Social Work (M.A.)

At a glance

DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
Length of course3 Semester
No. of places available25
Start of courseWinter semester
How to applyOnline via the application portal
Application deadline15. July
Admission requirements 

Hochschulabschluss in Sozialer Arbeit oder einem fachnahen Studiengang von 2,0 oder besser mit mindestens 210 ECTS oder Diplomabschluss

Bei einem Hochschulabschluss mit 180 ECTS können die restlichen 30 ECTS nachgeholt werden. Das Studium verlängert sich dann in der Regel um 1 Semester.


Application queries
Sümeyra Sismanoglu


Course-related advice
Prof. Dr. L. Nock


Career options and fields of work

  • Managing organisations
  • Research and academic support
  • Child and youth work
  • Work with the elderly
  • Social work in schools
  • Social work and immigration
  • Support for raising children and family support
  • Community work/neighbourhood management
  • Debt counselling
  • Social services in the health system 

Course objectives

The course goal is to advance academic skills, leadership skills and the ability to reflect on one's own action in social work. 

Course structure

Semesters 1 to 3


Semester 3

Master's thesis

Compulsory modules

  • The Science of Social Work in Theory and Practice
  • Empirical Social Research
  • Framework Conditions of Leading, Guiding, Organising and Managing
  • Relevant Legislation and International Social Policy

Required elective modules

  • Fields of Social Work
  • Conflict Management/Violence Prevention
  • General Gerontology/Interventional Gerontology/Gerontopsychiatry
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Psychodrama
  • Introduction to Child and Youth Psychotherapy
  • Street Theory 

Social work today

Social work today is all about shaping and supporting living together in the community, ensuring social needs are met and handling challenging social issues constructively.

Master’s in Social Work in Mannheim

  • Ongoing link made between teaching and research
  • Understanding of scientific basis of social work
  • Theory development in social work by processing and reflecting on practical experience
  • Interdisciplinary forms of learning
  • A range of required electives split into different phases of life
  • Mentoring programme for enhancing individual professional skills