Social Work

Actively shape social change: with a Master of Science in Social Work from the Universities of Bern, Lucerne and St. Gallen, you will be fit for a social future.

You can plan your studies flexibly either part-time or full-time and choose focus topics that suit your interests. You will benefit from the expertise of three universities. As a special bonus, we also link you up with social workers from across German-speaking Switzerland.

Andrea Lübberstedt, head of the Office for Social Affairs for the canton of St. Gallen (2012–2017), explains why she needs graduates of the Master of Science in Social Work on her team. (Video is in German)

Begin your studies in September 2024 or in February 2025.


  • Title/Degree Master of Science in Social Work
  • Specialisations Organisation, leadership and cooperation
    Shaping care systems in the welfare state
    Shaping the profession and making an impact
  • Mode of study Part-time (max. 9 semesters)
    Full-time (3–4 semesters)
  • Start date Autumn semester: 11 September 2024
    Spring semester: 12 February 2025
  • Application deadline Depends on your degree
  • ECTS credits 90 ECTS credits
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Bern (optionally Lucerne and St. Gallen)
  • School School of Social Work

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