Social Work, Social Environment Development and Organisation (MA) — Part-time programme

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Study programme
Social Work, Social Environment Development and Organisation (MA) — Part-time programme
Social Work
Social, Political and Legal Principles of Participation, Theoretical Principles of Social Environment Development Processes, Social Work Relating to the Social Environment, Participatory Project Development, Reproduction Strategies in Conditions of Poverty, Management in the Social Environment, Governance and Control, Action Research, Approaches to Knowledge and Methods
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Type of programme
Part-time programme (blended learning with e-learning modules)
Standard Duration
5 semesters
Admission Capacity
Start of study programme
Summer semester
Admission Restriction
The programme has admission restrictions. Contact the Department for more information.
Admission Requirements
First-level degree in Social Work (BA, Diplom) with a final grade of at least 2.5 according to the German grading system (alternatively, a degree in another subject (BA, Magister or Diplom) and at least four years' relevant professional experience. Parallel to studies, relevant professional practice of between 15 and 30 hours a week.
Language of instructions
Language Requirements
For international students: DSH 2-level German language skills by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. Applications submitted by 31 October: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 November: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent
Application Deadline
15 January
Specific Features
This part-time programme is offered in cooperation with RheinMain University according to the blended learning concept (combining on-campus phases and e-learning modules). It is an interdisciplinary programme which qualifies graduates for senior positions in the civil service and also paves the way for a doctoral degree.

What Is This Programme About?

The Social Work degree specialising in Social Environment Development and Organisation provides students with advanced skills in social environment-related areas of social work, specifically child and youth welfare, disabled care, work with migrants, support of the elderly and education work. Students gain expertise in participation methods, social environment analysis and action research methodology. It provides them with a more in-depth insight into theoretical approaches to social work and processes involved in social differentiation and social environment disparities. It also enables them to better understand strategies adopted by individuals and institutions to shape, overcome and control social environment processes.

Why Choose This Programme?

The programme is aimed at persons wishing to expand and further develop their knowledge and skills in areas of social work that focus on the social environment and/or take on managerial roles. They qualify for planning, management, coordination and research roles in projects and processes in social environment development and organisation.

How is the programme structured?

The study programme is offered jointly by Fulda University of Applied Sciences and RheinMain University (Wiesbaden). Two thirds of the programme is conducted online (eight modules), one third is campus-based. The attendance phases in the first year take place at RheinMain University, in the second year at Fulda University. On-campus classes are organised in teaching blocks of two to three days, four times each academic half-year. Educational leave may be granted. Online modules are delivered via an e-learning platform which offers instructors and students various forms of interaction. The participating universities have the right to confer doctoral degrees ("eigenständige Promotionsrecht") and run the Doctoral Research Centre for Social Work in the state of Hessen.

Where does it lead?

Your expertise is required in child and youth work, family welfare and disabled care, employment promotion and education work, intercultural social work, work with senior citizens, support for the homeless and the social development of urban districts. In international development cooperation, social environment expertise is as much a prerequisite as it is for the development and management of social enterprises in the service sector. The Master's degree can pave the way to a doctoral degree. Cooperation agreements are in place with Kassel and Frankfurt Universities.

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Subject-related advice

Andrea Hilger

Study Programme Coordinator

Building 21 , Room 203
Andrea Hilger+49 661 9640-2444
Office hours
Mon to Fri 8 am – 3 pm

General advice

Karin Heß

Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Deputy Head of Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

Building 10 , Room 212
Karin Heß+49 661 9640-1431
Consultation hours
Without registration: Tue, Wed 9.30 am – 11.30 am With registration: Thu 9.30 am – 3 pm
Office hours
Tue – Thu: 8 am – 3 pm

Advice for international students

Britta Simon


Building 10 , Room 105
Britta Simon+49 661 9640-1453
Consultation hours
Mo: 9 – 11 Uhr Mi: 13.30 – 15.30 Uhr Fr: 09 – 11 Uhr
Office hours
Mo–Do: 9 – 12 Uhr, 14 - 15.30 Uhr Fr: 8:30 – 12 Uhr