MSSc On Campus

Comparative Social Policy and Welfare

Johannes Kepler University Linz

24 months
726 EUR/year
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What is your understanding of justice? Why is there more inequality in the USA than in Scandinavia? As a student in the Comparative Social Policy and Welfare Master's degree program at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, you will focus on learning more about the socio-political challenges of our time.


You will conduct research in social policy fields and welfare state systems from a comparative perspective. You immerse yourself in their theories and concepts. All of this makes you an expert in the production and distribution of social wealth.

The  Comparative Social Policy and Welfare Master's degree program at the Johannes Kepler University Linz enables you to independently conduct research, provide consulting services and system development in an international context. You learn to develop solutions to meet the socio-political challenges of the future.

The joint Master's degree program takes place together with our partners at Tampere University (Finland). "Intensive Programs" at the beginning of each semester will take place at your home university and at our partner university in Finland. Afterwards, you will complete courses via distance learning modules that are mainly based on e-learning platforms.

Your Benefits

  • Expertise in European social policy and welfare States
  • Study programs abroad and international experience 
  • Advanced language skills
  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Intercultural communication skills.

Job Opportunities

  • Social research areas
  • Applied sciences
  • Austrian, European, international organizations and cooperative programs
  • Projects and programs in the field of social policy
  • NGO’s and non-profit organizations
  • Public services
  • Public relations

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Conceptual Approaches to the Comparative Study of Welfare Production
  • National Systems of Welfare Production
  • Empirical Research Methodology and Methods
  • Electives on Well-Being and Welfare Production in a Globalizing World
  • Internship
  • Master's Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application Form
  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Full Transcripts of Records (translated)

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    726 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 363 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.

€726.72 for third-country nationals

Living costs for Linz

864 - 1089 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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