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M.A. Program in Political Science

NEW: Webinar for interested students

Are you interested in pursuing our English-taught Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Mannheim, the best German University in Political Science in Germany (QS Subject Ranking 2017)?

Join our webinar on 24 January, 2018, 4 p.m. (CET) by following this link and get useful information about the program structure, the School's empirical-analytical approach, application requirements and procedure, as well as information regarding social life and job opportunities at the University of Mannheim.

Program Overview

The two-year M.A. program in Political Science is dedicated to applied research in political science and provides students with broad and sound theoretical and methodological knowledge. Upon successful completion of the M.A. program, students receive the degree Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science.

The Mannheim Department of Political Science is widely known for its empirical-analytical approach and is ranked among the leading departments in Germany and Europe.

The M.A. program lasts four semesters and is oriented to the high standards of  leading international graduate programs. Its seamless integration with the PhD program enables students to embark on a fast track doctoral program. The program offers courses in  various areas of specialization in political science: comparative politics, international politics, political economy, European societies and politics, and formal and quantitative methods. The language of instruction is English.

The academic year is generally divided into two semesters at most German universities. At the University of Mannheim, the semester dates are oriented towards the international academic calendar. The fall semester (“Herbstsemester”, in German often shortened to “HWS”), begins in September, and the spring semester (“Frühlingssemester” or “FSS”) begins in February.

A list of our MA courses can be found here.

NEW: If you are interested in pursuing a PhD at the CDSS you now have the opportunity to be accepted as 'Associate Members' in your second Master year. For this you can be granted a scholarship. All students currently in their second semester are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The deadline for this is June 15th. For more information see the flyer for the scholarship and contact the CDSS Program Manager Milanka Stojkovic.

Applied Research: Working in Teams

The Department of Political Science co-operates with a number of research centers in the Social Sciences. These include the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), the recently established Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 on the "Political Economy of Reforms", and the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS). This environment provides ideal opportunities for training in applied research by practicing cutting-edge Political Science in research teams. This approach allows students to co-finance their studies and to gain first-hand experience in nationally and internationally funded projects.

Integration with PhD program

Successful Master students are encouraged to continue their studies in the three-year PhD program offered by the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences, a step taken by a significant number of our M.A. graduates. Credits earned during the M.A. count towards the PhD course requirements, thus reducing the time needed to complete the PhD program. Information on the integrated program can be found here.

Scholarships and Funding

There are many scholarships available for postgraduate students at the Univeristy. Please visit the pages of the International Office of the University of Mannheim. Another great provider of information is the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst - German Academic Exchange Service). Their scholarship data bank gives you the possibility to search for scholarships specifically fitted for you.
Please note: We are not able to hand out acceptance letters as needed for some scholarships before the end of our application deadline.


Mannheim has repeatedly been rated as Germany’s leading School for Social Science. Renowned rankings like CHE (Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE) / Die Zeit) have awarded Mannheim’s Political Science Department the maximum score in all evaluated categories. Further information is available here.

Why Mannheim?

Mannheim is a vibrant city, located in the metropolitan Rhein-Neckar region. It has much  to offer - culturally  and otherwise. Home to Germany's first Pop Academy, to one of its leading ice hockey teams, to the world's oldest communal theater and opera, and to many bars and restaurants, the city is an ideal environment for studying. More information about the city is available on the website of the university's International Office.