Master of Arts in Social Work (M.A.)

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The consecutive Master’s degree program in Social Work has been offered since Summer Semester 2012 by the Department of Social Work and Health Care at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen am Rhein. The program has been fully accredited and given the official seal of the Accreditation Council.

Program Aim

The program expands and furthers the (technical) knowledge, research skills, and understanding of treatment methodologies acquired during student’s first degree program (Bachelor or Diplom). It enables comprehensive scientific analysis of the operational areas in social work. Students will be able to independently conduct extensive applied research projects in the field of social work.

In particular, the program qualifies students for positions:

  • In the areas of project management, development, implementation, and evaluation, especially for responsibility in further conceptual development of operational areas in the field of social work.
  • As specialists at social work institutions and associations.
  • As research associates and staff employees at social work institutions and associations, non-profit organizations, universities and institutions of higher learning, in social services administration, and in business.

Master’s degree programs open the door to higher civil service positions. A Master’s degree also opens the door to doctoral studies. For Master’s program graduates, the path into doctoral studies has been eased through cooperation agreements with other universities.

Program Organization and Structure

This three-semester, full-time program is modularly structured and contains a total of six modules.

The program consists of a methodological-methodical thread (Module 1: Research and Theory in Social Work and Module 2: Applied Practical Research) and a theoretical-content thread (Module 3: Subject-oriented Perspectives in Social Work, Module 4: Social-political, societal, and institutional conditions / Interplay of Social Work, and Module 5: Practice and Theory Formation of Social Work – Reflection and Opening). The program concludes with the Master’s thesis (Module 6: Master’s thesis and social research).

The program consists of a methodological-methodical thread

  • Module 1: Research and Theory in Social Work
  • Module 2: Applied Practical Research

and a theoretical-content thread

  • Module 3: Subject-oriented Perspectives in Social Work,
  • Module 4: Social-political, societal, and institutional conditions / Interplay of Social Work
  • Module 5: Practice and Theory Formation of Social Work – Reflection and Opening).

The program concludes with the Master’s thesis:

  • Module 6: Master’s thesis and social research.

Degree

After successfully completing of the program, graduates are awarded the academic degree  “Master of Arts” (M.A.).