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Bielefeld University

Sociology - International Τraсk

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Sociology, Social Inequality
English only
Winter semester: 15 Jul/31 Jul
Summer semester: 15 Jan
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Both semesters)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Both semesters
Mode of admission:
local admission restriction 
directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree.

Minimum standard period of study: 3 years.

If you are in the last semester of your university studies and your diploma will be available by the time you enroll (October 1st for the winter semester and April 1st for the summer semester), you can also apply with your preliminary transcript of records for the MA Sociology. This transcript must contain all preliminary grades for the courses you have attended as well as a preliminary final grade (if possible). The transcript must show that you have completed at least 80% of your studies (the corresponding number of courses must be shown in your transcript).

Your transcript of records must show that you have studied at least three of the four following subject areas in your previous studies: sociological theory, methods of empirical social research, special sociology/social science, and general social science. These subject areas should be understood as general topics and not as specific seminars with exactly this title.

Students with other professional backgrounds can apply for admission and will be admitted if they provide good reasons why they are applying for the MA program and how they can meet the requiremеnts.

Language Requirements

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

CEFR English
min B2
min 6.5
min 87
Telc English B2-C1 University
min B2
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

Additional information:
If English was the language of instruction during the entire previous university course, you can submit an official confirmation from the university or present your transcript, provided that it is clear that the language of instruction is English. In this case, you do not need to provide any further language certificates. You can also provide proof of English language skills by submitting the Duolingo test (with a score of 110). The university only accepts internationally recognized certificates, and therefore certificates from university language centres or language schools cannot be accepted. Please note that many certificates have a validity period of 2 years.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Application Procedure & Selection

Mode of Admission:
local admission restriction 
Admission Test/Interview:
directly at the University
Application Fee:

Application Documents

The documents to be uploaded in the Online Application Portal and sent by post to the Student Office as a hard copy include:

  1. School leaving certificate (a document which certifies your secondary education – the level you have to complete before starting undergraduate studies), both a certified copy of the original and a certified translation to English or German.
  2. Undergraduate degree certificate and transcript of records, both a certified copy of the original and a certified translation to English or German.
    If you already possess one master’s degree, please provide a degree certificate and transcript for it as well. A master’s degree, which was completed abroad, doesn’t place you at a disadvantage to other applicants.
    If your transcript doesn’t contain your final grade and grade scale, please provide this information in the application form or the motivational letter. Don’t recalculate your grade into other systems (German, US, etc.).
    If your university issues a Diploma Supplement or similar document, please attach it as well, although it is not mandatory.
  3. Proof of English language skills, a certified copy (see language requirements).
  4. Curriculum vitae, maximum 2 pages long, tabulated, listing your education and work experience from present to past. You may use the Europass CV although is it not mandatory.
  5. Motivation letter of max. 1500 words long.
  6. You don’t have to provide a German language certificate, however if you have some previous knowledge of German you may provide such a certificate in the field “further documents”.

Your motivation letter should state why you have chosen the program. You should also describe your academic background and how your qualifications and perhaps your practical experience (job, summer school, etc.) have prepared you for the International Track program. In particular, the university would like for you to tell them why you are interested in the profiles of “Social Structure Analysis and Social Inequality” or “Sociology and Anthropology of the Global World”.

Please don’t just list activities from your transcript and CV, but instead reflect on what you have learned and how this experience qualifies you for our program.

The university expects you to discuss your academic interests, but you don’t necessarily have to outline the topic for your master’s thesis. Unlike some other master’s programs, you don’t have to have a topic for your master’s thesis by the time of application. You will write your master’s thesis in your last semester.

The university doesn’t require any recommendation letters. However, you may upload them in the field “optional documents”, if you think they support arguments in your motivational lettеr.


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Further Information

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