History (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester


winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

History (B.A.)


Department of History


Faculty 07: History and Cultural Studies


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

History deals with the past of mankind, distinguishing between "prehistory" and "history" proper, i.e. the time for which written sources are available. On the basis of studies on individuals or social groups in their political, social, cultural, religious, geographical and economic spheres, historians strive to understand the basic patterns of human action. By investigating the past, they hope to derive criteria for assessing the present. Every generation poses its own questions to history and, accordingly, gets different answers.

Master entrance requirements

Applicants are required to have completed their undergraduate studies with at least 60 credit points in Historical Studies, in which all three periods of the Master's degree program in History (Ancient History, Middle Ages and Modern History) have been studied. Missing knowledge in one of the three periods must be made up before taking an advanced module. If the Bachelor's diploma certificate is not yet available, a minimum of 40 credit points must be verified before the application deadline. Admission is granted on the condition that a Bachelor's diploma certificate is submitted within the first semester of the Master's degree program which fully demonstrates the required 60 credit points.

Sufficient knowledge of Latin ('Latinum' or state supplementary examination) must be demonstrated at time of enrollment.

Receiving a diploma supplement with a particular focus area may be premised on special language skills where applicable.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.


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