Information for prospective students of Addiction Therapy and Social Management in Addiction Care (M.A.)

The Frankfurt UAS offers the continuing education and profession-accompanying master's degree course "Addiction Therapy and Social Management in Addiction Care" in the winter semester. This program was developed based on an intensive needs analysis in addiction care and in regular exchange with representatives from the practice, and is intended for social workers, physicians and psychologists who work at least 50% part-time in addiction care.


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Program Addiction Therapy and Social Management in Addiction Care
Master of Arts
Terms 6 semesters, part-time
ECTS credits 120
Program start Winter semester
Application deadlines with German degrees:
August 31 2021
  with foreign credentials: August 31 2021
Language German

In this degree course social/addiction therapeutic continuing education (either psychoanalytically or behavioral-therapeutically) is integrated and in treated in greater depth in further modules, which are offered in collaboration with the joint association for addiction care (Gesamtverband für Suchthilfe (GVS), a provider for extracurricular continuing education to become an addiction therapist with many years of experience. The social/ addiction therapeutic continuing education is currently still undergoing a recognition procedure by the German Pension Insurance Fund. It is planned that graduates of this degree course will receive a recognized certificate as an addiction therapist (VT or PA) next to their master's degree.  

Next to the addiction therapeutic and addiction-related contents, competencies in the management of addiction care projects and facilities, as well as team leadership and achievement tasks are conveyed. This master's degree course also allows an entry into addiction research. With the successful completion of this Master of Arts, you will also be entitled to undergo doctoral studies.

The master's program includes a total of 120 ECTS credits during 6 semesters, while only the master's thesis is written during the 6th semester. You have to choose already prior to the beginning of studies between a behavioral-therapeutic and psychoanalytical therapy training. Next to the master's certificate at the end of the studies you will receive a recognized qualification as addiction therapies issued by the German Pension Insurance fund. The size of the groups is approximately 24 students, and in addiction-therapeutic in-depth modules approximately 12 students. This way the students can have a lively exchange amongst each other and with the lecturers.

The lectures of this degree course are offered on six weekends during the first to the fifth semester from Friday (02:00 p.m. – 07:30 p.m.) until Saturday (09:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.) alongside peoples' work. The learning units of the therapy training are organized in block weeks. The psychoanalytical focus entails a total of 9 block weeks during the entire period of study, the behavioral-therapeutical specialization entails a total of 8 block weeks. During the sixth semester the master's thesis is to be written, which is accompanied by a group offer and individual care.

There are professors of Faculty 4, as well as leading experts from the addiction care practice, who have many years of practical experience as well as experience in teaching. The addiction-therapeutical specialization modules are taught by resident psychotherapists who have been working as trainers in the extra-curricular training to become an addiction therapist of the general association for addiction care (Gesamtverband für Suchthilfe e.V.). 

The degree course can only be taken up in the winter semester (start of the semester is October 01).
The application deadline ends on August 31 2021, for the winter semester.

You will be admitted to the master's degree course if you:

  • 1st possess a degree in medicine, diploma studies in psychology, or a degree in a consecutive master's degree in psychology with the entitlement to train to become a psychological psychotherapist, diploma degree in social work resp. social pedagogy or a bachelor's degree in social work with state recognition,
  • 2nd a main employment of at least 50% in an outpatient, partially inpatient, or inpatient addiction care facility,
  • 3rd if you can prove one year of professional experience in addiction care prior to the start of studies,
  • 4th if you are able to carry out a continuous individual or group therapy of at least six weeks duration,
  • 5th you complete an aptitude interview prior to the start of the studies successfully.
  • Students who have completed extracurricular addiction therapy training in form of a further education course offered by the German pension insurance fund and who would like to continue the further share of the training in a master's degree program. In this case, the addiction therapeutic training is recognized and accredited towards the required accomplishments.

Course catalogue

Modularization during the studies is a study structure, in which courses such as lectures, exercises, practical internships, excursions or seminars about certain topics are combined in modules. The structure of a module is determined by the competence, which is to be achieved upon completion of the module.

The module manual entails information on the duration, credits, type of examination, requirements, study results, workload, type of learning, content, literature, and the representative of the module of a degree course. Further information can be found in the guidelines on modularization and awarding of credits published by the federal commission. The module overview and the study content can be downloaded in form of a PDF.


The professional prospects are very manifold with a completed Master's degree in Addiction Therapy and Social Management. You can work in addiction therapeutic institutions of medical (addiction) rehabilitation under the German Pension Insurance. Part of these facilities are detoxification centers, outpatient clinics and consulting centers with authority to carry out medical rehabilitation treatments. But addiction therapeutic qualified staff is also sought after in other fields of addiction help (e.g. psychosocial accompaniment of substitutes, assisted living communities, inpatient follow-up facilities). The advancement to executive positions is facilitated due to the additional training in addiction therapy and the additional specialization in management. With the deepening of scientific knowledge and competencies further entry possibilities open up in the field of social-scientific addiction research.

Anna Dichtl
Coordinator Addiction Therapy (M. A.)
Building BCN, Room 220
Prof. Dr.
Heino Stöver
Head of degree course: Addiction Therapy (M. A.)
Building 2, Room 328
Fax : +49 69 1533-2809

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