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MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family

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For all people, family represents a central point of reference in their growing up and living (together). The master's degree program in MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family (maps) responds to the increased demands on the institution of family and qualifies you for the various activities with families, in families and in their social environment. The part-time study program is the ideal complement if you want to take on a leadership role in the family field of work in the future, work in an advisory capacity, or go into training and research.

Degree:
Master of Arts
Type:
Part time
Distance learning program (part-time)
Course language:
German
Standard study period:
6 semesters
Start of study:
Winter semester
Application deadline:
25.05. – 22.06. (NC degree program)
Admission requirements:
First professional university degree and professional activity of at least 15 h/week
Credits:
120 ECTS credits
Module Manuals & Regulations
The Study

Social Work (maps) - Focus on family(ies)!

Regardless of their historically specific forms, families have essential social functions. They are resources for coping with problems and crises, they are places of protection and retreat, and they offer economic support. However, families can also be places where violence and oppression prevail.

Families are becoming the focus of political attention in the context of demographic developments, such as declining birth rates and longer life expectancy, but also as a starting point for dealing with, if not solving, social conflict situations.

In the part-time Social Work with a Focus on the Family, the work is primarily research-oriented and interdisciplinary. From the very beginning, reference is made to your current professional practice. The central topics of the Master of Social Work range from scientific knowledge transfer to the acquisition of leadership and counseling skills. The master's program consists of classroom and self-study phases. In addition, you will be in regular contact with the supervising university lecturers and will also be supported by mentors.

The master's program has been accredited since 2007 and gives you access to the higher service.

University network
The degree program is part of a network of the universities of Fulda, RheinMain and Koblenz as well as the universities of applied sciences in Münster and Potsdam. Further information on the network can be found on the website www.maps-master.de.

Contact

The colleagues of the Student Counselling Service provide information to prospective students, first-year students, parents, teachers and students on all general questions concerning the study program. If you have specific questions or concerns about the degree program, please contact the Student Counselling Service for the MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family or the Program Coordination.

Program Coordination

Kati Schröder

Kati Schröder, B. A.

Koordination Internationales und Virtueller Europäischer Campus (VirCamp)
Koordination Soziale Arbeit, Schwerpunkt Familie (M. A.), maps
Koordination Students4Students

Program Management

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Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights English Winter semester
01.02. – 15.05.
MA Early Childhood Studies German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.08. (NC free).
MA Social Management German Summer semester
12/15 - 03/31 in even calendar years (NC-free).
MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family German Winter semester
25.05. – 22.06. (NC degree program)
Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Due to the complexity of the family as an institution and the social work associated with it, a variety of professional positions open up for our graduates. In addition to the actual counseling work, graduates of the Master of Social Work can also take on management and leadership functions in institutions or focus on the area of educational work. Whether in practice, administration or education – the fields of work in social work are varied and the demand for specialists in public child/youth/family welfare and in related official areas as well as with independent institutions is constantly high.

Prospects in the area of supply and consulting

The degree program Social Work with a Focus on the Family will provide you with the specialized expertise necessary to become a counselor:

  • Casework
  • Group work
  • Organizational consulting
  • Policy consulting

Prospects in the area of management and control

The combination of practical experience as well as scientific expertise offers you, as graduates of the Master's Program in Social Work with a Focus on the Family the ideal prerequisites for:

  • the development and management of projects
  • the coordination of supporting organizations and professional associations
  • administrative and managerial positions in the educational and social sectors, especially in state or non-state child/youth/family welfare institutions
  • national, regional and municipal planning functions
  • quality management and evaluation

Prospects in the field of education and research

As a graduate of the master's program in Social Work with a Focus on the Family, you can also find exciting career prospects outside of social institutions, for example in

  • Continuing education and training
  • Practice research
  • Evaluation research
  • Teaching
  • Doctorate

These degree programs might also interest you

Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights English Winter semester
01.02. – 15.05.
MA Early Childhood Studies German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.08. (NC free).
MA Social Management German Summer semester
12/15 - 03/31 in even calendar years (NC-free).
MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family German Winter semester
25.05. – 22.06. (NC degree program)
Study Contents

Course of studies

The knowledge and competence transfer in the MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family takes place in a blended learning format. The daily study routine includes phases of self-study as well as attendance phases at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. With its focus on independent and self-determined learning via the online portal, the program can also be completed as a distance learning program.

 

1. – 3rd semester Social work science, practice research and reference sciences, family support services, social profession and quality development, self-reflection, leading & guiding
4th – 5th semester Family support services, action strategies and forms of work in the field of families, action research project
6th semester Master thesis, master colloquium

Study contents

The knowledge and competence transfer in the degree program Social Work with a Focus on the Family takes place in a blended learning format. The daily study routine includes phases of self-study as well as attendance phases at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. With its focus on independent and self-determined learning via the online portal, the program can also be completed as a distance learning program.

Teaching formats

The attendance events primarily serve as an introduction to the topics, reflection, exercises and exchange with each other. As a rule, eleven attendance events take place per semester. Between the classroom sessions, you will work independently and will be supported by a learning platform as well as accompanied by instructors through online coaching:

  • On-site seminars
  • On-site colloquia
  • Online-based self-study
  • Mentoring/presence and online coaching
  • Research workshops

Subject modules

  • Social work science
  • Practice Research
  • Reference sciences
  • Social profession and quality development
  • Help for upbringing: family-supporting/supplementary offers
  • Strategies of action and forms of work in the field of family
  • Action research project: Implementation of a self-selected project, which links the theoretical contents of the study with questions from practice.

Module Manuals & Regulations

A detailed description of the course contents, study plans and descriptions of individual modules of the MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family can be found in the module manual, in the subject-specific study and examination regulations and in the internship regulations.

Projects from the department

Weitere Projekte
Foto von Hochhaus

MeGeWoPo: Multi-generational living in the "Platte"

Community and intergenerational transfer for a self-determined lifestyle in old age

Erklärgrafik des Forschungsprojekts "Co-Act"

CoAct – Co-designing Citizen Social Science for Collective Action

The EU research project "CoAct" pursues an innovative approach to participatory citizen research. The focus is on the further development of a Citizen Social Science (CSS) and its research methods. CoAct is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program under the call "SwafS-15-2018-2019 - Exploring and supporting citizen science"

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Logo Forschungsprojekt EDIT

EDIT – Development of dialogical interaction and participation

EDIT is a cooperative practice research program of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP) and the University of Potsdam (UP). In EDIT, practice development and practice research on the development of dialogical interaction and participation in early childhood education are implemented.

Attendance dates

Attendance dates MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family

The attendance times, which are of particular importance in the interlocking of the blended learning concept, all take place on site at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Exams and presentations are part of the attendance days, so that no special exam days have to be taken outside of these times. For most federal states, there is the possibility of educational leave. Please contact the program coordinator for this upon enrollment, as the forms must be applied for in some cases.

Summer semester 2022

  • 21.03.2022 - 25.03.2022
  • 05.05.2022 - 07.05.2022
  • 14.07.2022 - 16.07.2022

Winter semester 2022/2023

  • 26.09.2022 - 30.09.2022
  • 24.11.2022 - 26.11.2022
  • 09.02.2023 - 11.02.2023

Summer semester 2023

  • 27.03.2023 - 31.03.2023
  • 04.05.2023 - 06.05.2023
  • 13.07.2023 - 15.07.2023

Winter semester 2023/2024

  • 25.09.2023 - 29.09.2023
  • 23.11.2023 - 25.11.2023
  • 01.02.2024 - 03.02.2024
Application & Enrollment

Application & Enrollment

Access requirements

Formal: For the Master's degree program in Social Work with a Focus on the Family, a first university degree qualifying for a profession with a total of 180 ECTS credits in the degree program in Social Work or Early Childhood Education or in a social science program with a proven connection to the degree program is required.

Also required is proof of relevant professional work related to the degree program of at least 15 hours per week, as well as a commitment to participate in externally offered supervision by recognized professionals totaling at least 20 hours during the entire degree program.

Personal: The degree program requires a strong interest in research-based knowledge discovery and cooperative work, as well as a willingness to engage in online-based learning during the self-study phases.

Documents to be submitted

In addition to the online application, the following documents must be submitted in paper form:

  • University degree certificate(s) and Diploma Supplement, if applicable.
  • Essay (The essay should be 4 to 5 pages long and provide information on the motivation and identification with the chosen course of study as well as on the professional activity envisaged. In addition to the motivation for the degree program, the essay should include a detailed description of the applicant's professional career to date and the professional self-image that has been developed in the process).
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • Proof of the type, duration and location of the practical professional activity in the field of social work or in a field of work of education and upbringing in childhood.
  • Proof of a relevant professional activity of at least 15 hours/week related to the family focus of the course of study.
  • Declaration of readiness for self-financed supervision
  • If applicable, proof of further education and training as well as own publications.

For submission, please use the supplementary sheet "Application documents to be submitted" on the last or penultimate page of your personal checklist, which is available at the end of the online application in the MyCampus university portal. This lists all the supporting documents that you must submit in paper form based on the information you provided in the online application. In addition, the checklist contains information on the rest of the procedure.

The day of the application deadline (receipt of mail at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) applies for the submission of the documents.

Selection procedure

Applicants who meet the admission requirements take part in the procedure for awarding study places. In the allocation procedure, the number of study places to be allocated is reduced by the following:

  • Applications from applicants who were unable to accept earlier admission due to service and all applicants who are members of the national squad of a national sports federation of the German Olympic Sports Confederation.
  • 11 % for applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification
  • 3 % for applicants who are to be considered on the basis of hardship.

The remaining study places are allocated 90 % according to the result of a university selection procedure and 10 % according to waiting time. The result of the university selection procedure is determined on the basis of the following criteria (weighting in brackets):

  • Grade of the university degree qualifying for the profession (40 %).
  • Essay (30 %)
  • Professional and other previous experience specific to the professional field (30 %).

Approval

Following the university selection procedure, the allocation procedure is carried out. Applicants with a correspondingly high ranking will receive a time-limited offer of admission in the MyCampus university portal, which you must actively accept. Once you have accepted the offer of admission, you will find your notification of admission in the MyCampus university portal. If you do not accept the offer of admission by the deadline, the ranking list will continue to be processed and the study place will be reallocated.

Enrollment Application

The enrollment application is submitted online at the MyCampus University Portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. After entering the information required for enrollment, an enrollment application is created. This application must be signed and submitted to the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam by mail together with the university entrance qualification in paper form. Please refer to the enrollment application if you need to submit additional documents. The deadline for submission is the last day of the enrollment period. The date of receipt at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is decisive.

Material procurement fees

There is a fee of 65 Euros per module for additional materials (total for 8 modules, 1-2 per semester).

General information on application and enrollment procedures

There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditors and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.

General information about the application

International applicants

You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school leaving certificate and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements obtained abroad recognized and study with us.

To the application information for internationals

Contact

Student Counselling Service

Program Management

Program Coordinator

Kati Schröder

Kati Schröder, B. A.

Koordination Internationales und Virtueller Europäischer Campus (VirCamp)
Koordination Soziale Arbeit, Schwerpunkt Familie (M. A.), maps
Koordination Students4Students