Geschichte (Master of Arts)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas 

A one year Master’s study course at the History Seminar of Goethe University in Frankfurt follows on from a four year Bachelor degree programme and enables the student, as part of the second qualification stage, to meet the challenges of the modern knowledge society.
The programme of study is conceived as spanning vast time periods so that profound insights can be developed of the history of pre-Greek cultures through to contemporary history. During the research-oriented Master’s study course the student acquires the ability to research a complex historical topic, to explain it and to present it in various forms. Core competencies for scientific work are deepened in a programme of events and are subsequently used to undertake a concrete research project. A main area of focus of the programme of study is upon enabling self-sufficient and personally responsible work with a wide variety of bodies of knowledge in order to undertake extensive research work and to process, understand and classify a multiplicity of information.

Detailed information Information from the department
Study regulations

Master of Arts in History 


The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 2 semesters.

Languages of instruction


Start of the programme

The programme starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester.

Student advisory service

Dr. Christian Kleinert
Nobert-Wollheim-Platz 1, IG-Hochhaus, Raum 3.452
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: 069/798-32606

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable degree in a similar subject (at least 8 semesters, 210 CP)
  • in case of a bachelor's degree in history and an at least equivalent foreign qualification in the same or related field with the normal period of at least six semesters, enrollment is granted on the condition of the provision of additional studies to the equivalence with the comprehensive eight-semester undergraduate major at Goethe-University Frankfurt
  • if the Bachelor's degree compraised just at least six semesters and 180 CP so additional minor (not history) studies of the bachelor's degree (in the amount of 60 CP) is required. So the standard period of the Master's programme extended to four semesters
  • Good English language skills (niveau B2) are to be proven by:
    a) high school diploma (A-levels diploma), or
    b) corresponding high school certificates and transcripts rated no lower than "adequate" (4.0), or certification of classes in english 5 years, or 
    c) certification of successfully completed language courses (with at least 120 proven hours of instruction time) from a German and/or or foreign university, or 
    d) lecturers (or other experts) report on language proficiency acquired through international residency, university language courses, or self-study; or 
    e) other certificate recognized as equivalent by the selection committee.
  • very good language skills of at least another modern language (A2) (recommended are: French or Spain, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, a Scandinavian language, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian, Czech; if you choose "Ancient History" as majorsubject: Classical Greek) 
  • qualification in Latin
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree 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

Provisional admission is possible if at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree have been completed and the Bachelor's dissertation has been finalised or is about to be submitted. 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 is not restricted.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University:
    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
    and a letter of recommendation from your supervisor (Download)
  • proof of English language skills (Niveau B2)
  • proof of language skills of at least another modern language (B1) or Classical Greek
  • proof of knowledge in Latin
  • Declaration of examination claim (Download)
  • 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
    - APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Application period

01.05. - 15.08. for the winter semester
01.12. - 15.01. for the summer semester 

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

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