Social Work (FH)

Master of Arts
Semester fee
78 Euro
Start of the program
Summer semester
Standard length of the program
3 Semester
Place of study
Part-time studies possible

A mix of the traditional topics in social work and innovative specializations is our trademark. Our students receive practical training through research projects and are taught key theory by our nationally and internationally renowned professors, ensuring that our graduates have excellent job prospects in the social sector and beyond.

The program in detail


Growing challenges for social work as well as tight public budgets clearly show: Social policy and the social economy must increasingly demonstrate the efficiency and impact of their intervention programs. There will be increasing demand for specialists in this area in the future. The Master’s degree program in Social Work aims to train people to meet this demand. Graduates have excellent career prospects and above-average earning potential.

The program is research-oriented. The focus is on learning, applying, and developing methods for evaluating and measuring the effects of socio-political programs, as well as forms of intervention in social welfare and social work. Students have the opportunity to participate in the faculty’s diverse research projects, allowing them to learn research methods and gain practical research experience.

After successful completion of the study program, our graduates will be able to

  • understand current evaluation and impact research
  • apply research findings to develop and improve social work programs and methods
  • contribute to research in their area of responsibility
  • design and carry out research projects independently
  • participate in the improvement of evaluation methods
  • transfer research findings to socio-political and social work intervention programs
  • pursue doctoral studies in social work or education with an empirical focus.

Rankings and assessments


KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2024 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the third time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021 and 2022. The ranking was based on over 78,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 97 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others. 

"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

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Studying abroad

Internationality is of great importance at the Faculty of Social Work. This includes study semesters abroad as well as international internships and, of course, also staff mobility or incoming students from abroad.

The Faculty of Social Work has a good international network with numerous partner universities, organizations and institutions, organizes or supports international conferences and participates in international (research) projects.

Practical connection

Research and development are indispensable for innovations in the practice of social work. The aim is to develop complex solution strategies for relevant target groups on the basis of scientific methodology and current research results. The developed quality criteria for practice are applied to specific fields of practice selected by the students on the basis of best practice research.

Career possibilities and professional fields

Career prospects

Growing challenges for social work, involving keywords such as demography, migration or fragmentation of society as well as tight public budgets, clearly show: Social policy and the social economy must increasingly demonstrate the efficiency and impact of their intervention programs. There will be an increasing demand for specialists in this area in the future – comparable to good controllers in the commercial industry. The Master’s degree program in Eichstätt aims to train people to meet this demand. Graduates have excellent career prospects and above-average earning potential.

In addition, graduates of the Master’s program can choose to pursue doctoral studies.

Graduates of the Master's degree program in Social Work can take on a variety of tasks and functions.

  • Staff/leadership function at large institutions or associations
  • Strategy departments/Product development providers of social services
  • Social administration on a local and state level
  • Social science research institutes
  • Political consulting
  • Universities of applied sciences/universities

What students say about the program

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(available in German)


"The Master's degree program was demanding but very efficient and was a lot of fun", was one voice from the Bavarian graduate survey of the final year groups from the 2012/13 winter semester to the 2016 summer semester.

The KU

Sommerresidenz Luftbild


Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.

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What sets the KU apart

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?

No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.

At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.

As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.

This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.

Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation. 

Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?

With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.

A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.

Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.

Can I also study at the KU if I have completed the Fachabitur?

Yes, you can study certain degree programs at the KU with a subject-specific university entrance qualification (Fachabitur). These are: Social Work (BA) and Religious Education (BA).


The location

Ortsschild Eichstätt
University town of Eichstätt
Bootsfahrer auf der Altmühl
Canoeing on the Altmühl river
[Translate to Englisch:] Biergarten
Relaxing and celebrating in beer gardens

Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities. 

The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.

More on the study location Eichstätt

Advisory Service

Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!

International Office
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt


Selection procedure: see examination regulations
Language requirements
Application period summer
Dec 03 - Jan 15
Admission restriction
Selection procedure


The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.

Depending on the course of study, you may be asked for information on internships, professional experience, etc. Please upload the relevant documents in the upload area for all the information you provide, even if these are not mandatory fields!

Before you start the application process, please read the additional information on this page, in particular the information on the respective (German) language requirements and university entrance qualifications.

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