Application and Admission

  1. If you are studying towards a Bachelor or an equivalent degree outside of Germany, please take notice that you must present your diploma upon application for our Master's Program.
  2. If you are studying towards a Bachelor’s degree at a German university, though, it is sufficient if you have earned at least 135 ECTS cr. (LP) at the time of application. If you have (almost) completed all Bachelor requirements, but are still waiting for your diploma to be issued, it is possible to be enrolled  both in the Bachelor and in the Master course of studies for one semester. But please be aware that your Bachelor's diploma must be presented to the Studierendensekretariat (Registrar's Office) at the latest by the end of your first MA semester - otherwise your admission to the MA course of studies expires. Please also allow sufficient time for your Examination Office to issue the diploma.
  3. At least 60 of the 180 ECTS cr. you acquired during your Bachelor studies must have been earned in Political Science.
  4. At least 6 of the 180 ECTS cr. you acquired during your Bachelor studies must have been earned in courses on Statistics and Methods of the Social Sciences (not necessarily in Political Science).
  5. If, in total, you have earned more than 6, but less than 14 ECTS cr. in courses on Statistics and Methods of the Social Sciences during your Bachelor studies, you have to prove that you acquired the missing knowledge and skills during the first two semesters of your Master studies by passing a written exam. As preparation for this exam, you are invited to attend the lecture "Statistics II" which is offered every winter term as part of the "Aufbumodul I" in our BA "Political Science".
  6. Some of our courses are in English, but the majority of seminars and lectures are in German. Therefore, German skills are required at least at level B2, better at C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). In order to prove your command of the German language, you have to pass  the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber" (DSH) or an equivalent.
  7. You can apply for our MA "Empirical Democracy Studies"  until May 15. The program starts, as a rule, in October (winter term).