Youth Welfare Service - Concept Development and Organisational Design (Master)

Brief overview

DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
DepartmentDepartment of Social Work
Special type of studyfull-time
IntakeWinter semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language of InstructionGerman
Semester fee

Requirements and application

Admissions restrictions Local entrance restrictions
Pre-study placementNo
Additional entrance requirements

First professional degree:

In order to apply, you must have an undergraduate degree (with a normal programme length of at least six semesters) in a social science discipline with an overall grade of ‘good’ (2.3) or better.

You may not have to demonstrate that you have an undergraduate degree in a social science discipline if, in exceptional cases, you can prove that you focused on a relevant specialisation or completed an excellent relevant final thesis in your undergraduate programme, or if you have several years of relevant qualifying work experience. Our department will decide whether or not you qualify for the programme.


Language requirements:

Applicants who did not acquire their study qualification at a German-speaking institution must demonstrate that they have knowledge of German at level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), for example by proving that they have passed the TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with an average score of ‘4’, or must furnish equivalent proof.

Aptitude test:
Please refer to the degree programme website to find out about the selection procedure and how to apply. Registration for the selection procedure is possible until 15 June (receipt of paper documents).
ApplicationYou will only be able to apply for a place in the degree programme at Münster University of Applied Sciences once the selection procedure has been completed. Application to the selection procedure does not take the place of applying online centrally to Münster University of Applied Sciences.

Detailed description of the degree programme

Successful youth welfare services require a powerful strategy. Only then will it be possible for institutions to direct their services in a targeted manner. Above all, this requires one thing: the careful planning of all processes involved.

Our Master’s programme in Youth Welfare – Concept Development and Organisational Design will instil in you the expertise required for this challenging task. It will qualify you to conduct specialist counselling services and to take on advanced training and management positions in institutions of youth welfare services.

The degree programme is geared toward graduates with degrees in Social Work and Social Education or similar disciplines who wish to develop their profile by academically exploring central themes in this field of study.


Concept development, organisational design, and cooperation management are the three core competencies that you will develop during the degree programme. After completing the degree programme, you will be able to draw up and further develop powerful concepts in youth welfare. In addition, you will develop appropriate forms of organisation and processes for implementing these concepts with the use of academic methods. You will design these processes in a manner tailored to social and living environments by encouraging cooperation between institutions outside youth welfare.

Occupational fields

Our degree programme will prepare you for all planning and coordinating activities within youth welfare. You will be able to work in professional specialist counselling and to take on advanced training and management positions, whether for public or voluntary youth welfare organisations and associations. After completing the degree, you will also have the professional skills to qualify for positions in the senior civil service.

Content and course sequence

The Master’s programme is divided into six module areas:

1. History and Fields of Action covers the historical and comparative foundations of the field.

2. Concept Development and Life Situations focuses on social science and the socio-educational analysis of the life situations of young people. You will explore the socio-economic, health-related and socio-cultural circumstances of children, young people and families.

3. In Communication and Reflection, you will learn how to develop and evaluate concepts, and actively shape and present processes. You will take courses on quality development and evaluation, structuring and planning support, and presentation and communication.

4. How your development efforts as a specialist are received and processed in practice depends on the institution’s structures and processes. In Organisation and Management, you will therefore address the administrative and economic conditions of institutions of youth welfare services.

5. Courses in Planning and Cooperation concentrate on shaping socio-spatial cooperation networks. You will gain the necessary specialist knowledge in modules such as Youth Welfare Planning as Part of Infrastructure Development or Shaping Cooperation with Other Organisational Areas.

6. Finally, in Empirical Research and IT, you will have the opportunity to explore your own research issues within a practical research project. You will also deal with information technologies, which are essential in youth work.

Our Master’s programme is designed for full-time study. The period of mandatory attendance is two whole working days a week, as well as one or two weeks of block classes per semester.

Why choose us

Our degree programme, which is unique in Germany, is characterised by its creative environment. We enable the pursuit of a study programme that is oriented closely to everyday professional life, integrating and taking into account the latest trends in youth welfare. You will learn in a productive, practice-oriented manner, while you work in small groups to help comprehend subject content. During your practical research project, you will be able to gain knowledge that can then be applied directly to professional practice.

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