Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)
ECTS credits: approx. 120
Language of instruction: German and English
Foreign language requirements: German (click here for further information)
English; for further information see Admission requirements and selection
Program start: Fall semester (September)
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 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.
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.
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.
Students of Media and Communication Studies: Digital Communication should:
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.
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.
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:
We take a variety of criteria into account in our selection process:
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).
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:
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.