Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 semesters (=2 years)
ECTS credits: 120
Language of instruction: English
Language requirements: English; for further information on the required proof of language proficiency see "Admission requirements and selection"
School: School of Social Sciences
Semester fee: € 204,30 (further information)
Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
Tuition fees for a second degree: €650
The two-year master's program in Political Science is a research-oriented master's program during which students advance their methodological competencies in data analysis.
Students can specialize and apply their analytical skills in a broad range of areas including international politics, comparative politics, political economy, European societies and politics, and formal and quantitative methods.
The language of instruction is English.
The University of Mannheim has one of the best political science departments in Germany. Numerous independent national and international rankings, such as the Times Higher Education Ranking or the CHE University Ranking (published by the German newspaper DIE ZEIT), have confirmed the good study conditions at the Department of Political Science in Mannheim and have repeatedly ranked it at the top (take a look at the rankings).
The Department of Political Science’s reputation for its empirical-analytical research approach transcends national borders, and it is one of the leading research institutions in Europe. This academic environment provides excellent conditions for students to gain practical research experience, for example, by contributing to research projects or by working as a student assistant.
The University of Mannheim is part of a global network: Our ties to 450 partner universities all over the world not only impact life on campus, but also open numerous doors to those students who wish to go abroad. They can integrate a period of study abroad into their program without being set back in their studies. In cooperation with Bocconi University in Milan, students enrolled in the master's program in Political Science can even earn a double degree.
Graduates of the master's program in Political Science are ideally positioned for jobs requiring the theoretically and analytically rigorous analysis of social problems. Examples of jobs of recent graduates include also careers outside of academia, in such diverse fields as management or policy consulting, market or media research, journalism, government, international organizations, and NGOs.
Our successful master's students are encouraged to continue their studies in the three-year doctoral program offered by the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences, a step taken by a significant number of our graduates. Credits earned during the master's program count towards the doctorate requirements, thus reducing the time needed to complete the doctoral program.
The teaching in the master's program in Political Science (M.A.) is divided into modules which take place in the first three semesters: methods modules, basic modules in international politics, comparative politics and advanced methods as well as the equivalent research modules. In the second semester, one out of three research modules must be selected. They include three seminars or a lecture, the corresponding tutorial and two seminars.
During the fourth semester, students write their master's thesis and attend the colloquium.
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 Political Science, studying abroad is optional.
You can also choose to spend your second year at the University of Bocconi in Milan, Italy, thereby earning a double degree. Application for the double-degree program is possible only after completion of the first semester.
The mandatory research internship (8 ECTS credits) is an integral part of the master’s program in Political Science. You can choose between a six-week internship at a research institution for social sciences or a two-week Summer School course with an empirical focus on social sciences. If you work as a student assistant at one of the chairs of the Department of Political Science, your job may, in certain cases, be recognized as equivalent to a research internship.
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doctoral programat the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS). Credits obtained during the master’s program can be counted towards the doctorate requirements, thus reducing the time needed to complete the doctoral program.
If you strive for an academic career at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS), you can qualify for Associate Member status in the second year of your master’s program.
It is also possible to pursue a doctorate at a chair of the School of Social Sciences.
In our selection process, we take numerous criteria into account. For more details, please check the selection statutes (see below). Be bold!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice. We are looking forward to receiving your application!
Applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree in Political Science to be admitted to the master’s program in Political Science (M.A.). A degree in a different field is sufficient if it is recognized as equivalent. The following requirements must be met:
We take a variety of criteria into account in our selection process:
You must be very proficient in English. We accept the following as proof of language proficiency:
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 degree certificate by mid-October at the latest (refer to selection statutes).
Under “Admission requirements and selection” we have compiled the most important selection criteria of the program for you. For more detailed explanations of the selection process and the legally binding requirements of the degree program, please refer to the selection statutes.
The application deadline for fall semesters starts on 1 April and ends on 15 May.
It is not possible to apply for the spring semester.
The University of Mannheim is the most popular university in Germany
In the students' vote on the Studycheck.de platform, the University of Mannheim has reached the top position among all universities. This makes the University of Mannheim the most popular university in Germany.
read more about the award (in German)