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M.A. Program in Political Science

Program Overview

The two-year Master program in Political Science equips students with advanced formal and statistical data analysis methods. Students can specialize and apply their analytical skills in a broad range of areas including comparative politics, international politics, political economy, European societies and politics, and formal and quantitative methods. Please find an overview of our courses here. The language of instruction is English.

Integration with Doctoral Studies

Successfull Master students are encouraged to continue their studies in the three-year PhD program at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences, a step taken by a significant number of our M.A. graduates. Credits earned during the Master program count towards PhD course requirements, thus reducing the time needed to complete the PhD program. Please contact the program manager Milanka Stojkovic for further inquiries.

Research Environment: Finance your studies by practicing your research skills

The Department of Political Science is affiliated with a number of research institutions in the Social Sciences. These include the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), the recently established Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 on "Political Economy of Reforms" and the Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences (gesis). This environment provides ideal opportunities for training in applied research by practicing cutting-edge Political Science in research teams and allows students to co-finance their studies by gaining first-hand experience in nationally and internationally funded projects.

Scholarships and Funding

The University of Mannheim awards around 250 scholarships per year and has one of the most differentiated scholarship systems among public higher education institutions in Germany. The University cooperates with a large network of partners and sponsors, e.g. the Deutschland Scholarship. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world’s largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and researchers. Check out their scholarship opportunites and plan ahead!
Students who are considering a career in academia can take their first steps by working as a student assistant at one of the chairs or nearby research institutes (MZES, SFB 884, gesis). You can be involved in a research project and gain work experience while increasing your income!


Mannheim has repeatedly been rated as Germany's leading School for Political Science in Germany according to QS World Ranking and Times Higher Education Ranking (THE). Other renowned rankings like CHE have awarded Mannheim's Political Science Department the maximum score in all evaluated categories and ranked the University of Mannheim as the best German public unversity in Political Science.

Why Mannheim?

Creative, cosmopolitan, economically advanced – the UNESCO Creative City impresses with its numerous concerts, museums, theaters, and festivals such as the Enjoy Jazz festival and the International Film Festival. The stadium of the ‘Bundesliga’ soccer team Hoffenheim is nearby, and the home matches of ‘Mannheim Adler’ (Ice hockey) and ‘Rhein-Neckar-Löwen’ (Handball) take place in the impressive SAP-Arena just outside the city. Mannheim is a green city with many parks and recreation areas close to the city center.
Accommodation is reasonably priced: Compared to other nearby university cities, appartments throughout the city center and close to the campus are relatively cheap and comfortable.