Master's Program in History

Changes to the application process

In light of the current coronavirus situation, we have to change the application process for our master's programs. Please click here for detailed background information.

However, as an applicant, you will not suffer any disadvantages as a result. The following changes apply to the master's program in History:
Qualification/ECTS: Applicants need at least 120 ECTS credits.

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!

Lea Oberländer, graduate of the master’s program in History / Photo credit: Ye Fung Tchen / 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 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)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Humanities

    Semester fee: €190,30 (more)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    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 elective module Interdisciplinary Diversification enables students enrolled in our master's program to broaden their horizon and take a look at areas outside their department, for example Sociology, Economic and Legal History, Economics, Media and Communication Studies or Political Science.

  • Why study History at the University of Mannheim?

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    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.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of the master’s program in History should

    • have a pronounced interest in historical research and the mediation of history,
    • be able of critical and interdisciplinary thinking,
    • have a high level of motivation and willingness to work independently and in a targeted manner.
  • Program structure

    Studying 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. 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.

  • Doctorates

    Successful graduates of the master’s program in History can pursue a doctorate at the School of Humanities. Please contact the program managers who will be happy to provide advice.

  • Admission requirements and selection

    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:

    • a total of 180 ECTS credits or a standard period of study of six semesters,
    • a final grade of 2.5 or better.

    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 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
    Please note:
    In light of the current situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have modified our application deadline: Applications can be submitted as of May 1, 2020.
    Current information on the application procedure
    Normally, the following deadlines apply:
    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.


Sebastian Hempen, M.A.

Sebastian Hempen, M.A.

Program Manager Master of Arts
University of Mannheim
School of Humanities
Schloss – Room EO 287
68131 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Telephone consultation hours Tue and Wed 10 a.m. – noon. The open consultation hour is cancelled until further notice.