Social work

  • Department/School
  • Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care
  • Head of course
  • Claude Bovay (HES-SO)
  • Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts HES-SO in Social work (Master en Travail social), in collaboration with SUPSI
  • Course type
  • Full-time course (90 ECTS over two years). Part-time course (90 ECTS out of three years).
  • Language
  • French (use of English and/or Italian in some modules)
  • Application fee
  • CHF 150
  • Course fee
  • CHF 500 per semester. Other expenses (photocopies, boxes, keys, badges, etc.) CHF 250 per semester.
  • Centre
  • The "Master en travail social" is designed by HES-SO, consisting of four French-speaking schools:
    - Haute école de travail social Genève
    - Haute école de travail social et de la santé (EESP) Lausanne
    - HES-SO/Valais - Haute école de Travail social
    - Haute école fribourgeoise de travail social
    Courses are held in Lausanne, Vaud (some modules may take place elsewhere in the HES-SO). SUPSI actively collaborates, offering two modules: one theoretical in Lausanne and a research internship at the Manno centre.
  • Start date
  • 14 September 2020
  • Application deadline
  • 30 April 2020
  • Description
  • The "Master en travail social" is an offer proposed by the Haute Ecole spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale (HES-SO) in collaboration with SUPSI-DSAS. The program has four compulsory modules and a choice of four specific out of nine. In addition to the modules, the student must attend an "Atelier de recherche thématique" or a choice of "Stage de recherche”.The research stage can be performed at the SUPSI. On completion of training, a final task - the Master’s Thesis - is expected.


Depening of theoretical and methodological knowledge acquired during the Bachelor training in Social Work:

  • Declared macro-issues
  • Social policies
  • Comparison of national and international situations
  • Communication among social partners
  • Research methods and evaluation of social action.


During this training, students acquire and develop the conceptual and methodological tools necessary for exercising professional skills, such as:

  • building a critical perspective on the meaning and problems relating to social action;
  • placing the role of social work based on national and international comparisons of social policies;
  • analyzing social problems in view of reciprocal influences among contexts, perspectives of actors implicated, and intervention methods;
  • knowing and mobilizing the relevant scientific methods for conducting research in the field of social work;
  • mediating between the political world, the media and social work, and devising proper social communication.

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor in Social Work or equivalent.
  • 20 weeks professional experience in the field of social work.

Career prospects

Research and Teaching
Requests from areas such as:

  • Project Management
  • Needs Analysis and Feasibility Study
  • Communication and Social Policy
  • Mediation with the Professional World