Master's degree in Social Work

The labour market needs specialists with sound knowledge that is directly relevant to the real world. There is an increasing demand for specialists who are capable of further developing the field of social work in strategic positions, whether in practice, research or teaching.

The Master in Social Work at Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences prepares you for your future career in three main ways: you create concepts and develop new solutions to complex tasks; you manage projects and carry out research and evaluation work; you become competent at the interfaces with economics, politics and law, and you work in interdisciplinary teams. As a result, you are ideally equipped to perform demanding roles in the field of social work.

At a glance

Forms of study

Full-time study and part-time study


800 CHF per semester plus additional expenses


Bachelor's degree in social work or equivalent degree (minimum grade of 5.0, )Bachelor in Sozialer Arbeit oder gleichwertiger Abschluss (mind. Note 5.0, otherwise aptitude test)


Start spring semester: Mid-November
Start autumn semester: Mid-June

Start of study

Spring semester: calendar week 8
Autumn semester: calendar week 38


St.Gallen campus

The Master's program in Social Work is a cooperation of three established Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences: Bern University of Applied Sciences, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences. This close form of cooperation has existed since 2007 and is unique in Switzerland. Students can thus benefit from the strenghts of the three universities and build up a professional network throughout German-speaking Switzerland.

Since the autumn semester 2019, the Master's degree in Social Work has been offered in a new format by the universities of Bern, Lucerne and St.Gallen. For more information

Further information on the cooperation can be found on the joint website of the four universities (in German).