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Application and Admission

Applications for admission to the Master program in Social Science Sustainability Studies for the following semester must be submitted in due form and time by 15 July for the winter semester via the electronic application procedure (cut-off deadline).

General information on the application procedure

The application for our Master program in Social Science Sustainability Studies is possible for the winter semester. It takes place online via the application portal of the University of Würzburg, which is only activated during the application period. The application deadline is 15 July each year.

All graduates of a completed Bachelor degree or comparable degree program that includes political science, sociology or social science components with at least 70 credit points (ECTS) are eligible to apply. This degree can have been obtained both in Germany and abroad.

If you have not yet completed your studies at the time of application, you can still apply if you have acquired at least 150 credit points (ECTS) by then, of which at least 70 points consist of the above-mentioned subject areas.

Documents to be submitted

As soon as you have completed your application via the portal, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your application number. Please reply to this e-mail without changing the subject and attach your application documents as an e-mail attachment.

The application must be accompanied by:

1. proof of a university degree or equivalent degree (in the case of an applied for definitive Master access) or, proof of the acquisition of 150 ECTS credits or - in the case of degree programs that are not modularised in terms of ECTS - achievements to the corresponding extent (in the case of an applied for dissolving conditional Master's access),

2. proof of English language skills at least at level B2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" (CEFR) in an appropriate manner (e.g. by TOEFL, IELTS, FCE, an at least satisfactory grade in English in a domestic higher education entrance qualification (HZB), or an equivalent foreign higher education entrance with proven knowledge of the English language),

3. proof of competences from modules totalling at least 70 ECTS credits from the social sciences (political science, sociology, methods of empirical social research).

For this purpose, please submit an overview of previously completed study and examination achievements (Transcript of Records) with details of the modules passed in the fields of Political Science, Sociology and Methods of Empirical Social Research and the examination achievements assigned to them, including the ECTS points and examination grades awarded for them as well as any examination achievements credited or, in the case of an applied for dissolving conditional access to the Master's degree program, a provisional overview of completed study and examination achievements with the details mentioned.

For further information as well as for examples of the calculation of the 70 ECTS credits, please see this information.

You can download, the form "Overview of the best 70 ECTS credit points" here, fill it out and enclose it with your application.

Applications from abroad

Applicants who have obtained their degree abroad must apply directly to the International Office at JMU. The same deadlines apply here as for applications from within Germany.

Selection procedure and admission notifications

On the basis of the submitted documents, the Master Qualification Commission decides on your suitability after the application phase has been completed.

Applicants with a grade of 2.2 or better in their first degree, or a grade of B or better according to the ECTS grading system, or an average grade of 2.2 or better from social science modules amounting to 70 ECTS credit points, do not need to take an additional examination.

Applicants whose suitability has not yet been conclusively assessed will be invited to take a written examination lasting 90 minutes. You will be informed by the Master Qualification Commission in good time about participation in the aptitude test via email.

The corresponding notifications will be sent electronically (email) by the JMU Student Office in August. Therefore, please make sure that you provide an intact email address with your application and check your spam folder. Applicants from abroad receive their notifications from the International Office.

As soon as you have received notification from the university about the result of your application, you can log in via a status page. There you will find your notification and, if applicable, an enrolment application to download


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