MA in Social Policy

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The aim of the program is to train social policy professionals who, with their acquired theoretical and methodological knowledge, are able to participate in the formulation of policies in the field of societal and social policy.

Head of program: Ms. Viktória BORDA

Master of Arts in Social Policy (Social Policy Expert MA)
Duration of Training
2 years (4 semesters)

Fall, Spring

Deadline of Application

Next Starting Date
Tuition fee: EUR 2500/semester (for non-EU students);
EUR 1900/semester (for EU students)
Application fee: EUR 140
  • Description of the program
  • Application procedure
  • Application requirements
  • Examples of subjects during the studies
  • More information

This MA-level program aims to train social policy professionals who, with their acquired theoretical and methodological knowledge, can participate on different (global, national, regional, local/community, or sectoral, organizational) levels in the formulation of policies in the field of societal and social policy. Our students can choose between two specializations during their studies: employment policy and territorial/rural development policy.
Social politicians employed by global, public, non-profit, or business organizations can contribute to the planning and operating of the social and human service systems. They can also represent employee, community, and social interests on territorial/rural, labor market, organizational, and sectoral levels. Social policy experts can also conduct theoretical research and participate in the development of social and social policy education and human innovation programs. They are ready to continue their studies in doctoral programs and manage social and human services or well-being systems.

Human and Social Sciences
Academic Level/Type

Skype interview for Social Policy MA

The interview takes around 10-15 minutes. During this interview our colleagues are going to ask questions about your:

  • Background & motivation
  • Knowledge & work experience
  • Communication & leadership skills
  • Career plans & your future

To get a picture about your analytical ability, language comprehension, general awareness and awareness of socio-political issues, kindly ask you to read one of the articles listed below. (This article will be discussed at the interview.)

Angelin, A., Johansson, H., Koch, M. and Panican, A. (2013) National Report: Sweden, Research report for the project Combating Poverty in Europe (COPE),

Employment and Social Developments in Europe. Annual Review 2018. Chapter 3. (pp 89-105). European Commission Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Directorate ISSN 2315-2540 ISBN 978-92-79-77878-0

For a successful application please follow the steps below:

  1. To apply, click on the Apply Now button, and start your application.
  2. Register on our application site, fill the application form, upload the necessary documents and submit your application!
  3. After you have submitted your application, you are going to receive information on the further steps.
  4. If we received your application fee, we are going to start the evaluation of your application.

The applicant has to submit the following documents by uploading them to the online application portal of the University of Pécs:

  • Certified and translated (if originals are not in English) copy of transcripts and diploma certificate showing satisfactory completion of a BA program.
  • A precondition to enter the Masters programme is that the student, during previous studies, already acquired: 
    For those possessing a diploma in Sociology, Social Studies, Political Studies a minimum of 15 credits are required;  
    For those possessing a diploma in a related study field what is accepted by the Credit Transfer Committee of the Faculty a minimum of 30 credits required in Social Work, Social Policy, Sociology and/or Law. 
    Work experiences also can be recognised as requested credits - maximum of 30 credits. 
  • Europass CV in English
  • Motivation letter (introduction plus field of interest, etc.) in 3000 to 3500 characters.
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • Medical certificate, (please fill the document and attach the serologic test results)
    • vaccination card (showing that you are immunized against HEP B)
    • HEP A/B/C test*
    • HIV test*
    • Chest X-ray: Please attach the chest’s X-ray result (not the film!) in English/Hungarian! (not older than 3 months)
  • Transfer receipt of the EUR 140 application fee
  • Acceptable online language exams:
    • Duolingo online exam from score 105-115 
    • IELTS Indicator from score 5.5
  • Official copy of the following language exam certificates:  
  • Entrance Exam (personally or via Skype)

*Please note: tests have to be taken within a year!

1st semester
Historical and comparative social policy
Social problems and societal responses
Analysis of social income transfers
Programme Evaluation
Social policy and economy
2nd semester
Analysis of Social and other Human Services
Social policy and law
Organizational and Leadership Psychology
3rd semester
Social Problems in Urban and Rural Areas
Integration of theory and praxis in local social policy
Contemporary Methods in Family and Elderly Protection
4th semester
Community Work
Regional and local development policy
Internship (Social Policy Practicum)

If you have any questions about the program, please contact:
Dr. Gábor JUHÁSZ, Ph.D
Associate Professor, program manager 
Ms Viktória Borda
Phone: +36 72 503-600/23542

For further information please contact:
international coordinator
Phone: + 36 72 501 600/64127; +36 30 186 1686
English website of the Faculty