimum of five years of relevant work experience; or

 

  • A good Bachelor’s degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) and a NUS Graduate Diploma in Social Work with at least an average grade of B+; or

 

  • A good Bachelor’s degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in Social Work; good Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores (the University Code is 0677), taken no earlier than 5 years before the date of application (NUS/NTU/SMU graduates are not required to submit the GRE score); and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience; or

 

  • A good Bachelor’s degree (at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in related field; good Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores (the University Code is 0677), taken no earlier than 5 years before the date of application (NUS/NTU/SMU graduates are not required to submit the GRE score); and a minimum of five years of relevant work experience; or exceptionally 

 

  • Other qualifications and experience subject to approval by the Board of Graduate Studies.

 

Besides academic qualifications, high standards of work performance and leadership potential are important factors of consideration for admission. Relevant work experience includes service in a human service or related organisation.

 

English Language Proficiency

 

Applicants whose native tongue or medium of university instruction is not English should submit their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score as evidence of their proficiency in the English language. 

The following minimum TOEFL score is required:

  • 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or

  • 580 for the paper-based test; or

  • 237 for the computer-based test.

 

Alternatively, an IELTS result of 6.5 is required. 

TOEFL or IELTS results are only valid for two years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period for the coursework programme. 

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has indicated that score reports are valid only if our University receives them directly from ETS. 

The Faculty's TOEFL institution code is 9081.

 

Course Structure

There are three options for the Master of Social Work:
1. Master with Specialisation (Family/Community or Health);
2. General Master without Specialisation; and
3. Self designed Master without Specialisation. 

A candidate for the degree of Master of Social Work must offer not fewer than ten modules. The ten modules include:

 

  • 4 essential modules;

  • 5 elective * modules (including 1 specialization related supervised project or practicum if on the specialization track); and,

  • 1 general elective module (including any relevant graduate module across Faculties/Schools such as the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS Business School, and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, NUS), OR,

  • 5 elective * modules from either of the specialization tracks and 1 general elective (including any relevant graduate module across Faculties/Schools), OR

  • 6 electives * in a self-designed curriculum including relevant cross faculty graduate modules as approved by the department.


Candidates on a specialization track are required to complete a Supervised Project (SW5112) or Fieldwork Practicum (SW5111). The Supervised Project will be an independent and original piece or work which involves innovative and original initiatives such as developing a new social service programme/policy or conducting an original piece of field research. The Practicum requires 800 fieldwork hours and field supervision under an approved supervisor. Field integration seminars are scheduled in conjunction with the Practicum.

* Students from the AY2014/15 intake onwards without a BSW are required to take the Practicum as an elective module to fulfil graduation requirements regardless of whether or not they are doing a specialization track.

In addition, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, on the advice of the Head of the Department of Social Work, may require a candidate to undertake such other work as may be deemed relevant to his/her candidature for the degree of the Master of Social Work.


Master of Social Work (without specialization)

Four Essential Modules:

• SW5103 Family Systems Theory and Intervention;
• SW5104 Management of Human Service Organizations;
• SW5106 Social Policy and Welfare Services;
• SW5107 Program Development and Evaluation; and,

Six elective * (level 5000 or level 6000) modules from the Department of Social Work OR six electives in a self-designed curriculum including cross faculty graduate modules as approved by the Department.

* Students from the AY2014/15 intake onwards without a BSW are required to take the Practicum as an elective module to fulfil graduation requirements regardless of whether or not they are doing a specialization track.



Master of Social Work (with specialization)

Four Essential Modules:

• SW5103 Family Systems Theory and Intervention;
• SW5104 Management of Human Service Organizations;
• SW5106 Social Policy and Welfare Services;
• SW5107 Program Development and Evaluation; and,

 

Five Elective * modules from the following:

Family/Community Specialization: Any five specialization modulesHealth Specialization: Any five specialization modules

• SW5207 Working with Multi-Stressed Families;
• SW5215 Poverty and Asset-Building Policy;
• SW5216 Family and Interpersonal Violence;
• SW5245 Current Group Approaches in Social Work;
• SW5252 Community Organization and Development;
• SW5253 Volunteer Management;
• Supervised Project OR Practicum (compulsory module).

• SW5210 Trauma and Mental Health;
• SW5211 Risk Assessment & Management: Mental Health;
• SW5213 Practice with Persons with Disability;
• SW5217 Continuum of Care and Healthy Ageing;
• SW5218 Practice with Persons with Addiction;
• SW5219 Palliative and End-of-Life Care;
• Supervised Project OR Practicum (compulsory module).

 

One General Elective:

The general elective may be from the Health specialization OR the Family/Community specialization OR the following:

• SW5247 Social Prevention and Public Education;
• SW5880 Special Topics in Social Work (the module will highlight a contemporary issue in social work practice e.g. pathological gambling, social enterprise or end stage renal failure);
• Cross faculty modules such as from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS Business School, or the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine.

* Students from the AY2014/15 intake onwards without a BSW are required to take the Practicum as an elective module to fulfil graduation requirements regardless of whether or not they are doing a specialization track.

 

Note:

1. Not all elective modules are necessarily available in any one year.
2. Unless otherwise indicated, each module shall be of one semester's duration.
3. The course structure and the modules offered may be modified from time to time.

Application Periods

There are two intakes per academic year - one in Semester I (August) and the other in Semester II (January).

All the departments/programmes offer a Semester I (August) intake. Some departments/programmes also offer a Semester II (January) intake. The application periods are indicated in the table below. Do note that not all faculties have the same application period.

IntakeApplication PeriodDepartments/Programmes open for application
Semester I
(August)
1 April 
(in the year preceding the intake)

to 1 November
(in the year preceding the intake)
Economics
16 May
(in the year preceding the intake)

to 1 November
(in the year preceding the intake)
Chinese Studies
Communications and New Media
Comparative Asian Studies 
Cultural Studies in Asia 
English Language and Literature
Geography
History
Japanese Studies
Malay Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies 
Semester II
(January)
2 November
(more than a year preceding the intake)
to 15 May
(in the year preceding the intake)
Chinese Studies
Communications and New Media
Geography
Japanese Studies

Please ensure that the department(s)/programme(s) you are interested in is open for application before you make your submission(s). Applications received after the deadlines will be considered for the next relevant intake.

Each application must be accompanied by an application fee which is not refundable:

  • Application fee for online application is at $20.00 (inclusive of GST)
  • Application fee for paper-based application is at $40.00 (inclusive of GST)

Outcome of applications will be made known by 31st May for the Semester I (August) intake, or by 31st October for the Semester II (January) intake.

 

Fees

The tuition fee for students admitted in AY2016/2017:

Year of AdmissionPer annum amount
Fees payable by

Non-Subsidised Fees 5 
(Inclusive of GST)

Singapore Citizens 1Singapore Permanent Residents 1International Students with Service Obligation 2 /Graduate Assistantship Programme 
(Inclusive of GST)
in AY2016/2017 S$8,000 S$11,200 S$16,700 S$29,400

 

Notes:

1

For Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Resident students, the fees amounts quoted here are subsidised by the Singapore government (thorugh the Ministry of Education, MOE) and are exclusive of prevailing GST. The applicable GST is subsidised by the MOE for these students

The tuition fees for both full-time and part-time candidates are the same. Fees are subject to change at any time. A late fee may be imposed for fees which are not fully paid by the due date indicated in the bill each semester.

Students who are full-time staff members may apply for the staff concession on the tuition fees of government subsidised graduate programmes. Information on the staff concession is available at the NUS Staff Portal.

2

In some programmes, the University may deem it feasible, based on industry demand, to implement a Service Obligation Scheme for international students. The determination of this feasibility is at the sole discretion of the University.

International Students reading a government-subsidised programme can apply for the Service Obligation (SO) Scheme to pay reduced, subsidised tuition fees.

International Students who have applied successfully for the Scheme will be required to undertake a service bond under the terms of the Service Obligation to work for a Singapore-based company for three years upon completion of their degrees so as to discharge some of their obligations to the Singapore public for the high subsidy to their graduate education. Singapore-based companies refer to local and international companies that have a base in Singapore that is registered with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) as well as companies of such local and international companies registered with ACRA that are based overseas. Please refer to MOE's website for more details.
3

With effect from AY2016/2017 intake, the prevailing GST (currently 7%) on the fees payable will be borne by International Students. The fee amounts quoted are inclusive of the prevailing GST.

4 Students who are not in receipt of MOE Subsidy will have to pay the non-subsidised fee amounts as quoted here (which are inclusive of the prevailing GST).
5

Students who have previously enjoyed government subsidy or sponsorship by a Singapore government agency (such as scholarships offered by the Ministries, Public Service Commission and Statutory Boards) in a graduate programme will not be eligible for MOE subsidy in another graduate programme at the same or lower level. For example, students who had previously enjoyed subsidy/scholarship in a Masters programme and had attained the Masters degree will not be eligible for subsidy in another programme at Masters or lower level. In addition, if they wish to upgrade and enroll in a graduate programme that has a combination of Masters and PhD candidature, they will not be eligible to enjoy subsidy/scholarship during the Masters candidature.  For more details, please refer to theEligibility Guidelines for MOE Subsidy .

Students who are not eligible for MOE subsidy are also ineligible for some scholarships. For example, the Lee Kong Chian Graduate Scholarship, President’s Graduate Fellowship, NUS Research Scholarship and Tuition Fee Allowance, etc.

Students (all nationality) who did not complete an earlier graduate programme and are now re-admitted to another/same graduate programme within NUS or across Autonomous Universities (refers to NTU, SMU and SUTD) will be eligible for MOE subsidy only up to themaximum course duration for the new course less the number of semesters of government subsidy / scholarship received for the previous course(s).

 

Other Miscellaneous Student Fees are as follows on a semestral basis:Full-timePart-time
Student Services Fee (SSF) S$152.70 S$113.90
Health Service Fee (HSF) S$65.35 N.A.
Late Payment Charge (if applicable) S$25.00

Fees quoted are inclusive of prevailing GST.

All full-time graduate students are required to subscribe to the medical insurance scheme which covers:

  • Personal Accident Insurance Coverage
  • Hospitalisations, Surgical and Mental Health Insurance Scheme
  • Outpatient Specialist Care

Information on this scheme is available at this website.

For NUS scholars, the premium will automatically be deducted from the scholarship stipend on a semestral basis.

Bursaries and Scholarships

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Examination

1. Unless otherwise exempted by the Executive Committee of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, a candidate must pass such examinations as may be prescribed by the Committee in the areas of study. 

2. A candidate who fails any module in an examination may be permitted to re-sit the examination of the same module, re-take the same module or replace the module with another module, as specified by the Department.

3. A candidate is permitted to re-sit or re-take the same module or replace it with another module provided:
a. he/she has not failed more than twice before; and
b. he/she has not exceeded the maximum period of candidature.

A candidate who fails the same module twice shall be deemed as having failed two modules. A candidate who fails the examination in more than two modules throughout the whole course will be required to terminate his/her course of study.

4. A candidate who does not withdraw from a module within a given timeframe must sit the examination in that module unless granted leave of absence by the Head of Department of Social Work. The Head will consider each application according to the circumstances of the case. 

5. A candidate who is not granted leave of absence but who withdraws from any module of an examination after a given deadline will be deemed to have sat and failed in that module of the examination. No extension of the maximum period of candidature will be permitted as a result of such failure.

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