Cookie settings

When you visit any website, that website may store or retrieve information about your browser, especially in the form of cookies. This information may relate to you, your preferences, your device, or it can be used to make the site work as you expect. This information usually doesn't identify you directly, but it allows you to get more personalized online content. In these settings, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies. Click on the category headings to learn more and change your default settings. However, you should be aware that blocking certain cookies may affect your experience with the site and the services we may offer you.More info

Manage cookie settings

Necessary cookies

Always active

These cookies are necessary to ensure the functionality of the website and cannot be turned off in our systems. They are usually set up only in response to activities you perform that constitute a service-related request, such as setting privacy preferences, signing in, or filling out forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you to such cookies, in which case some parts of the site may not work.

Performance cookies

These cookies allow us to determine the number of visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us identify which sites are the most and least popular, and see how many visitors are moving around the site. All information that these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not enable these cookies, we will not know when you visited our site.

Overview of Guaranteed Study Programmes

FACULTY OF EDUCATION (FE), MATEJ BEL UNIVERSITY (MBU)  
Ružová Street, No. 13, 974 11 Banská Bystrica, P. O. Box 43, Slovak Republic
  048/446 4111         http://www.pdf.umb.sk
 
Study department contacts: 
ivona.bajsova@umb.sk         048/4464248
romana.duchlanska@umb.sk   048/4464267
janka.korcokova@umb.sk   048/4464264
marian.lakomcik@umb.sk            048/4464262
 
Deadlines for submission of applications:  
May 1, 2024, to May 31, 2024,  The extraordinary committee 29. April 2024 decided to extend  
                                                         the submission of applications from in the following study   
                                                        programs: 
 
1st Degree, Education and Training of Children, Youth, and Adults (full-time) 
1st Degree, Education and Training of Children, Youth, and Adults (part-time) 
2nd Degree, Management and Counseling in Education (full-time) 
2nd Degree, Management and Counseling in Education (part-time) 
1st Degree, Evangelical Theology and Mission (full-time) 
2nd Degree, Evangelical Theology (full-time)
 
 
 2st round of applications:
1 May to 31 May 2024 - for the 1st level of higher education, where talent tests are held (Teaching of Psychology and Teaching of Physical Education)
 
Dates of entrance examination  
1st round of the entrance examination:
15 April 2024 to 26 April 2024 - practical - talent part: 1st degree of study  (Teaching of Psychology and Teaching of Physical Education)
12th – 14th June 2024  - written part 1. and 2. degree in full-time and external form of study   
20th – 21th June 2024  - PhD. Studies (internal and external studies)  
 
2nd round of the entrance examination:
1 July 2024 to 4 July 2024 - practical - talent part: 1st cycle of studies (study programme Teaching of  Psychology and Teaching of Physical Education)
The specific requirements for the talent tests are published at: www.ftvsz.umb.sk. 
 
Based on the decision of the faculty management, the 2nd phase for submitting applications for selected study bachelor and master programms may be announced.  
 
Open days: 
November 2023 
February 2024 
The specific date will be specified on the website of the faculty and the MBU. 
 
 
Fee for the admission procedure: 
35 € in case of sending only printed application form for Bc, M.A., PhD. 
32 € in case of online application for both full-time and part-time studies.  
After first registering the application in the electronic system of FE MBU at  
https://e-prihlaska.umb.sk/ais/start.dosending, the applicant is obliged to also print this application out and send it to the address: Faculty of Education MBU, Ružová 13, 974 11 Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.  
 
The admission fee must be paid by the applicant or person authorized by him/her by bank transfer no later than last day of deadline for applications. The application for study without a paid fee in the fixed amount will not be accepted. 
 
Information about payment for admission procedure (also on: www.platby.umb.sk):  
 
1.     Fee payment from EU countries 
Name of the account: Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici 
Name & address of the bank: Štátna pokladnica, Radlinského 32, 810 05 Bratislava 15  
Account number / IBAN: SK75 8180 0000 0070 0009 5590  
SWIFT / BIC: SPSRSKBA   
VS (variable symbol): 7031 (for applicants into Bachelor Program) 
7032 (for applicants into Master Program) 
7033 (for applicants into PhD Program) 
KS (constant symbol): 0308 – cashless payments  
ŠS (specific symbol): identification number (applicants from Slovakia)  
date of birth DDMMYY (foreign applicants) 
Message for recipient: name and surname of the applicant 
 
2.     Payment of the fee through an intermediary bank from outside the EU: 
Name of the account: Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici 
Name & address of the bank: Všeobecná úverová banka, a. s., Mlynské Nivy 1,   
829 90 Bratislava 
Account number / IBAN: SK75 8180 0000 0070 0009 5590 
SWIFT / BIC: SUBASKBXXXX   
VS (variable symbol): 7031 (for applicants into Bachelor Program) 
7032 (for applicants into Master Program) 
7033 (for applicants into PhD Program) 
KS (constant symbol): 0308 – cashless payments  
ŠS (specific symbol): identification number (applicants from Slovakia) 
date of birth DDMMYY (foreign applicants) 
Message for recipient: name and surname of the applicant 
 
Payment of the admission fee must be made by bank transfer by the applicant or his/her authorised person no later than the last day on which the application form can be sent. An application for admission to study without payment of the admission fee in the prescribed amount will not be accepted.
 
Payment by postal order will not be accepted due to the impossibility of identifying the payer in the University's information system.
 
 
The extraordinary committee 29. April 2024 decided to extend the submission of applications from May 1, 2024, to May 31, 2024, in the following study programs: 
 
Faculty  Study Program  Form of study  
(full/part time)  Level of study  Length of study  Place of   
Study  Planned number   
FE MBU Education of Children, Youth and Adults   FT  Bc. 3 Banská Bystrica  20 
FE MBU Evangelical theology and mission  FT  Bc.  3 Banská Bystrica  15 
Total (full-time students of bachelor courses):  35
FE MBU Education of Children, Youth and Adults  PT  Bc.   3  Banská Bystrica  20 
Total (part-time students of bachelor courses):  20
FE MBU Evangelical Theology    FT  M  2  Banská Bystrica  15 
FE MBU Management and Counselling in Education  FT  M  2  Banská Bystrica  20
Total (full-time students of master courses):  35
FE MBU Management and Counselling in Education  PT  M  2  Banská Bystrica  20 
Total (part-time students of master courses):  20
TOTAL (all students):  110
 
ADMISSION PROCEDURE  
 
General information about admission procedure  
The condition for participation in the admission procedure is a completed lower level of education:   
– for admission to Bachelor study programs - completed secondary education with the secondary school leaving examination;  
– for admission to Master study programs - completed Bachelor degree of university education with state examination.  
The these for the admission examination including the extent of required knowledge will be sent by the student administration office of the faculty along with the invitation to the admission examination. In the case of interfaculty teacher study programs, the conditions of admission for the part of the study that is not carried out by PF UMB are formulated and published by the relevant faculty.  
If the applicant wants to apply for more fields of study, respectively, study programs at the Faculty of Education, he/she must submit a separate application for each study program separately and pay a fee for each application. An applicant cannot apply for the same field of study and study program for both full-time and part-time study.  
Applications must contain all the annexes listed in the application instructions on p. 3 and confirmation of payment of the fee (in some study programs the conditions of admission are precisely defined, where it is necessary to document the application, e.g. motivation letter, activity ...). The fee is non-refundable. The Dean decides on alternative or additional dates of the entrance examinations on the basis of the current situation.  
Based on the Amendment to the Act on Higher Education Institutions (č. 137/2022 Z.z.), during an emergency situation, or state of emergency declared in connection with COVID-19, the Ministry of Education determines the method of admission to study of university study in the Slovak Republic - in accordance with the measures of the Public Health Office of the Slovak Republic.  
The study of all programs and forms is carried out in the Slovak language (with the exception of study programs which are accredited with the English language of instruction), therefore it is necessary to master the Slovak language at the B2 level. We recommend that the applicant from abroad check and document his / her mastery of the Slovak language, graduation exam in Slovak language; to submit an ECL certificate, the name of the certification network: the European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages, or Certificate of command of the Slovak language at the B2 level issued by a language school included in the network of schools and school facilities of the Ministry of Education, Science and Research of the Slovak Republic (the list is available on the website https// www.minedu.sk/siet-skol-a -skolskych-zariadenie-slovenskej-republiky /). 
The knowledge of the Slovak language can be verified for foreign applicants by a test and / or an interview in the Slovak language. 
Proof of medical fitness is not required. 
 
The procedure for an applicant´s admission without the documents proving the complete high school education or complete vocational training is:  
 
1. There are the Faculty of Education MBU special conditions and procedures concerned to those ones who have received asylum, or subsidiary protection or temporary refuge:  
– an applicant has to prove the achievement a full/complete high school education or a full/complete vocational education according to § 56 par. 1 of the Act about Higher Education Institutions in a form of the Legal Approval on the Recognition of Evidence of Education by the Regional Office of Education in the Slovak Republic (about obtaining complete high school or secondary vocational education).  
– a study applicant must meet the criteria for faculty study admission.  
– the condition of achieving a complete high school or complete vocational education is possible to prove by a solemn declaration (https://www.pdf.umb.sk/en/students-and-study-programmes/) and by a test taking of general study prerequisites. An applicant´s solemn declaration cannot replace the unfinished high school or vocational education. Neither an applicant´s solemn declaration nor a test of general study prerequisites applies to the applicants for the 2nd Master degree university study level. 
– a test of general study prerequisites, as one of the conditions for the minimum level of admission, is a mandatory part of the admission procedure. The test will be performed by the Faculty of Education MBU, and an applicant will be informed about its form, dates and timing in advance.  
– there is an admission fee. An applicant may apply for this fee remission to the Dean of Faculty of Education MBU.  
– the students who have been guaranteed an asylum, temporary refuge status or subsidiary protection are not obliged to pay this admission fee.  
 
2. Faculty of Education MBU special conditions and procedures in relation to those ones who have not been guaranteed asylum, subsidiary protection or temporary refuge status:  
– submits a Legal Approval on the Recognition of Education diplomas by the Regional Office of Education in the Slovak Republic (about complete high school or vocational education).  
– a study applicant must meet all the study admission conditions stated by the Faculty of Education MBU.  
 
Bachelor study programs 
Officially certified documents of successful completion of the Matura examination (secondary school leaving exam) for admission to bachelor's study programs must be delivered to the study department of PF UMB immediately after its completion.  
 
Master study programs 
Evidence of successful completion of the bachelor's study, including a statement of the weighted study average achieved during the bachelor's study (confirmed by the study department of the faculty where the applicant completed the bachelor's study), must be delivered to the study department of PF UMB.   
 
The principles of conducting entrance examinations apply to full-time and part-time study.  
- The Dean of faculty may, on the basis of the current status of the number of submitted applications for the relevant study program, decide not to take the entrance examinations or any part thereof (eg reduction of criteria). The dean of PF UMB definitively decides on the admission.  
- The basic condition for admission to study is the successful completion of entrance examinations unless the Dean decides otherwise.  
- If the number of applicants for the bachelor's degree exceeds the number admitted to the study program (in the absence of admission interviews), the faculty has the right to select applicants according to the average acquaintance at the school-leaving examination.  
- If the number of applicants for the master's degree exceeds the planned number admitted to the study program (in the absence of admission interviews), it will be admitted based on the results achieved in state examinations in the bachelor's degree and according to the expected number of received.  
- Within 30 days after the end of the entrance examinations, applicants will receive a notification of admission or non-admission to the study. In accordance with the Statute of PF UMB, applicants may appeal against the Dean's decision not to admit to study within 8 days of receiving the notice.  
- In special cases, the decision on admission may be conditional, which, after the completion of a defined condition, will take effect within a specified period. 
- An applicant who does not prove the fulfillment of the basic conditions for admission to the study at the time of verification of the fulfillment of the conditions for admission may be admitted to the study conditionally provided that he / she is required to prove the fulfillment of the basic conditions of admission to the study no later than on the day of enrollment. 
 
Applicants from abroad  
- Applicants who have completed a previous level of education abroad are required by Act no. 422/2015 Coll. on the Recognition of Evidence of Education and on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications and on the Amendment of Certain Acts to submit a recognition of a degree of higher education (degree of education) obtained outside the territory of the Slovak Republic. The decision on the recognition of diplomas must be submitted by the admitted applicant no later than on the day of enrollment.  
- The faculty of education may additionally request documents (a certified copy of the diploma and a supplement to the diploma, or a list of completed courses) to those applicants who do not have a defined study program who have completed the first degree of higher education. The reason is the content comparison of the study program. At the same time, we may request higher verification in justified individual cases.  
 
The entrance examination for individual Bachelor´s study programs   
 
Education of Children, Youth and Adults (Bachelor’s degree) - the basic condition for admission to the studies is the acquisition of a complete secondary education completed by the final school-leaving examination. Admission will be granted to applicants who meet the defined criteria in the following areas: 
1) the result of a written test in pedagogy, psychology, sociology, philosophy, doctrine of society within the scope of the secondary school curriculum and a general overview of current problems of education and training of children, youth and adults in Slovakia;  
2) a personal interview for the motivation letter, where the applicant justifies his/her interest in the study programme, indicates his/her abilities, skills and commitment to work with children, youth and adults in non-formal education;   
3) the average of the grades from the end-of-year assessment for the 1st - 3rd year of secondary school and at the mid-term of the final year of secondary school..  
  
Evangelical Theology and Mission (Bachelor’s degree) - the basic condition for admission to the studies is the acquisition of a complete secondary education completed by the final school-leaving examination. Admission will be granted to applicants who meet the defined criteria in a personal interview, which will test the applicant's knowledge of biblical studies and church history based on the prescribed literature (listed on the department's website) and the applicant's communication skills.
 
The entrance examination for individual Master’s study programs 
 
Management and Counselling in Education (Master’s degree) - the basic condition for admission is the completion of a bachelor's degree programme in the field of study Teaching and Educational Sciences, or another (related) field of study after assessment by the study programme guarantor. Applicants who fulfil the defined criteria in the following areas will be admitted: 
1) the results of an oral interview with the applicant, where the results of previous studies at the first level of higher education and the results of the final bachelor's thesis are ascertained,     
2) the applicant's activities in the portfolio will be evaluated, considering only activities supported by certificates, diplomas, diplomas, or certificates from the organization where the applicant's own activities and involvement in the practice of education and training of children, young people and adults, or seniors, have been carried out.  The following activities will be evaluated: participation in competitions in artistic, sporting, creative and other activities, educational activities and volunteering in the field of work with pre-school and younger school-age children, adults and seniors, involvement in extracurricular activities, study abroad, participation in the DofE programme (Duke of Edinburgh International Prize), or other activities organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Slovak Republic, or other activities organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Slovak Republic, or by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Slovak Republic. Other activities that the admissions committee judges to be relevant to the study programme.
 
Evangelical Theology (Master’s degree) - the basic condition for admission is the completion of a bachelor's degree programme in theology or another (related) field of study after assessment by the programme supervisor. Applicants will be admitted based on the weighted grade point average of their previous studies.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Information about ‘small doctorate’ (called ‘rigorous’) 
The candidate may apply for a ‘small doctorate’ title procedure at the PF UMB in the study program, in which the faculty conducts so called rigorous thesis and exam procedures, leading to awarding the small doctorate title. The exams for the ‘small doctorate’ and defense of the ‘small doctorate’ thesis which is its precondition are governed by Act no. 131/2002 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions and on Amendments to Certain Acts and on the current directive at FE UMB in Banská Bystrica. 
Graduates of the 2nd (Master) degree study programs can take a ‘small doctorate’ examination, which includes the defense of a thesis in the field of study in which they obtained their university degree. By means of this examination and the defense of a thesis, the candidate has to prove on the basis of self-study that he / she has deeper knowledge in his / her field of study and is able to acquire new knowledge of science and practice independently and able to apply the acquired knowledge creatively in practice.  
The Faculty of Education UMB has the right to conduct ‘small doctorate’ examinations and defense of a thesis in the following study programs:  
- Teaching and Pedagogical Sciences; 
- Social Work; 
- Psychology; 
- Theology. 
After defending the thesis and passing an oral exam, the graduates are awarded:  
a) the academic degree ‘Doctor of Education’ (abbreviated to ‘PaedDr.’) in the study programs of the study fields of Teaching and Pedagogical Sciences;  
b) the academic title of Doctor of Philosophy' (abbreviated to ‘PhDr.’) in the study programs of the study fields Social Work and Psychology;  
c) the academic title of ‘Doctor of Theology’ (‘ThDr.’) in the study program of the study field of Theology.  
Full information on ‘small doctorate’ procedures at FE UMB can be found at https://www.pdf.umb.sk/studenti/studujem/rigorozne-konanie.html.  
 
ACCOMMODATION AND CATERING OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS  
 
The students of the Faculty of Education of the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica have the possibility of accommodation in student dormitories. Student canteens provide meals. Information about accommodation will be delivered to the applicant by post, together with the decision on admission to study and other information.  
 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE GRADUATES  
 
Education of Children, Youth and Adults (Bachelor’s degree) - the graduate is ready to work independently as an educator, leisure animator, lecturer-methodologist-consultant in education and a specialist in education. The graduate of the study program can work in schools, school educational facilities (afternoon school clubs, leisure centers, school dormitories), special educational facilities (reeducation centers, medical-educational sanatorium, diagnostic center), special-purpose school facilities (school in nature), social facilities (center for children and families), recreational facilities (tourism facilities), children's camps, social service homes, non-governmental and non-profit organizations working with children and young people in their leisure time (community centers, low-threshold centers), cultural and edification facilities; as a specialist in education in public administration, municipality and state administration, but also for legal entities that provide educational services to clients or provide education and development for their employee; or as a self-employed person in the educational services sector.  
 
Management and Counselling in Education (Master’s degree) - the graduate is ready to work independently as a social pedagogue; specialist in the field of education; methodologist for managing the pedagogical process in schools and school facilities; specialist in the field of education and human resources development at universities; manager, leader, supervisor, consultant, specialist, advisor, tutor, mediator in the field of education; director, manager of employee’s education and development; advisor in the education and development of learning individuals, work teams and organizations. The graduate of the study program can work in schools and school facilities, professional departments for education management in state, public service and self-government, public and private educational organizations, state and private organizations and companies, but also as a self-employed person in the educational services sector. The study is conceived in a modular way, either the student focuses on (1.) social and educational activities for children and youth or on (2.) education and training of youth, adults and seniors.   
 
Social Work (Master’s degree) - the graduate of the master's study program in social work is prepared for the performance of professional activities following Act no. 219/2014 on social work. The graduate of the master's study can work as a social worker, appraisal social worker, social counsellor, counsellor for individuals, couples, and families, a specialist in the field of social and family policy, specialist in the field of employment and labor market, specialist in employment counselling services, specialist of self-government in the social area, social worker protection specialist, social services specialist, social guardianship specialist, director of social and legal guardianship facilities, director of social services facilities, non-profit sector manager, as coordinator of various projects or worker and director in social enterprises. It is prepared for direct work with various target social work groups and the performance of managerial, methodological, conceptual, project, and research activities within the organizations of state administration, self-government, the non-profit sector, and the business sphere.  
 
Evangelical Theology and Mission (Bachelor’s degree) - the graduates of the Evangelical Theology and Mission Bachelor study program are qualified to perform clerical activity primarily in Evangelical church congregations, in organizations focused on education, charity, diaconical, and missionary activity, and serve in churches and non-governmental organizations requiring the Bachelor’s degree, e.g. missionary church posting, mission abroad, Christian kids’ clubs, facilities providing basic subsistence (reception centers, shelters, halfway houses for ex-convicts, low-threshold daily children and family centers, emergency housing, supported housing and social services facilities, prison, police, army, and hospital pastoral care. youth work, daily senior centers, Roma mission, ecumenical activity, Christian publishing houses and biblical societies, Christian diaconical and charity institutions, Evangelism centers, Christian radio, and TV broadcasting, and media activity. The graduates can work in the following areas:   
– Church: deacon, chaplain, assistant priest, catechist, parish priest, spiritual administrator, parish administrator, consenior, senior, clerical member of the church management, the highest representative of the church and religious society in the Slovak Republic, church organisation manager expert in the area of church-state relationships, expert in religious studies, a leading representative of an association, manager of a non-profit organisation. Preacher under a registered evangelical church, spiritual administrator of a church congregation, manager of a facility operated by the church, teacher in all kinds of church education, and religious education teacher at primary school.   
– Mission: missionary worker in existing church communities, a worker in domestic and foreign missionary organisations, translator-interpreter-linguist   
– Other areas: social worker, charity institution worker, prison/military/hospital chaplain, drug centre officer.    
  
Evangelical Theology (Master’s degree) - the graduates of the Evangelical Theology Master study programme are qualified to work mainly in church congregations and parachurch organisations, specifically in positions requiring independence, creativity, and invention. They can also work in educational, missionary, and social organisations, free-time activities organised by the state, public service, churches, and NGOs requiring the Master degree, e.g. missionary church posting, mission abroad, Christian kids’ clubs, youth work, daily senior centers, Roma mission, ecumenical activity, Christian publishing houses and biblical societies, Christian diaconical and charity institutions, Evangelism centres, Christian radio, and TV broadcasting, media activity, chaplain activity in prisons, hospitals, police, and army. The graduates can work in the following areas:   
– Church: deacon, chaplain, assistant priest, catechist, parish priest, spiritual administrator, parish administrator, consenior, senior, clerical member of the church management, the highest representative of the church and religious society in the Slovak Republic, church organisation manager expert in the area of church-state relationships, an expert in religious studies, a leading representative of an association, manager of a non-profit organisation, preacher under a registered evangelical church, spiritual administrator of a church congregation, manager of a facility operated by the church, teacher in all kinds of church education, religious education teacher at primary school.  
– Mission: A missionary of the existing church communities, worker in domestic and international missionary organisations, translator-interpreter-linguist  
– Other areas: social facility worker, charity institution worker, prison/military/hospital chaplain, drug center officer.   
 
INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS WITH SPECIFIC NEEDS  
   
How do I apply to study at the Faculty of Education UMB if I have a specific need?  
Relevant information can be obtained from the competent staff of the Faculty of Education of UMB - Vice-Dean for Pedagogical activities, coordinator for contacts with students with Specific Needs, or the head of the Study Department.  
How to choose a study program:  
1. Consider the prerequisites for the selected study program in terms of:  
– knowledge level and preconditions,  
– technical and personal preparedness and motivation,  
– claims on the content, scope, and form of the study,  
– the conditions offered by the university,  
– limits resulting from disability.  
2. Try to obtain qualified information about the difficulty and conditions of the study well in advance.  
3. Contact a faculty employee personally to discuss your needs and support options. In case if the selected study program requires an entrance exam - if necessary, write and send a request for an alternative form of the entrance examination together with the rest of the application for your study.   
 
Students with specific needs at the Faculty of Education, UMB - assumptions: 
A student is well prepared and well equipped for university studies in case if he/she possesses /has at his/her disposal the required:  
– knowledge potential,  
– study/learning habits,  
– dispositions for study in general and for a certain study program,  
– habits and abilities to use his/her own functional potential to maximize self-sufficiency in the study.  
That means that a student with these prerequisites will require special support, personal assistance, and assistance from the surrounding environment only in situations where the particular obstacle to his / her study is insurmountable by himself / herself.  
 
Coordinator for students with special education needs:   
PhDr. Patrícia Zólyomiová, PhD. (Office No. C 128);    048/ 446 4761;
e-mail: patricia.zolyomiova@umb.sk