European Master, part-time
Social transformation processes and changes also pose a major challenge for the social economy. Demographic change, the climate crisis, digitalization, migration movements, and advancing economization require complex strategies and specific approaches from social managers.
In this Master's degree program, you will acquire leadership and management skills to lead social organizations. You will strengthen your analytical skills for developing and implementing innovative concepts, for evaluating social services or for research and development projects. You benefit from an internationally oriented and practice-oriented program as well as from a joint degree of six European universities
Mag.a Mag.a Catharina Peric Kelsenstraße 2, S.4.25 1030 Vienna T: +43 1 606 68 77-3200 F: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
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Application period for academic year 2022/23
1st January to 15th May 2022
tuition fee / semester:
+ ÖH premium + contribution2
1 Tuition fees for students from third countries € 727,- per semester
2 for additional study expenses (currently up to € 83,- depending on degree program and year)
Ideally, you come from a background in social sector practice and are interested in:
You consider research-based knowledge and international networking to be important for developing innovative solutions to social problems. You would like to exchange information with experts from other European countries about current developments and learn from each other.
The European Master's degree program is run in cooperation with various European universities and concludes with a joint degree.
University Munich (Germany)
University Silesia/Katowice (Poland)
University Cluj-Napoca (Romänien) - Mobility Partner
University Trnava (Slowak Republic)
University Ostrava (Czech Republic)
University Debrecen (Hungary)
In addition to intensive international cooperation, we are networked throughout Austria with social sector organizations and research institutions. At the interface of research, practice and teaching, the Department Social Work has its own Competence Center for Social Work. You will also benefit from our cooperations with your Master's theses.
The European Master's program in Social Economy and Social Work at the FH Campus Wien focuses on sustainability management in the social economy with an international teaching project.
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Eco3 – Sustainability Management and Green Controlling in the Social Economy
This Master's degree program is the first European degree program for social economy and social work concluding with a joint degree from several European universities. The degree program combines business know-how with the demands of a social economy organization. You will benefit from both research-based and practice-oriented expertise of the teachers. The annual Spring School gives you insights into current topics and developments in the international environment. Courses in cooperation with the international joint degree partners increase the quality of the education. During a mandatory two-week study visit to a partner university from the joint degree network, you will expand your professional, linguistic and intercultural competencies.
Graduates of the Master's degree program
To this end, you will acquire relevant specialist knowledge from a wide range of disciplines, adapted to the current needs of organizations in the social economy.
Lector: FH-Prof. Mag. Peter Stepanek
- social economy & social management: development, definition, delimitation - social economy in Austria: figures, data, tasks, types of organizations - nonprofit, lowprofit, profit in times of hybrid organizations - definition and characteristics of social services - social entrepreneurship, social business and social-economic enterprises as special organizational forms of the social economy - the economic concept in the social sector: effectiveness, efficiency, profitability, - the conflicting fields of economization - special features of the social market: business management vs. economic analysis - sustainability, innovation and digitalization as cross-cutting issues in social economy organizations - current developments/issues in the Austrian social economy
Final exam seminar paper, moodle test, individual assignments
lecture, discussion, work assignments with peer feedback, research assignments, guest lectures
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Dr.in Helga Eberherr
- assessment of the student's position (with regard to knowledge of scientific-empirical work) - detailed literature research strategies and techniques of scientific work - methodological and paradigmatic basics of reconstructive (qualitative), quantitative and triangulative (mixed method) data collection and evaluation methods - selected research approaches and sampling strategies - overview of evaluation approaches and social framework conditions of social science evaluation - complementary / related approaches: quality management - basics of planning and conducting evaluations - theory and methodology of impact analysis - social context of evaluations and the role of evaluators - limits and possibilities of different research designs - quality criteria of empirical studies
inputs by the instructor, reading and analysis of scientific literature, discussions, small group work, exercises to determine one's own competencies, distance exercises, analysis of practical case studies, presentations
Lector: Mag.a (FH) Mag.a Astrid Russ
- Leadership 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and different leadership models - the role and tasks of managers, especially in the area of conflict between middle management and employees - leading employees - with a special focus on the topic of communication and conflict management - dealing with different stakeholders - leadership of employees - leadership skills - methods of self-management - practical examples - group building process phases - tasks and structures of cooperation in teams and small groups - learning processes in groups - information at the beginning of the Master's program
flipped classroom, lecture, group work, presentation, forum postings (e.g., peer feedback), plenary discussions
- characteristics, typologies and structures of organizations - tasks, goals and strategies in organizations - organizational cultures, organizational environments and stakeholders - classical and current organizational theories - formal and informal structures in organizations - organization/s of the social economy in selected EU countries - change in organizations - power in organizations - equal opportunities and diversity
(guest) lectures, reading and processing of scientific literature, reflection on own experiences as a member in organizations, literature reflections, group work, plenary discussions, presentations
Lector: Christian Heschl-Sprung, MA MA
- quality management terms - main concepts - design of quality in the social economy - relevance of leadership styles within quality management - discussion and application of key methods of quality management - historical development of Total Quality Management (TQM) - standards according to ISO 9000ff - European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) - quality label for social integration enterprises - examples of quality standards of social economy organizations - examples of standards and models used in the social economy
flipped classroom, literature work, lecture, group work, presentation, forum contributions (e.g. peer feedback), plenary discussions
Lector: MMag. Sebastian Howorka
- meaning and tasks of management accounting and its sub-areas as a source of information for operational control - basics and logic of cash accounting and double-entry bookkeeping - logic and structure of accounting accounts and different books of accounts, voucher system and accounting cycle - accounting of typical running business cases from the social economy - calculation of profit according to the gross and net method, preparation of a simple closing balance sheet - basic principles of tax law and taxation of social economy organizations - basic principles of calculation and accounting of personnel expenses - entries in the annual financial statements - interpreting the annual financial statements of social economy organizations
Final exam written final examination, seminar paper, case studies, group work
lecture, group work, discussion, work assignments with feedback, group exercises, case solutions, practical exercises
Lector: Ing. DSA Gerlinde Blemenschitz-Kramer, MA
- the topic of Social Work - Social Work as a field of science - characteristics and specifics of professional help - disciplinary evolution and Social Work research - theoretical concepts of Social Work - fields of action and methods of Social Work - current developments in Social Work - past and present qualifications and education in Social Work in Austria
flipped classroom, literature work, lecture, group work, presentation, forum contributions (e.g. peer feedback)
Lector: FH-Prof.in Mag.a Florentina Astleithner
- concepts of complexity management in social economy organizations - assessment of the students' current position - defining goals for the further development of one's own research competence within the framework of the study program - defining goals for professional development and for positioning oneself as a leader - techniques of self-regulated writing - problem analysis and dealing with change under conditions of complexity - dealing with uncertainties
video inputs, guided online practice phase, instruction on and training in self-regulated, self-reflective reading and writing, peer feedback, discussion, and self-reflection
- definition of basic terms - development and analysis of impact goals and impact models in selected fields of action - critical reflection of selected approaches of impact orientation / impact analyses on the basis of examples (e.g. impact evaluation in comparison between quantitative and qualitative methods; social return on investment) - reflection on the interaction of impact-oriented practice with the professional development of social work as well as the management of social economy organizations
Final exam written reflection, term paper
lecture, discussion, reading and processing of scientific literature, individual and group exercises, presentations, critical individual reflections
Lector: Dr.in Melanie Haberer
Civil Law - contract law (warranty, contract rescission, etc.) - compensation for damages (also liability) - civil proceedings Corporate Law - application of the term "company" to non-profit organizations - important regulations of the Austrian Enterprise Code such as company name, company register, partnerships - legal basis of legal forms relevant for the social economy such as corporations, cooperatives and associations as well as their tax aspects - state aid, grants and subsidy agreements - basic principles of awarding public contracts (public procurement law)
Final exam written exam
lecture, group work, discussion, e-learning work assignments with feedback/discussion in distance learning, case studies
- collective and individual labor law including social law regulations - contents, conclusion, possibilities of dissolution, possibilities of limitation of an employment contract - statutory rights and obligations of employers and employees - basic principles of the Professional Education and Training Act - protection against dismissal and redundancy - employment of third-country nationals - equal treatment in the world of work - handling of case studies in dealing with employees (e.g. mobbing and harassment)
lecture, group work, written paper, presentation, forum contributions (e.g. peer feedback)
- basics of controlling (goals, tasks, role of controllers) and understanding of controlling in the social economy - focus and goals of operational and strategic controlling as well as performance and impact controlling in the social economy - controlling in interaction with other areas of internal and external accounting as well as at the interface to quality management - information provided by controlling - key figures and key figure systems (e.g. Balanced Scorecard) as central instruments of controlling - planning & coordination: goals and success parameters of social economy organizations, target/actual comparisons, variance analyses and forecasts - overview of the instruments of strategic controlling for the analysis of the organizational environment as well as the company and business unit level - instruments of operational controlling: cost type, cost center and cost unit accounting - contribution margin accounting - cost accounting as the basis for calculating the per hour rate, case or subject costs, consulting, accommodation or care costs - overview of qualitative and quantitative tools of personnel controlling - personnel cost planning
Final exam written final examination, seminar paper, case study
lecture, group work, discussion, work assignments with feedback, group exercises, case studies, practical exercises
- presentation of possible research topics by instructors and opportunity for students to contribute their own projects - development of two alternative outlines for the master thesis - clarification of their knowledge and skills or learning needs in order to implement the project idea - selection of a topic and a supervising teacher
Continuous assessment submission of two master's thesis outlines for the selection of a supervising teacher
exchange platform for topics and supervision possibilities (large group moderation); drafting of two master's thesis topic outlines
- overview of the topic of inclusion and diversity for social economy organizations - analysis of exclusion and inclusion processes as well as of conditions of social (in)equality - elaboration of the concepts of inclusion, diversity, heterogeneity and intersectionality with reference to historical developments, legal foundations as well as political/societal forces driving inclusion and diversity - identify theoretical, societal and organizational approaches as well as design possibilities and their organizational translation into operational practices along selected diversity dimensions (age, disability, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and social class) - exploring context-sensitive concepts and measures of strategic inclusion and diversity management and translating them into own organizational action practices - activating the students' experiential and reflective knowledge as a central resource
(guest) lectures on inclusion and diversity, reading and analysis of scientific literature, discussions, small group work, analysis of case studies from practice, analysis of documents from the practice of social economy organizations (mission statements, inclusion measures, diversity strategies...), presentations
- drafting of a rough concept for the master's thesis (under the guidance of the supervisors). - planning of a scientific thesis (research question, state of research, methodological approach, relevance, objective, interest in knowledge) - theory-based development of a research question - application-oriented research designs on socio-economic issues
input from the course instructor, group work, plenary discussions, work assignments with (peer) feedback
- competence management including personnel planning, recruitment and selection of personnel - personnel development - personnel assessment - personnel management as a strategic and operative management task (leadership, management concepts, communication processes, consolidation of selected focal points)
team teaching, flipped classroom, literature work, lecture, group work, plenary discussions, presentation, forum posts (e.g. peer feedback).
- definition and methodology for social reporting - definition and methodology of social planning - management cycle and classification of the instruments used - interrelationships: social reporting and social planning as well as problem definition and critical discussion - basics of social statistics and interpretation of indicators - most important data sources - interpretation of data and indicators as well as discussion of classical problems - basic statistical principles on which social reporting is based (aggregation, medians & averages, indices and ratios, etc.) - practical work with- care provision report, care service statistics and care reform - financial compensation talks between federal and state governments - social planning on refugee assistance, homeless assistance and work with the disabled
Final exam final written exam, written homework assignments
lectures, discussion, distance exercises with feedback, group assignments
- definition of marketing and professional classification - tasks and goals of marketing management in the social economy - marketing management process for social organizations - assessment of the situation & identification of relevant environmental factors - (social) market and service definition - market segmentation and positioning in social economy - definition and management of marketing goals - marketing strategies for different business models in the social economy - marketing financing
Final exam drafting of a social marketing plan
group work, discussion, feedback, lecture with activating methods, work assignments with feedback, group exercises, practical exercises
- basic concepts in social policy: goals, instruments, actors - the Austrian welfare state: design principles, development and current challenges - basic concepts in economic and social policy in the EU: structures, working methods, policymaking, EU multi-level policies - comparative social policy: types of welfare states in Europe - comparative social policy: case studies - social policy in other EU countries, contributions of foreign guest lecturers - social economy in the EU
lecture, discussion, guest lectures
presentation and discussion of - current topics related to the social economy and social work with national and international relevance - national and international research results - best practice models from Austria and abroad - changing socio-political and legal framework conditions and their impact on the social economy and social work - innovative, alternative, sustainable social economy services and business models
Continuous assessment reflection on the central findings and implications for one's own field of action
lectures, group work, discussion, work assignments with (peer) feedback
- mapping the social economy - social management as a field of competence - tasks of a manager in different levels of the organization - individual positioning from the perspective of the study program
group work, discussion, work assignments with (peer) feedback
- qualitative and quantitative survey methods - access to the field - specification of sampling strategies - implementation and reflection of the surveys - data documentation and collection - reflection on these instruments for evaluations - view on evaluation methods
lecture, reading and analysis of scientific literature, peer group learning, discussions, small group work, processing of case studies from evaluation practice, processing and testing of empirical survey and evaluation methods, presentations
- policy fields and funding strategies of the European Union and instruments of their implementation - social Innovation and social entrepreneurship in the EU - EU structural funds (with focus on ESF and EFRE) - funding logics of the European Union - selected funding areas, priorities and action programs in the respective funding period - What can increase project chances?
theory inputs, exercises (group work), topic-guided subject research
- basics of financing in the social economy: tasks, functions, forms and sources - financial management: financial and liquidity planning, budgeting - forms and sources of public financing - forms and sources of classic private financing for the social economy - forms and sources of alternative financing for the social economy - development and presentation of a financing concept by the students - basic principles of financial negotiations
- models and principles of change - change design and change architecture - psychology and organizational logic of change - principles and concepts of social innovation - innovation in the public sector, nonprofit and service sectors - innovation and its management of change in the social economy
flipped classroom, literature work, lecture, group work, presentation, plenary discussions, forum contributions (e.g. peer feedback)
- overview of social policy and the social security system in the respective host country - social economy, social work and the social sector in the respective host country - learning about selected examples of social economy organizations in the respective host country - development and presentation of a project concept (with EU funding) for a social economy organization All content is taught and delivered at one of the joint degree partner universities. Language: English or language of the host country
Reading and analysis of scientific literature international student mobility: learning and experiencing in and with the practice, (guest) lectures, visiting institutions of social economy and social work in countries of the joint degree network, case work, group work in intercultural and international teams, presentations, peer exchange
- development and elaboration of the research design in the form of an exposé for the master's thesis - presentation, reflection and discussion of the individual work and its intermediate steps in a conductive collegial setting (master thesis coaching), which is jointly designed by teachers and students - reflection on the chosen sampling strategies, access to the field, survey instruments - quality criteria and ethical aspects of empirical studies - techniques of critical and self-regulated reading and writing - cross-references to professional fields of action
Continuous assessment exposé of the master thesis
group work, discussion, expert input, work assignments with (peer) feedback
- sustainability discourse since the 1970s (from the Club of Rome to the SDGs) - differentiation between sustainability management and corporate social responsibility - different perspectives of sustainability in the social economy - shifting away from the growth dogma - overview of alternative economic and social concepts - sustainability models: from the pillar, intersection and priority model to the Donat economy - the three dimensions of sustainability from the perspective of the social economy: ecological, social and economic sustainability - sustainability management: model, strategy, implementation in the social economy - from materiality analysis to sustainability goals - overview of various sustainability management tools - green controlling in the social economy: possibilities and benefits - sustainability reporting and the benefits of various standards and reporting templates
Final exam seminar paper, case study
lecture, group work, discussion, work assignments with feedback, group exercises, case studies, practical exercises, business game
- text optimization and image design for various communication tools - presentation technique - PR concept creation and success control - important parameters of website design - social media in the social economy - media relations - event planning for social economy organizations - crisis PR in the area of conflict between clients, the public and politics
lecture, group work, discussion, peer feedback on group work results, practical exercises
- What is a project? - managing projects - defining project goals and project target groups - preparation phase: project rough planning - project start-up phase and implementation: getting the project "on track" - monitoring project success: project risks, project controlling - project communication - project documentation, project manual - overview of the most important methods and tools for an (international) project in the social economy - project management keywords in English
flipped classroom, lecture, group work, presentation, topic-guided subject research, forum postings (e.g. peer feedback).
- qualitative and quantitative (via SPSS) evaluation methods - interpretation of results and reaching conclusions - testing, applying and deepening empirical survey and evaluation methods - reflection of these instruments for evaluations - reflection on evaluation between scientific quality criteria and specific requirements of practice - discussion of empirical methods under theoretical and method-critical aspects
Continuous assessment working on case studies
independent testing of empirical survey and evaluation methods, peer group learning, discussions, small group work, working on case studies from evaluation practice
- main focus: qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods - interpretation of results and reaching conclusions - discussion of the results under theoretical and methodological critical aspects - revising text modules and working out the final version of the master thesis - peer group learning and collegial exchange using the example of different papers
Final exam submission of the master thesis
Commissioned examination before a board of examiners in the relevant subject area: - presentation of the master thesis - examination interview about the master thesis as well as its cross connections to relevant subjects of the curriculum as well as other study-relevant contents
Final exam final commission examination
- basic aspects of management and strategy (necessities and goals, etc.) - concepts and models of management and strategy (normative, strategic and operational level, decision and goal etc.) - processes and perspectives of management and strategy (management cycle, strategy development) - techniques and tools of management and strategy (sector analysis, company analysis, portfolio analysis, SWOT etc.) and their application in social economy - personnel aspects of management and strategy in NPOs (characteristics and individual tasks such as maintaining contacts, etc.) - strategic management, leadership and corporate culture, meaning and interaction in NPOs - current issues in strategic management of a social economy organization in the form of a business game
flipped classroom, lecture, group work, business game, presentation, forum contributions
- strategy options in the social economy - review of the analytical instruments from the different courses - reflection of the operational use in specific fields of action
- trends of digital, social and global transformation - relevant leadership concepts for digital leadership - digitizing strategy versus digital strategy - implementation of digital leadership: methods and digital tools for practical application - reflection on own work experiences and skills in the context of digital transformation in the social economy
flipped classroom, lecture, group work, group coaching, case studies, presentation
- from the idea to the company: basic questions about the foundation of a company/organization - legal basics and trade law - meaning and structure of the Canvas business model and the business plan - business models in the social economy - overview of funding bodies/programs, counseling centers and start-up helpers
- current developments around the topic of impact orientation in the social economy using the example of specific fields of action such as child and youth welfare, homeless welfare, labor market integration, etc. - impact assessment in the context of monitoring and evaluation: definition of impact goals, argumentation of impact models (logical models) and their operationalization - selected methods of impact analysis and their potential applications in comparison (e.g. impact evaluation in comparison between quantitative and qualitative methods; social return on investment) - reporting guidelines such as the Social Reporting Standard - familiarization with different strategies for scaling social impact - data literacy
flipped classroom, literature work and analysis of selected studies, lecture, group work, written work, presentation, forum contributions (e.g. peer feedback)
Number of teaching weeks 14 per semester
Times Every three to four weeks Thu. to Sat. 9:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Electives Selection and participation according to available places. There may be separate admission procedures.
You also have the possibility to choose "open courses" from other degree programs and departments. Registration details may be found here. (Content only available in German)
For a joint degree (based on § 3 Section 2 Subsection 10 FHStG) you have to acquire at least 30 ECTS credits under the responsibility of our partner universities.
Organizations offering social services are challenged to guarantee optimal service quality for their respective target groups on the basis of limited financial resources. As a graduate of this Master's degree program, you will plan and design the necessary framework conditions. This will open up various professional positions and functions in nonprofit and forprofit organizations, especially in the social sector, in public administration and in outsourced sectors of the social sector. Moreover, you will be able to apply your expertise in the field of social economy in specialized departments of consulting organizations and in research institutions. This education also gives you the opportunity to set up your own social enterprise.
• Managing directors, management, foundation of social-economic organizations (associations, gGmbHs, cooperatives), social-economic enterprises or social business • Team, department and division management, executive departments in organizations in the social, health, education, cultural and sustainability sectors as well as in the public sector • Development, management or participation in various (international) projects • Management or involvement in specific specialist departments (e.g. basic research departments) • Fundraising, marketing and quality management activities in social economy projects or organizations • Cooperation or management in human resource, diversity or sustainability departments • Teaching and scientific work in research institutes or universities
You will need the following documents for your application:
Your application is valid as soon as you have sent all required documents and certificates to the study program by post.
The pplication deadline for the online application is May 15 (for the postal submission, the postmark of the next business day after the application deadline is accepted). Your application is valid as soon as all documents have been received.
If any documents are missing at the time of your application (e.g. certificates), they can be submitted at the latest by the start of your studies.
You will receive a confirmation as soon as your application documents are received. Your application documents will be evaluated after the application deadline. If the application is evaluated positively, you will be invited to an admission interview in June. The result of the admission process will be announced in July.
Please inform us if you wish to withdraw your application.
It is not possible to save incomplete online applications. You must complete your application in one session.
The admission procedure is based on
The places are allocated on the basis of the ranking of the results in the admission procedure. Professional practice in the social sector will be taken into account.
Perhaps your qualifications exceed our admission requirements, you are interested in the possibility of joining the program at a higher semester or you hold a degree from a university abroad?
For more information, please refer to the sections on validation and shortening programs.
If you have any questions regarding accessibility or if you have a specific need in the admission procedure due to an impairment, please contact Ursula Weilenmann for organizational reasons as early as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since we try to take into account individual needs due to disabilities when conducting the written admission test, we ask you to indicate in your online application to Weilenmann in which form you require support.
Your contact person in the department Gender & Diversity ManagementMag.a Ursula Weilenmannbarrierefrei@fh-campuswien.ac.athttp://www.fh-campuswien.ac.at/barrierefrei
Head of Degree Program Social Economy and Social Work T: +43 1 606 68 email@example.com
Office hours by appointment
New study location as of 12th July 2021: As of 12th July 2021, all study programs of the Department of Social Work (Secretary's office, offices, teaching rooms) will be located at Kelsenstraße 2, 1030 Vienna. All teaching activities will take place at this location from winter semester 2021/22.
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