Master of Arts in Political Science

The consecutive and research-based Master program in Political Science is offered by the Institute of Political Science at Goethe-University Frankfurt and conveys deeper academic knowledge across the full range of Political Science. It is characterized by an extensive course offer as well as a wide spectrum of study and research contexts reflecting the department’s various areas of specialization. In the tradition of internationally renowned Social Sciences in Frankfurt, the M.A. in Political Science teaches students the skills required to work independently and in accordance with scientific principles, to apply scientific methods and to reflect critically on societal interrelationships.

In particular, the M.A. in Political Science facilitates an intensive engagement with the paradigmatic, theoretical and methodical paradigms of political science as well as with exemplary questions from Political Theory, Comparative Politics and International Relations. With an obligatory students’ research project and an obligatory profession-related internship, students will also gather experience for their future careers and are enabled to reflect systematically upon them.

Special features

The Institute of Political Science at Goethe-University Frankfurt is the largest of its kind in Germany. It is distinctive in its unique combination of academic pluralism and research excellence. With 22 professors and over 50 research associates, the department offers a varied and differentiated syllabus with a strong focus on research in all subareas of the discipline. Current research priorities are Democracy in Comparative Perspective, Comparative Capitalism, Justice and Legitimacy in a Transnational Perspective, and Competing International Governance.

The Master program in Political Science offers a wide variety of options – alongside an area of specialization in the compulsory elective fields of Political Theory, Comparative Politics and International Relations. Students are free to select specific courses in these fields. In addition to the compulsory elective fields, all students attend the introductory module on “Theory Paradigms and Methods of Political Science” and work on a students’ research project, in which they amplify their methodological knowledge and compile their own empirical research papers.


At a glance

Programme duration: 4 semesters (2 academic years)
Programme start:  Winter semester only
Restricted admission:    Yes
Amount: 120 credit points (CPs)
Number of modules (main subject): 6 compulsory modules, 3 compulsory elective modules
Type of module examinations: Coursework
Written test
Oral examination
Language(s) of instruction:  German, English