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Master's in Culture and Economy: History

History and Business Administration - at the first glance, this combination might make you wonder, but actually it has a lot to offer! It quickly became clear to me that I wanted to pursue a subsequent master’s program after completing my bachelor’s program in Culture and Economy. I particularly appreciate the broadness that the program offers: In addition to my specialization in Contemporary History, I also deepen my knowledge of marketing topics. Thanks to this comprehensive combination I will have the most diverse career options. A highlight of the master’s program in Culture and Economy was the one-year project seminar when we had the opportunity to use our knowledge in practice and redesign exhibition in the Mannheim Antikensaal.

Rebecca Hallner, graduate of the master’s program in Culture and Economy: History / Photo credit: Ye Fung Tchen
  • 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

    Foreign 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: €160.40 (more)
    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 History and one third of the combination major in Business Administration or Economics:

    The major, History, includes a two-semester project module that is carried out in collaboration with non-university partners who are specialized in communicating scientific findings in History to the public. Thanks to the wide range of topics and courses offered by the Department of History, the module Regions, Nations and Worldsoffers students the opportunity to choose their own specializations depending on their individual research interests.

    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. 

  • Why study Culture and Economy: History 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, and federal and state authorities.

    A degree in History also qualifies you to work in museums, archives, or in business journalism.

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

  • Required interests and skills

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

    • be interested in history, ranging from ancient history to modern history,
    • enjoy interpreting sources,
    • have a pronounced interest in economic topics,
    • be able to think critically and adopt multiple perspectives,
    • like discussing topics,
    • have intercultural competence,
    • have a high level of motivation and willingness to work independently and in a targeted manner,
    • enjoy writing academic texts.
  • 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.

    Internships
    According to the examination regulations of the program, students don’t 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, don’t 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. 

  • Admission requirements and selection

    To be admitted to the master's program in Culture and Economy: History, applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in Culture and Economy: History. 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.
    • History:
      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 135 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
    You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

  • Application

    Application deadlines
    The application period for the fall semester is from March 15 to May 31. You can also start your program in the spring semester; the application period is from October 1 to November 15.

    Admission to an advanced semester
    If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.

    Important information on your application for admission to a master’s program
    We regularly receive incomplete applications that we cannot take into account. Please observe the following:

    • Applications with a transcript of records that has been printed out by the student him- or herself and has not been stamped – or applications that include copies of certificates and transcripts that have not been notarized – cannot be accepted and must be rejected. Therefore, please ensure that your transcript of records carries the official stamp and signature of your higher education institution.
    • Proof of language proficiency: We cannot accept all available certificates as proof of foreign language proficiency. This particularly applies to comments added to higher education entrance qualifications in some German Länder as well as language courses not concluded with an officially recognized language test. Please contact us in advance as applications without acceptable proof of language proficiency are invalid and must be rejected. Please note: The copy of your proof of language proficiency must also be notarized. 

    We recommend you to send us your application as early as possible. Only then will we be able to request any missing documents from you. If you have any questions, please contact us. Our pages on how to apply provide you with a comprehensive list of documents you need to include with a complete application for admission to a master’s program.
     

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Contact

Sebastian Hempen, M.A.

Sebastian Hempen, M.A.

Studiengangsmanagement Masterstudiengänge
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Kaiserring 14–16 – Room 611
68161 Mannheim
Phone: + 49 621 181-2160
E-mail: master(at)phil.uni-mannheim.de
Consultation hour(s):
lecture period: Tue and Wed 10 a.m.–noon
semester break: Tue 10 a.m.–noon
(open consultation hours)