Admission Requirements

Previous Studies 

The prerequisite for admission to the Master's programme in Peace and Conflict Studies is a Bachelor's, University or comparable degree from a state or state-recognized institution, a Master's degree or a state examination in social or cultural sciences. Successful applicants need an average grade of "good" GPA (German system: 2.5 or better) with a total of at least 180 ECTS. If the first degree is not yet completed, at least 150 CP must have been achieved at the time of application.

For applicants from outside the social sciences, at least 30 ECTS of the degree must come from social science programmes (sociology, anthropology, political science and social science methods).

In individual cases, candidates from other disciplines may also be admitted if their preliminary studies are related to the social sciences. These candidates should have a degree with at least a "good" GPA in those areas of their studies that are related to the social sciences. The responsible examination board decides on the admission and possible further requirements for studying in Magdeburg.

Language Certificate

In order to meet the admission requirements, candidates must demonstrate a level of English equivalent to C1 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This can be evidenced by official language certificates or by a university degree obtained in an English-speaking program in Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, the USA, Ireland or Canada (we can only accept degrees in these countries as proof of language skills!). 

For language certificates, we accept: 

  • UNIcert
  • Cambridge
  • telc

***Due to the current situation caused by COVID-19 you may take the home-based versions of either TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or IELTS Indicator***

We can't accept other language certifications than those mentioned here. 

Although the Master's programme is taught in English, German language skills are an advantage in the application process.

International Experience

In addition, the proof of at least three months of professional or study experience abroad is an admission requirement.

Letter of Motivation

In order to apply for the Peace and Conflict Studies Master programme, you must submit a letter of motivation in English (3 pages). It should contain the following information:

  • Explanation of the choice of programme and place of study
  • Intended focus of study
  • Relevant previous knowledge within your studies
  • Intended career paths after completion of your studies


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