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

Expiring – succeeded by the new master’s degree in Social and Health Services Management from Summer Semester 2021

Assuming social responsibility

Do you want to perform a leading role in the field of social and health services? Assume managerial, organisational and networking responsibilities to improve your facility? Then we have just the right master’s programme for you! This degree programme hones the expertise that you previously acquired in your bachelor’s degree or German “Diplom” in the field of social or health care. 

The need for highly qualified specialists in social and health care is increasing. The profile required for these positions both in demand and demanding – and our 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. We will focus on organising and leading networks as well as promoting international exchange to create the optimum basis for gaining a foothold in a sector that crosses many boundaries and borders.

At a glance

  • Award

    Master of Arts (M. A.)

  • Study mode

    full-time, part-time, dual

  • Standard duration

    3 Semester

  • 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. 

The programme builds upon the fundamental principles of business administration and economics, the legal framework governing the social and health care sector, social work and health sciences, teaching you the practically focused knowledge required to perform leadership tasks. 

You will enhance your knowledge of business administration and law to address managerial aspects including project and change management and controlling, together with employment law and corporate governance.

You will learn the essential methods and theories of leadership and about work and organisational psychology. Data-supported decision-making and thinking in leadership systems will enhance the practical application of your underlying knowledge. 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 the practical project, which immerses you in future areas of work and establishes contacts with employers, 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. Demographic change, medical advances, complex managerial tasks and the multi-layered job profiles in the caring and healing professions present major challenges to these international sectors. In addition, the issues of migration, integration and inclusion require tight networking between service providers – at regional, national and even European level. 

Career prospects

The requirements profile for candidates 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, senior civil service, or doctoral studies.

To be admitted to this programme, you will require a bachelor’s degree or German “Diplom” in social or health care, health care management, social work or an equivalent subject from a German or foreign university worth at least 210 ECTS Credit Points. The Examinations Board will decide on an individual basis whether applicants fulfil the admission requirements.

Applicants who have accrued at least 180 ECTS Credit Points or have completed at least 140 hours of theory in the cited fields of study fulfil the admission requirements if they can provide accompanying evidence of at least 20 weeks’ practical experience in the social or health care sector.

Please submit your application, including your first degree certificate, by the stated deadline. An average grade of at least 2.3 (or equivalent) must have been attained for the degree.

All the latest information and details on applying and the admission requirements can be found under applications & student registration.

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 1, 3 and 4 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? More about opportunities for studying abroad.

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

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.

Modules at a glance

Module 1: Basic principles of data-supported leadership and decision-making, evaluation, and management of networks and organisations

Module 2: Law focusing on employment law, negotiating and drafting contracts, and corporate governance

Module 3: Leadership – leadership systems, controlling, leadership theories and methods, and work and organisational psychology

Module 4: In more detail – leadership and decision-making behaviour, international organisations and networks, ethics, social mission and corporate responsibility, series of lectures on current issues in the social and health care sector

Module 5: Practical project

Module 6: Master’s thesis

Details of the subject matter covered in the modules are provided in the Module Handbook (see downloads). 


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.


Is the degree programme accredited?

Der degree programme in Social and Health Services Management is accredited by FIBAA until 31 March 2021 in accordance with the specifications set by the Accreditation Council. The renewal process is running right now and will be completed by 31 March 2021 at the latest to ensure seamless accreditation.

Can I take a general elective module?

Yes. You are eligible to enrol for a general elective module during the first round once during your master’s programme. After that, you can take further general elective modules, but only via the second enrolment round, i.e. for places not filled by students needing to complete compulsory general elective modules.

For the latest information about general elective modules, e.g. enrolments, please click here.

Can I acquire the Home Manager certificate?

Students on the bachelor’s degree programmes in health and social care management can acquire the Home Manager certificate by completing the major in “Elderly care” offered on the degree programme in Health Services Management. Although this is not currently possible for master’s students, the faculty is liaising with the Ministry in an effort to fulfil the conditions for this in the medium term. For now, the only option (subject to capacity) is to complete the major in elderly care now in the hope that we can get this recognised retrospectively if and when we succeed in the future. If not, you have at least had the experience of studying an exciting major. Decisions on applications to take this course are made by the Examinations Board of the Faculty of Social and Health Studies in liaison with the Degree Programme Coordinator for the master’s degree programme and the convenor of the major in “Elderly care”. In the first instance, with please email your application to the Coordinator for the master’s degree programme.

How can I register my master’s thesis?

The topic for your master’s thesis can only be registered once you have gained at least 50 Credit Points. You can find this and further information in the current Programme and Examination Regulations (“SPO”).