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.
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.
Where will it take me?
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
Graduates have also gone on to work in global organisations including:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Brotherhood of St Laurence
- Salvation Army
- Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc
- Victorian Human Rights Commission
- 31 October 2019 for Semester 1 2020 intake
Please note: later applications for some courses may be accepted through until 31 December 2019
- 31 March 2020 for Semester 2, 2020 intake
Please note: later applications for some courses may be accepted through until 31 May 2020
- Scholarship deadlines
In applying past the deadline, students should take into account student visa deadlines.
International applicants can apply up to one year in advance of their studies. That is, if a student would like to commence in Semester 1, they can apply from Semester 1 of the previous year
- For more detailed information please visit the Graduate Coursework application information web page
Please note: If you wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences you must submit an application to a GSHSS degree by 31 Oct for Semester 1 and 31 March for Semester 2.