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Admission Requirements

The prerequisite for matriculation to the master degree program is a first academic degree, or an equivalent German or foreign academic qualification, obtained in a degree course of at least six semesters, preferably in political science or in a related subject.

Application for Admission

To apply for the Master's programme in political science, please use our online application tool

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines must be observed when applying for the Master's programs in Political Science at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • April 1, 2021: Double Degree Option Stockholm (SU)
  • May 15, 2021: Double Degree Option Barcelona (UPF)
  • May 15, 2021: Regular Master in Political Science

Application Documents

You will need to attach the following documents to your online application:

  • A curriculum vita in tabular form.
  • A copy of the leaving certificate from your first academic degree course with the details of all your examination results ("transcript of records") and the official grade point average, if available. In the event that you do not yet have the first degree leaving certificate at the time of your application, please include a „transcript of records“ with the seal and signature of the responsible examination office and with the grade record of five semesters of study in your major subject.
  • Proof of English language skills (uncertified copy). The minimum acceptable level is C1. In your application proof of English language skills may be provided in any form that demonstrates that you have attained the minimum acceptable level of C1 on the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A list of accepted tests and criteria is available here (PDF).
  • Only for Double Master Degree Options: It is recommended to hand in a letter of motivation in English stating the candidate's interest in following the Double Master Degree Option (400 to 600 words).

Aptitude Assessment

Applicants who have submitted a complete application on time will be invited to participate in our aptitude assessment. There are two ways to be admitted to our Master Program in Political Science:


Applicants will be judged eligible to enroll in the Master Degree Program in Political Science without having to take the aptitude test, provided that the transcript of records of your first degree course fulfils after the fifth semester all three of the following conditions:

  • A grade average of 2.0 or better combined from the major and minor,
  • A minimum of 90 ECTS points in political science, and particularly in the modules of the three political science subdivisions of political theory, political systems, and international relations,
  • The record of examinations taken during the first degree course in the area of the methodologies of empirical political research must total at least 9 ECTS points (as part of the minimum of 90 ECTS points in political science).

The Bavarian formula can be used to convert the grades of foreign degrees. Applicants who meet the criteria for pre-selection will be judged eligible without any further tests. They will be informed by post.

Written Aptititude Test

All other applicants whose leaving certificates do not fulfill the pre-selection criteria, will receive a written invitation to the aptitude test (see above).

The purpose of this assessment process is to establish whether, in addition to the skills acquired in the candidate’s first academic degree program, the candidate also has an aptitude for the special qualitative requirements of the master degree program.

These include a deeper knowledge of, and the ability to conduct, problem-analysis, the ability to think abstractly and concretely, and the ability to adapt already known approaches to new research questions in the three branches of political science: political theory, political systems, and international relations. The master degree program also requires the knowledge of empirical political research methods, research oriented and scholarly work methods, and adequate German and English language skills.

The written aptitude assessment is planned for Thursday June 17, 2021, from 6:15 to 7:45 pm.

Foreign Applicants

Foreign applicants, who have neither a German higher education entrance qualification, nor a first university degree taken in Germany, are required to submit an additional application to the International Office. The binding registration deadline is July 15 of each year.

Date for the Written Aptitude Test

This year's aptitude test will probably take place in June. The exact date will be announced to the participants two weeks in advance.

Preparing for the Written Aptitude Test

The written aptitude test evaluates the qualities required in the master degree program (see above) in the following categories. Does the candidate have an in depth empirical knowledge of politics (10 points)? Does the candidate demonstrate well developed analytical skills (10 points) and well developed logical and mathematical abilities (10 points)? Does the candidate have an in depth knowledge of political science theories and methods (10 points)? And, finally, does the candidate demonstrate a high level of linguistic competence (10 points)? The candidate is judged suitable for the master degree program in political science when, in the evaluation of the individual qualities at least 5 points are made in each category and when the sum of all the qualities measured is at least 30 points. Otherwise the candidate is judged to be “unsuitable“(„nicht geeignet“).

The aptitude test lasts ninety minutes. It consists of multiple choice questions (where appropriate with the opportunity to support answers with arguments) and a short essay. The basic literature of the bachelor's program can be used for preparation.

Information meeting

The information event for this year will take place on May 06 at 6:00 pm.

Zoom Meeting:, Meeting-ID: 979 4654 3549, Kenncode: 601925

Among other things, the application process, the aptitude procedure, the study contents and the study organization will be discussed.

The slides of the information event 2020 contain the above-mentioned contents as well as some sample questions about the qualifying examination.

Contact person

The degree program coordinator and academic counselor for the Master Degree Program in Political Science is Dr. Karolin Sengebusch.