1. Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  2. Faculty of Social and Health Studies
  3. Degree courses
  4. Master
  5. Social and Health Services Management

Assuming Responsibility in Social and Health Services

Do you want to perform a leading role in the field of social and health services? Assume managerial, organisational and networking responsibilities to greatly improve your facility? Then we have just the right master’s programme for you!

This degree programme broadens the knowledge that you acquired during your previous studies in the field of health and social care and links it with pertinent aspects of business administration and law.

The need for specialists and managers in social and health care keeps on increasing. The profile required for these positions both in demand and demanding – and this master’s degree poises you perfectly in both respects. You will acquire practically focused knowledge that steers you precisely towards the complex specialist and managerial duties required in this sector and prepares you extremely well in terms of both subject matter and mindset for the challenges ahead.

At a glance

  • Award

    Master of Arts (M. A.)

  • Study mode

    full-time, part-time, dual

  • Standard duration

    3 semesters, 6 semesters part-time

  • ECTS credits


  • Starts

    winter semester
    summer semester

  • Restricted admission


  • Taught in


  • Faculty

    Social and Health Studies

  • Study abroad


  • Accreditation

    AHPGS, German Accreditation Council

Details about this course

This master’s programme is designed for you to complete in three semesters of full-time study including your thesis, but you can spread this to six semesters part-time to accommodate family commitments.

This programme builds upon knowledge in the fields of health and social care and teaches application-focused knowledge in law and business administration.

In the area of law, we examine aspects of commercial and corporate law, employment law und contract and procurement law. The business administration element of the programme focuses on accounting, controlling, funding, human resources and management.

The content of this programme reflects the current ethical, social, international and scientific challenges facing the social and health sector. You round off your studies with a practical project, which immerses you in future areas of work and establishes contacts with employers, a research workshop and your master’s thesis in the third semester.

The university awards students who successfully complete the programme the academic title Master of Arts (M.A.).

Professional environment

The social and health sector is experiencing growing demand for qualified specialists and managers with knowledge of business administration and law. Demographic change, medical advances and complex issues present major challenges to management in these fields.

Career prospects

The requirements profile for specialists and managers is exacting and calls for the kind of intensive training provided on this master’s degree programme. You will be involved in a wide range of duties, such as managing public, charitable facilities or in the private health sector. You might seek to perform networking activities at health and care insurance funds, for local authorities or associations, or work in consulting or politics. A master’s degree opens the door to responsible positions in management and leadership or senior civil service and qualifies you to embark upon doctoral studies.

To access this course, candidates must have already gained a first professional entry-level degree with at least 210 Credit Points from a higher education institution, or a degree of equivalent value. Should your degree only equate to 180 Credit Points, you will qualify for admission providing you can demonstrate that you have also been practically occupied in social or health care for at least 20 weeks (full-time) since acquiring your degree. You must have earned an average grade of at least 2.5 (or equivalent) for your first, professional entry-level university degree in a non-economic discipline within the field of social and health care. To count as “non-economic”, a degree programme must have included no more than 30 Credit Points from modules focusing on business administration, economics or management – for example, ergotherapy, nutritional sciences, educational sciences, geriatric therapy, rehabilitation and care, gerontology, gerontological nursing and therapy, health sciences, human medicine, teaching, nursing, care sciences, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, social work, social education and sports sciences. If you have a degree in a comparable subject not cited here, or are unsure whether your degree counts as “non-economic”, you can request that the recognition of your degree programme will be checked by the examination board of the Faculty of Social and Health Studies.

Please submit your application, including your first degree certificate, by the stated deadline.

All the latest information and details about how to apply and the admission requirements can be found under applications & enrolments.

We ascribe to the values of openness, tolerance and acceptance. Our aim is to teach everyone involved at Kempten University of Applied Sciences about education in an international context. As part of this, we support university-wide, inter-faculty measures to promote international projects and cross-cultural interaction.

Kempten University of Applied Sciences nurtures relations with many partner universities all over the world, and we warmly encourage periods of study and internships abroad. Academic achievements from studies abroad can be counted towards this degree programme if the skills in question are considered equivalent, which is generally feasible for module sections 2 and 3 of the degree programme in Social and Health Services Management. The practical semester can easily be spent abroad.

Are you interested in learning more about options for you to study abroad? Then explore the opportunities for studying abroad.

We compile all study programme and examination regulations centrally for you. There you will find all versions and changes. continue

Modules at a glance

Module section 1: Labour law in companies, contract and procurement law, commercial and corporate law

Module section 2: Cost accounting and controlling, annual accounts, balancing accounts und taxation, investments, funding and decision theory

Module section 3: Strategic management tools, human resource management, marketing

Module section 4: Practical project

Module section 5: Master’s thesis, research workshop

Programme with extended practice

Study this Master's programme combined with in-depth practical studies! Your regular studies are combined with intensive practical phases, based on the course content. The offer is aimed at both regular, non-dual and dual Bachelor graduates who have completed a combined study programme or study programme with in-depth practice.
You can find more information about the offers here.


Details about the degree programme


We know how exciting it can be to embark upon a degree programme, so we want you to have someone to contact with any questions you might have about studying with us.

Contact for prospective students

  • University Student Advisory Service

If you have any questions about studying or applying, please get in touch with the University Student Advisory Service

  • Questions about course content

If you are interested in this degree programme and would like to ask any questions, please contact our programme advisor.


Existing students

If you have any questions about your degree programme, please contact our academic advisors.


There are no tuition fees. Students on all degree programmes pay only a semester fee for student union membership and a public transport pass.