Social Sciences


Social Sciences

Degree Conferred Master of Arts (M.A.) Duration 4 Semesters Enrollment Winter-/Sommersemester (nur in begründeten Fällen) Admission restriction Restricted admission for some subjects Entry requirements B.A. degree in a social science degree programme.
The previous degree must have been completed with at least an overall grade of "good".
Open to interested students from other disciplines after individual assessment.
Application deadline   Bewerbung mit deutschem Bachelorabschluss      an der OVGU Winter 15. September / Summer 15. March   Bewerbung mit internationalem Bachelorabschluss      über uni-assist Winter 15. July / Summer 15. January Language German


It is a research-oriented degree programme in which the perspectives of sociology (e.g. social inequality, health sociology and social structure analysis) and political science (e.g. international relations, European societies) are complemented by contributions from other disciplines (education, psychology, history, etc.). In terms of content, the programme is characterised by the advanced and in-depth analysis of the processes of interwoven social systems as well as institutions and individuals. With the Master's programme in Social Sciences, the competence is acquired to theoretically analyse and empirically research social science issues, especially in the fields of successful lifestyles, the discussion of the good society, the fields of education and society as well as questions of participation and sustainability, to derive recommendations for action and to conduct scientific communication. In the MA programme, in-depth competences in qualitative and quantitative methods are acquired. The aim of the programme is to enable social scientists to think through scientific or practical problems from different perspectives, to place them in a larger social context and to work on them in a well-founded way using scientific methods appropriate to the subject matter.

Career Perspectives

The MA degree in social sciences qualifies students for scientific work in various professional fields and thus offers diverse perspectives on the labour market. Graduates are in demand in research, in social institutions and associations or in educational institutions in leading positions - more and more companies are also hiring social scientists.

Fields of work include:

  • science and research (universities, research and science institutes; private research institutions, scientific departments in companies)
  • Political institutions and associations,
  • educational, health and social institutions,
  • management, human resources and administration,
  • Public relations, journalism and media

Competencies and Interests Required

The prerequisite is a degree in BA Social Sciences or a related field. Depending on the specialisation and university, the conditions for admission may vary (specialisation, research orientation). In addition, an interest in social science issues and a willingness to work and research independently are required.

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Last Modification: 24.05.2022 - Contact Person: Dezernat Studienangelegenheiten