Master's degree in Social Work

The labour market needs specialists with sound knowledge that is directly relevant to the real world. There is an increasing demand for specialists who are capable of further developing the field of social work in strategic positions, whether in practice, research or teaching.

The Master in Social Work at the FHS St. Gallen prepares you for your future career in three main ways: you create concepts and develop new solutions to complex tasks; you manage projects and carry out research and evaluation work; you become competent at the interfaces with economics, politics and law, and you work in interdisciplinary teams. As a result, you are ideally equipped to perform demanding roles in the field of social work.

At a glance

Master's of Science FHO in Social Work (90 ECTS)

Cooperation of the universities of Berne, Lucerne, Zurich and St. Gallen

Areas of specialisation
Professional and Method Development (FHS St. Gallen), Social Problems, Social Conflicts and Lifestyle (ZHAW Zurich), Social Change and the Organisation of Social Work (BFH Bern), Social Policy and Socio-economics (HSLU Lucerne)

Forms of study
Full-time study, part-time study

Bachelor's degree in social work or equivalent degree (minimum grade of 5.0)

Registration deadline
Start of spring semester: Mid-November
Start of autumn semester: Mid-June

Start of study
Spring semester: calendar week 8
Autumn semester: calendar week 38

CHF 800.– per semester plus additional expenses

At Master's level, the foundations acquired in the Bachelor's programme are application-oriented and expanded with regard to scientific content. You will be empowered to develop new solutions for complex tasks, to act in interdisciplinary configurations while retaining a comprehensive view and to plan and perform evaluation and research tasks, always directly related to practical applications. Thus, you will open up new career prospects and qualify for demanding tasks in practice, research and teaching.

The Master's degree in Social Work is a joint offering from the four Universities of Applied Sciences of Berne, Lucerne, Zurich and St.Gallen. It is divided into social work as a foundation and as a main study area. The modular design allows you to study full-time or part-time.

You will be admitted to the programme if you have a Bachelor's degree or a specialist degree in social work, at least 1500 hours practical experience* in social work and the required language skills. 

*800 hours must be proven at the beginning of the study, the remaining 700 hours at the latest by the start of the project module.