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How can you apply for our Master programme and which requirements do you need to meet?

How To Apply

Submit your application to the Master Service Centre of Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The deadline for international applicants: 31 July. The deadline for applicants from Germany: 15 September. Your application has to include the following documents:

The application, including all documents, must be in English.

You can submit any additional documents you deem relevant, including proof of work experience, stays abroad, or language proficiencies.

Further information can be found in the Online Application Walkthrough for an Application for a Master’s Programme provided by the Master Service Centre.

The committee, which will select the applicants for this winter semester will meet three times: 15 June, 31 July and 15 September. We are very much looking forward to your applications!

Criteria you Have to Meet

You can access our programme through two tracks. Read both of them carefully. If you do not meet the stricter criteria of track I you might still be admitted based on the criteria of track II:


Track 1

Track 2

You will have access to our graduate programme if you meet the following requirements:

  • You hold a first professional qualification (Bachelor or equivalent) with at least 90 credit points in the field of political science and an overall grade of 1.5 or better.
  • You have acquired at least 20 credit points from classes focused on international relations or international organisations.
  • You have acquired at least 15 credit points in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.
  • You have completed at least one job-oriented internship in international relations or international organisations or studied one semester abroad.
  • Your proficiency in English corresponds to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

If you do not sufficiently meet any of the first four requirements of track I, but your overall grade is at least 2.3 and your studies, curriculum vitae and motivation indicate a particular fit for our programme, you may also be admitted upon consideration of the following factors:

  • The scope and grades of the courses, which are particularly relevant for our Master programme, as well as the final thesis of your first academic qualification;
  • your international experiences as they relate to our programme;
  • your practical experiences and additional qualifications, which may be relevant for our programme; and
  • your individual areas of interest and reflections on the content and requirements of our Master programme, as indicated in your letter of motivation and your curriculum vitae, which inform us about your background, knowledge and skills as well as your personal goals and your capacity to study successfully.

Due to the interdisciplinary character of our Master programme, we very much welcome applicants from relevant disciplines beyond political science, such as European Studies, international law and sociology. We do not expect you to meet all the requirements of track I. Most important for our Master programme is the relevance of your first academic qualification.

Please be aware that you might receive an offer with certain conditions. There is no waiver on the C1 level requirement for English language proficiency. On the other hand, when other criteria such as the methods requirements are not fully met, you may be permitted to fulfil them during the first three semesters of the programme.

If you cannot submit proofs of your prior academic qualification (e.g. because your Bachelor thesis is still pending), you can hand in your most current transcript of records, provided you can document the attainment of at least 140 credit points. In that case, please submit a 200 word (max.) abstract of your Bachelor thesis.

The application process might include a personal interview, which we can arrange via Skype.

After evaluating all applications, we will inform you as soon as possible whether you have been accepted into our programme.

Accepted Language Certificates

You will need to provide proof of your English language proficiency at a C1 level when you apply for our Master programme. Below you will find the most common English language certificates, the relevant scores as well as links to further information. We also accept equivalent certificates in line with the European framework for languages (CEFR). Certificates with temporary validity will be accepted up to a maximum of four years after the date of acquisition.


Cambridge Certificate (Advanced)


IELTS – International English Testing System (7.0-8.0)



a) TOEFL – Internet-based (95 or more )

b) TOEFL – Paper-based (637 or more)

c) TOEFL – Institutional Testing Program (543-626)


TOEIC Test (945-990)


BULATS – Business Languages Testing Service (75-89)

International Applicants

If you are an international applicant you should be aware of the German visa regulations. Citizens of European Union member states generally do not need a visa for studying in Germany but others do. Therefore, please check whether you need a visa and observe the relevant deadlines. 

If you are not familiar with the German higher education system, we recommend you consult the information provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The DAAD provides general information about Germany and other useful topics such as insurances; they also offer scholarships for your stay.    

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