Social Work, Social Policy & Management | Master

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Short Facts
  • Time model & language: Full-time | German
  • Duration of study: 4 semesters | 120 ECTS
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor or equivalent degree in relevant studies or studies comprising a certain level of relevant ECTS points
  • Academic Degree: Master of Arts in Business | MA or M.A.
  • Next starting date: Fall 2018
  • Application: ongoing

Before studying

As a commencing student you may have many questions: What does the desired course of studies teach me? How do I apply? What are the requirements for admission to studying at MCI, and what is the application deadline? What are my career options after graduation? Below you will find all the answers and information you may need.

Overview

Students and lecturer sitting in a wide circle for a discussion

The four central focus areas are Social Work, Social Work Research, Social Work & Social Policy, and Social Work & Management. Social work is consistently faced with change and new challenges. Yet, with a Master’s degree in Social Work, our graduates are qualified to meet these challenges.

By including four different areas of specialization, the MCI Master’s in Social Work, Social Policy & Management program presents an education that is unique in the German-speaking world. The aim of the program is to provide practical training for students to become experts in solving social problems on a regional, national, and international level. Our graduates are qualified to apply the most recent methods and techniques in social work, to conduct methodologically sound analyses of social issues in the context of social work research, and to successfully manage social systems as well as social institutions. The requirements for admission to the Master’s program include a Bachelor’s or diploma degree in a relevant subject or an equivalent post-secondary education.

The program targets individuals interested in the social and socio-political conditions as well as economic interrelations of social work. It has been designed to improve students’ management skills and knowledge with a particular focus on social institutions. It aims to enable them to take over coordinative and executive positions in the nonprofit sector.

Contact
Belachew Gebrewold
FH-Prof. Dr. habil. Belachew Gebrewold Head of Department & Studies +43 512 2070 - 3400

If you have any questions concerning the study program, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel:+43 512 2070-3400


Consultancy situation between MCI staff and future student

Admission

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. The required documents are to be submitted online. Applicants are welcome to apply for multiple programs of study, as long as a plausible rationale is given. The final decision may be taken by the end of the application procedures.

 

Application deadline

Entrance exam

Interview

Date 1 27, November 2017*  18, December 2017  25 - 26, January 2018 
Date 2 5, February 2018 6, March2018 20 - 22, March 2018
Date 3 2, April 2018 24, April 2018 15 - 17, May 2018
Date 4 4, June 2018 26, June 2018 4 - 5, July 2018

 

*recommended for applications from non-EU countries

Entrants to the Master program in Social Work, Social Policy & Management will be Bachelor or Diploma graduates in a related subject, or have equally valid further or higher educational qualifications. The following are particularly relevant:

  • Graduates from the Bachelor program Social Work;
  • Graduates from a subject-related, further education social science course which lasted at least 6 semesters. For example:
    Graduates of the 3 year former Social Work Academy and of the Pedagogy Academy;
    Graduates of the 2 year Academy, if an additional, recognized, subject-related training or education lasting at least 2 semesters was undertaken;
  • Other graduates in: Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management; Social Administration Management; Pedagogy; Psychology; Sociology; Political Science;
  • Graduates who have otherwise at least 6 semesters of further education with social work and social science components who can prove a total of at least 90 ECTS credits.


Information for graduates whose previous degree is based to a significant extent on formally acknowledged recognition of prior learning:
In this case it may be possible that the legal and/or degree specific admission requirements are not or only partly fulfilled. Please consider the relevant legal regulations for this instance (§ 4 Abs 4 iVm § 12 FHStG). We will gladly provide further information and consultation via email or phone (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Ext. 1621).

Recognition of previous qualifications in the master program:
Applications for recognition of examinations or credits obtained through other study programs or previous scientific experience must be submitted to the Program Director. A decision will only be taken in cases where the application for admission has met with a positive decision. Recognition of credits or previous experience is only granted for individual classes in the program.

Career background - 30%
Based on the documentation submitted, an assessment of the application will be undertaken. Particular attention will be paid to the previous education courses and qualifications, potential career development and position (e.g. tasks and responsibilities), professional and practice experience and study and professional targets.

Written exam - 20%
The written exam will assess compatibility of the candidate with the target group.

Interview - 50%
The interview gives the candidates the opportunity to present themselves personally, to elaborate on the information they have provided in the application form, and to articulate their personal position with regard to the aims of the course.

Students doing research in the library

While studying

MCI study programs stand out due to the quality of their content, relevance to the business world, and their international orientation. The close cooperation with partners from  industry and integrative internships enable students to gain practical experience as early as in their Bachelor’s studies. In addition to providing expert knowledge, MCI places great importance on encouraging personal development and the development of social and intercultural competencies.

Social Work, Social Policy & Management

The four central focus areas are Social Work, Social Work Research, Social Work & Social Policy, and Social Work & Management. The emphasis throughout the program is on providing practical training, ensured by our international lecturers and the assignment of both numerous practical projects and research projects. As part of these projects, students are familiarized with basic research and the methods of evaluation research. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are used.

Moreover, students are given the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of MCI’s many partner institutions across the globe. The program, however, not only emphasizes an international education, but also equips students with a highly sought-after interdisciplinary background. Creative thinking is, in fact, a central part of the curriculum and practiced by both students and lecturers throughout the course. A strong network and cooperation with partners in the industry additionally ensures that students are able to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice.

Facts

Time model & language
Full-time | German
Academic year
Winter semester: September / October – February
Summer semester: March – June / July
Structure
1.–2. semester: Core curriculum
3rd semester: International semester optionally abroad
4th semester: Master thesis and Examination
Language
German
Tuition fees
For students from EU & EEA countries: EUR 363 / semester plus membership fee to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH). Details & information for students from third countries can be found at admission.

Module overview

Subject%
Social Work 15%
Social Work Research 35%
Social Work & Social Policy 35%
Social Work & Management 15%

Curriculum

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Preparatory Course in Social Work        
Object and subject matter of Social Work 2 | 3      
Fields of Social Work 1 | 1      
Operational and methodological competence in Social Work 1 | 2      


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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Module I: Social Work as science        
Scientific theory 1 | 1      
Qualitative research 2 | 3      
Quantitative research 1 | 2      
Module II: Social Work as practical science        
Introduction to the Master program 1 | 1      
Optional compulsory subject 2 | 2   2 | 2 2 | 2
Social Work diagnostics and expertise   2 | 2    
Professionalisation of the advice process   2 | 2    
Anti-Bias / Social Justice Training   1 | 1,5    


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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Module III: Research methods        
Methodology & questions of cognition theory 1 | 1      
Optional compulsory subject: Specific research methods    1 | 1    
Computer-based data analysis and evaluation   2 | 2    
Complex research methods      2 | 3  
Module IV: Applied research and development        
Project work 3 | 6 3 | 6     
Master seminar    1 | 1,5   1 | 1,5
Master thesis        20


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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Module V: Transition & change in the general social conditions of Social Work        
Theories of social work in a socio-economic context 2 | 4      
Social Polity, Social Policy & Social Politics I 2 | 3      
Human Rights and International Social Law
  • Human Rights & Inclusion
  • The legal frame for social institutions
  • European Social & Labor Law
  • EU, Migration & Law

Electives; jonitly offered with MCI Master International Health & Social Management

  1,5 | 5    
Political economy     2 | 3  
Social Polity, Social Policy & Social Politics II     2 | 3  
Social Change & Social Work     2 | 4  
Module VI: Social Work in the public area        
Institutional networks   2 | 3    
Intercultural & Transcultural Communication
  • Peace Studies
  • Intercultural Development Inventory
  • Public Interest & Public Affairs

Electives; jonitly offered with MCI Master International Health & Social Management

  2 | 5    
Social space & social planning     2 | 3  
Strategies to tackle structural discrimination     2 | 3  
International Social Work and transnational co-operation     2 | 3  
Conflict management       2 | 3


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

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Module VII: Finance        
Accounting & balancing 2 | 2      
Financing, sponsoring & fundraising 2 | 2      
Controlling in social organizations    2 | 2    
Module VIII: Management & Leadership        
Organizational development & leadership     2 | 3  
Work and organizational psychology     2 | 3  
Module IX: Project & quality management        
Project management & quality management 2 | 3      
Concept development in Social Work       1 | 2
EU projects & funding       1 | 1,5


Semester Credit Units| ECTS-Credits

Courses

  • Diagnostics and microintervention
  • Social management
  • Social sustainability / social space analysis
  • Political advice
  • International development co-operation
  • Social work research and teaching

Studying abroad

One of the most essential components of MCI study programs is their international orientation. This is reflected not only in the curriculum and assigned projects, but also in the backgrounds of our faculty and students. Each program also includes the opportunity for students to spend a semester abroad at one of MCI’s many partner institutions.

Stefan Thaler, Graduate, Probation Officers and Mediators of Charitable Benefits, NEUSTART Vorarlberg

The qualifications acquired in the MCI in the area of criminal offenders and the knowledge based on the theories of social work support me in my daily work.

Stefan Thaler, Graduate, Probation Officers and Mediators of Charitable Benefits, NEUSTART Vorarlberg

Stefan Thaler, Graduate, Probation Officers and Mediators of Charitable Benefits, NEUSTART Vorarlberg

The qualifications acquired in the MCI in the area of criminal offenders and the knowledge based on the theories of social work support me in my daily work.

Stefan Thaler, Graduate, Probation Officers and Mediators of Charitable Benefits, NEUSTART Vorarlberg

Research & Development

At the Entrepreneurial School®, providing a consistent link between science and practice has top priority. Therefore, we provide our students plenty of opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice, even during their studies. The collaboration with companies and organizations of different sizes and sectors forms one of the cornerstones of the MCI concept. Such cooperative work does not only benefit our students, but also, ­to a large extent our partners.

The research and development strategy of the Social Work study program includes a variety of focus areas corresponding to current issues. The overall aim of our research is to ensure the quality of social work as a profession in order to support people in their everyday lives.

Our research is conducted by way of applied research and development projects in cooperation with partners from social work practice and in the context of specific internal research projects carried out by our full-time lecturers. Students may become involved in such research projects as part of workshops or practical assignments. They thus acquire a knowledge of basic and evaluation research, applying both quantitative and qualitative methods. In the case of interdisciplinary cooperation, research and development projects are implemented in conjunction with other study programs, depending on the topic. This is to keep our research on the scientific and practical problems of social work up to date, especially with regard to social, societal, political, and legal changes. We also aim to give participants the opportunity to gain practical experience even before completion of the program.

 

Research in Social Work

• Social Problems
• Social Justice
• Social Security
• Participation
• Human Rights

After Studying

Graduates of the program are conferred the academic title of Master of Arts in Social Sciences, in short MA or M.A. This is attested by a leaving certificate, the Master diploma, the international diploma supplement, and further documents where relevant. We recommend graduates to combine the academic degree with the MCI brand: e.g. MA (MCI). This is to provide trust and orientation in an increasingly non-transparent international education market.

Success Stories

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