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Graduate Diploma in Social Work

Equips graduates with clinical social work skills, administration skills and supervision skills to function at management positions in the sector.

Graduate Diploma in Social Work

This programme is fully subscribed. The next intake will be confirmed at a later date.

Overview

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.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

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.

Financial Assistance

Concession

The University offers course fee concession for some master's programmes. Please click here for more details.

Sponsorship

VWO's Charities Capability Fund (VCF) - For Counselling, Social Work and Gerontology programmes only
To apply for VCF Funding, please visit the NCSS website. Applicants from health-related organisations should check with their respective organisations and health clusters for possible sponsorship.

WSG - Professional Conversion Programme (PCP)
Click here for more details.

Programme Structure

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.

Students may opt to continue with the Master of Social Work or Master of Couple and Family Therapy specialisation with a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

Pre-requisite courses (for students without social work degree)
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.

The Graduate 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 by equipping graduates with clinical social work skills, administration skills and supervision skills to function at management positions in the sector.

Graduates from the Graduate Diploma programme will be recognised social work professionals with administrative and supervisory abilities, 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). Those who proceed to complete the Masters programme will become domain specialists as well.

  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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