History (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:

History (B.A.)

History / Histoire (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 must have either a bachelor’s degree that includes at least 60 credits for history-related subjects, or a similar degree from a German or foreign higher education institution. 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.

Students that have not yet studied the three periods taught during the master’s program (Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern History) must catch up on this knowledge before taking a continuation module or course.

Applicants must prove they have sufficient knowledge of Latin by providing JGU with a certificate stating they have passed the Latinum (qualifying examination for Latin) or the staatliche Ergänzungsprüfung (supplementary examination). Knowledge of a language other than English (Roman, Slavic, Baltic, Finno-Ugrian languages or Arabic) will be tested during a language exam (if necessary). Students that have to take this exam must pass it before they can sign up for a continuation module or course. Students who have already passed the Graecum (qualifying examination in ancient Greek) do not have to take the language exam.

Students who wish to specialize in a certain subject during their master’s program might need additional language skills.

Applicants that have earned their degree or higher education entrance qualification at an institution where classes were not taught in German must take the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber (DSH, German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants).


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).