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Doctor of Social Work

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

Before enrolling in the DSW, you must meet the University admission requirements as specified; and been awarded or qualified for a Master of Applied Social Work or Master of Social Work, or an equivalent Social Work qualification which includes a research component, with the award of First Class or Second Class Division I honours; and have sufficient background and good standing in professional social work to satisfy the Doctoral Research Committee you have the capacity to successfully undertake the programme.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Doctor of Social Work structure

The DSW course is delivered in two parts: Part 1 is a suite of four 900-level courses (120 credits) followed by Part 2, a thesis investigation that makes a significant contribution to knowledge and understanding in professional social work (240 credits).


Progressing to full registration is subject to candidates completing all the course work to a B+ or better standard and passing a confirmation event for which they have submitted a research proposal and orally defended it. Confirmed candidate’s progress will be monitored through a six-monthly reporting process.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


179.911 Advanced Social Work and Social Development Theory
179.912 Advanced Studies in International Social Work
179.913 Advanced Social Work Research and Evaluation
179.929 Advanced Directed Study in Social Work
179.930 Thesis Doctor of Social Work

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

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