St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Social Work (MA) (part-time)

  • MA
  • German
  • 4 Semester
  • St. Pölten
  • 30 Places

A Profession and Academic Discipline

The profession and academic discipline of social work is growing in importance. Demographic developments and social differentiation is giving rise to new areas of work. As a graduate of this master programme you work in frontline social work, planning, and in applied research and development for the creation of social and health services fit for today’s society. This study programme provides you with the necessary specialisations for practical work as well as the right competencies for an activity in the scientific field.

Course Contents

The curriculum encompasses organisation and society, research, development and innovation, methodology and case analysis, management skills, international law, and ethics. Your studies focus on models to reduce disadvantages in society.

Choose one of two advanced specialisation options:

  • Case Management
  • General Social Work

19 places are available per specialization.

Your Individual Education Plan

Together with experts, you compile your individual education plan to combine your professional aspirations with your field of studies as part of the courses ”Disziplinäre Praxis“ and “Mentoring“. The objective is to expand your individual profile and acquire additional specific competencies, e.g. through internships, job shadowing, optional subjects, study trips or (inter-) national symposia.

Master Thesis

During your master studies, you write your thesis in collaboration with a research team and a project at the Ilse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research. This ensures close supervision, mutual support and a timely completion of your studies.

Career Prospects

With a degree you are qualified to work in all areas of social work. You are especially well-prepared for advisory, organisational and management responsibilities in the social and healthcare services sector, including project planning and evaluation. Your job prospects are therefore excellent in all areas of the welfare system, and many areas of healthcare.

Graduates assume roles such as:

  • Case manager
  • Head of institute or team leader
  • Voluntary worker coordinator
  • Project manager
  • Area supervisor
  • Complex case expert
  • Social work expert as part of a multi-professional team
  • Evaluator
  • Inclusion expert

In combination with professional experience, this master programme opens up opportunities for career progression into management positions.

Entry requirements

Completion of a relevant bachelor degree programme at a university of applied sciences or completion of an equivalent study programme at an accredited Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institution with least 180 ECTS credits and a duration of at least six semesters.


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Admission procedure:
The selection process is two-stage and includes a review of the motivation report and an individual interview

Start of studies:
annually in September

Tuition fee:
EUR 363.36 per Semester + ÖH contribution

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