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Master’s level

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Degree: Master of Science ZFH in Social Work

Workload: 90 ECTS Credits

Organisational form: Full time / part time

Duration: 3 to 4 semesters (full time) / at least 6 semesters (part time)

Start of course: CW 8 (spring semester) / CW 38 (autumn semester)

Enrolment deadline: Enrolments are accepted on an ongoing basis

Place of tuition: Zurich, Bern, Lucerne or St. Gallen, according to individual planning

Language of tuition: German

Tuition fee: CHF 720.- per semester, plus additional course-related expenses

Study and career prospects

In the Master’s degree course, you add to the knowledge gained from your bachelor’s studies and acquire strategic conceptual skills. Four areas of specialisation and a comprehensive selection of modules make it possible to focus on certain content.
This opens up new career prospects for you: you can become qualified for line functions and staff functions in social welfare or health departments, for specialist careers in non-profit organisations, for research and teaching, or for other interdisciplinary contexts.
Also on the international stage, many organisations expect their staff to hold a master’s degree. Successful completion of the course entitles the graduate to bear the internationally recognised title «Master of Science in Social Work UAS Zurich». It is then possible to pursue a doctorate on this basis.

Flexible course structure

Due to its modular structure, the master’s degree course can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis and leaves room for professional work and/or family responsibilities. Thanks to the individual planning of the curriculum and focal areas, relevance to current activity is also possible, while personal interests and individual career planning can also be taken into account.

Four locations – four areas of specialisation

The master’s degree course in social work is offered by the four universities of applied sciences in Bern, Lucerne, St. Gallen and Zurich in joint collaboration. To no small extent, it is this collaboration that makes the diversity and broad orientation of the degree programme possible. Each location offers one area of specialisation. Students can choose one of these, regardless of where they are enrolled.

Internationally networked

Thanks to cooperation with partner tertiary institutions in various continents, students have the possibility of completing a semester abroad. They also have exchange programmes and study trips available to them. The international study trip always takes place in calendar week 37 (WIS, 3 ECTS credits).

Master’s students enrolled in Zurich can also benefit from the following study trips:

  • Exchange study week in Dayton, Ohio (home and abroad)
  • Exchange study week in Bangalore, India

Credits can be claimed for a maximum of two study trips as elective modules, with each worth 3 ECTS credits.