Students at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences in the foyer of the Flandernstraße campus.

Master of Arts (M.A.)Applied Socio-Pedagogical Educational Research

How can educational processes be a success? What role do social structures play in this? You can dive deeper into these topics and produce original research related to these questions through transdisciplinary Master’s in Applied Socio-Pedagogical Educational Research. In addition to subject-specific, methodological, pedagogical, sociological and management-related topics, historical and philosophical perspectives are also considered.

  • Campus Hilltop

  • Period in semester3 Semester

  • Languages of instructionGerman

  • Application PeriodsWinter semester: 30 April to 15 July
    Summer semester: 31 October to 15 January

  • Admission RequirementsBachelor’s degree in the field of Social Work, Education/Educational Science, Early Childhood Education or equivalent.

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Career Perspectives


You will have a variety of professional options after the degree. You can work in formal, non-formal and informal education. With the Master’s degree, you create the necessary requirements to work in management positions. Activities in research and academics as well as a doctorate are also open to you. Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is a member of the Baden-Württemberg Doctoral Association. Professors at the Faculty of Social Work, Education and Nursing Sciences can also offer Master's graduates the opportunity to do a doctorate by taking this path.

Your career opportunities

  • Work in early childhood education, social work or therapeutic education
  • In inclusive settings in schools
  • In training and advanced studies and in adult education
  • In recreational education, out-of-school education and care
  • In media cultural mediation and media counselling
  • In educational planning and management
With a degree in Applied Socio-Pedagogical Educational Research, you can work in inclusive settings in schools, for example.



You apply for this program online via the campus management system HEonline of the Hochschule Esslingen.

Zwei Studierende lernen an einem Buch
  1. Check the requirements
    The admission and enrollment statutes as well as the special selection criteria for master's programs inform you about the application requirements for this program.

  2. Register and apply via
    You register in the central application portal to receive your applicant ID and apply for the desired degree programme.

  3. Upload your documents
    We need your documents and certificates so that we can process your application. You can upload them in Esslingen’s “HEonline” campus management system. We need your documents by the application deadline at the latest.

  4. All done!
    You can view the processing status of your application at any time via HEonline. You should keep your login details safe. Shortly after the application deadline, you will be able to see whether you have received an admission offer in HEonline and hochschulstart.


This awaits you

You will learn to look at and analyse education throughout the entire educational process. In this way, you can deepen your ability to reflect and prepare yourself optimally for professional challenges. During your studies, you will deal intensively with empirical social and educational research and conduct your own research. With this Master’s degree, you gain the necessary experience to work in management positions.

During your studies, you and your fellow students will deal intensively with empirical social and educational research and conduct your own research.

What distinguishes usGood reasons for studying at Esslingen University


In addition to subject-specific topics, historical and philosophical perspectives are also examined.

University Sports Club

Directly on campus, there is a sports hall and gym as well as football pitches and basketball courts.


Well stocked, with many study spaces and a beautiful view over Esslingen, the library is the perfect place to learn.

Seminar rooms

Large and bright seminar rooms can be modified with individual modules to suit all needs.


You will deepen your knowledge of research methods and learn to apply them to your own research projects.

Family-friendly university

We support parents as well as students with responsibilities for children and relatives in their studies with advisory services.


Interested? Apply now! for the wintersemester 2024/2025