The social work master’s programme aims to prepare advanced social workers, capable to act innovatively and ethically in professional and academic fields; to use theories, practice methods of social work and supervision; to intervene in various professional fields; to initiate and implement social work research and social programs, and to support policies that promote social justice and human rights.
Upon completion of the programme the students will have acquired the following competencies:
- Systemize theoretical approaches about changes and perspectives of social work theories paying a special attention to critical and social constructionism paradigms substantiating application of innovative social work practice methods and interventions in professional contexts and creation of new social services and programmes.
- Design and conduct applied and comparative researches of social work practice and its context using quantitative and qualitative research methodologies for substantiating solutions with arguments and making assumptions for installation of innovations and its control in micro, mezzo, and macro levels for an implementation of human rights and social justice.
- Establish the suitability / appropriateness and effectiveness of intervention, developing ethical changes enabling social worker and client interactions, using specialized methods of work with individuals, families, and/or groups in unpredictable, complex situations with consideration to resources and opportunities.
- Initiate the creation and development of innovative social services projects, programmes and/or organizations integrating enabling innovative principles and methods of organizations control and interdisciplinary collaboration, foreseeing/using local, national and international financial, human and structural resources.
- Summarize analysis outcomes of policy, resource and social structure links preparing recommendations for social policy improvement, social services and sustainable social development in the aspect of comparative social policy.
- Substantiate human rights standards and importance of social work values for development empowering social services innovations.
- Associate and convincingly convey professional information communicating and collaborating with social work specialists, recipients and other professions representatives ethically influencing and responsibly presenting relevant questions of social work professional and academic fields.
- Critically assess one’s and others further individual learning and application of innovative social work professional knowledge together with practical and research methods, reflecting professional and learning experience and its impact to social welfare.
Graduates of the program will be able to pursue many different career options, from academia to different levels of social work practice. Graduates of the program continue their career as a social worker, working in a variety of settings within a framework of relevant legislation and procedures, supporting individuals, families and groups within the community. Their may work in the premises of various public sector and voluntary organizations, medical settings,
schools and etc. Social workers tend to specialize in supporting either children and families, young people and vulnerable adults. Graduates might also work with the following groups: the elderly, people with learning and physical disabilities, young offenders, people with mental health conditions, drug and alcohol abusers, the homeless. Graduates might seek academic career and continue studies on doctoral level in social work, sociology, education and other social science programs of doctoral studies.
In the end of the studies students have to prepare and to defend their MA Thesis.
Complementary studies programme consists of the subjects from Bachelor social work study programme. Volume of the complementary programme is individualized and depends on the volume and structure of graduated programme by the candidate and his/her practical experience.
Feedback of lecturers and students
“According to the Global Definition of Social Work, the social work is a guided by social justice and human rights. The dignity of a person and individually tailored support to a person, family empowerment and strengthening of the community, promotion of public advocacy for human rights are at the heart of our Program”.
MA program director Prof. Jonas Ruškus, the disability-rights expert of the United Nations.
“The program is unique by its harmony between advanced social work theory, practice methods and research methodologies“.
Assoc. Prof. Rasa Naujanienė.
“I have had a wonderful experience so far on the master program of social work. My Lecturers have all been amazing and ever supportive. Their teaching methods have been excellent and flexible. I have also integrated well and made new friends both locally and internationally. I do not regret choosing Vytautas Magnus University. Thank you.”
Halimah Balogun, first year MA program student.
“As an Erasmus student having experienced another setting or school, I can categorically say that the Social Work program in VDU can boast of being at par with its counterpart in other notable universities in the contemporary era. The academic program is well streamlined with engaging, meaningful content that enables students’ achievements. Another applaudable action carried out by the department is the partnership course with the American Loyola University being offered. It is quite enriching and drives international orientation. The Department is blessed with experienced and professional Academic (Lecturers) as well as the Non-Academic staff (The Administrator and ERASMUS Coordinator) who are always available to attend to the students. The Department Head dedicated and quite passionate about teaching and this is replicated by her team.“
Judith Ngozi Okike, second year MA program student.
- Bachelor degree diploma in the field of Social Science
- Motivation letter
- Proof of English Language: applicant has to present document proving B2 level (TOEFL 87-109 iBT/534-633 PBT, IELTS 5-6,5, Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage, Michigan ECCE, PTE General Level 3, TOEIC Listening & Reading 785, TOEIC Speaking & Writing 310) if the applicant is not native speaker and/or had not received education in English
- Admission score is counted based on: Arithmetic average of bachelor degree diploma supplement all subjects* 0,5 + Evaluation of bachelor thesis or final examination* 0,2 + Interview* 0.3.