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 study toward a degree from a foreign university, you must not apply before you receive your degree (a transcript documenting 135 cr earned at a foreign university is not sufficient in that case).  In order to be admissible to a M. A. program at Mainz, you must first apply for the recognition of your foreign degree! (Only participants from our partner universities are exempted from this rule, as they submit their documents to Dijon or Opole,  not directly to Mainz.) Generally, it is always the university you wish to study at which must recognize your degree (there is no ”national” recognition procedure for foreign degrees valid for the entire German academic system). Since the recognition procedure of your foreign degree could be lengthy and complicated, make sure to apply for the recognition of your foreign degree well in advance (at least 6 weeks before you intend to submit your full documents for application). The recognition document issued by the International Office of the University of Mainz must be submitted together with the rest of your documents for application! For further information, please check the website and application forms for the recognition/validation of foreign certificates.
  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).