School of Social Work

Massey’s School of Social Work works to enhance the well-being of people, families, whanau and communities through contributing to the development of professional social work in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific. We work closely with key non-government organisations, District Health Boards and Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children. Our students are placed in these organisations for their practical field education and our graduates have careers with them.

Study programmes

The School of Social Work offers internationally recognised qualifications in a range of disciplines including social policy and social work, and social service supervision. Both the Master of Applied Social Work programme and Bachelor of Social Work qualifications lead to registration as a social worker in New Zealand. Our graduates are leaders in their fields in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

Research expertise

Our researchers work on the significant issues facing society and social work practice today. They engage in international research and consultations across many countries. Our research spans the areas of human rights and social justice, social work practice, and social work profession.


Find out more about the Massey study programmes, research, facilities, services and people working in the School of Social Work’s areas of specialisation.


New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board

Our professional programmes are accredited by the [New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board]( Students who complete the Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Applied Social Work can immediately apply for provisional registration as a registered social worker.

* [Bachelor of Social Work](

* [Master of Applied Social Work](

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International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

Massey’s School of Social Work is a member of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). We also have staff members on the Asia Pacific Association for Social Work Education (APASWE) committee.

Practice Research and Professional Development Hub

The focus of the Practice Research and Professional Development Hub (PRPDH) is to provide opportunities for staff in the School of Social Work to engage in practice research and to offer professional development programmes for social service and related organisations.

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Transcripts and forms

If you are applying for registration in another country, the School of Social Work at Massey University will provide the academic certification for your overseas registration process. There is an administration fee for this service.

Staff and careers

Head of School of Social Work

Associate Professor Kieran O'Donoghue

In 2015, Kieran was awarded the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Quality and Innovation Trophy for Excellence in Research and Certificate for Research Excellence. He has published nationally and internationally in the areas of social work theory and practice, social work supervision and in relation to the social work profession.

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Careers at Massey

College of Health

Related content college of health

The School of Social Work is one of four interconnected units in the College of Health.

College of Health

Awards and recognition

Contact us

Postal address

School of Social Work
College of Health
Massey University
Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand

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Maps, transport and parking


Palmerston North


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