Masters in Political Science (Germany) Deadline: June 15, 2019

University of Cologne

Application Deadline

June 15, 2019

Program Commencement

October 1, 2019

Duration of the Program

Four Semesters

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Program Details

The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne invites applications for the Master’s program in Political Science. The MA Political Science widens the knowledge gained in your Bachelor’s course of studies and makes you an expert in your respective area. This qualifies for national and international, thematically widespread occupations for political scientists in the areas of the economy, media and political institutions.

For many managing positions of different industries and for certain professions in research and teaching, a Master’s is indispensable. Besides offering the opportunity to future Ph.D. studies, the Master’s program in political science opens the door to exercise functions in political consulting or political functions in general. Furthermore, possible areas of employment can be found in administration and state institutions as well as in political parties, political foundations, and associations. In the parliamentary stage, political scientists often act as office managers or assistants to members of national or local parliaments. Additionally, international and European employers (like the EU) emerge as attractive perspectives of employment. International IGOs and NGOs offer job opportunities in project management or public relations for applicants with the right profile. Also, public law and private media enterprises offer job opportunities to political scientists.

Some examples of the questions that this program looks at include the following:

  • What are principal-agent problems in parliamentary democracies?
  • What is the difference between structural and instrumental business power regarding the bailout programs for banks in the recent economic and financial turmoil?
  • Should the president of the European Commission be directly elected by European citizens?
  • What is the meaning of the dimensions of experience discussed in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave?
  • What are the differences between publicly communicated and actual ends in the process that became known as the Arab Spring? Use the example of the bilateral relations between the United States and a country of your choosing to illustrate them. What effective means exist?

The Master’s program Political Science consists of 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points and is designed as a four-semester full-time program. It is a consecutive Master’s degree program based on a Bachelor’s degree program related to political science. The Core and Advanced Section, which contains 36 credit points, will cover methodical as well as content-specific basics of the major Political Science. The Specialisation Section deepens and enhances the already acquired knowledge within the field of political science. This section also consists of 36 credit points, nine of which will be obtained through a colloquium. The Supplementary Section serves as an additional section to develop a more specific profile – either by deepening and specializing or by diversifying knowledge. Further modules from social sciences and business administration or economics are available to students. Altogether, a minimum of one and a maximum of two sub-areas have to be selected, in which at least 24 credit points will have to be obtained.

There are NO tuition fees for the program.

Eligibility/ Requirements

  • An overall grade of at least 2.7 (German grading system) in the Bachelor’s degree
  • at least 30 ECTS credits in political science
  • at least another 12 ECTS credits in political sciences or methodology and empirical social research

Application Process

Authenticated documents required for the application:

  • Bachelor degree certificate | If you have not finished your bachelor studies but have passed at least 80% of the examinations (at least 144 credits in a bachelor degree carrying 180 ECTS credits), you can apply by submitting a confirmation of all credits earned so far, along with a provisional average grade computed and certified by your examination office. Please note that the remaining credits must be earned by 30 September.
  • Transcript of records (stamped and signed) | list of all taken modules and courses including grades and credits
  • Transcript of the semester abroad | only if examinations passed abroad should be considered for the admission criteria as well | the courses have to be recognized by the home university as part of the bachelor program and recorded in the transcript of records.
  • School leaving certificate | A-levels/ High school diploma
  • The official description of the content of all taken bachelor courses | e.g. course catalog or PDF-file with link to course description at the website of the University
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Letter of motivation | German or English language | max. 1 page

Students who did not obtain their bachelor’s degree in Germany have to apply additionally via uni-assist.

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