Graduate Diploma and Master of Social Work

Graduate Diploma and Master of Social Work
Evolving societal, community and individual needs bring about heightened expectations of contemporary social workers, from both clients and employers.

To meet these challenges of the new era, leaders in the social services sector are required to play a vital role in guiding and grooming fellow social workers as well as to possess a wealth of knowledge in a specific field. This programme offers the key to satisfying this new role.

The Graduate Diploma and Master of Social Work Programme is a practice-based programme, designed to prepare social workers aspiring to take up leadership positions in the social service sector. The programme aims to equip graduates with clinical social work skills, administration skills and supervision skills to function at management positions in the sector. The Graduate Diploma and Master of Social Work is specially designed both for graduates with a social work degree and those with other degrees. For graduates without prior social work training, pre-requisite courses will equip you with the basic social work knowledge and skills so as to ease you into the Master programme.

Graduates from this programme will be recognised social work professionals with administrative and supervisory abilities as well as domain specialists, as accepted by the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) and the main employers of social workers namely the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).

Unique features of the programme:
  • • A special feature of this programme is the option of exiting with a Graduate Diploma or graduating with a Master degree.
  • • All courses are taught by established academics and professionals in leadership positions with vast real-time experiences, ensuring that issues discussed are always kept current and relevant for practical application.


  • The programme offers a specialisation track in Couple and Family Therapy which will train the student to work with couples and families having relational issues. The various models of Family Therapy like Systemic, Structural, Strategic, Experiential and others will be covered.
    Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programme.

    For Couple and Family Therapy specialisation track, applicants should have good individual counselling skills, with at least one year of working experience with couples and families.

    In the event of overwhelming demand and limited vacancy, priority will be given to eligible applicants who applied early. You are encouraged to submit your application early to avoid disappointment.

    This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.
    For Master of Social Work, students are required to complete a total of 60 credit units (cu) with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 to graduate. The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

    • 30 cu of Core courses
    • 20 cu of Electives courses1
    • 10 cu of Applied Research Project2
    1The electives included in the programme are identified to enhance the expertise of social work professionals by allowing for specialisation in specific settings and with specific client groups.
    2The applied research project may be substituted for two other elective courses.

    For Graduate Diploma in Social Work, students are required to complete a total of 30 credit units (cu) with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 to graduate.

    For Master of Social Work with Couple and Family Therapy specialisation, students are required to complete a total of 60 credit units (cu) with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 to graduate. The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

    • 30 cu of Social Work Core courses
    • 20 cu of CFT Core courses
    • 10 cu of CFT Elective courses
    Three pre-requisite courses are designed to prepare the non-social work degree holders for entry into the Master programme. A supervised practicum (400 hours) is also required for graduates to apply their knowledge in an actual social service setting.

    Click here​ to view the programme curriculum for Graduate Diploma in Social Work.
    Click here​ to view the programme curriculum for Master of Social Work.
    Click here​ to view the programme curriculum for Master of Social Work Specialising in Couple and Family Therapy.
    Next Available Intake
    January 2020

    Application Closing Date
    30 September 2019

    Tuition Fee
    For current tuition fee, click here.

    FAQ

    Graduate Diploma and Master of Social Work
  • 1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Graduate Diploma and Master of Social Work (MSWK)?
    There are 2 intakes a year; every January and July.

  • 2. What is the duration to complete the programme?
    Pre-requisite courses take 1 semester to complete, followed by core courses (GDSWK) for 2 semesters, and electives (MSWK/MSWK-CFT) for another 2 semesters. This is based on the recommendation of 3 courses per semester.

  • 3. Do all students have to complete pre-requisite courses?
    Only students without a Social Work degree have to complete the pre-requisite courses.

  • 4. How many courses students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to take up to 3 courses per semester.

  • 5. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Lessons are scheduled on 4 Saturdays per course, from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with a lunch break of an hour.

  • 6. Currently I'm holding a full-time job. How should I go about completing the supervised practicum sessions?
    The practicum stretches over 2 semesters and students who are not able to do the block practicum (full-time) will be assisted to complete the 400 hours in smaller stretches.

  • 7. Will Singapore University of Social Sciences help to source for practicum sites or must the student self-source the practicum sites?
    The University will assist to source for practicum sites for students. However, students may also nominate their preferred self-sourced practicum sites which are subjected to screening and approval.

  • 8. How long does it take to complete the practicum?
    Students have up to 2 semesters to complete the practicum.

  • 9. How long will the applied research project take?
    Students can take up to 2 semesters to complete the applied research project.
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