Social Work

Our master’s degree programme prepares you to take on a range of demanding roles in the field of social services. We offer this programme in cooperation with the universities of applied sciences in Lucerne, St. Gallen and Zurich (until July 2019).

This programme:

  • is aimed at students with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in social work;
  • provides generalist training for an interdisciplinary, practical and broad perspective on social work:
  • allows you to customise your studies by selecting your areas of focus;
  • qualifies you for a range of demanding positions in social services and trains your high-level problem-solving skills;
  • is the prerequisite for doctoral programmes:
  • offers you an array of courses, thanks to our cooperation agreement with various universities of applied sciences across Switzerland.


  • Title/Degree Master of Science (MSc)
  • Specialisations Social change and the organisation of social work
    Social work in the context of social policy, law and economy
    Professional and methodological development
    Social issues and the conduct of life: theory – analysis – intervention
  • Mode of study Full-time (3–4 semesters), part-time (6–8 semesters)
  • Start date Autumn semester: calendar week 38 Spring semester: calendar week 8
  • Application deadline Autumn semester: Calendar week 20 Spring semester: Calendar week 45
  • ECTS credits 90 ECTS-Credits
  • Study language German
  • Location Bern and, depending on the modules selected, Lucerne, Zurich, St. Gallen
  • Department Social Work

This degree programme is offered in German. For detailed information, go to the German page.