Social Work dual, part-time & full-time studies in Germany: A comparison of all degree programmes from Hamburg to Munich

  • 56Academic Programs
  • 23On-Site
  • 13Online
  • 1Hybrid
  • 10Dual
  • 9Part-time
  • 47Bachelor
  • 9Master
 · Last updated 12.09.2023

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Social Work, Social Management and Social Administration are currently among the most popular degree programmes of all. This is mainly because the need for well-trained social workers is immense, not least due to the strong migration movements.

Nevertheless, the profession of social worker is not necessarily one of the well-paid professions. Courses of study in social work make it possible to both build up theoretical expertise and improve the salary situation. Particularly interesting: dual degree programmes, which enable double degrees in the same study period and at the same time provide intensive practical experience.

Here I present all the degree programmes in social work at private universities - both face-to-face programmes and dual programmes, distance learning programmes and part-time programmes. I compare all degree programmes in detail.

Overview of all Courses

We have a total of 50 courses in the field of Social Work. The first 30 top courses are displayed. Use the filter function or our search to discover more courses in the field.

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Dual studies
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Brunswick, Bremen, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Cologne, Leipzig, Luebeck, Mainz, Mannheim, Munich, Munster, Nuremberg, Potsdam, Ravensburg, Regensburg, Rostock, Stuttgart, Ulm, Wuppertal, Kiel, Chemnitz, Magdeburg, Bonn, Wuerzburg or Virtual Campus
  •  German
  •  Introduction to Social Work, Professional Field Development, Introduction to Scientific Work, Pedagogy, Professional Reflection I, Development and Socialization, Social History, Philosophy, Ethics, Th…

With this degree program, you combine theory and practice in Social Work. In addition to your bachelor's degree, you will also earn a qualification as a state-recognized social worker. The program takes place on a weekly basis - you can choose to study at one of the over 30 study locations throughout Germany or on the Virtual Campus.

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German
  •  Introduction to Social Work, Introduction to Academic Work, Professional Field Development, Pedagogy, Social History, Philosophy and Ethics, Theories and Concepts of Social Work, Social Law, Collabora…

In the part-time distance learning program Social Work at Germany's largest university, you will acquire pedagogical, psychological, and legal expertise. You can study full-time over 6 semesters or part-time over 8-12 semesters. In addition, through an accompanying internship, you can obtain the title of State-recognized Social Pedagogue.

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  online
  •  German
  •  Methodology, Social Work Research I - Qualitative Methods, Leadership, Project Management Methods, Development of Social Work in Discipline and Profession, Social Inequality, Inclusion and Exclusion, …

The Master's program in Social Work at IU is an advanced study program for graduates of a bachelor's degree in Social Work or a comparable program. The focus is on deepening professional and methodological skills as well as promoting research skills in Social Work. Students learn to analyze complex social problems and develop solutions. Additionally, they are enabled to independently plan and conduct research projects. The program thus imparts comprehensive knowledge in Social Work and prepares graduates for challenging tasks in the field of Social Work.

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich or Heidelberg
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Fulltime programm (blended learning)
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Brunswick, Bremen, Chemnitz, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Frankfurt a.M., Freiburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Kiel, Leipzig, Luebeck, Magdeburg, Mainz, Mannheim, Munich, Muenster, Nuremberg, Potsdam, Regensburg, Rostock, Stuttgart, Ulm, Wuerzburg or Virtual Campus
  •  German
  •  Social history, philosophy, ethics, professional field development, introduction to social work, psychology, social policy, pedagogy, collaborative work, introduction to scientific work, theories and …

You want to actively promote social justice and equal opportunities in your profession by professionally supporting people in difficult life situations? Within the Bachelor's program in Social Work, we provide you with pedagogical, psychological, and legal knowledge. In addition, you will acquire intercultural competencies in dealing with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Your professional perspective is as diverse and varied as working with people themselves.

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German

APOLLON University of Health Care Management

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German
  •  Introduction to Social Work and Scientific Work, Basics of Social Work, Social Economy, Methods of Social Work, Research Methods of Social Work, Basic Law, Social Law, Special Aspects of Communication…

The part-time Bachelor's degree program in Social Work at theAPOLLON University of Health Care Management in Bremen lasts 36 months and concludes with the title Bachelor of Arts. Students acquire solid knowledge in social policy, psychology, pedagogy, and methods of social work. The aim of the course is to prepare graduates for a career in the social sector by enabling them to conduct problem analyses, develop support services, and work professionally with various target groups. The program is accredited by FIBAA.

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Heidelberg
  •  German

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German
  •  Introduction to the Pedagogy of Childhood, Development and Socialization, Pedagogy: Historical, Conceptual, and Terminological Foundations, Theories and Concepts in Social Work, Introduction to Academ…

In the bachelor's distance learning program "Social Work with a Focus on Children and Adolescents" at IU, students acquire comprehensive skills in the field of social work with a special focus on working with children and adolescents. The program provides theoretical knowledge in the areas of psychology, pedagogy, and sociology as well as practical skills in working with young people.

IU International University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  3 Semester
  •  online
  •  German
  •  Inclusion, Introduction to Academic Work for Pedagogy and Social Work, Sensory Impairment, Special Educational Needs in Learning and Language, Developmental Psychology, Special Educational Needs in So…

Discover the Bachelor distance learning course in Social Pedagogy and Inclusion at IU International University. This program is specifically designed for state-recognized educators who wish to further their academic career. Benefit from flexible study durations, interdisciplinary expertise, and the opportunity to specialize in areas such as integration, disability, child protection, and trauma pedagogy.

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

  • Part-time program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich
  •  German

European Distance Learning University Hamburg

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  online
  •  German
  •  Introduction to Studies and Scientific Work, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Political Science, Social Psychology, Introduction to Media and Communication Studies, Research Methods and Stat…

The Bachelor's program "Applied Social Sciences - Sociology | Politics | Economics & Society" at the European Distance University Hamburg leads to the degree "Bachelor of Arts" and lasts 36 months. This part-time course in Hamburg provides a broad basic knowledge in sociology, political science, economics, communication science, and social psychology. The focus is on practical skills and is aimed at both newcomers and professionals with an interest in social science issues and analytical work.

European Distance Learning University Hamburg

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Hamburg
  •  German
  •  Introduction to Studies and Academic Work, Introduction to Social Work, Fields of Action and Target Groups, Pedagogical Foundations, Psychological Foundations, Ethics and Reflective Professionalism, C…

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at the European Correspondence University Hamburg is a part-time study program that can be completed in 36 months. The course takes place in Hamburg. Students acquire in-depth knowledge in social work and social pedagogy to support people in difficult life situations. The focus is on developing social and communication skills for a professional career in social work. Graduates can autonomously plan social projects and communicate with various target groups.

European Distance Learning University Hamburg

  • Distance learning program
  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)
  •  3 Semester
  •  online
  •  German
  •  Qualitative-empirical research, discourses of Social Work, living situations and life worlds, transdisciplinarity, work on understanding in conflict and crises; elective focus, Change Management: Chan…

The Master of Arts in Social Work at the European Distance University Hamburg is a social science program, which is consecutive to the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. The program lasts for 18 months and can be completed through distance learning on a full-time or part-time basis.

  • On-campus program
  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Heidelberg
  •  German

Medical School Berlin

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

Medical School Berlin

  • On-campus program
  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

SRH University Heidelberg

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Heidelberg
  •  German

University of Applied Management Studies

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Mannheim
  •  German

TABOR Protestant University

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  8 Semester
  •  Marburg
  •  German

University of Social Work and Pedagogy

  • Dual studies
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

Akkon University of Human Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

SRH University of Applied Sciences in North Rhine-Westphalia

  • Dual studies
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Hamm or Leverkusen
  •  German

DIPLOMA University of Applied Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Bad Sooden-Allendorf, Leipzig
  •  German

CVJM University of Applied Sciences

  • Part-time program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  8 Semester
  •  Kassel
  •  German

Medical School Hamburg

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Hamburg
  •  German

DIPLOMA University of Applied Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  8 Semester
  •  German

German Sport University of Health Sciences

  • Distance learning program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  7 Semester
  •  Berlin
  •  German

FHM University of Applied Sciences

  • On-campus program
  •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  •  6 Semester
  •  Bamberg, Bielefeld, Hannover, Cologne, Rostock, Online-University
  •  German

Medical School Hamburg

  • On-campus program
  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)
  •  4 Semester
  •  Hamburg
  •  German

Which university is the best for a social work degree?

logo freseniusFresenius University of Applied Sciences: The Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is a private, state-recognised university of applied sciences located in Idstein/Hesse near Wiesbaden. The history of the university dates back to 1848. In the winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 12,991 students were enrolled at the university - making the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences the largest private attendance university in Germany. In its Department of Health & Social Affairs, the university offers a Bachelor's degree in Social Work at the locations Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich or Heidelberg, and at the Online Plus Department a distance learning course in Social Work.

logo iubhIU International University of Applied Sciences: The IU International University of Applied Sciences is a private, state-recognised university of applied sciences based in Erfurt/Thuringia with many  campuses and branch offices throughout Germany. The university was founded in 1998. In the winter semester of 2022/2023, more than 100,000 students were enrolled at IU - the majority of them in one of the more than 100 distance learning programmes. In addition to a distance learning programme in Social Work and Social Management, the university also offers Social Work as a dual study programme and as a part-time study programme.

logo srh heidelbergSRH University Heidelberg: SRH University Heidelberg is a private, state-recognised university of applied sciences based in Heidelberg. The university was founded in 1969, and in the winter semester 2019/2020 a total of 3,494 students were enrolled at the university. In addition to Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work, the university also offers a Master of Laws in Social Law.

logo msbMedical School Berlin: The Medical School Berlin is a private, state-recognised university based in Berlin. The Faculty of Natural Sciences has the status of a university, while the Faculty of Health Sciences has the status of a university of applied sciences. In the winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 1,650 students were enrolled at the MSB.

logo akkonAkkon University of Human Sciences: Akkon University is a state-recognised, private university of applied sciences based in Berlin. The university was founded in 2009 and a total of 781 students were enrolled in the winter semester 2019/2020. The university offers a basic degree programme in social work, which can also be studied as a dual variant. Special feature: The so-called plus option enables students to add a further 7th semester to the degree programme and to choose a specialisation such as Migration and Integration.

logo mshMSH Medical School Hamburg: MSH is a state-recognised, private university based in Hamburg. The university was founded in 2009, and a total of 3,023 students were enrolled in the 2019/2020 winter semester. The Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Human Sciences have the status of a scientific university and are equivalent to a university, while the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Art, Health and Social Science have the status of a university of applied sciences. The university offers both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Social Work.

logo srh berlinSRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences: SRH Berlin is a state-recognised, private university of applied sciences based in Berlin. The university was founded in 2009 and a total of 2145 students were enrolled at SRH in the winter semester 2019/2020. The degree programme in Social Work is currently offered at the Dresden location.

The campus of the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences at the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin
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Dual study in Social Work: training and study with a double degree

A dual degree programme combines vocational training with a course of study. In the field of social work, you acquire your state recognition as a social worker in the course of your studies and then your Bachelor of Arts in social work.

Social Work dual studies are currently offered by several private universities, such as the IU International University of Applied Sciences and the SRH University of Applied Sciences in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The study programme at IU is particularly interesting because the tuition fees are covered by the training partner. The IU offers the programme at numerous locations throughout Germany: in Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Braunschweig, Bremen, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Leipzig, Lübeck, Mainz, Mannheim, Munich, Münster, Nuremberg, Peine, Stuttgart and Ulm. The university helps to find a suitable practice partner.

The theoretical part takes place in the form of lectures every 2 weeks. The curriculum is structured as follows:

  • 1st semester: Professional development, social economy and social economics, scientific work & communication, introduction to social work, practice reflection I
  • 2nd semester: Pedagogy, Public Law, Psychology, Methods and Instruments of Social Work I, Practice Reflection II
  • 3rd semester: sociology, social policy, methods and instruments of social work II, social law, practice reflection III
  • 4th semester: Medicine for Non-Medical Professionals I, Target Group Work and Case Management, Quality Management in Social Work, Qualitative Research Methods, Practice Reflection IV
  • 5th semester: Public & Nonprofit Management, Statistics, Supervision, Intervision, Coaching, Social History, Philosophy, Ethics, Practice Reflection V
  • 6th semester: Project Management, Quantitative Research Methods, Practice Reflection VI, Consolidation
  • 7th semester: Consolidation, Integration and Migration, Practical Social Economy, Bachelor's thesis

In addition to the IU, the SRH University of Applied Sciences in North Rhine-Westphalia and the Akkon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, for example, currently offer a dual Bachelor's degree programme in Social Work. In addition, the University of Applied Sciences Clara Hoffbauer Potsdam offers 2 Bachelor's degrees in social work & education.

All dual courses of study in social work or social pedagogy at a glance:

CourseUniversityStudy siteDurationFees

Dual studies
Berlin6 Semester

Dual studies
Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Brunswick, Bremen, Dortmund, Dresde…7 Semester

Dual studies
Hamm or Leverkusen6 Semester

Dual studies
Rostock7 Semesterfrom 575 € monthly

Dual studies
Berlin6 Semester

Dual studies
Dresden7 Semesterfrom 520 € monthly

Dual studies
Berlin, Essen, Gaggenau, Magdeburg, Marburg, Stuttgart6 Semesterfrom 13140 € total
from 350 € monthly

Study Social Work part-time or online: Distance learning and part-time courses

Distance learning and online studies as well as part-time study programmes are in vogue because they enable working people to continue their education on the job at an academic level. While lectures and seminars take place in the evenings in part-time programmes, distance learning students study exclusively at their desks at home. Even examinations nowadays take place mainly at home in distance learning, for example in the B.A. Social Work at the IU International University of Applied Sciences.

Two pages from a studymag for the B.A. Social Work at Fresenius University of Applied Sciences.

The distance learning programme B.A. Social Work at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is particularly affordable. The university offers different time models between 6 semesters of full-time study and 12 semesters of part-time study. In full-time studies, the course of study is as follows:

  • 1st semester: Past, present and future of social work, sociological foundations of social work, economics and law, scientific work and scientific theory
  • 2nd semester: Competence in action and methods in dealing with clients, variety and diversity of social work, law II, child and youth welfare
  • 3rd semester: Research methods in social work, deviance and social control, law III, social work in health care
  • 4th semester: Competence in action and methods in an organisational context, Individual behaviour and experience, Current theoretical discourses in social work, Social work with old and/or disabled people
  • 5th semester: Professional field internship
  • 6th semester: Social exclusion and participation in reflection related to the field of work, culture, aesthetics and media in social work (compulsory elective subject), education, training and learning (compulsory elective subject), Bachelor's examination

In the 5th semester of the full-time programme, you will complete an internship of 100 days. The internship is a prerequisite for your subsequent recognition as a state-certified social worker or state-certified social pedagogue.

Here is an overview of a number of other Bachelor's distance learning programmes in Social Work at a glance:

CourseUniversityDurationFees

Distance learning program
5 Semesterfrom 10495 € total
from 317 € monthly

Distance learning program
6 Semesterfrom 12420 € total
from 215 € monthly

Distance learning program
6 Semesterfrom 11952 € total
from 199 € monthly

Distance learning program
8 Semesterfrom 10711 € total
from 207 € monthly

Distance learning program
6 Semesterfrom 15063 € total
from 259 € monthly

Distance learning program
4 Semesterfrom 14143 € total
from 329 € monthly

Distance learning program
6 Semesterfrom 11448 € total
from 288 € monthly

Distance learning program
7 Semester

Distance learning program
6 Semesterfrom 13284 € total
from 219 € monthly

An overview of all distance learning courses in social work at state universities and at private universities can be found here: Distance learning part-time social work: 20 courses compared.

Social Management: study social work & business studies at the same time

Social Management degree programmes are particularly suitable for trained social educators or social workers who would like to work as managing directors or team leaders. Courses in Social Management are offered, for example, by the private Northern Business School as well as by the private Dresden University of Applied Sciences.

In addition, the IU International University of Applied Sciences, for example, offers a Bachelor's degree distance learning programme in Social Management. In the full-time variant, the study programme is structured as follows:

  • 1st semester: Scientific work, business administration, sociology, social economy, law (either according to German or Austrian law)
  • 2nd semester: Psychology, Marketing, Cost and Performance Accounting, Practical Social Economy, Statistics, Economics and Markets
  • 3rd semester: Human Resources, Social History, Philosophy, Ethics, Finance and Investment, Social Law, Public and Nonprofit Management, Intercultural Management
  • 4th semester: Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Social Policy, Public Law, Fundraising, Personal Skills, Project Management
  • 5th semester: Business Ethics, Current Issues in Social Management, 2 specialisations of free choice
  • 6th semester: Business Management, Financing and Controlling in the Social Economy, 1 specialisation of free choice, Bachelor thesis

Here are the most important courses in Social Management at private universities at a glance:

CourseUniversityStudy siteDurationFees

Distance learning program
online6 Semesterfrom 13968 € total
from 388 € monthly

Distance learning program
online6 Semesterfrom 12420 € total
from 215 € monthly

Distance learning program
online6 Semesterfrom 15063 € total
from 259 € monthly

Part-time program
Bamberg, Bielefeld, Hannover, Cologne, Rostock4 Semesterfrom 10920 € total
from 455 € monthly

On-campus program
Dresden6 Semesterfrom 20160 € total
from 560 € monthly

On-campus program
Hamburg6 Semesterfrom 17760 € total
from 485 € monthly

You can find a comprehensive overview of all degree programmes in Social Management here: Study Social Management privately: All degree programmes in comparison.

Social Work from Berlin to Munich: Which study city for is the best?

Berlin
Particularly large offer of Bachelor's degree programmes in Social Work: the capital Berlin.

Social Work, Social Pedagogy and Social Management are offered as both Bachelor's and Master's programmes by private universities in almost all major cities in Germany.

In particular, universities such as the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences as well as the IU International University of Applied Sciences are represented in numerous cities from Hamburg to Munich with their attendance study programmes, part-time study programmes as well as dual study programmes.

Here is an overview of the best cities to study social work:

Sort order: cost of living descending. Cost of living is an index of cost of living + rent. A cost of living index of 120 means that living in this city is 20% more expensive than living in New York City. Quality of life is the quality of life index, a combination of different indices. Details on the indices can be found at https://de.numbeo.com. Population density in inhabitants per km2
CityLiving­costsLiving­qualityPopulation­densityUniversities
Munich 66.53 176.16 4736 Fresenius University, IU International University of Applied Sciences
Frankfurt/Main 59.05 172.67 3,067 Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, IU International University of Applied Sciences
Hamburg 56.32 162.48 2,447 Fresesenius University of Applied Sciences, IU International University of Applied Sciences, MSH Medical School Hamburg, FOM University of Applied Sciences, Northern Business School
Heidelberg 56.00 - 1,484 Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, SRH University Heidelberg
Stuttgart 55.23 165.16 3,067 IU International University of Applied Sciences
Berlin 54.18 160.49 4,115 IU International University of Applied Sciences, Medical School Berlin, IB University of Health and Social Sciences, Akkon University of Applied Sciences, FOM University of Applied Sciences, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences
Cologne 52.94 158.48 2,686 Fresesenius University of Applied Sciences, IU International University of Applied Sciences, FOM University of Applied Sciences
Dusseldorf 52.61 175.02 2,860 IU International University of Applied Sciences, FOM University of Applied Sciences, Fliedner University of Applied Sciences Dusseldorf
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