Educational Science (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:



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

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2
Deadlines: Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Educational Science (B.A.)


Institute of Educational Science


Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media, and Sports


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 program in education allows students to specialize in a topic that matches their academic interests. They will choose one of the following specializations:

  • “Lifelong Learning and Media Literacy”:
    This specialization focuses on answering the educational challenges of the information society by improving competency potentials and learning processes in all phases of life, both in- and outside the context of educational institutions. Education professionals have to adjust to this new situation by learning more about education management, education and teaching advisory services, media education, and teaching and learning through the help of new media. By taking this specialization, students will learn theoretical, research-related and practical skills that they will need to take on managerial roles in public institutions for general, vocational and media education.
  • “Inter-/Transnationality in Social Pedagogy”:
    Students who choose this specialization will gain extensive knowledge about the disciplinary, professional, and empirical foundations of social pedagogy in the context of inter- and transnational developments. In addition to that, they will also be working on the theoretical, research-related, and practical skills that they will need for doing research in the inter- and transnational field of social pedagogy. The aim of this specialization is to prepare students for a career in inter- or transnational fields related to social pedagogy.
  • “Pedagogy for Children and Youth”:
    In this area of pedagogy, the focus lies on education and socialization processes in children and youth. The specialization focuses mostly on education outside of the school environment, which forms a differentiated pedagogic field. Among other things, its research is based on recent research into childhood and youth. Childhood and youth are seen as a historic societal construction on the one hand and as independent life phases on the other hand. Children and youth are the independent actors in these phases, who actively influence their environment. Apart from the individual developmental and educational processes in children and youth, the historical, societal and political context for these life phases are an important topic.  Students will look at international developments that influence raising and education children in modern societies. Examples of such developments are migration, cultural pluralism, globalization and democratization. Students who choose this specialization can focus on one of the following topics:

    • Theoretical and methodical foundations of research into childhood and youth
    • Living conditions and spaces for children and youth
    • Pedagogical concepts for children’s and youth education
    • Institutions and organizations concerned with education for children and youth

The first two modules of General Education Studies lay the basis for all specializations. In the classes belonging to these two modules, students will reflect on the theoretical approaches and societal context for education and form their own opinion on recent matters.

The master’s program is focused on research and its goal is to teach students to reflect on their work. They will get the chance to go deeper into research theory and methodology while carrying out their own research projects.  The program can also be used as preparation for a doctorate.


Master entrance requirements

Proof of a Bachelor's degree in Education or a related subject or an equivalent degree from a university in Germany or abroad.

As a rule, qualifications that conform to the following will be assumed to be equivalent:

  • Courses of study in which at least 60 credits are acquired or a third of the courses required for a degree are completed in the subject Education. If the bachelor's degree has not yet been completed by the time of application, the applicant must provide proof of two third of the required subject-specific credit points by the end of the application deadline.
  • Teacher training courses (such as Bachelor of Education, State Examination for teaching)

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).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).