Actually, I just wanted to do the bachelor's program in History in Mannheim and then pursue a master's program in journalistic writing somewhere else far away. However, I liked it so much here that I decided not only to pursue a master's degree in History, but also to stay in Mannheim. The Department of History is quite small, but this is its primary strength: you know each other and feel individually mentored and well looked after. I particularly like the connection between history and the public. This focus is quite unique! Within the framework of a project seminar, students actively participate in exhibitions, anthologies or film projects. By now, I am doing my doctorate as a scholarship holder at the Chair of Contemporary History - still in Mannheim!
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)
ECTS credits: approx. 120
Language of instruction: German and English
Language requirements: This program requires proof of proficiency in German on C1 level. Click here for further information.
Program start: Fall semester (September) and spring semester (February)
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
The research-oriented master's program in History is based on a bachelor’s program int he same field of study. The core content of the program is the application-oriented study of current theories and research approaches in history. Students have the opportunity to choose their own specializations in the fields of Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern Times, Contemporary History and Economic History. During their studies, they are closely involved in current research projects at the Department of History.
As part of a two-semester project work that is carried out in cooperation with museums, memorial sites, archives, publishing houses or media institutions, students will also expand their theoretical knowledge by gaining valuable practical experience in the communication of historical knowledge.
The Department of History maintains numerous cooperations with cultural institutions and international universities, enabling our students to gain valuable practical experience during their studies.
Our teachers enjoy an excellent reputation both at national and international level. Due to individual advice provided by our subject-specific academic advisors, the program managers, and teachers as well as its academic profile, the Department of History stands out as an excellent institution for studying history in Germany.
The Humanities at the University of Mannheim have an excellent reputation in Germany (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.
The master’s program in History is the perfect choice if you plan to continue your academic training with a doctoral program in order to pursue a career in science and research.
The skills acquired during your studies also open up a wide range of opportunities: our graduates work in the fields of history mediation (in editorial departments or museums), business consulting, history marketing, book trade and publishing or public relations.
Master’s students can structure the program to suit their individual needs, which allows them to flexibly integrate a semester abroad into their studies. However, studying abroad is optional. The School of Humanities maintains international cooperation relationships with over 140 universities worldwide, and – in collaboration with the International Office – can help you plan a period of study abroad.
Completing an internship during the master’s program in History is optional. The program of study includes a two-semester project module that is designed to impart practical skills. If you would like to do a voluntary internship, the school will be in the best position to assist you with the organization thanks to its first-rate connections.
Applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in History to be admitted to the master’s program in History. A degree in a different field is sufficient if it is recognized as equivalent by the admissions committee. The following requirements must be met:
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).
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:
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.