Social Work and Social Economy (MA) - Joint Degree


  • Expert in Social Economy

Field of training

  • Social sciences

Length of training

  • 4 semesters


  • 120

Type of training

  • full time and part time


The purpose of the program is to train professionals who, with the acquired socio-political and managerial skills are able to manage, operate and develop institutions and services in the social economy.
The graduates, who are familiar with the international professional and ethical principles of social assistance, are able to carry out tasks in international cooperation. With the appropriate organizational and organizational development skills, they perform tasks in the field of social services, which, by strengthening the local economy, promote the economic and social integration of disadvantaged social groups. Based on their acquired knowledge thee graduates can continue their education in doctoral programs. 

Joint degree
The Master degree program is offered through an agreement between the following foreign and Hungarian higher education institutions, and can be launched after meeting the requirements stated in 78. § (3) paragraph of the  2011 CCIV Act on National Higher Education. 

Requirements for professional practice in connection with the program
The Master program includes an intensive international professional practice of 10 credits, which is compulsory to be performed at a foreign partner institution. The professional practice should be performed at institutions / organizations working in the field of social economy. Managerial, organizational tasks and tasks related to international cooperation should be fulfilled.

Other provisions relevant to the degree program
According to the agreement between the foreign and the Hungarian higher education institutions, the amount of credits to be awarded at one of the foreign partner institutions is a minimum of 30 credits.

Partner universities

  • FH-Campus Wien (Austria), 
  • Fachhochschule München (Germany), 
  • University of Trnava (Slovakia), 
  • University of Ostrava (Czech Republic), 
  • Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), 
  • University of Silesia (Poland), 
  • Debreceni Egyetem (Hungary)


Competences related to social management

Graduates are able to understand the operation system of business administration and they can adopt and apply them to social enterprises; 
They are able to analyze social services in terms of quality, impact and efficiency; 
They can plan, organize and implement specific tasks in social enterprises such as evaluation and personnel management; 
They can apply marketing approach to social enterprises and are familiar with marketing of social services; 
They can collect and link information from different fields quickly and integrate them into the interdisciplinary explanation of connections and structures.

Competences related to international cooperation

Graduates are able to recognize and analyze changes and their national and international impacts in social economy on the basis of social, political and economic considerations.  Additionally they are able to develop organizational changes both in national and international relations. 
They are able to recognize and analyze global changes and challenges, with special consideration to institutions working in social sector. They are able to develop and organize international strategic cooperations, to implement international projects and to develop cross border organizational forms.
They have high-quality communication skills in at least one foreign language. They are able to use the information and communication tools relevant to international cooperation at the skill level.

Management competences

Graduates understand management concepts and tasks and based on this knowledge they are able to set up strategies to perform and manage development programs, to develop action plans. They can identify, understand and if necessary manage the necessary organizational changes, they know and apply the peculiarities of learning organizations; 
They can also apply problem-solving methods and procedures at organizational level. They are familiar with and apply knowledge and procedures related to personnel management, development and planning.
They know and apply the relevant laws and regulations, including the existing directives, laws and regulations in the European Union.

Organizational competences

Graduates are able to structure, introduce, evaluate processes; 
They are able to control professional and financial processes in organizations through quality management and controlling; 
They possess sound knowledge of forms, development and analysis of organizations, and can control change processes in a target-oriented way; 
They are able to optimize work processes in order to enhance efficiency without neglecting social aspects and special characteristics of social economy. 

Project-oriented competences

Graduates are able to set up international networks, to initiate and implement international programs in order to find common solutions in the European area to address specific social problems.
They are also able to carry out international programs related to organizational development with the internationally known and accepted methods of project management.

Leadership competences

Graduates are able to understand the strategic and operational elements of the management of institutions and their differences, and they are able to manage and organize related actions, programs and developments.
Based on their law and business economics knowledge, they are able to act responsibly and mediate between cash distributors and clients of social work, between employees and the society.
They have basic knowledge of business law and contractual relationships and are able to apply them in their managerial work.
They have basic knowledge of cost planning and cost-effective operation in the field of funding and are able to apply them in their managerial work.
They are able to manage discussions, meetings, debates, brain storming and similar team planning processes.
They are able to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of certain programs and improvements and to their evaluation.
They are able to organize and manage strategic co-operation between different organizations, institutions and groups based on social planning and controlling.

Researcher competences

Graduates are able to organize and conduct independent research programs using quantitative and qualitative methods.
They are able to initiate, manage and implement international comparative research programs.
They are able to present lectures, presentations in their own mother tongue and at least one foreign language, to attend lectures at national and international conferences, to prepare publications and studies.

Methodological competences, including communication skills related to the use of foreign languages

Graduates are able to evaluate and analyze situations, and are able to develop adequate responses and solutions to the situation.They are able to perform moderation tasks and apply problem-solving techniques.
They are able to formulate professional resolutions and problem-solving techniques in written and oral form, to explain them and to present them in a target-oriented way. 
They are able to use professional terminology and situational communication in at least one foreign language.
They are able to integrate information from different disciplines, to analyze them in an interdisciplinary way and they are able for their professional adaptation.

Social competences

Graduates are able to cooperate with colleagues and with the employees, they are able to accept and take the opinion of others and the outside world into consideration 
They are able to act in a reliable and loyal way; 
They are able to form organizational culture.
They are able for intercultural communication.
They are able for interdisciplinary cooperation.
They are able to form interaction and communication processes.

Personal competences

Graduates are able for analytical, diagnostic and conceptual thinking.
They are able to think and act in a process-oriented way.
They able for professional and personally well-based ethical arguments.
They able for scientific reflections and critical approach.
They able for self-reflection and self- management.
They are able to recognize, develop and strengthen their own and their colleagues’ professional and human potentials.
They are able for entrepreneurial way of thinking and their application within the social sphere

Degrees approved for entry to the Master Degree Program:

  • Degrees in Social Sciences 
  • Psychology Bachelor Program
  • Degrees in Economics
  • Degrees in Law
  • Teachers’ Training
  • Degrees in Medical and Health Sciences

Program of the course

Basic fields of knowledge necessary for the extension of knowledge beyond the Bachelor Degree 
International economic and social policy, basics of management, trends in globalization and its social impacts, quality research methodology and evaluation, political and economic operation, legislation and regulatory mechanisms in the European Union

Fields of knowledge of the professional core material 
connections between social work and social economy, sociological and psychological studies relating to the operation of organizations, rights and laws related to non-profit organizations, laws related to enterprises, social marketing, cost management and finance, project management, professional terminology, competence development, local economy and society; analysis of regional development processes.

Required fields of knowledge in the professional core that the student is allowed to electively select from optional field of knowledge of the professional core material 
social services, quality assurance of institutions, social administration, labor law, human resources and management skills, applied research methodology and evaluation, organizational strategies, organizational development, European intercultural project management, professional terminology, international professional practice, enterprise-related knowledge.

International Relations
The Faculty has several intensive relations in the United States and in Europe (20 institutes of higher education from 14 countries). Its mean, that the students of our master program have every semester internationally well-known guest-professors in special topics.

The tuition fee for the 1st year of the MA Program is 5,000 USD.


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