Social Management (BSc)

University study programme SOCIAL MANAGEMENT (BSc)
Degree (and type) of the programme: University Study Programme
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters), 180 ECTS
Classification: SOK: 7, EOK: 6, EOVK: first level
Mode of study: full-time studies, part-time studies
Place of studies: Nova Gorica (full-time and part-time) and Ljubljana (part-time)
Professional title: BSc in Social Management

Social problems and challenges never rest and they never run out. Functioning of democratic societies, the rule of law, the knowledge society, migration, cultural diversity, discrimination, stereotyping, poverty, hunger, unemployment, the right to work, victimization, mobbing, sexual harassment, domestic violence, abuse, online security, addiction, pollution, health care, euthanasia, abortion, genetic engineering, stress, emotional distress, anxiety, depression etc. These are just few examples from a long list of challenges, that people and contemporary societies are facing.

Are you creative? Empathic? Analytical? Want to become a manager with a sense of fellow human beings and society? Want to co-create a better future?

The BSc Social Management programme develops analytical skills for comprehending complex situations in human relationships. This allows for better designing, planning, decision making, leadership, coordination, allocation of organizational resources, supervision and critical evaluation of the implementation of activities in the organization. The Social Manager is distinguished by a great sense and responsibility for fellow humans.

The Social Manager (BSc) applies practical, innovative and sustainable approaches, whether working in the field of education, health care, social care, human rights, workers’ rights, economic development, agriculture or ecology.

NO TUITION FEE even for the foreign students (terms apply)! 
FREE studies are available also for individuals who are employed.

Enrolment as full time student/without paying the tuition fee is possible for candidates who:

  • haven`t already used the option of up to two regular enrolments at the same level of study (if the candidate was previously enroled at another faculty)
  • haven`t completed the same level of study yet



Enrolment into the 1st year

The following individuals may enrol into the first year of study programme Social Management:

  • A) Anyone who has completed matura examination,
  • B) Anyone who has completed the vocational matura examination in the corresponding programme for obtaining secondary professional education in the same professional field, and the exam in one of the relevant subjects at matura examination(the selected subject should not be the one that the candidate already passed at the vocational matura examination),
  • C) Anyone who has graduated from any 4-years secondary school programme before 01.06.1995.

Enrolment requirements are also fulfilled by those who have completed equivalent education abroad.

A corresponding programme for obtaining secondary professional education from the same professional field referred to the point B) is considered as a programme that belongs to Field 03 according to the Klasius-P-16 classification.

The relevant subjects at matura examination referred to at the point B) are:
English, Economics, Philosophy, French, Geography, Greek, Italian, Italian as a Second Language, Latin, Hungarian as a Second Language (Bilingual Slovenian-Hungarian general high school ), German, Psychology, Computing, Russian, Slovenian as a Second Language ( bilingual Slovenian-Hungarian general high school), Slovenian as a second language (general high school with Italian learning language in the ethnically mixed area of Slovenian Istria), Sociology, Spanish, History.


SASS may limit the enrolment if the number of applications s significantly exceeds the number of available vacancies. In the case of limited enrolment, the candidates from paragraphs A and C are selected according to the criteria of acquired points based on the overall score in the third and fourth year of school(40% points), and the overall success at the matura examination or professional exam (60% points). Candidates indicated in paragraph B will be selected based on the overall success at the vocational matura examination (40% points), overall success in the third and fourth year of school  (40% points), and success at the matura subject exam (20% points).

Differential exams in the undergraduate study program Social Management are FREE!

Enrolment into the 2nd year according to the criteria for transitions

Progress directly into the second year of the study programme of Social Managementis possible for:

  • Graduates who have successfully completed a post-secondary professional programme (višješolski strokovni), adopted after the 01.01.1994, if they meet the conditions for the enrolment into a university study programme.

Graduates of similar programmes in the field of social sciences, business administration and legal sciences can enrol without differential exams, Graduates of other programmes must pass the differential exams in the range of 12 credits (ECTS) at the following courses: The Dynamics of Contemporary Society (6 credits) and Social Science Methodology (6 credits.

  • Candidates who (due to transition) enrol on the basis of recognized exams previously passed in other (Bologna) study programmes of the same level.

Enrolment into the 3rd year according to the criteria for transitions

Progress directly into the third year of the study programme Social Management is possible for:

  • A) Graduates who have successfully completed post-secondary (višješolski) education programmes adopted before 01.01.1994, if they meet the conditions for the enrolment into a university study programme.*
  • B) Graduates who have successfully completed higher – BA (visokošolski) or university – BSc (univerzitetni) education programmes adopted before 11.6. 2004 if they meet the conditions  for the enrolment into a university study programme.*
  • C) Graduates of (Bologna) higher and university education programmes at first level, if they  meet the conditions for the enrolment into a university study programme.*
  • D)  Candidates who (due to transition) enrol on the basis of recognized exams previously passed in other (Bologna) study programmes of the same level.*

*Graduates in the fields of social sciences, business, administration and legal sciences can enrol without differential exams. All the others must pass differential exams in the range of 24 ECTS at the following courses: Dynamics of Contemporary Society, Social Science Methodology, Business Economics and Qualitative Methodology.

Candidates who completed the equivalent education abroad also meet the requirements to enrol into the studies. For more specific information on the enrolment of foreign citizens, please contact Students Office –


Enrollment information and application deadlines for the academic year 2024/25 are published on the link.

For more information contact Students office:
Phone: +38659073461

You can also visit our staff in person at the address Gregorčičeva ulica 19 in Nova Gorica, every Monday and Wednesday from 9.00 am to 11.00 am and every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm.


SASS has acquired a state concession for the Social Management (BSc) programme, therefore, the studies are FREE of charge within the scope of available enrolment places. 

If you do not meet requirements for full-time studies any longer (you have already used the option of up to two regular enrolments or you have changed the study programme), you have to enrol into the part-time programme, in which case the tuition amounts 2.799.00 EUR

Terms of payment: Tuition fee can be paid as a single payment or in instalments (from 1 to 5 instalments) with the following due dates: at the time of enrolment; at the latest on 30.11.; at the latest on 31.1.; at the latest on 31.3.; at the latest on 31.5. of the current academic year. In the case of payment of tuition fees in installments, an increased tuition fee is charged for each installment in the amount of the administrative cost of processing the installment payment, which amounts to EUR 30.00.

*PLEASE NOTICE: candidates who are non-EU citizens have to pay the full tuition fee by the time of enrolment (payment in instalment is not possible).

**Payment in installments is possible for citizens from Slovenia and other EU Member States and EEA members. Foreigners from non-EU and non-EEA countries must pay the whole tuition fee by the time of the enrollment. In case of payment of tuition fee in installments, the administrative costs of processing the installment payment in the amount of EUR 30.00 will be charged for each installment.


University study programme Social Management (BSc) is implemented as a full-time and part-time study. In the part-time study, the organization and timing of lectures, seminars and exercises are adjusted accordingly. For the implementation of contact hours, the faculty also applies various modern forms of information and communication technology (online classroom, etc.).

A study year is implemented in one academic year and divided into two semesters. During the semesters, students attend lectures, seminars and other organized activities. Exams are implemented during (three) examination periods – the winter, summer and autumn examination periods.

Lecture schedule: Studies take place at the School headquarters at Gregorčičeva ulica 19 in Nova Gorica and at the dislocated unit at Leskoškova 9/e in Ljubljana. To the extent that the volume of lectures and exercises is such that not all lectures or exercises can be held during the week, they can exceptionally be held on Saturdays as well.

  • Study location Ljubljana
    lectures and seminars are generally held two to three times a week in the afternoon between 16:00 and 20:15. Other contact hours take place through ICT means.
  • Study location Nova Gorica
    lectures and seminars are generally held in the morning from 09:00 – 13:15 and in the afternoon from 16:00 – 20:15. The pedagogical process is organized with various adaptations in such a way that it can also be performed by students who are employed.

* In exceptional cases (medical emergencies, illness, etc.) we reserve the right to make minor changes.
**In case there are not enough first-time enrolled students at the part-time study location, as specified in the enrollment notice, the faculty may decide to conduct the study in the form of consultations or not to conduct the study.

Implementation of the study process for foreign students: consultations in English are organised for subjects in which at least 1 foreign student is enrolled. When enrolling, foreign students must mark on the enrollment form whether they want consultations in English, and in this case their participation in the consultations is also expected. For foreign students who purchase the above-standard Study+ service, recordings of the consultations will be available, as long as at least 1 student will participate in the consultations. In addition to consultations, some subjects require the presence of foreign students at certain other dates of lectures/exercises, of which foreign students are informed in advance in the timetable.

The schedule and materials are available via Web office (spletni referat) or online classroom after the candidate is registered.


By purchasing the STUDY+ package, in addition to the friendly staff at the faculty who are always ready to support you in your studies, you will receive the following benefits or services that will be of great help to you: the possibility of direct participation in most lectures and tutorials via ICT resources (Zoom); the possibility of viewing recordings of most lectures and tutorials throughout the year; the possibility of taking exams via ICT tools (Zoom or Moodle online classroom). The package costs 399eur* (*per academic year) and is ordered and paid in a one-time amount upon enrollment or at any time during the year.

You can obtain the list of subjects that require obligatory physical presence despite purchasing the Study+ package on the following email address:


The study program Social Management (BSc) consists of 30 credits (ECTS) per semester, which means 60 ECTS per year. The programme lasts three years and the student must obtain 180 ECTS in order to complete the studies.

Strategic Planning6
Public Relations6
Project Management6
Lobbying and Negotiating Techniques6
Elective Course 36
Elective Course 46
Entreprenurial Venture6
Research Project6
The (new) curriculum includes changes to the study program adopted at the Senate session that took place on 14 November 2019. The new curriculum applies to all students. The previous curriculum is NO LONGER RUNNING (PREVIOUS CURRICULUM).
Explanation of acronyms:
  • ECTS – European Credit Transfer System


Knowledge assessment is part of the study process of teaching and learning, and it takes place during the course of the study process (after the first semester) and after the completion of the individual courses of the study programme (after the second semester). At the same time, students are expected to  pass ongoing activities. The intention and objective of knowledge assessment is to acquire regular and quality information about how students are achieving the planned general and course-specific competences, and obtain information on the achievement of the goals of the study programme.

The method of knowledge assessment and grading is determined for each individual course and specified in its syllabus. They are adjusted to verify the achieved objectives at individual courses, anticipated achievements of the study, and development of general and subject-specific competencies. Methods of knowledge assessment and grading vary because of different teaching methods, which ensure criteria of validity, reliability and objectivity, but also take into account the quality of the structure and organization of knowledge.

  • Assess knowledge and skills of students,
  • Assess output produced in the course of the study work,
  • Offer quality feedback on the progress and achieved results, aiming to motivate students to acquire additional knowledge and skills,
  • Enable integration into continuing education, and
  • Obtain data for the evaluation of conducted pedagogical work.

Criteria for knowledge assessment is based on the objectives of the study programme and anticipated achievements of students, identified in individual syllabuses. Students are informed about elements of knowledge assessment and grading criteria in written form, as part of the curriculum, and at the start of each course (at the beginning of each semester). Moreover, the higher education lecturer informs students on the syllabus of the course, study obligations, shares of individual components of knowledge assessment that contribute to the final grade at the course, and relevant literature.

  • Colloquiums,
  • Oral exams,
  • Written exams,
  • Seminar papers or essays,
  • Oral presentations,
  • Practical assignments or portfolio, journals,
  • Solving real problems (case studies),
  • Projects, peer reviews,
  • A written report on professional practice,
  • Diploma thesis.


To progress from the first to the second year, the student must acquire at least 45 ECTS from the first year.

To progress from the second into the third year, the student must meet all the requirements from the first year and acquire at least 45 ECTS from the second year.

The student cannot progress to the next year if he/she did not pass the differential exams.

Exceptionally, students can enrol in the next year, even if all the requirements set by the study programme for enrolment in the next year were not met , if he/she has justifiable reasons, such as maternity, paternity, prolonged illness, exceptional family and social circumstances, participation at top professional, cultural and sports events, or when the status is granted in accordance with the valid statute. The Dean decides on the enrolment from the previous paragraph on the basis of the proposal of the Committee for Study and Student Affairs.

  • for a student who completes a first-cycle study program at the end of the academic year in which he/she completed his/her studies,
  • if the student does not complete the study in the first or second cycle study program within 12 months after the end of the last semester,
  • if he/she does not enroll in the next year or semester during his studies,
  • if he/she withdraws,
  • if it has been excluded.

Seniority (absolventski staž), or an additional year, is a term that applies to the time after the end of the last semester, when the student may retain his/her status, if he/she did not graduate. The student asserts this right by enrolling into additional year or the Seniority. The student may use this right only immediately after finishing the last semester, provided that:

  • He/she does not graduate at the study programme of the first level within 12 months after the end of the last semester (unless the student repeated the year during the study or changed the study programme or module – then his/her status is ceased at the end of the last semester).

Student who has previously studied in another study programme of the same or higher level at a higher education institution in the Republic of Slovenia or abroad may, prior to the start of studies or during studies, apply for the recognition of exams which are equivalent (in content and scope) to those exams that he/she already passed. SASS many also recognize the knowledge that corresponds to the learning contents of the courses in the enrolled study programme, and has been acquired in different forms of education. Recognition of knowledge and skills acquired prior to the enrolment is decided by the course holder upon a written request of the student (completed form), attached certificates or other documents proving the successfully acquired knowledge as well as the content and scope of this knowledge and the student’s input. The exam may be recognized in full, in part or is not recognized. The commission for Study and Student affairs decides on the recognition of elective courses that are not implemented at the faculty.


Students of the university study programme Social Management (BSc) obtain the following general competences and course-specific competences.

  • The knowledge and understanding of social processes and the ability to perform analysis, synthesis and prediction of solutions and their consequences in relation to these processes;
  • Master research methods, procedures and processes in the field of social sciences;
  • The development of critical and self-critical assessment;
  • The ability of a flexible application of knowledge in practice;
  • Understanding the importance of quality, and striving for quality professional work through autonomy, (self-) criticism, (self-) reflection and (self-) evaluation in the professional work;
  • Sensitivity to the human and social environment, and development of communication abilities and skills, especially communication in an international environment;
  • Ethical reflection and commitment to professional ethics in the social environment with respect to the principle of non-discrimination and multiculturalism;
  • The ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations to work in a group and with other users and groups (local communities, public administration organizations, industry, non-governmental organizations), and the ability of tolerant dialogue;
  • The ability to identify and exploit the opportunities offered in the working and social environment (which are expressed as the entrepreneurial spirit and active citizenship).
  • The knowledge and understanding of the justification and history of the development of core social science disciplines (profession), namely, in the fields of sociology, political science, communication science, economics and management, social informatics, jurisprudence, social statistics, and qualitative methods;
  • The ability to solve specific social and occupational problems by using social science scientific methods and procedures;
  • The ability to connect coherent mastery of fundamental knowledge acquired at compulsory courses and their application in practice;
  • The ability of acquisition, selection, evaluation, and placement of new information, and the ability of interpretation in the context of social sciences;
  • The ability of interdisciplinary approach, which is reflected as an understanding of a general structure of social sciences and the connection between its various disciplines and sub-disciplines;
  • The understanding and application of the method of critical analysis and development of theories, as well as their application in solving specific social and work problems;
  • The development of abilities and skills in the application of knowledge in the field of social sciences by means of solving theoretical and empirical problems;
  • The ability to use information-communication technologies and systems in the field of social sciences;
  • Organizational and management skills in organizations, upon understanding individual values and collective value systems, and management of professional ethical issues;
  • Organizational and management skills for the organization of active and independent work;
  • Communicating with experts from various fields of economic and social life as well as with various interest groups;
  • Understanding the relationships between individuals, organizations, and social environment, the ability of complex system observation and action;
  • The knowledge and understanding of the theoretical background of analytical and counselling work (the transfer of knowledge to the user);
  • The planning and management of changes with the creation of a comprehensive assessment of a situation in an organization or social environment, by taking into account various factors.


Conditions for the completion of the studies: In order to finish the studies, student has to successfully complete all study obligations prescribed by the  study programme in the range of 180 credits (ECTS).

The student who enrols into the second year of the Social Management (BSc) programme after graduating from a university study programme adopted after 01.01.1994, must complete all prescribed differential exams and regular study obligations from the second and third year  in the range of minimum 120 ECTS credits.

The student who enrols into the third year after graduating from a post-secondary education programme adopted before 01.01.1994, must complete all prescribed differential exams and regular study obligations from the third year in the range of minimum 60 ECTS credits.


In addition to applied knowledge, the university study programme Social Management also enables the acquisition of conceptual and analytical knowledge for in-depth understanding and planning in complex situations. Thereby, it represents an excellent foundation for more demanding as well as managerial positions in public, non-governmental and private sector organizations.

Social managers work in the fields of education, health, social protection, human rights, workers’ rights, economic development, agriculture, ecology and related fields


* EXPLANATION: On 14 November 2019, the Senate adopted a decision on changing the name of the study programme, from the name “Applied Social Studies” to the name “Social Management”. A decision was also adopted to change the professional title of graduates from the professional title “Social Science Graduate ” to the professional title “Graduate of Social Management”.