Cultural Anthropology (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


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

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2


Winter semester: April 1 - September 1

Summer semester: October 1 - March 1

Required Bachelor's degree::

Cultural Anthropology (B.A.)

Film Studies (B.A.)

Theater Studies (B.A.)


Institute of Film, Drama, and Empirical Cultural Studies


Faculty 05: Philosophy and Philology


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

Subject Matter

The Master's degree program at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is based on a research-oriented concept. The aim of this program is to link the specific content of the "Cultural Anthropology/Folklore" BA course at Mainz with the integrated "Culture, Theater and Film" program and to train students in the research of historical and current standard cultural phenomena using a comparative approach. Students should emerge from the degree course with the skills they need to carry out independent activities in the fields of research, training, education, cultural work, media, tourism as well as working in museums, marketing or other sectors. At the core of the degree program are the supervised student projects, which are designed to provide for learning and teaching through research. The program ensures that the students apply relevant research practices and also offers them the opportunity to come into contact with potential vocational fields while taking the course and also to practice target-oriented teamwork.

Master Entrance Requirements

Proof of a Bachelor's diploma in Cultural Anthropology/Folklore or a related subject (e.g. European Ethnology, Empirical Cultural Studies, Popular Cultures, Historical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Social Anthropology) or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad.

It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; this does not include submitting written course work and writing examinations in the English language. Proof is not required.

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.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

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