Social Work

In our master’s degree programme, you will acquire a deeper knowledge of the subject and engage in scientifically based discussions on practical issues. You will prepare yourself to work conceptually, to take on leadership responsibilities, or to work at a university.

This programme:

  • hones your specialist skills and expands your knowledge: you will make scientifically based analyses and evaluations of practices in the field of social work;
  • challenges you to reflect more deeply on your practical experience and trains your high-level problem-solving skills;
  • offers you the option of individual topics to build your profile;
  • qualifies you to take on demanding leadership roles in the field of social services;
  • prepares you to assess the value and use of research results and conduct studies yourself;
  • is the prerequisite for doctoral programmes;
  • lets you plan your studies flexibly, gain access to three universities and build a professional network throughout German-speaking Switzerland.


  • Title/Degree Master of Science (MSc)
  • Specialisations Thematic modules on ‘Shaping change’ with the focus areas:
    – Organisation, leadership and cooperation
    – Shaping care systems in the welfare state
    – Shaping your profession and making an impact
  • 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 If you fulfil the admission requirements:
    Autumn semester application deadline: calendar week 31
    Spring semester application deadline: calendar week 1
  • ECTS credits 90 ECTS-Credits
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Bern
    Optionally Lucerne and St. Gallen
  • School School of Social Work


  • Programme Handbook

Master in Sozialer Arbeit

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