Study Research and Social Work (M.A.)

Information for students of Research and Social Work (M.A.)

Are you interested in social-scientific research and in the development and evaluation of projects? The Master's degree course 'Research in Social Work' conveys the necessary knowledge and skills in order to be able to complete research, development and evaluation projects independently.



Research in Social Work Master of Arts (M.A.)


4 semesters, full-time

ECTS credits


Program start

Winter semester

Application deadlines

with German degrees:
September 15


with foreign credentials: July 15



The methodological and expert scientific training allows the analysis and evaluation, as well as the development of planning and control concepts of the social state and organizational structural change in the field of social work with respect to the general changes in society.

The master's degree course 'Research in Social Work' at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences offers manifold and well-founded training in the field of methods of empirical social research as well as practical training in ongoing research projects.

After graduating from this degree course with a Master of Arts, you can look forward to interesting and demanding tasks in practice or apply for doctorate studies at several universities.

The essence of this master's degree course Research in Social Work (M.A.) is the conveyance of well-founded knowledge of social science research methods and strategies. Due to the connection of the degree course with the established research institutes at the faculty, it is ensured that the students will be actively involved in ongoing research projects. This way a lot theoretical knowledge and research practice is imparted.

Great emphasis is put on methodical expertise during the training. Due to the substantial methodical training in the field of empirical social research, it is ensured that students can actively participate in the conception, implementation and evaluation of research projects. Additional competencies are gained in the field of concept development, project management, and in the conveyance of science aspects and presentations of science. A lot of competencies are conveyed, which are applicable in many other areas of work as well: Data collection and analysis, concept development, project and quality management, project evaluation, reporting and social planning.

The degree course was accredited by the accreditation agency in the field health and social affairs (AHPGS).

The standard period of study is four semesters in order to achieve the degree (Master of Arts). Students can enroll for the winter semester only.

  • 4 semesters standard period of study
    (Overall workload 3,600 hours)

  • Full-time degree course, 12 modules with a total of 120 ECTS credits
    (30 ECTS credits per semester)

  • Free of charge

  • The studies offer various teaching and learning forms: lecture, presentation, seminars, projects, individual and group work.

An overview of the modules offered during the degree course can be found in the module diagram.
Detailed information on the modules can be found in the module handbook.



Applications for the winter semester must be submitted by September 15.

Admission restrictions

The degree course is not admission restricted.

Additional information

You need a degree in social work or in at least an equivalent professionally related degree in the field of social affairs (min. 180 ECTS). A local selection procedure (NC) will take place! Applicants who are not in possession of their final degree from their undergraduate degree courses, shall present a preliminary certificate in accordance with § 18 section 3 of the study place allocation regulations Hesse from May 07, 2013. The application is otherwise not legally relevant! More information can be found here.

Occupational profile

The master's degree course Research in Social Work (M.A.) is research-oriented. Its objective is to enable students to conduct independent research based on in-depth knowledge of methods of empirical social research. Knowledge about project planning and project management is conveyed for the professional practice later on.


The current and medium-term development shows a great demand in social reporting and evaluation, as well as the resulting planning competence in the field of social services. This is why a good labor market situation is expected for the graduates.

Eva Hahnenstein-JacobSecretary for faculty 4
Building 2, Room 103
Fax : +49 69 1533-2809
Prof. Dr.
Michaela Köttig
Head of degree course: Research and Social Work (M. A.)
Building HoST, Room 407
Fax : +49 69 1533-2809

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