Master's Program in Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication

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 Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication:
Qualification/ECTS: Applicants need at least 120 ECTS credits.


  • 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: German (click here for further information)
    English; for further information see Admission requirements and selection

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    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 master's program in Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication is a research-based course of studies addressing current, socially relevant phenomena of the digitalized world.

    The master's program focuses on research into the social and psychological consequences of digital transition. The students therefore always deal with current topics: Every year, we offer two new focal points that are oriented towards the current developments in digital communication. 

    In the course of your studies, you will also deepen your methodological and theoretical knowledge in the field of media and communication studies and apply it in a two-semester research project. In small groups you will examine an individual research question. Research is carried out independently from the planning stage to the implementation and presentation of the results.

    With the elective module, the master's program also offers students the opportunity to choose their own specializations outside their subject, for example in Literary Studies, History, Political Science or Psychology.

  • Why study Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication at the University of Mannheim?

    The University of Mannheim is one of the few universities in Germany to combine media and communications research in this master's program. In doing so, it is deliberately targeting current phenomena and developments in the field of digital communication. The focus on current topics and the program’s interdisciplinary contents qualify our graduates for a variety of demanding media-related activities.

    Because classes at the School of Humanities are small, students are provided with personal support by our subject-specific academic advisors 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 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 provides our students with a sound scientific education. After completing a subsequent doctoral degree, graduates from this master’s program can also pursue a career in academia either in the field of Media and Communication Studies or a related field.

    There is a variety of demanding media-related activities for graduates of the program, such as for example in journalism, film and television, communications management, and public relations as well as in market research and marketing.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students of Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication should:

    • have a keen interest in current topics and problem areas in the field of media and communication studies,
    • be able of critical and interdisciplinary thinking,
    • have a high level of motivation and willingness to work independently and in a targeted manner,
    • have a good level of English proficiency.
  • Program structure

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

    Studying abroad
    The University of Mannheim is partners with 450 universities around the world. In collaboration with the International Office, the school can help you plan a period of study abroad. In the master's program in Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication, studying abroad is optional, but encouraged by the school.

    Our students will acquire additional practical skills in a two-semester practical module. If you would like to do an additional voluntary internship, the School of Humanities will be happy to assist you with the organization.

  • Doctorates

    Successful graduates of the master’s program can pursue a doctorate at the School of Humanities, in Media and Communication Studies or in related disciplines. Please contact the program managers, who will be happy to advise you on this topic.

  • Admission requirements and selection

    To be admitted to the master's program in Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication Studies. 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/three years,
    • at least 40 ECTS credits in Media and Communication Studies,
    • examinations in relevant research methods corresponding to at least 8 ECTS credits.

    We take a variety of criteria into account in our selection process:

    • final grade or current grade average achieved in your bachelor’s degree,
    • relevant stays abroad,
    • Awards such as scholarships, prizes or scientific publications.

    Language requirements
    You must submit proof that your German language proficiency is equivalent to level C1. A good level of English language proficiency (level B2 or equivalent skills) is also required. Please click here for more information.

    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 130 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 deadline
    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 is from March 15 to May 31. It is not possible to start your program in the spring semester.

    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.