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NBS Northern Business School Management Social Work (Bachelor of Arts) - full time
NBS Northern Business School

Management Social Work (Bachelor of Arts) - full time

Hamburg, Germany

6 Semesters


Full time

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The Management Social Work (BA) course is an accredited, state-recognized course offered by the NBS Northern Business School Hochschule für Management und Sicherheit in Hamburg.

This course of study is offered at the NBS in two time models, namely full-time during the day for high school graduates and technical high school graduates and on Friday evenings and Saturdays for employed persons and trainees.

The special advantage: You can change the time model during your studies. For example, during a longer internship you are welcome to take part in courses in the extra-occupational time model and thus advance your studies quickly.

The degree concludes with a Bachelor of Arts (BA). A successful degree in combination with an internship in the social sector is also associated with state recognition as a social pedagogue and social worker.

The study content

The bachelor's degree in Management Social Work prepares you for the special requirements in the fields of social work in an application-oriented manner and provides you with solid training in the methodology of scientific work. You will acquire social science and business expertise as well as an understanding of interdisciplinary issues. By imparting key qualifications, you will be able to analyze problems, develop ethically and legally sound solutions and put them into practice.

Graduates of the Management Social Work course take on responsible and managerial positions in public and private organizations. They are scientifically and practically trained specialists who are able to develop, implement and evaluate dynamic and complex processes. Dealing with people and coordinating sensitive work processes require special social skills. Technical knowledge, organizational skills and an independent way of working are therefore just as essential as communication skills and the ability to work in a team.

The course consists of three complementary disciplines: The main focus of the course is teaching the basics and aspects of social work that are relevant for practice. These include the history and theory of social work, professional ethics, social policy and action plans. At the same time, you will be trained in the economic factors of social work, such as controlling and personnel management. In the third module, the methodology and basics of scientific work are taught and tried out in practice.

The career options

Social work is a practice-oriented professional field that analyses, supports and promotes social development. It deals with the resolution of conflicts and the care and support of people. Social justice, human rights and social responsibility are central aspects. The degree in Management Social Work enables you to take up work in fields such as family support, care for the elderly, addiction counselling, migration work, adult and youth education or youth work, but also in a wide variety of institutions, for example in clinics, youth clubs, children's homes, advice centers and retirement homes.

The course was designed in coordination with the SBB Foundation for Vocational Training in order to ensure the professional suitability of the graduates. State recognition as a social pedagogue and social worker can also be achieved with successful completion. The employability of the students is also further promoted during their studies through the integrated seminar program.

State recognition for social pedagogues and social workers

Graduates who complete a social internship of more than 100 working days as part of their studies at the NBS may, in addition to their Bachelor of Arts, carry the job title "state-approved social pedagogue and social worker". State recognition is a central qualification for social workers in Germany and enables access to jobs in many social institutions.

Cooperation with the SBB Foundation for Vocational Education

The course was designed in coordination with the SBB Foundation for Vocational Training in order to ensure the professional suitability of the graduates.

study plan

1st semester

  • fields of social work
  • accountancy
  • Basics of Business Administration
  • History and theory of social work
  • Social work as a science

2 semesters

  • Empirical Social Research
  • Legal basis
  • Scientific foundations of socio-educational action
  • professional ethics

3rd semester

  • Controlling
  • Tools and methods of social work
  • Concepts of action in social work

4th semester

  • Case analyzes of multi-problem scenarios
  • Social service in transition
  • Communication and conflict

5th semester

  • Elective module: case study/ internship management of social institutions
  • Quality management/ IT-based administration & documentation
  • social policy

6th semester

  • HR management/corporate management
  • Project, process & innovation management
  • Bachelor thesis & colloquium


  1. March and September 1 of each year


Bachelor of Arts (BA)


  1. University entrance qualification:
  • General higher education entrance qualification or technical college entrance qualification
  • OR holders of a university degree that was acquired at a German university after a course of study with a standard period of study of at least six semesters, as well as persons who have passed the preliminary examination at a German university of applied sciences with results that are well above average
  • OR people who have successfully completed a state-certified advanced training course such as master craftsman; Engineer; Business economist or specialist have participated
  • OR holders of certificates of competency according to the Ship Officer Training Ordinance
  • OR holders of qualifications from technical schools in accordance with the legal ordinances according to §24 paragraph 2 of the Hamburg Schools Act
  • OR people who have completed vocational training and who can then prove that they have worked for at least three years and who can prove their ability to study for this course in an entrance examinationIn addition: Proof of at least four weeks of professional experience in the social and health care sector, e.g. by means of a job reference, qualified internship reference, relevant vocational training or proof of completing a voluntary social year. The professional experience can be made up for by the end of the second semester. For this purpose, the internship can be divided into two blocks, whereby one block must last at least two weeks without interruption.

Normal period

6 semesters (36 months); Shortening possible with previous studies, vocational training or state-recognized advanced training.

Lecture periods and semester breaks

The winter semester extends from 01.09. until January 31st, the summer semester lasts from March 1st to until 31.07. There are no courses or exams in February and August and from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day.

Lecture times and locations

The courses take place on weekdays during the day in our study centers in Quarree and Holstenhofweg.

tuition fee

The tuition fees are due in 36 installments of 435 euros per month. In addition, a one-time examination fee of 300 euros is charged for the completion of the bachelor thesis (total price: 15,960 euros). In addition, the costs for the SemesterTicket set by the HVV are incurred at the beginning of each semester (as of WS 2016/17: approx. 170 euros per semester).

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