Master Programme

Faculty of Social Sciences and Education


The USJ Master of Social Work Programme is set up to support social development in Macao by providing social work professionals and managers of social organisations with the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to advance social work practice in Macao.


This Programme prepares students for leadership in social policy, programme development and evaluation, as well as management of social welfare and human services in both government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The design philosophy of this Programme is to first introduce a wide scope of concepts to students, followed by the practical application of the theories in respective fields.

Course Duration

2 years full-time (evening) programme

Recommended Prior Knowledge

  • Social workers with a bachelor degree in social work
  • Social service professionals with a bachelor degree
  • A bachelor’s degree holder who is interested in pursuing a helping profession position

Teaching Medium


Total Number of Credits for Graduation



Ilha Verde Campus

Programme’s Government Approval (in Chinese and Portuguese only) (Click here)


Classes are scheduled from September to July each academic year. Please refer to the official academic calendar for the most updated information.

Weekly Schedule

Typically, classes take place three evenings per week, from 19:00 to 22:00.

Exceptionally, classes may be scheduled on Saturdays or in additional weekday evenings.


Typical Career Options

USJ envisions to empower and develop graduates from this Programme not only as social work practitioners but also to develop their professional careers as leaders and senior executives. Graduates may serve Macao as social service administrators, supervisors or managers in areas of social development, social protection, social risk management, social entrepreneurship, social policy, programme development, monitoring and evaluation, humanitarian affairs, research and development.

Study plan & description of modules

Please click on any specific module to see its description.

Note: The modules are subject to rearrangement in year 1 or year 2 based on the programme operation of the year.


Year 1
Year 2
9.00 credits