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Catholic Welfare Studies and Ethics

Master of Arts (M.A.)

What am I allowed to do? What should I do? What must I do?
With the study of Caritas Science you will immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary theological discipline that brings students and teachers from a wide range of scientific disciplines into an interdisciplinary dialogue in teaching and research. Under the heading of ethics, you will discuss the question of balancing what is technically feasible with what is humanly meaningful, the moral.
Engage with the most fundamental questions of life - with a degree in Caritas Science and Ethics at the University of Freiburg.


To successfully study Caritas Science and Ethics at the University of Freiburg, you should...

  • Have a bachelor's degree in theology, religious studies, social sciences, humanities, law, economics, or a comparable field of study.
  • want to deal with values, norms and morals.
  • are able to critically question facts and conflicts of the modern world.
  • enjoy argumentation, communication and interdisciplinary exchange.
Language of instruction:

German, if necessary English

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

with special prerequisites for admission
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

with special prerequisites for admission according to admission regulations

Please note: University admission requirements may change up to the start of the application period.

Application period: First semester: 1 June - 15 September
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: 1 June - 30 September, Summer Semester: 1 December - 31 March
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Theology

The Master Program Caritas Science and Ethics is research oriented and consecutive. Caritas Science does theological and interdisciplinary research in and reflects on theory and practice of Caritas and other organizations of public, free and private social welfare. Christian Social Ethics offers the framework of theories of justice for basic and situational questions of social ethics. The program serves the students to acquire of specific knowledge and competences in the fields of theology and related disciplines. Students acquire and improve caritas scientific and ethical competences (both individual and social ethics) as well as communicative skills. In addition, the interdisciplinarilly organized program offers knowledge and competences as to theory and practice of social work as well as law and management in the social field. It enables students to do research in this field empirically as well as conceptionally in this field on theological and interdisciplinary bases.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Program Coordination, ERASMUS-Representative
Silke Trötschel
Theologische Fakultät
Gartenstr. 30 (2. OG)
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-2031
Fax: +49 761-2046

Montag 14:30-15:30 Uhr und Donnerstag 10-11 Uhr, sowie nach Vereinbarung per E-Mail.

Examination Office

Gartenstraße 30, 2. OG
79098 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-2058
Fax: +49 761 203-2046

Dennis Brenner
(Prüfungsverwaltung, Verwaltung Lizentiatsstudiengang, Lehrveranstaltungsmanagement)
Tel.: +49 761 203-2105