Wirtschaftssoziologie (Master of Arts)
(Economic Sociology)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas

The consecutive Master’s degree programme builds on a Bachelor course of studies in Sociology and offers a research-oriented education in the sociological analysis of the modern economy in its social and historical contexts.
From a social sciences perspective the social, cultural, institutional and political foundations and references to economic activity and economic processes are investigated. Central topic areas are markets, work, culture of the economy as well as the institutional embedding of transnational economic processes. Particular emphasis is given to investigation of actors and processes on global financial markets. Frankfurt am Main, as one of the most important  European locations for the global finance industry, and the Rhine-Main Region as a metropolitan region and logistics hub, are ideal starting points  for analysis of socio-economic questions.

Detailed information

Information from the department
Study regulations

Degree Master of Arts in Economic Sociology (Economic Sociology)
Duration The standard length of study for the Master of Arts is 4 semesters.
Languages of instruction German
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
  • Admission to the Master’s programme requires a Bachelor’s degree in sociology or a comparable degree in a related or comparable study programme.
  • Letter of motivation with max. 700 words
    Please present the following aspects convincingly in form and content:
    - personal and professional interest in the Master's programme and its individual areas of specialization
    - personal goals associated with the Master's programme

  • CV
    Aspects that will be taken into account in the evaluation of the CV:
    - previous professional or practical experience
    - honorary commitment
    - study-relevant stays abroad
    - awards and publications, insofar as they can provide particular information about the suitability for the Master's programme

  • Good English language skills (niveau B2) are to be proven by:
    - five years of English lessons in school (the grade for English on the final certificate must be “satisfactory” or higher), or
    a level II UNIcert degree, or
    a TOEFL test (online score of at least 72), or
    an IELTS test (score of at least 5.5), or
    - other proof of language skills approved by the examination board

  • 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 is restricted.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University:
    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 (niveau B2)
  • Letter of motivation 
  • CV
  • 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 Master's programmes