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 May, 2018 for Semester 2, 2018 intake*
- 31 October, 2018 for Semester 1 2019 intake
- 31 May, 2019 for Semester 2, 2019 intake
- Scholarship deadline
It is strongly recommended your application is submitted by the following dates to ensure enough time for your student visa processing.
- Later applications may be accepted from onshore applicants. Please email Arts Grad admissions
- For more detailed information please visit the Graduate Coursework application information web page.
*Please note: This is a late application closing date. Submitting your application during this period may impact on your ability to receive a visa in time for commencement of classes. The Department of Home Affairs suggests submitting your visa application no later than 6 weeks before class commencement to avoid late commencement, and no earlier than 3 months before you are due to commence. Please see the Future students website for more details
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 October 2018 noting that you must supply your final results and evidence of course completion by 30 November 2018 to meet the requirements of the scholarship criteria. If you are not able to meet these deadlines, you will be considered for the following intake.