Master in Social and Health Care Services, Development and Management

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences offers a master’s degree Master in Social and Health Care Services, Development and Management.

Degree: Master in Social and Health Care Services, Development and Management
Length of studies: 90 ECTS Credits, 1.5–2 years

The Master in Social and Health Care Services, Development and Management degree programme at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK) is a forward-thinking, multidisciplinary online programme designed to equip professionals with the skills needed to lead and innovate in the health and social services sectors.

The programme aims to address the needs of the global workforce and is constructed around SeAMK’s strong expertise in the social and health care field. It is the second international master’s programme offered by SeAMK to bring more multidisciplinary international experts into the SeAMK community. The degree programme trains strong developers and leaders for expert and managerial positions in the social and health care sectors.

The studies will start in the autumn of 2025.

The best university for our students

The success of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK) as a university valued by students continues in the 2023 results of the nationwide graduation feedback survey (AVOP), where SeAMK ranked second. This adds to an impressive streak over the past five years, during which SeAMK has secured three consecutive first-place positions and one third-place ranking. According to the graduates of both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, SeAMK has the best learning environments and working life connections in Finland. In teaching, studying, study satisfaction, study support services, and feedback and evaluation, SeAMK ranked second. The ranking in the top three also came in career counselling and thesis. In this nationwide survey, students evaluate and give feedback on completed studies. (Source:

How to apply?

You can always find upcoming application periods on Admissions page. Information on eligibility (who may apply), admission criteria and the application form can be found on Studyinfo website. 

Content of the degree programme

The 90 ECTS credit programne is designed for studies lasting in 1.5–2 years, focusing on development and management with a global perspective. Intake is sixty students starting every other year. The programme requires a bachelor’s degree in the social and/or health care field (EQF level 6) and two years of work experience in the field after the bachelor’s degree.

The expert content of the programme includes:

  • Research and development skills
  • Leadership skills and entrepreneurship
  • Digitalisation
  • Expertise in the global social and health care environment


The programme’s curriculum includes:

  • Advanced Professional Studies (30 ECTS)
  • Research methods (15 ECTS)
  • Thesis (30 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (15 ECTS)

Teaching methods

The teaching methods incorporate the participants’ own experiences and perspectives on leadership and development in social and health care sector from different countries into learning tasks, building shared understanding around theory from a global perspective.

The programme utilses simulation learning, diverse online teaching methods, group discussions, and learning tasks linked to one’s own work/organisation. The digital aspect is included in both learning materials and the learning environment, with teaching conducted online.

City of Seinäjoki – Entrepreneurial, active, and affordable city for students

The SeAMK Campus is located in the Frami area of the city of Seinäjoki. There students from all faculties of SeAMK can interact and enjoy one of the most modern and beautiful campuses in Finland. Student housing and the city center are a convenient walking distance from the campus. The Frami area is also home to several high-tech companies, which helps you get familiar with your future employers.

The fast-growing city of Seinäjoki is the heart of the South-Ostrobothnia region in the western part of Finland and is easily accessible via public transportation through major routes. Even though the capital of Helsinki is less than three hours away by train, choosing to stay and live comfortably in Seinäjoki can be much more convenient and affordable.

FINEEC Excellence. The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) has awarded SeAMK the Quality Label for Excellence in higher education for enhancement work of an exceptional quality.