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Master’s Program in Political Science

During my studies, I acquired valuable methodological skills that I use daily in my current job: As Head of Mobilization, Elections & Analysis of the SPD Rhineland-Palatinate, I handle and analyze large amounts of data. I have very fond memories of my time at university: Not only did I spend a semester abroad in Norway and England respectively, I was also awarded the Bronnbach Scholarship, a cultural scholarship that provides outstanding non-material support. What I find most appealing about the University of Mannheim is its excellent reputation and the extensive network it is a part of. I also like the city of Mannheim a lot and still live here.

Daniela Hohmann, graduate of M.A. Political Science / Photo credit: Anna Müller

I chose this master’s program because it allowed me to acquire advanced knowledge of quantitative methods. As the groups are small, it is easy to actively take part in and contribute to the courses, which are taught by excellent staff members and focus on current research questions. This makes for an intense, but rewarding experience. While for me the city of Mannheim was not exactly love at first sight, I quickly learned to embrace its working-class mentality and its vibrant mix of cultures. During my studies, I worked as a student assistant at the Chair of Quantitative Methods at the Social Sciences. I am now a market researcher and data analyst at Ipsos, where I coordinate international projects. The skills I learned during the master’s program continue to be part of my daily routine, and are thus extremely valuable for my career.

Max Alletsee, graduate of M.A. Political Science / Private photo

The master’s program at the University of Mannheim focuses on advanced methods of formal and statistical data analysis, and provides students with many options to specialize. What makes the university even more attractive, and the reason why it was my first choice, is its international orientation. If you study here, you not only become part of Mannheim’s unique international research community, but you can also go abroad by taking part in a high-profile exchange program. I now work in market research as a project manager, and continue to live in Mannheim. I like the city for its special atmosphere and its many beautiful places as well as the broad range of events and activities it has to offer, ranging from music and the arts to sports and food. After spending some time here, you even become attached to the odd system that divides the city center into squares.

Eva Streng, graduate of M.A. Political Science / Private photo

If you study in Mannheim, you will not only become part of a close-knit network, but you will also be trained to a high standard in methods, which the university has received international recognition for. By learning to think analytically and making a habit of handling large sets of data, I acquired skills that have proven to be extremely useful both in my previous job at a consultancy and in my current function as a Member of the German Parliament. Being a graduate of the University of Mannheim also sends out a positive signal to potential employers, as many of my job interviews have shown. Therefore, my decision to stay in Mannheim after earning my bachelor’s degree and to pursue a doctorate here was a logical step. I particularly appreciated the many opportunities to actively contribute to the student community, and have especially fond memories of my time as a representative in the student parliament. What is more, the quality of life in Mannheim is excellent.

Dr. Jens Brandenburg, graduate of M.A. Political Science / Photo credit: Ye Fung Tchen

I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Konstanz, where I particularly appreciated the high-level teaching of methods of empirical political science and statistics. The modules offered at the University of Mannheim, such as “Advanced Methods”, that allowed me to completely immerse myself in this challenging subject matter, combined with the university’s excellent reputation, made the master’s program in Political Science the perfect fit for me. A major source of motivation during my studies was the intense cooperation with my fellow students and the opportunity to develop and implement my own research ideas. Plus, Mannheim is a unique city with short distances and a student-friendly environment. After having worked as a stenographer in the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg for five years, I am now the personal advisor to the head of the adult education center in Stuttgart. As such, I can put the skills I have acquired during the program to good use, for example, when evaluating courses.

Sabrina Möller, graduate of M.A. Political Science / Private photo

After earning my bachelor’s degree, I wanted to continue with my academic education and specifically looked for double-degree programs. The program offered by the University of Mannheim in cooperation with the University of Nottingham was especially intriguing to me as it enabled me to acquire a broad range of methodological skills: while Mannheim places specific emphasis on quantitative methods and formal modeling, Nottingham focuses on qualitative and quantitative methods. In addition, both academic and administrative staff members at the University of Mannheim were always very supportive. They help students with any organizational questions, from planning internships and periods of study abroad to the recognition of credits. What I liked about Mannheim as a city is that it has a lot to offer when it comes to cultural events and sports, and that there are plenty of good spots for socializing. Accommodation is quite affordable here, too. Right now, I am pursuing a doctoral degree at Trinity College Dublin, for which I feel excellently prepared thanks to my master’s degree in Political Science.

Christian Oswald / Private photo
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)

    Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)

    ECTS credits: 120

    Language of instruction: English

    Foreign language requirements: English; for further information on the required proof of language proficiency see Admission requirements and selection

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic calendar

    School: School of Social Sciences

    Semester fee: €160.40 (more)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    The M.A. in Political Science, which is taught in English, is a research-oriented program that equips students with advanced methodological skills in data analysis.

    First, students enrolled in this master's program will acquire additional knowledge of applied methods. They can then structure the program according to their individual interests by specializing in one of the following areas:

    • Comparative Politics
    • Formal and Quantitative Methods
    • International Politics
    • Political Economy

      In their fourth semester, they will write their master’s thesis, which takes the form of a research paper that is suitable for submission for publication to a social sciences journal. This is meant to prepare our graduates for a career in academia.  

    • Why study Political Science at the University of Mannheim?

      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 a British university, students enrolled in the master's program in Political Science can even earn a double degree.

      As all our master’s courses are taught in English, our students have what it takes to be successful on the world stage when they leave the university.

    • Career opportunities

      If you complete the master’s program in Political Science and subsequently obtain a doctoral degree, a career in academia will be the perfect fit for you. Many of our graduates decide to begin a doctoral program at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS).

      However, with your master’s degree, you can also apply for a position in the public or private sector, for example to work in market research, in journalism, as a political advisor, for the government, or for an NGO.

      Read more about your career prospects

    • Required interests and skills

      Students of Political Science should:

      • have a good level of English proficiency,
      • have a keen interest in empirical-analytical research (e.g., Instance Measurement, Game Theory, Causal Influence),
      • be capable of analytical and critical thinking.
    • Program structure

      Module catalog
      The module catalog gives you an overview of the courses and their content.

      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 Political Science, studying abroad is optional. 
      You can also choose to spend your second year at the University of Essex (UK) or the University of Nottingham (UK), thereby earning a double degree. Application for the double degree program is possible only after completion of the first semester.

      Internships
      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.

    • Doctorates

      Successful graduates of the master’s program in Political Science are encouraged to apply for the doctoral program at 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.

    • Admission requirements and selection

      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:

      • a final grade of 2.5 or better,
      • sound knowledge of methods of empirical social research and statistics (grade: 2.5 or better). 

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

      • a sample of written work in German or English (60%),
      • a letter of motivation with no more than 500 words in English (30%),
      • grade average achieved in your first degree (10%).

      Foreign language requirements
      You must be very proficient in English. We accept the following as proof of language proficiency:

      • a higher education entrance qualification from a school with English as the language of instruction,
      • a degree earned in a program of study taught in English,

      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 degree certificate by mid-October at the latest (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
      The application period for the fall semester is from March 15 to April 30. 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.

    Contact

    Dr. Gledis Londo

    Dr. Gledis Londo

    Program Manager Political Science
    University of Mannheim
    School of Social Sciences
    A 5, 6
    Bauteil A – Room A 416
    68159 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 181-1826
    Fax: +49 621 181-1997
    E-mail: pol(at)sowi.uni-mannheim.de
    Consultation hour(s):
    Mondays 11:00 a.m. – noon
    Additional office hours during lecture period: Wednesdays 3:00–4:30 p.m.
    Not available April 9th–23th