Profile M.A. Comparative Democracy

The M.A. program “Comparative Democracy“ is an English language research-oriented two-year Master program. The new degree program aims at four main goals:

1.  To enable students to gain an in-depth understanding on the conceptual, behavioral, institutional, and structural bases of modern democracy in light of contextual prerequisites and challenges.

2.   To provide the theoretical, analytical, and methodological skills to successfully conduct relevant empirical research on problems of contemporary democracy.

3.  To prepare students to successfully pursue a career in academic research or in research-oriented positions in governmental or non-governmental organizations.

4.  To facilitate academic research and co-operation in an international environment.


The program is divided into six modules. It includes the following modules:

- Module A ("Introduction to comparative democracy") introduces students to comparative democracy research and the study program.

- Module B ("Concepts of democracy - past, present, future") focuses on the normative and empirical aspects of democracy.

- Module C ("Designing democracy research") provides in-depth training in qualitative and quantitative social science methods, with special emphasis on the field of comparative democracy research.

- Module D ("Topics in researching democracy") offers in-depth courses on central subject areas of comparative democracy research, citizens, interest aggregation/representation, and public policy.

- Module E ("Practicing research on democracy") emphasizes the practical dimension of the master's program by offering an internship (within or outside a university context) and a research practicum.

- Module F ("Colloquium, thesis, and defense") concludes the master's program with the attendance of a colloquium and the supervised preparation of a thesis.

For further details see Content & Structure.

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Dipl.-Soz. Alexander Simon

Student counselling for B.A. programs in Political Science and Sociology / Student counselling for M.A. programs / M.A. admission / B.A./M.A. internship counselling 

Telephone: +49 069/798-36596


PEG Room 2.G 133

Open consultation hours:

Tuesday 11a.m - 1p.m.

Thursday 11a.m. - 1 p.m.

In lecture free time only on Tuesdays

Open telephone consultation hours:

Wednesday 11a.m - 1p.m.

or by individual arrangement

Department 03
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
60323 Frankfurt am Main