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Master of Politics

Faculty: Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Institute: Institute of Political Science

Type: non-consecutive, research-oriented

Language of instruction: German

Starting date: winter semester (October) and summer semester (April)

Application period:

summer semester:
1 December - 15 January
winter semester:
1 April - 31 May

Open to students with degrees in: political science and other fields with a focus on politics

Programme summary: The Master of Politics programme familiarises students with the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany, its foreign policy, its role in international politics, and political theory and history of German-speaking countries. Elective modules include the following, of which each student must select two:

  • Political Systems 
  • Political Theory and History of Political Ideas
  • Comparative Political Science
  • Foreign Policy and International Relations
  • European Studies
  • International Organizations

Special features: This non-consecutive, one-year further education programme has a modular structure and is designed for graduates of foreign universities.

Career opportunities: Upon graduation, you will have a wide range of career opportunities especially in the media, political parties and lobbying, public administration, private companies, political consulting, political education, and organizations of a societal, religious, developmental, and/or international nature.

Admission requirements: Applicants must have earned above-average grades at their home university and hold a Bachelors degree or equivalent, preferably in political science. Students whose native language is not German must pass the DSH (Level 2), TestDaF (4x4), or another internationally recognized German examination. Proof of English skills should also be submitted with the application, such as with the TOEFL (paper-based test: 550, computer-based test: 213, Internet-based test, 80).

Application documents:

    • Signed online application form "Application for Admission at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to the Masters Programme"

  • you have to upload online (please see also the step-by-step explanation):

    • Motivation letter (in which you descibe your intention to pursue graduate studies in the field of your choice)
    • Curriculum vitae including complete contact information, educational background, and professional experience
      School education:
    • Your secondary school leaving certificate (baccalauréat, high school diploma, etc.)
      University education:
    • All previous university degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - otherwise, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue
    • The corresponding transcripts for each degree, including your cumulative grade point average (minimum requirement is the proof of credits of the term before last)
    • For foreign Bachelor degrees: Proof of the grading system used by the university
      Language proficiency proof:
    • German proficiency proof at the level DSH-2 (for details see German language requirements)
      Special requirements for international applicants:
    • APS certificate: applicants with a Chinese, Mongolian or Vietnamese degree
    • College Entrance Examination: Iran (since 2011 no college entrance examination, but pre-university year), Republic of Korea (Scholastic Ability Test)

Additional information on the application documents and procedure is available here.

Contact persons for general questions (application/enrolment process , framework conditions):

Master Service Centre

Contact person for subject-related questions:

Dr Sven Leunig
Institute of Political Science
Subject Advisor
Carl Zeiss Strasse 3
07743 Jena

Phone.: +49 3641 9454-34