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Diversity Studies in the Social Sciences (M.A.)

How can individual chances for participation be safeguarded and societal integration issues be solved? Diversity studies seek answers to these and other questions by researching the construction of social groups, mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion and societal ways of dealing with difference. The new research-oriented Master's programme develops and addresses questions relevant to inequalities.

Degree programme title: Diversity Studies in the Social Sciences
Final degree: Master of Arts
Standard period of study: 4 semesters, up to 7 semesters in part-time study
Starting semester: Winter and summer semester
Part-time study: allowed
Language of the programme: German

Admission requirements: Bachelor's or equivalent degree in economic and social sciences, see below.
Application deadline: May 15th (winter semester); November 15th (summer semester)
Lottery procedure: October 1st to 5th (winter semester), April 1st to 5th (summer semester)
Application: Application for Master's degree programme

The programm
Students are encouraged to develop awareness towards their own situatedness and approach to diversity. They also learn to design and implement diversity trainings.

Graduates are qualified to independently acquire, systematize and develop professional knowledge and can make it accessible to different publics; to work independently according to scientific principles; to reflect and evaluate social and political events pertaining to diversity and processes of diversification, both theoretically and empirically, in a scientifically sound way; and to convey the general relevance of social (processes of) differentiation to laypersons.

The courses are taught in German language. A sufficient German language proficiency is required latest by matriculation. A matriculation without a proof of language proficiency is not possible.

Structure of the master´s programme
The programme starts both in the winter semester and summer semester. It comprises 120 credits distributed across four semesters as follows:
a) 78 credits for the major;
b) 12 credits for key competencies;
c) 30 credits for the master's thesis module.

Career prospects
The knowledge and competences taught in this Master's programme qualify graduates for positions in various fields in public and private institutions. Possible career paths include working as diversity or equal opportunities officers and consultancy, especially in the occupational fields of social integration, personnel and services management, intercultural opening and organizational development. Potential employers include businesses, university and science management, NGOs, political parties, social and educational establishments and international organizations. This Master's degree programme also provides students with the competencies required to pursue a PhD.

Admission requirements
Bachelor's or comparable degree in economic and social sciences. Should the previous degree not yet be completed, at least 150 credits are required at the time of application:

  • at least 60 credits in the in the economic and social sciences of which at least 4 credits must be in the field of social science methods and 4 credits in the field of statistics
  • applicants whose native language is not German must prove proficiency DSH 2