Master of Science in Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work

Course summary

The Master's degree in Social Work is a generalised course that builds on the Bachelor's degree or an equivalent university degree. It enhances the knowledge acquired in the Bachelor's course and provides a sound academic overview of the field. 


The requirements for specialists in social work have increased considerably. Today the labour market requires specialists with extensive knowledge and direct experience of the professional practice of social work. There is an increasing demand for specialists who are able to develop new aspects of social work - in strategic positions in practice, research and teaching. 


Graduates of the Master's degree programme in social work are able to:

  • Cooperate across disciplines
  • Provide input to improve their profession and field
  • Analyse and assess
  • Define and solve problems
  • Research and evaluate 
  • To clearly define situations, act as intermediaries and convince others.


Skills profile


Title / QualificationMaster of Science in Social Work
  • Social Change and the Organisation of Social Work
  • Social Work in the Context of Social Policy, Law and Economy
  • Professional and Methodological Development
  • Social Problems and Conduct of Life: Theories - Analyses - Interventions
Program study optionsFull or part-time/in conjunction with a job
Language(s) of instructionGerman, some lessons in English; some mandatory literature in English
Campus(es)Berne, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Zurich
Course beginsSpring semester: Week 8
Autumn semester: Week 38
Deadline for applicationsApplication deadline for the Master program
Co-operationsLucerne University of Applied Arts and Sciences, St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences, Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW


The course of studies enables students to further develop social work: to develop new models and approaches in a scientific, systematic manner, to plan and conduct research and to control complex projects. Areas of work include demanding functions in public administration, in private non-profit organisations, in the education sector or in international organisations. Successful graduation from the degree programme qualifies students to work on a doctoral dissertation.

Detailed informations

MSc Social Work

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Head of degree programme

Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Riedi

Head of degree programme

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