Institute of Educational Sciences and Social Work

Institute of Educational Sciences and  Social Work

Institute of Education Science and Social Work was founded in 2013 and unites two departments and one institute - Department of Social Work, Department of Sociology and Institute of Educology.

Graduates holding a degree in Sociology often find employment as researchers, consultants, or administrators in sales and marketing companies, as well as educational, governmental or non-profit organizations. Sociology is a broad science, covering many different disciplines, that's why it is useful in many varied facets of the job market.
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The joint study programme Social Work with Children and Youth

The frame of programme - expanded interdisciplinary graduate studies to broaden student competences in following study fields: social work, social policy and education studies.

The content of joint master study programme is organized to increase everyone‘s ability to take part in lifetime studies and provide possibilities for foreign students study together in different cultural and academic environment. Seeking to prepare high competence social work professionals who are able to work with children and youth in multicultural level, evaluate their professional activities, project and arrange their activity development possibilities.

Benefits of the program will foster a creative and innovation-modern society, able to not only create, but also to critically analyze the impact of professional practice the quality of education, to initiate new and effective social work with children and young people strategies for the application of creative development.

Study programme


The goal of the programme - to develop masters with high personal and professional competence in social work that will be able to work in an intercultural level with children and youth, do research while analyzing children and youth social problems; will be able to organize social work and provision of services, finding the most effective solutions to these problems, moreover – will be able to continually reflect on, evaluate their professional activities and provide these opportunities for performance improvement.

In order to achieve the final goal and objectives of the programme, the programme foresees to prepare professional social work specialists working with children and youth, who will be able to:

Apply knowledge. To integrate theoretical knowledge and practical experience adopting democratic principles and empowering methods of social work theories and practice in social work with children and youths; to develop and evaluate their professional knowledge and skills targeted in personal training plan and career development, to analyse and apply innovation in professional activities.

Carry out research. To carry out relevant quantitative and qualitative research, to do qualified analysis of children and youth issues and to use the best available scientific knowledge as one basis for guiding professional interventions combined with professional ethical standards and practice wisdom.

Develop Special abilities. To ensure that children and youths are provided services within the context of cultural understanding and competence; to advocate for resources and system reforms that will improve services for children and youths; to promote collaboration in supporting, enhancing, and delivering effective services; and actively engage older youths in addressing their needs.

Develop Social abilities. To ensure the safety and well-being of children and youths through evidence-based practices; to provide assessment, support, counseling, resource coordination, and advocacy for children, youths and their families.

Develop Personal abilities. To plan personal learning and career process, pursue the personal and professional growth continuously building their knowledge and skills to provide the most current, beneficial, and culturally appropriate services to children, youths, and families and apply innovations in their professional activities.

Career prospects

Programme graduates, as qualified social work with children and youth specialists, will be able to realize their career tasks:
  • in children and youth day centres especially working with children and youth from social risk families;
  • in juvenile justice institutions as providers of social services for delinquent children and youth.
  • in implementing youth policy in municipalities.
  • in improving quality of social work with migrants
  • in developing career guidance services for children and youth.
  • in developing universal multifunctional centres.

The graduates may continue in doctoral studies and seek academic careers in national or foreign universities and research institutions.   



Admission requirements

The prerequisite for admission to the Master’s Programme is the successful completion of a first degree program in Social Policy, Sociology, Social Work, Social Economy, Political Sciences or an equivalent degree in Economic Sciences or in some other discipline of social sciences concerned with the field of the master’s degree program (BA or document equivalent of the first degree).

Applicants eligible for the Programme must be the holders of Bachelor’s degree/1 st Cycle or of the equivalent University level higher education degree in the field of Social sciences. Graduates from other fields of studies can be admitted if their completed education is assessed by the Universities (Programme Committee) as equivalent/sufficient. A good command of the English language for academic purposes is necessary (at least B2/C1 proficiency level under the Common European Framework).

Recruitment of students shall be carried out by all Universities, using, amongst other things, the channels of communication that are used for recruiting students for national programs.

Students can apply either to MRU or partner University. All applicants shall be selected by the Commission of Admissions in the University to which they apply.

Selected candidates shall be informed about the enrollment to the University to which they applied by the Commissions of Admissions.

Every selected candidate shall confirm his or her intention to study under the Program by concluding a study agreement with the University.

Registration and tuition fees are regulated and charged by the University to which a student is admitted (hereinafter “Home University”). The Responsible Units shall inform each other about the results of student’s admission in their Universities in writing within two weeks after the end of the admission process.

Other selection criteria (e.g. qualified degree, marks etc.). As per reviewed Order of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania „On general requirements for study programmes“ No. ISAK-1152, 12/06/2007, Item 9, the Law on Higher Educational Institutions (2011) of Latvia and decision of the Programme Committee, students without University Bachelor’s degree in social work are required to complete compensatory studies to insure sufficient knowledge and skills for successful Master’s degree studies.

In this degree program, graduates are accepted with social sciences in university undergraduate studies. Students who have not completed the first stage of social work degree are given additional compensation of 18 cr. studies (Theory and Practice of Social Work (General), Methodology of Social Work (General) and Social Consulting). These requirements apply to both universities offering the program. The compensating subjetcs students must pass in the first semester.

Admission Procedure: Recruitment of the students will be carried out by both Universities using, amongst other things, usual communication channels for recruiting students for the national program. Information of studying and living in Vilnius, Mykolas Romeris University »

Financial support

Due to Lithuania Republic laws, joint degree programs require one semester students mobility during the studies: abroad should be gathered not less than 40% program credits (10% of them can be gathered in distance learning). Every partner university do accreditation of the program as joint degree The study language is English, program will last 1,5 years/3 semesters. Students will spend the first and third semester at MRU and second semester at Rīga Stradiņš University in Ryga, Latvia. The last semester they will have possibility to choose between internship in certain social service institutions for children and youth in Lithuanian and internship in different partner universities: Rīga Stradiņš University, Porto University, Portugal, Prešov University, Slovakia. After successful graduation students will receive Joint degree diploma signed by two rectors and gain the degree in Master in Social Work.

From September 2015 travel and accomodation cost in Latvia will not be covered by project.

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Mykolas Romeris University

Address: Ateities st. 20, LT-08303 Vilnius

Tel.: (+370 5) 271 4625
Fax: (+370 5) 267 6000


Rīga Stradiņš University

Address: 16 Dzirciema Street, Rīga, LV-1007, Latvia,

Tel.: +371 67409262 (UTC +3)


Joint Master’s degree programme “Comparative Social Policy and Welfare” (COSOPO)

Duration and Extent: Two academic years of full-time study, 120 credits

Joint Master's Degree Programme “Comparative Social Policy and Welfare” is jointly organised by three European universities: Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania), University of Tampere (Finland), and Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria). The Programme provides the students an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary societies in Europe. It is based on the strong research tradition on social policy and welfare in social sciences in the Mykolas Romeris University, in the University of Tampere, and in the Johannes Kepler University.

The aim of the Programme is to facilitate the understanding of social policy and welfare in Europe. The Programme focuses on the dynamics of social policy in the countries representing different welfare models and on analyzing different fields of social policies from various perspectives. During the Programme students will learn about comparative designs, and about methodology on qualitative and quantitative social policy studies.

The Curriculum of the Programme combines contact teaching and literature examinations with on-line learning. Most courses start with contact teaching, which takes place during the intensive programmes organized in all partner-universities in turn: Vilnius, Lithuania; Tampere, Finland and Linz, Austria. These two-week intensive programmes bring together the students of all three universities to participate in lectures, seminars and excursions. Students’ participation in the intensive programmes is mandatory. Afterwards the courses continue on-line. In addition, students conduct a Master’s thesis on social policy and welfare issues. Each partner university appoints supervisors for students to guide Master’s thesis writing. At the beginning of the second year of studies, the students are brought together in Master’s thesis seminar during the last intensive programme so that all students can give and receive feedback for their Master’s thesis from each other and from the professors of all three universities.

What will you learn?

Students of the COSOPO Programme will gain knowledge and understanding of comparative and interdisciplinary welfare and social policy research. After the completion of the Programme the students will be able use and accomplish research in the fields of social policy and welfare in countries representing different welfare models. The Programme also offers an excellent opportunity for intercultural communication and learning by combining contact teaching, organized during intensive periods in the three universities, with on-line learning. Upon completing the Programme, students will be able to:

  • understand the European dimension of social policy and welfare

  • engage in an open and critical examination in the fields of social policy and welfare

  • use and accomplish research in the fields of social policy and welfare in the countries representing different welfare models

  • meet the different professional demands in the fields of social policy, welfare, social and welfare statistics, social security systems, labour policy, poverty, gender etc.

  • discuss relevant current literature, approach new scholarship, and critically present in public

  • develop, complete and defend scientific papers

Career opportunities

The Programme aims at improving students' academic credentials and in enhancing their career prospects as highly qualified analysts and applied researchers in national, European and international organisations. Working life connections are realised during the studies, for example, by visits to different types of institutions and/or organizations in Lithuania, Finland, and Austria during the Programme's intensive periods and by a compulsory internship that students must complete as part of the Programme.

The unique profile of the study program secures a high employability rate of graduates. Our graduates work in Lithuania and other member states of the European Union, in international organizations as experts in sociology or in developing social policies. Some of them pursue doctoral studies or academic careers in national or foreign universities and research institutes.


Information for Lithuanian citizens:

For foreign citizens:

Admission criteria:

1. A completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the major subject or in a closely related field.

2. Applicants must have a good command of English for academic purposes (at least B2/C1 proficiency level under the Common European Framework).


Studies complete with the higher education degree „Master in Sociology”. Students get joint diploma, signed by rectors of three European universities. Joint diploma is a proof of a high quality degree that is only possible using the resources of more than one university.

Tuition fees and other expenses

For EU students: 2116 Eur for one academic year.

For Non-EU students: 3120 Eur for one academic year.

The travel and accomodation costs of the intensive programmes are covered by the student. Partner universities suggest the most convenient (nearest to the university) hostels for the reasonable price; students also get significant discounts in the universities‘ restaurants and cafe.

Students have the opportunity to get program‘s Erasmus+ mobility funding and to spend second semester in Tampere and third semester in Linz (the shortest duration of your visit abroad - 3 months). Also you can get Erasmus+ mobility funding for accomplishment of an internship in a chosen foreign country (shortest duration is 2 months).

Information and consultations concerning study program:

Please don’t hesitate to apply to program’s director, dr. Svajonė Mikėnė.

Mykolas Romeris University

Faculty of Social Technologies

Institute of Educational Sciences and Social Work

Ateities st. 20- V-248, Vilnius


2021-2022 S.Y. CALENDARS



Bachelor full-time studies 2022 - 2023 academic year, autumn and spring semester
Master full-time studies 2022-2023 academic year, autumn and spring semester

Bachelor degree

Social Work and Legal Fundamentals study programe (Social Work and Human Rights specialization)

III course 2022 - 2023 spring semester

Master degree

JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS (in cooperation with Riga Stradins University, Latvia)


Social Work with Children and Youth


2022-2023 autumn semester
 Address: Ateities g. 20 LT-08303 Vilnius
Ph.: (370 5) 271 4530
Director:  prof. dr. Valdonė Indrašienė
Room: V-253
Ph.: (370 5) 271 4606
 Deputy Director:  assoc. prof. dr. Asta Railienė
Room: V-253
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 Manager:  Albina Spadavičiūtė
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