After completing the bachelor’s degree in Culture and Economy: French Studies, it was obvious for me to also pursue the master’s degree in Mannheim. Why leave the University of Mannheim when it offers a combination of humanities and economics and business administration that is almost unique in Germany? And it should be added that both the Mannheim Business School and the University of Mannheim’s degree programs in Romance Studies enjoy an excellent reputation! The large number of elective modules available was also decisive for me: I had the opportunity to specialize in all areas of study and deliberately decided to write my master's thesis in Business Administration. Various opportunities to learn an additional Romance language and to come into contact with employers during my studies make the master’s program in Culture and Economy: French Studies an interdisciplinary, multifaceted and professionally promising master's program.
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)
ECTS credits: approx. 120
Language of instruction: French, English, German
Language requirements: German, French; for further information see “Admission requirements and selection"
Program start: Fall semester (September) and spring semester (February)
School: School of Humanities
Semester fee: €194.30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
Students enrolled in the master's program in Culture and Economy can build on the expertise they have acquired in the bachelor's program and enhance their knowledge of Cultural Studies and Business Administration or Economics.
Usually, two thirds of the master's program consist of the major in French Studies and one third of the combination major in Business Administration or Economics:
The major French Studies, offers students the opportunity to specialize either in Linguistics and/
Optionally, an intercultural practice module can also be taken involving an additional Romance language, which can be studied in two to five foreign language skills courses.
Students of the master’s program in Culture and Economy take a specialist subject and, depending on their prior knowledge, can either opt for Business Administration or Economics. If they study Business Administration as a specialist subject, they can choose from the modules in the areas Marketing and Management. If they study Economics as a specialist subject, they broaden their basic knowledge of this field by taking advanced courses offered in the Economics program. After in-depth study of these subjects, our graduates are equipped with a range of useful skills in these fields.
The combination of Cultural Studies with a qualification in Business Administration or Economics to form one degree program is unique in Germany. As such, graduates of our master’s program, with their knowledge of two different fields, are particularly sought-after on the national and international labor market.
Because the groups at the School of Humanities are small, students are provided with personal support by the academic advising team and the program managers, and also benefit from a close relationship with professors and teachers.
The Humanities at the University of Mannheim have an excellent reputation both in Germany and abroad. The University of Mannheim is also one of the leading institutions in Germany for Business Administration and Economics (take a look at the rankings). With 450 partner universities, and students from 100 countries, Mannheim is one of the most international universities in the country, and provides students with an inspiring learning environment that facilitates excellent teaching and research.
Graduates of the master’s program in Culture and Economy know and understand economic concepts and processes. That is why they are particularly in demand in roles that require both cultural awareness and expertise in business administration and economics. They work, for example, in PR and corporate communication, marketing and sales, HR and consultancy services, but also in cultural and event management, editorial departments, federal and state authorities, and museums and archives.
Studying abroad is optional. However, due to the program’s intercultural orientation, students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad. Master’s students can structure the program to suit their individual needs, which allows them to flexibly integrate a semester abroad into their studies. The School of Humanities is partners with over 140 universities worldwide, and – in collaboration with the International Office – can help you plan a period of study abroad.
According to the examination regulations of the program, students do not have to do an internship during their studies. However, master’s students can plan their studies in such a way that voluntary internships can be integrated into their program of study flexibly and on short notice. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the program managers. They will also help you find a suitable internship.
Successful graduates of the master’s program in Culture and Economy can pursue a doctorate at the School of Humanities. The program managers will provide you with information on your options.
To be admitted to the master's program in Culture and Economy: French Studies, applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in Culture and Economy: French Studies. Another degree in humanities and/
If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s program by the application deadline, you may still be admitted to the master’s program as long as you provide proof that you have obtained at least 135 ECTS credits. In this case, your admission to the program is subject to receipt of your bachelor’s degree by the exam registration period in the first semester (refer to selection statutes).
Under “Admission requirements and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.
The application deadline for fall semesters starts on 15 March and ends on 31 May.
For spring semesters the application is possible from 15 October until 15 November.