Therapeutic Social Work (M.A.)

The focus of the Therapeutic Social Work degree course are current approaches to social work in health and rehabilitation as well as in therapeutic fields of work.

The degree course provides in-depth scientific and professional qualification to perform activities in psychosocial counseling, child and youth services, addiction therapy and health promotion.

The students deal with methods of prevention, therapy, rehabilitation, aftercare as well as case management and system control, apply them and develop them for specific target groups. Another focus of the degree course is the deepening of competences in the field of empirical social research and quality management.

This prepares the students for future conceptual tasks and leadership functions in the field of social work in health care.

Academic degree
Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of study / Credits
3 semesters / 90 ECTS-credits

Start date
Summer semester

Application deadline
31.1 for the summersemester, 1.7 for the wintersemester

Admission requirements
Bachelor's degree in a related field (210 ECTS-Credits)

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Career prospects

Therapeutic Social Work graduates work in outpatient, semi-inpatient and inpatient facilities of rehabilitation, psychiatry, public health or private sponsorship, addiction, child, youth and family care. Here, with a clearly increasing demand and considerably increasing health-economic significance of certain diseases, social workers with extensive diagnostic, participation-oriented and organizational knowledge, with specific methodological competences and therapeutic qualities are sought.


After completing the Master degree course, training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist is possible (subject to the decision of the respective state examination offices on admission to the license to practice medicine). During the degree course, the first qualifications for sociotherapy according to § 37a SGB V are also acquired and further education for addiction / social therapy can then be completed.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in social work, social education, social management or special education at a state or state-recognized university
  • Bachelor's grade better than 2,0 or ECTS grade "B" or proof of affiliation to the best 35% of graduates of a first professional qualification at a university with 210 ECTS credits
  • One of the abovementioned Bachelor's degrees with 180 ECTS credits, admission may be granted on condition that you complete the missing 30 ECTS credits

Course structure

The course is designed as a classroom study and is structured in 15 modules, each with two or four semester hours per week. A semester abroad can be integrated into the university in cooperation with the International Office. Part-time study is possible on request.

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