Required are 

a)     A Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences, political science, economics, business administration, law, history, anthropology or related areas, or a Bachelor’s Degree in cultural studies with focus on China, Japan, Korea or South East Asia. Applicants with a bachelor's degree from China, Vietnam or Mongolia have to provide an APS certificate at the time of their application.
b)     TOEFL test result of at least 95 (internet based), or equivalent results from other officially acknowledged tests of English capability, such as IELTS or the Cambridge Proficiency examination.

If your BA has been taught in English throughout, no separate English proficiency certificate is required.

c)     Special eligibility, demonstrated by:
  • Academic CV;
  • A convincing motivation letter of 500 to 600 words, naming at least one university professor as a reference;
  • A research proposal of 800 to a maximum of 2000 words (excluding the bibliography) on a topic related to the regions and disciplines covered by the MEAS programme. The research proposal shall demonstrate the ability to identify a current socio-scientific topic, to highlight its importance within a broader context and to develop convincing hypotheses. Applicants shall furthermore demonstrate their ability to structure their ideas in an academically sound manner and to use correct terminology.

Only complete complete applications will be considered. Admission depends on the final BA grade (51%), and on the research proposal (49%).

Application Process

Applications are made through the central online system for Master programmes of Goethe University in cooperation with Uni assist e.V. All applications for the M.A. MEAS programme will be processed through this system (

An online application offers you the opportunity to apply in a paperless way via the central online portal for master degree programmes. Using the upload function, you can submit all of the required documents (such as the CV and education certificates) electronically, and assign them to the respective application. Please note: The application system Uni assist will require you to send some of your documents as certified hard copies (especially in case of international degrees). These documents are due to arrive at the day of the respective deadline. 

Please see also the "Application Guidelines" in the download section.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application period: March 15 to August 15.
Applicants who have done their Bachelor studies abroad are strongly advised to apply by July 15.

We process the applications as soon as they are completed on the Uni assist application platform. Meanwhile, we highly recommend to apply as early as possible, in order to: 1) make sure that all required documents are submitted before the deadline expires; 2) have enough time to obtain a visa to Germany if necessary; 3) be settled in Frankfurt before the winter semester starts in early October. 

For further information please contact: m.troester[at]

Semester Fee

Goethe University Frankfurt does not charge tuition fees but only a moderate semester fee of 369,92 Euros which includes the "Semesterticket". This ticket provides for unlimited travel on public transportation within the whole Rhein-Main region.