Journalism (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter semester

Admission restrictions:

An aptitude test is required for application.


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 - May 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

University degree, all subjects


Journalistisches Seminar


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 Journalism offers an academic foundation and practice-oriented training for a journalistic career in all media. It is a four-semester program which corresponds to the ECTS credit point system and leads to the degree of Master of Arts.

The basic goal of this program is to produce generalists in the different media. Intensive contact with institutions outside of the university guarantees practical proximity. Field-related internships and editorial practice, methodological reflection, and lectures in media science are fundamental elements of this program, which is both academia-oriented and practice-oriented.

Master entrance requirements

  • The requirement for admission to the Master's degree program in Journalism is proof of a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent final degree from a university in Germany or abroad.
  • Whether or not the applicant has the required specialist ability to successfully pursue a Master's degree program will be determined in reviewing applicants' admission requirements according to § 19 Para. 2 of the German University Act (HochSchG) (Qualifying Examination). A request must be made to participate in the qualifying examination. Timely application for a place in the Master's degree program in Journalism or timely application by applicants enrolled in a degree program at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz for a change in subject are considered to be an application to take the qualifying examination.
  • 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).