Massey University Bachelor Of Social Work

Become a registered social worker with Massey’s Bachelor of Social Work. As a social worker, you can advocate for structural change, engage in community development and help people overcome challenges to enhance individual and whānau wellbeing.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey is the longest-serving (since 1976) four-year Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our highly sought-after, internationally recognised degree will offer you a lifelong career that can take you across the country and around the world.

Eight more compelling reasons to study social work at Massey

  • More than 90% of Massey social work graduates find employment within six months of earning their degree.
  • Massey University is committed to being Te Tiriti o Waitangi led and this is reflected in the School of Social Work and in the social work profession.
  • The degree is recognised by the NZ Social Work Registration Board.
  • Massey graduates make up the largest number of highly qualified social workers in the country. Our programme has a reputation for producing strong, critical thinkers.
  • Social work is a growth industry, with about 7000 registered social workers in NZ.
  • Massey is still the leading university in New Zealand where you can study for your degree through distance learning.
  • You will get vital hands-on experience in the workplace in your third and fourth year of study where you will be supported to undertake placements.
  • We combine both theory and practice, taught by highly qualified staff – all experts in their fields and passionate about their profession.

Our highly regarded degree equips you with all the skills needed to understand and work alongside people and communities in the modern world.

Want to work towards a role that has a positive impact on individuals, families, groups and communities? Want to enjoy a fulfilling career that can give you great employment opportunities and further career development pathways? Open to personal and professional development and keen to work with diverse communities? Then join us today on a journey of self-discovery and success. Our promise to you? We’ll be with you every step of the way. So what are you waiting for?


A social work degree means you can work in many different areas. Social workers work across all age groups and you will have opportunities to work in many different areas, in non-government or statutory organisations, for example:

  • Child protection
  • Community work and community development
  • Diversity specific services (eg Chinese, Korean, Sāmoan, Rainbow, Spiritually-based)
  • Hospitals and primary health care
  • Housing
  • Iwi and marae-based social services
  • Management and supervision
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Offenders
  • Policy development
  • Refugees and migrants
  • Residential care
  • Schools
  • Tertiary education
  • Women
  • Youth justice

Contact us

Academic advising is primarily about establishing a good fit between you as an individual and a particular programme of study. We would like to help you make the right decisions. There are people who can give you the academic advice you need to meet your personal study goals.

Massey University Contact Centre

Our Contact Centre will provide information about Massey University programmes and courses and can direct you to additional help. You can contact one of our friendly staff by email, fax, phone, live chat, using an online form or visit one of our campuses.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

Telephone: 0800 MASSEY (0800 627 739) 
Telephone (from outside NZ): +64 6 350 5701 
Facsimile: +64 6 350 5618 
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Online form: Information request form 
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Email: [email protected]

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Academic Advice

Contact an adviser from our Student Advice and Information Unit to get all the information you need on your study and any programmes and courses you are interested in. This includes advice on progress to completion, graduation, credit for previous study, changing programmes, progression between qualifications, as well as advice on planning and sequencing your course choices.

For academic advice please use the contact details above and the Massey University Contact Centre will arrange for an adviser to assist you further.