Soziologie (Master of Arts)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

The research-oriented Master’s programme in Sociology follows on from the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and is offered by both sociological institutes in the 03 Social Sciences department at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. Following the tradition of the Frankfurt Social Sciences department, students on the Master’s course will acquire the necessary skills to be able to work independently in accordance with scientific principles, to apply scientific methods and knowledge, and to contemplate social contexts with a critical mind.
The Master’s in Sociology expands knowledge of sociological theories and methods, and gives students a range of skills that enable them to use research results and methods independently, and in accordance with the principles of good scientific work, in order to develop their own questions and pursue them with practical research.
The graduates acquire skills that can later be used in demanding activities in various areas of society (culture, politics, business) that require a solid sociological education and a store of sociological knowledge. The Master’s programme also prepares students for a subsequent PhD programme.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations


Master of Arts in Sociology 


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

Languages of instruction


Start of the programme

The 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
  • Applicants for the Master’s programme should have already obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology or a comparable degree.
  • Good English language skills are to be proven by:
    - five years of English lessons at school (the grade for English on the final certificate must be “satisfactory” or higher), or
    - a level 2 UNIcert degree, or
    a TOEFL test (online score of at least 80), or
    -   a comparable certificate (niveau B2)
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.
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. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest.

Mode of admission Admission to the study programme is restricted.

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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
  • comprehensive CV in tabular form
  • if the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution:
    certificate of German language skills. See here for more information about the required German language skills.
  • you may need to submit other documents, depending on your country of origin and your previous education; please see the general information about applying for a Master’s degree
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Application period

01.05. - 15.06.

Address for applications Online application portal for the Master’s programmes  

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