Admission Requirements

Please note: The commission is responsible for verifying equivalence. Please refrain from sending us documents – such as references or certificates – in advance of your application. We do not provide information on equivalence or suitability!

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements

Entrance qualification
A six-semester Bachelor’s Degree in either Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, Human Geography, or Sociology (180 Credit Points) or a similar degree in the same or related disciplines

- Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree from other disciplines such as the Humanities can only be admitted when their degree is considered equivalent to the above-mentioned degrees by the Admissions Committee (= examination of equivalency of degree). *
For BA degrees attained outside of Germany, the same regulations apply.


Language skills
good English proficiency is required (minimum of a B2 certification), e.g.
- Certificate of a secondary school from an English-speaking country
- Bachelor’s Degree from a study program taught completely/mostly in English
- Five years of English lessons at school (the grade for English on the final certificate must be “sufficient” or higher)
- TOEFL test result of at least 72 (internet-based) or equivalent results from other officially recognized tests of English language capability, such as IELTS or the Cambridge Proficiency examination
- An equivalent certificate, pending decision by the Admissions committee
Good working knowledge of German (B1) is recommended for daily communication at the university (no certification needed)


§  Aptitude Test i.e. “Eignungsfeststellungsverfahren”
Admission for the program will be determined on the basis of the grade average of the BA (60%) and on the assessment of the motivation letter (40%). The application must include a motivation letter in English, comprising 400 to 600 words.


§  The motivation letter shall describe the applicant’s motivation for pursuing the Master’s degree. It should provide information about the special interest in the Master’s program as well as relevant knowledge, skills and abilities. It can also include additional information about non-university activities (such as work experience) that could qualify a student for the Master’s program. The motivation letter will be graded.

Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible on the basis of a current certificate or transcript of records. At least 80% of the credit points in the B.A. (usually 144 CP) must have been obtained and must be calculated into a provisional average grade, upon which admission will be based. An office authorized to award grades or issue certificates must issue this provisional certificate. Provisional admission is valid for one semester. If the Bachelor’s degree certificate is not submitted by the end of the first semester, provisional admission will be withdrawn.

Mode of admission

Admission is not restricted by admission quota (Numerus Clausus), but subject to the aptitude test. Applicants will be directly admitted if the admission requirements are met in full.



* The examination of equivalency takes into account the qualifications attained with the BA and/or course contents and modules studied. In order for a BA degree to qualify for admission to the MA program, basic training in methods (such as ethnography, or empirical social research), theories (social theories, cultural theories, spatial theories) and/or familiarity with topic areas of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and/or Human Geography are required