Name of programme                     SOCIAL WORK

Qualification awarded                    Master of Social Work

Field of study                                 Social sciences

Study area                                     Social sciences

Length of the programme              2 years (4 semesters)

Scope of programme (ECTS)        120 ECTS

Language of instruction                 English 

Location                                         Kaunas, Lithuania

Starting date                                  1st of September

Tuition fee for Non-EU students    TBC



Master in Social Work programme was launched in 1992 with support of professors from USA and Canada. Since that time the programme is constantly being improved in cooperation with foreign partners from different European universities and continuing collaboration with USA. Two courses in the programme are being taught via videoconferencing together with prof. dr. Katherine Tyson McCrea from Chicago Loyola University. Constructionist mindset, qualitative research methodology and special focus to advanced generalist social work practice are key stones of the programme. Teaching staff’s competencies in group social work, supervision in social work, family social work provides the programme exceptional framework. Since 2012–2013 academic year programme is taught entirely in English.

Feedback of lecturers

“Learning social work together in global context is incredible experience”.

Prof. Jonas Ruškus, head of the programme

Competencies acquired

Graduates of the programme are competent to apply critical thinking, augmented by creativity and curiosity, to inform and communicate professional judgments; to understand that as a consequence of diversity, a person's life experiences may include oppression, poverty, marginalization, and alienation as well as privilege, power, and acclaim; to incorporate social justice practices in organizations, institutions, and society to ensure that basic human rights are distributed equitably; to comprehend quantitative and qualitative research and understand scientific and ethical approaches to building social work knowledge from local and global perspective.

Career opportunities

Master degree in Social Work provides possibilities to practice social work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. And also:

work as managers and as senior social workers in national and international social welfare, health care, penitential institutions, educational institutions that provide social services in public, non-governmental and private sectors.
continue studies in doctoral programmes (PhD) in social work, sociology, science of education and in other social sciences programmes.

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