Master's Program in Culture and Economy: German Studies

After completing my bachelor’s degree in Culture and Economy, I decided to pursue a subsequent master’s degree in Culture and Economy. I really liked the unusual combination of subjects! The master's program provided me with the opportunity to select my courses in a targeted manner in order to deepen my knowledge of the subject matters I specialized in. Various internships allowed me to even prove my acquired skills in practice. Looking back today, I would definitely chose this program again!

Cathrin Weyer, graduate in the master’s program in Culture and Economy: German Studies / Photo credit: Ye Fung Tchen

As the bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy at the University of Mannheim had convinced me, it was clear to me that I also wanted to do my master's degree here. Now, after my graduation, I can say that this decision was definitely the right one: Thanks to the program’s interdisciplinary orientation, I have acquired broad and methodologically sound knowledge of both the humanities and economics and at the same time learned to quickly familiarize myself with the most various subject areas. I will be able to work in the field of culture and literature as well as in business and in interdisciplinary areas such as public relations.

Julia Werling, graduate in the master’s program in Culture and Economy: German Studies / Photo credit: Julia Werling
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)

    Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)

    ECTS credits: approx. 120

    Language of instruction: German, English

    Language requirements: German (click here for further information)

    Program start: Fall semester (September) and spring semester (February)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester fee: € 204,30 (further information)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    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 German Studies and one third of the combination major in Business Administration or Economics:

    The major, German Studies, offers students the opportunity to specialize either in Linguistics and/or in Literary Studies. The contents of this humanistic program of study provide an in-depth and critical examination of the cultural and linguistic phenomenons of the German-speaking world.

    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. 

    Depending on your preferences and the courses you choose, you can write your master’s thesis either in Literary Studies or in Linguistics.

  • Why study Culture and Economy: German Studies at the University of Mannheim?

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

    A degree in German Studies opens up a lot of options: Graduates can become journalists or editors and work in areas such as public relations, publishing, and social media.

    Apart from that, graduates can also pursue a doctorate in German Studies and aim for a career in academia.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of the master’s program in Culture and Economy: German Studies should

    • like to engage in the scientific research of German,
    • be interested in German literature and culture as well as in the structure of language,
    • have a pronounced interest in economic topics,
    • be able to think critically and adopt multiple perspectives,
    • have a high level of motivation and willingness to work independently and in a targeted manner,
    • have a very good command of German.
  • Program structure

    Module catalog
    You can find further details on how the program is structured in the module catalog.

    Studying abroad
    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.

  • Doctorates

    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. 

    Doctoral programs and opportunities at the School of Humanities
    General information on doctoral studies at the University of Mannheim

  • Admission requirements and selection

    To be admitted to the master's program in Culture and Economy: German Studies, applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in Culture and Economy: German Studies. Another degree in humanities and/or business studies is sufficient if it is recognized as equivalent by the admissions committee. The following requirements must be met:

    • a total of 180 ECTS credits or a standard period of study of six semesters,
    • a final grade of 2.5 or better.
    • German Studies:
      Applicants have to have passed examinations in one basic and one advanced module or obtained equivalent qualifications. If you have not yet taken all of the required examinations, the admission to the master’s program is subject to the condition that you take the required examinations and provide proof of the missing academic achievements during the first two semesters of the master’s program.
    • Business Administration or Economics (combination major):
      Examinations corresponding to at least 36 ECTS credits. You may fulfill these requirements parallel to applying for the master's program; however, you have to provide proof of the missing academic achievements by the exam registration period in the first semester at the latest.

    Language requirements
    You have to submit proof of German language proficiency equivalent to level C1.

    Conditional admission
    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 140 ECTS credits in your core subject. 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).

    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.

  • Application

    Application deadline
    The application deadline for fall semesters starts on 01 April and ends on 31 May.

    For the spring semesters the application is possible from 16 October until 15 November.

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Madeline Dahl

Madeline Dahl (sie/ihr)

Program Manager Master of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 287
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Tue und Wed 10–12 a.m.
Open consultation hours in room EO 287

Vacation: 18. September – 1. October
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