Comparative Democracy (Master of Arts)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The M.A. program “Comparative Democracy“ is an English language research-oriented two-year Master program. The new degree program aims at four main goals:

  1. To enable students to gain an in-depth understanding on the conceptual, behavioral, institutional, and structural bases of modern democracy in light of contextual prerequisites and challenges.
  2. To provide the theoretical, analytical, and methodological skills to successfully conduct relevant empirical research on problems of contemporary democracy.
  3. To prepare students to successfully pursue a career in academic research or in research-oriented positions in governmental or non-governmental organizations.
  4. To facilitate academic research and co-operation in an international environment (a long-term goal could be to complement the program with a double-degree option).

    A successfully completed Master’s degree gives graduates the relevant skills for future professions in different fields of politics, society, economy and culture, all of which require solid academic training and specialisations in politics and social sciences. The study programmes also prepares students for a subsequent PhD programme.
Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations


Master of Arts in Comparative Democracy


The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters. 

Languages of instruction


Start of the programme

The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter semester. 

Student advisory service Alexander Simon
Campus Westend
PEG 2.G133
Tel: 069/798-36564

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Subject-related admission requirements:

    The subject-related admission requirement for this degree program is a Bachelor's degree in the same subject or in the same field of study or an equivalent degree.

    • A Bachelor's degree in the "same subject" within the meaning of the regulations for the Master's degree in Comparative Democracy is a Bachelor's degree in the (main) subject Political Science, even if the subject is named differently.
    • Degrees in the "same subject" are those in a broader program (e.g., the social sciences or political science) in which 60 CP in political science can be demonstrated.
    • "Equivalent degree" means, on the one hand, bachelor's degrees in which political science was studied as a minor subject or content of a different subject with at least 60 CP, 
    • On the other hand, other foreign degrees (apart from the Bachelor's degree) in the same subject, in the same or an equivalent subject (see above for definitions) with a standard period of study of at least six semesters are also considered equivalent degrees.

    Related courses of study are those in which political science and social science coursework and examinations (especially political science basics and subfields as well as social science methods) amounting to at least 60 credit points (CP) according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) have been acquired.

  • Other requirements:
    • Letter of motivation in English language (max. 500 words)

      Aspects that are considered in the evaluation of the letter of motivation:

      • convincing presentation of personal and professional interest in the Master's program
      • Presentation of one's own study focus in the completed Bachelor's program and the planned study focus in the Master's program Comparative Democracy
      • convincing presentation of personal goals associated with the Master's program
      • external form 
    • Good knowledge of English must be demonstrated by the language level C1 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe". This can be proven, for example, by:
          a) UNIcert level 3 diploma or
          b) a TOEFL test (Internet based score at least 95) or
          c) International English Language Testing System (IELTS), min. score 7.0 or
          d) Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), min. score 945 points or
          e) another certificate recognized as equivalent by the Examination Committee.

Provisional admission

If the university entrance qualification for the consecutive Master’s programme (namely the Bachelor’s degree) has not yet been completed, you can apply for the programme with a transcript of records on the basis of at least 80% of the required for the bachelor's degree CP (normally 144 credit points). This provisional certificate must be issued by an office authorised to award grades or issue certificates. If a student is admitted, this will be on a provisional basis.

Mode of admission Admission to the programme is restricted.

After the admission requirements have been checked, a ranking may take place in accordance with the selection statutes:
Decisive for the selection of study places is 70% the grade of the degree required for the Master's program and 30% the grade of the letter of motivation.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    a university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • if the Bachelor’s degree has not yet been completed:
    a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
  • certificate of English language skills
  • letter of motivation
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and China (original)
Deadline for applications

01.05. - 15.06.

Address for applications Online application portal for Master’s programmes

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