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University of Cologne

Political Science

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Political Sciences
English only
Winter semester: 20 Aug
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent).

You must meet the following requirements:

  1. At least 36 ECTS credits in political science.
  2. At least 9 further ECTS credits in methodology and empirical social research.

Required ECTS credits: 180.

In cases where present bachelor studies have not been fully completed, the application is permitted if the candidate has earned at least 80% of the required credits and will have achieved the remaining results by September 30th at the latest. The specific admission criteria governing the designated course of study (including the overall grade) must already have been fulfilled on the basis of the exam results available at the time of application.

GPA Rate 2.70
GPA Comment

An overall grade of at least 2.7 (German grade) in the bachelor’s degree.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

CEFR English
min B2
min B2 First (FCE)
min 6
min C1 Business Higher (BEC Higher)
min 87
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
min C2 Proficiency (CPE)
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
English language knowledge can also be proven by a bachelor's degree totally taught in English (when obtained a bachelor double degree, one year was at least spend in an English-speaking country), master's degree totally taught in English, being an English native speaker (has to be verified by school certificates), school knowledge of English [end of class 11 (G8) or class 12 (G9) with at least 5 points in german grade system - this does apply for German school diplomas only], or an International/European Baccalaureat.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

In 40 hours free webinar
How to apply via uni-assist

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
local admission restriction
Admission Test/Interview:
Application Fee:
€ 75 for the first application, € 30 for each additional

Application Documents

Authenticated documents required for the Master's online application portal by the WiSo Faculty:

  1. Bachelor degree certificate: if you have not finished your bachelor studies but have passed at least 80% of the examinations (at least 144 credits in a bachelor degree carrying 180 ECTS credits), you can apply by submitting a confirmation of all credits earned so far, along with a provisional average grade computed and certified by your examination office. Please note that the remaining credits must be earned by September 30th.
  2. Transcript of records (stamped and signed): list of all taken modules and courses including grades and credits.
  3. Transcript of a semester abroad: only if examinations passed abroad should be considered for the admission criteria as well; the courses have to be recognized by the home university as part of the bachelor's program and recorded in the transcript of records.
  4. School leaving certificate: A-levels/high school diploma.
  5. An official description of the content of all taken bachelor courses: e.g. course catalog or PDF-file with a link to the course description at the website of the University.
  6. Proof of English language proficiency (see language requirements).
  7. Letter of motivation: German or English language, max. 1 page.

Students who did not obtain their bachelor’s degrees in Germany have to apply additionally via uni-assist. Please note, you have to document your education in detail. You start with the certificate from the last school you graduated from (which entitles you to begin university studies in your home country) and continue up to the current state of progress in your university studies. It is recommended to send the application documents to uni-assist 6 weeks before the application deadline. The following documents are needed:

  1. Authenticated (and translated) copy of bachelor degree certification or attestation of 80% studies and transcript of records: please submit all certificates in their entirety, include the diploma certificate as well as the overview of subjects and grades. You must not omit any parts of the certificate (such as a diploma supplement) or single pages. In order to calculate your grade, uni-assist needs the grading system used by your university for your degree.
  2. Authenticated (and translated) copy of university entrance qualification: e.g. A-level, high school diploma. Submit the certificate which allows you to start university studies in your home country.
  3. Authenticated copy of proof of English language proficiency (see language requirements).
  4. Authenticated copy of all documents listed above in the original language: only if the original document is not available in English or German language.
  5. Only for applicants with Chinese (except Hongkong) or Vietnamese bachelor’s certificates: original APS certificate. Certified copies cannot be accepted.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website