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Innovative thinking, directing new practice

Would you like to deepen your knowledge in the social field and expand your planning and design related action competence? Project development and implementation sounds exciting to you, because you want to give the development of the (regional) social landscape a new direction and actively participate in shaping it?

Then the Master's program in Social Work is the right place for you! 

The course trains you to become experts for innovative design perspectives and new concepts within the framework of social services - you will become architects of the social landscape. The Master's program focuses on deepening the specialist knowledge contexts of social work, further developing your professional personality and attitude, developing steering skills and the ability to develop concepts in the social economy, but also the competent management of personnel in social institutions in the context of a management position.

… die Entwicklung und Durchführung eines semesterübergreifenden Projekts in aktiver Teamarbeit nicht nur die intensive theoretische und praktische Auseinandersetzung mit einem bestimmten Thema garantiert, sondern Sie auch befähigt, Projektmanagement von der Antragsstellung bis zur Abwicklung und richtigen Dokumentation samt Evaluation zu betreiben?

... unser Studium modular aufgebaut ist? Chancen und Grenzen psychosozialer Unterstützung werden interdisziplinär beleuchtet, um möglichst ganzheitliche Veränderungsperspektiven entwickeln zu können. Die eigenen Interessen können in vier unterschiedlichen Modulen vertieft werden.

… wir Vielfalt leben? Unsere Studierenden erreichen uns mit verschiedensten Ausbildungs- und Berufsprofilen und unterschiedlichen Schwerpunkten, die wir als Basis des wertschätzenden Austausches und der gemeinsamen Weiterentwicklung begreifen. Am Ende des Studiums verfügen Sie über allgemein anerkanntes Wissen, das Ihnen neue Chancen am Arbeitsmarkt eröffnet.

... the development and implementation of a project across semesters in active teamwork not only guarantees the intensive theoretical and practical examination of a specific topic, but also enables you to manage the project from the application to the execution and correct documentation including evaluation?

... our study program is modularly structured? Opportunities and limits of psychosocial support are examined in an interdisciplinary way in order to develop change perspectives that are as holistic as possible.

... we live diversity? Our students come to us with a wide variety of educational and professional profiles and different focuses, which we see as the basis for an appreciative exchange and joint development. At the end of your studies, you will have generally accepted knowledge that will open up new opportunities on the job market.

Studierende haben die Option, durch das Doppel-Diplom-Programm in Kooperation mit der finnischen Hochschule Jyväskylä (JAMK) gleich zwei Abschlüsse zu erlangen – für die Bereiche Gesundheitsmanagement sowie Soziale Arbeit.

Students have the option of obtaining two degrees at the same time through the double-degree program in cooperation with the Finnish Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK) - in the fields of health management and social work.

Double Degree Program

In cooperation with the Finnish University of Applied Sciences Jyväskylä (JAMK), the master's programs "Health Management" and "Social Work: Developing and Shaping" offer an international double degree program (DDP).

The DDP is an initiative of the study programs with the aim of strengthening the European dimension in studies and thus opening up international career opportunities for students. It also enables students to make international contacts and take a broader perspective on the health care system.

The program comprises 30 ECTS. These are integrated into the curricula of the Master's programs and include two international study weeks (Summer School in Jyväskylä and Spring School at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences), a specific offer of online courses, the Master's thesis, and optionally one or two practice weeks.

All segments of the program are held in English.

Upon successful completion of the DDP, students earn the following degrees.

Health Management

  • Master of Arts in Business - CUAS
  • Master of Health Care - JAMK

Social work: Developing and shaping

  • Master of Arts in Social Sciences - CUAS
  • Master of Social Services - JAMK

Requirement for participation:

  • completed Bachelor's degree
  • very good knowledge of English in writing and language
  • at least 3 years' professional experience in the health and/or social services sector after completing a bachelor's degree or basic training


  • at the beginning of the 1st semester of the Master's program
  • in writing with letter of motivation and CV in English

1st Semester 

  • Application period: 1st -31st of Oct.
  • JAMK Decision + Inscription: End of Nov. – beginning Dec.

2nd Semester 

  • Online meeting: CUAS, Semester start
  • Writing Workshop (SOZ und GM): CUAS, online
  • Summer School at JAMK: June, 5 ECTS

3rd Semester  

  • Exposé final: mid. Nov.  
  • Professional Ethics: JAMK, 5 ECTS, online
  • Learning Across Borders (GM): CUAS, 3 ECTS, online

4th Semester 

  • Spring School*: at CUAS
  • Dissemination and science communication (GM): CUAS, 2 ECTS, online
  • Hand in Master thesis: 30th of Jun.
  • Examination: Mid Sep. – beginning Oct.

Application deadline

Winterterm 2024

Period I:  01.11.-15.03.2024
Period II: 16.03.-15.05.2024
Period III: 16.05.-15.07.2024
Period IV: 16.07.-30.09.2024*

For applicants from outside Europe applications are only accepted within Period I & II.

*We reserve the right not to open the period or to close it early.

Study start

The semester starts in october - we only offer intake in winterterm!

The start of lectures can be found in the individual timetable which is available after enrollment.

Teaching time

Friday 12:45 - 21:30 h
every 1. & 3. Thursday 16:30 - 21:30 h

2 Blocked Weeks per Semester:
Tuesday - Saturday
08:30 - 19:45 h 

70 % on campus, 30 % online


Study Guidance

Book your personal appointmentright now!

You can find out more about our advisory services, events and fairs on our website.

Further information

2 block weeks per semester
Monday - Saturday
08:30 - 18:00 Uhr



Please contact us if you have any questions about your studies:


Head of degree program

Level of qualification
ECTS credits
Tuition fees
€ 363.36 / semester
Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts in Social Sciences
Duration of study
4 semester
ÖH (Austrian Student Union) fee
€ 24.70 / semester
Language of instruction
FH campus
  • Feldkirchen

General Study Information










Modern society is in a constant state of development and places high demands on the ability to act and the performance of its individuals. It is not always possible to meet these high demands. Social work as an indispensable pillar of the welfare state supports people through planning, counselling, accompanying and caring activities to find a more successful and independent way of life. In the Master's program, the already acquired disciplinary knowledge is deepened and supplemented with practical skills in order to give professionals the necessary competences for this important task - also in higher positions.

The "Carinthian" Master of Social Work combines current discourses of social work with action-oriented approaches, thus bringing theory, research and practice closer together. Four elective modules allow students to set individual priorities. In "Empirical Research" techniques of qualitative and quantitative social research are taught, while the critical further development of the state-of-the-art in daily work with addressees, for example through retrospective-reflexive case work in the "Case Workshop", is dealt with under the elective topic "Innovative Methods". 

In the second module complex, students choose between the specializations "Social State" and "Leadership and Management". The in-depth examination of innovative theoretical models of social work, the significance of human rights, but also social planning and social management and the subject area of organisation and law enables graduates to develop and design a promising landscape of social services, to manage social institutions and to lead teams. A project lasting several semesters with high practical relevance forms the core of the course. 

Double Diploma Program
Students also have the option of obtaining two degrees at the same time through the double-degree program in cooperation with the Finnish University of Applied Sciences Jyväskylä (JAMK) - in the fields of health management and social work.

The Master's program "Social Work: Developing and Shaping" combines theory-based expertise with an action-oriented approach. In addition to sociological and socio-economic knowledge, the focus is on organisational and legal knowledge, extended planning and design competence, but also the development of communication strategies and professional public relations, moderation and successful networking.

  • Active participation in research projects and versatile project work.
  • Implementation of a specially designed and theoretically sound practical project with subsequent presentation in the course of a public event.
  • Double Diploma Program (DDP).
  • Individual consolidation and focus in the four semesters through optional modules.

Students of the Master's program in Social Work: Developing and Shaping are expected to

  • want to expand their conceptual and steering skills
  • understand the challenges of professional social work and social welfare
  • enjoy developing and designing new arrangements in a social context

The graduates of the Master's program Social Work: Developing and Shaping are able to

  • to consult and negotiate with all agencies of social life (e.g. with communities, offices, organisations, groups etc.)
  • Master the principles of fundraising
  • to develop creative, visionary ideas on the basis of their social science education and the special knowledge they have acquired
  • to create concepts with resource use of other areas (cultural, sports, etc.)
  • Establish all forms and structural principles of the organization
  • to establish links with various other areas of society, e.g. the cultural sector

Current courses - Social work - developing and shaping

LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Brainstorming and Project Outline UE 2,0 4,0 M3.0607.10.030
Personality Journey UE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.10.010
Social Work and Human Rights SE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.10.080
Theme Journey VO 3,0 5,0 M3.0607.10.020
Transformative Science, Citizen Science and Social Work ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.10.070
Scientific Basics for Project Work - Theory of Argumentation and Writing SE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.10.040
Compulsory optional subject: Wahlmodul I Methodische VertiefungTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Wahlmodul I - Forschungswerkstatt - Von der Idee zum Forschungsprojekt UE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.10.060
Innovative Case Workshop I UE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.10.050
Compulsory optional subject: Wahlmodul II Sozialstaat und SozialmanagementTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
The Socio-Political Principle - History and Currentness of the Welfare State ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.10.090
Welfare State in Concrete Terms - Social Law ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.10.100
Organisation, Human Resources and Management in Non-profit Organisations ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.10.110
Corporate and Employment Law ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.10.120
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Selected Discourses of Social Work ILV 2,0 2,0 M3.0607.30.060
Education and Equality SE 2,0 2,0 M3.0607.30.070
Research Journey UE 2,0 2,0 M3.0607.30.010
Master Thesis: Conception MT 0,0 7,0 M3.0607.30.400
Project Realisation UE 4,0 8,0 M3.0607.30.020
Project Supervision UE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.30.030
Compulsory optional subject: Wahlmodul I Methodische VertiefungTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Interpretative Exercises UE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.30.050
Socio-Spatial Oriented Methods and Socio-Spatial Research I SE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.30.040
Compulsory optional subject: Wahlmodul II Sozialstaat und SozialmanagementTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Social Movements ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.30.080
Organisation and Human Resources Development SE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.30.090
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Diversity and Human Rights SE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.20.070
Current theory discourses in Social Work ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.20.060
Public Relations Work for Projects and Social Institutions SE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.20.030
Praxisreise ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.20.010
Project Development UE 4,0 9,0 M3.0607.20.020
Compulsory optional subject: Wahlmodul I Methodische VertiefungTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Data Collection and Assessment UE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.20.050
Innovative Case Workshop II UE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.20.040
Compulsory optional subject: Wahlmodul II Sozialstaat und SozialmanagementTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Developing Social Infrastructure - Social Planning and Networking SE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.20.080
Shaping the Welfare State - Socio-Political Representation of Interests ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.20.090
Wahlmodul II - Leitung und Management in sozialen Einrichtungen: Leitung in sozialen Einrichtungen SE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.20.120
Quality Management for Social Services ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.20.110
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Global Challenges and Social Work SE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.40.050
Masterarbeit MT 0,0 13,0 M3.0607.40.400
Master's Colloquium SE 2,0 2,0 M3.0607.40.060
Masterprüfung ME 0,0 3,0 M3.0607.40.070
Paradigms of Social Work ILV 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.40.040
Project Evaluation and Project Presentation UE 1,0 3,0 M3.0607.40.010
Compulsory optional subject: Wahlmodul I Methodische VertiefungTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Evaluation Workshop UE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.40.030
Socio-Spatial Oriented Methods and Socio-Spatial Research II SE 2,0 3,0 M3.0607.40.020

Job & Career

The graduates of this Master's program are the highly qualified experts needed to meet the new challenges and associated innovative development needs of the professional fields of the social sector.  

Exemplary fields of activity are:

  • Municipalities / public administrations 
  • (Further) educational institutions 
  • social welfare institutions 
  • healthcare facilities 
  • Social economy organisations
  • Local authorities
  • Associations
  • Privately organised consulting firms
  • Cooperatives

The successful completion of the Master's program subsequently entitles the holder to pursue doctoral studies.


Mag. (FH) Susanne Pichler-Baumgartner, MA

Nach ihrem Abschluss des Diplomstudiengangs Soziale Arbeit im Jahr 2007 an der FH Kärnten startete Susanne Baumgartner sofort in ihrem Spezialgebiet…

Foto von Melissa Jergatsch

Melissa Jergatsch

Betreuerin in der sozial- und erlebnispädagogischen Wohngemeinschaft „Spatz’nnest“ der ais-Jugendbetreuung

Daniel Kaaden

Daniel Kaaden

Sozialarbeiter, Stadt Klagenfurt // Nebenberuflich Lehrender an der FH Kärnten

Studentin Soziale Arbeit - Katrin Starc

Katrin Starc

Leitung der Wohnungslosen- Tagesstätte „Eggerheim“

More Social Work


Faculty and Staff - Social work - developing and shaping

Head of Degree Program Social Work, Professor of Social Economy & Social Management MMag.a

 Waltraud Grillitsch
+43 (0)5 90500-4230

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten
Administration of Studies


 Christina Anticevic-Harrant
 Katrin Kofler
+43 (0)5 90500-4204

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten
 Brigitte Pintar, BA M.Ed.
+43 (0)5 90500-4103

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten
Assistant of Dean
 Marina Waltritsch
+43 (0)5 90500-4203

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten
Staff Services & Support Department
 Ingrid Theussl
+43 (0)5 90500-4102

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten
Hochschullehrer Soziale Arbeit
 Peter Polaschek, BA MA
+43 (0)5 90500-4227

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten
Internationaler Koordinator am STG Soziale Arbeit, Professur für Soziale Arbeit mit dem Schwerpunkt Jugendalter, Lehrgangsleitung "Akademische Jugendsozialarbeit"

FH-Prof. Mag. Dr.

 Hubert Höllmüller
+43 (0)5 90500-4212

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten

 Katrin Feldermann
+43 (0)5 90500-4214

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten
Professour of Gender/Diversity and Italian Mag.a

 Ruth Hechtl
+43 (0)5 90500-4223

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten
Professor for Gerontology Mag.a (FH) phil.

 Gabriele Hagendorfer-Jauk
Professor of Law in Social Work


 Bernd Suppan
+43 (0)5 90500-4215

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten
Professor of Social Work

FH-Prof. Mag. (FH) Mag. Dr.

 Martin Josef Klemenjak
Professor of Social Work Theory, Concepts and Methods

FH-Prof. Mag. phil. Dr. phil.

 Gerald Poscheschnik
+43 (0)5 90500-4220

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen in Kärnten

Campus & Arrival

Campus Feldkirchen

The young district town of Feldkirchen in Carinthia, gateway to the Carinthian Nockberge mountains and Lake Ossiacher See, lies in the centre of Carinthia, in Austria's southernmost province. In addition to unspoilt nature and friendly people, Feldkirchen with its modern shops, stylish boutiques, cosy restaurants and coffee houses is an ideal location for students. Both the mountains and lakes in the area and the proximity to Slovenia and Italy offer a wide range of sports and leisure activities for young and old. Swimming, surfing, sailing or mountain hiking or skiing, ice skating or snowboarding make Feldkirchen an attractive and popular campus!

Explore Campus Feldkirchen on a 360° Tour.

Take the car, it's so tempting.
Coming from Klagenfurt: You drive on the bypass of Feldkirchen to the 3rd traffic light (Baumax) and turn left there(Ossiacher See Süduferstraße). Follow the road for approx. 1km and turn left towards the centre, into Ossiacher Straße (before the railway crossing). After approx. 200m you will see a free parking lot on the left side, drive straight on for approx. 200m and you will reach the main square. At the lower end on the left you will find the building of the Fachhochschule. There are a few short parking spaces in front of the building.

Coming from Villach: Turn right at the first traffic light into the Ossiacher See Süduferstraße. Follow the road for about 1km and then turn left towards the centre, into Ossiacher Straße (before the railway overpass). After approx. 200m you will see a free parking lot on the left side. Continue straight ahead for approx. 200m to the main square. At the lower end on the left is the building of the University of Applied Sciences. There are a few short parking spaces in front of the building.


Take bus or train, it is safe and comfortable.
Coming from the station: When you leave the station building, turn left towards the centre. Turn left into Obere Tiebelgasse and then right into Bürgergasse, which will take you to the main square. The building on your left is the Fachhochschule, choose the entrance at the main square. Walking time: approx. 10 min.

Go on foot - discover the city! 
Coming from the bus station: Walk along 10. Oktober-Strasse towards the city centre until you reach Schillerplatz. There turn right into Kirchgasse until the street forks. Turn left into Ossiacher Straße, which will lead you to the main square after a few steps. The University of Applied Sciences is located at the lower end of the main square, so go down to the left and you will find yourself right in front of the entrance. Walking time: approx. 5 min.Go on foot - discover the city!