Social Management (M.A.)

Part-Time Studies

Studies of future needs indicate that employers engaged in the social care sector have a considerable and greatly increasing demand for staff with business knowledge. The social management degree programme aims to respond to the increasing demands for business qualifications by institutions and service providers working in the social care sector. 

This degree is a collaborative programme between Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and the Paritätische Akademien Süd and Berlin. It is intended as a part-time postgraduate degree programme.


The course equips students to apply economic approaches and ways of thinking in the social care sector and provides them with an academic qualification based on specialist, methodological, social and personal competences. On completing the programme, you are able to take responsibility for business-related tasks and management functions in all areas of the social care sector.


The tuition fees amount to €8,460. This covers all the costs for semester fees, coursework materials, online seminars, examination fees, expert opinions, Master thesis, etc.


This part-time Master’s degree is divided into four phases of face-to-face teaching per semester, flexible periods of independent study and media-based seminars. In the first four semesters, the units with face-to-face teaching are always held from Thursday to Saturday. In this context, great importance is attached to reflecting on practical experiences and learning new methods of working. Two modules are taught per semester. For each module, topical specialist literature for the integrated independent study is provided. Four media-based seminars use a specially designed online learning platform for their teaching and communication.


Information leaflet

Examination Regulations for External Students - General Part

Examination Regulations for External Students - Degree-specific Part

Programme flyer



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Online application

Please submit your application online via the Paritätische Akademie Süd

The current application period starts in December and ends on 15 February.

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
FacultySocial Work, Education and Nursing Sciences
CampusEsslingen Hilltop Campus
Number of semesters5
Language of instructionGerman
Information on admission requirements
  • a university degree with professional qualification in a predominantly social science-oriented field of studyat least one
  • year of relevant professional activity after obtaining the university degree
  • 25 study places

Bewerbung und Zulassung

Before the start of the current course of study, the implementation of the course of study is contractually concluded by the Paritäti- sche Akademie Süd and the Paritätische Akademie Berlin. The Hochschule Esslingen then admits the participants to the external examination at the Hochschule Esslingen, which is taken in accordance with the prescribed examination requirements for the external examination regulations of the Hochschule Esslingen.

You apply directly to the Paritätische Akademie Süd. Enclose the application for admission with your application documents:

Admission to the program takes place in the summer semester. This always starts in May.

As a Master of Social Economy you will work in the areas of:

  • Management and leadership functions (overall, departmental, specialist, divisional and team management)
  • Staff and assistant positions in social enterprises
  • Project management
  • specialist positions in consulting organizations of public administration and in research institutions (e.g. social planning, social economy expertise for organizations)
  • independent activities

With your degree, you are also qualified beyond the social economy to take on similar positions in active labor market policy or in areas of health, culture and education management, as well as in human resources management in companies in various industries.


Interested? Apply now! for the wintersemester 2024/2025