Study information
Key facts
Master of Arts
4 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 265,60
Start of studies
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

The Master of Arts programme "Sociology" offers interest- and research-based studies closely connected to national and international research projects, amongst others the DFG Research Group on "Post-Growth Societies".

The study programme includes courses in qualitative and quantitative methods of emperical social research. Furthermore, seminars on research practice offer students the opportunity to gain own research experiences. The selection of one of the three offered areas of concentration as well as the interdisciplinary integration of different study programmes allow an individual and flexible study structure.

Students may specialise in one of the three offered areas of concentration: (1) "Labour, Economy, Welfare", (2) "Sustainability and Societal Transformations" and (3) "Gender Relations in Modern Societies".

  • If you select "Labour, Economy, Welfare", you will examine labour market processes, their political regulation, and professional action in welfare state institutions.
  • If you select "Sustainability and Societal Transformations", you will research the course of social change in modern societies as well as goals, forms, and methods of sociological interpretation of time.
  • If you select "Gender Relations in Modern Societies" (available as of winter term 2019/20) you will deepen your knowledge of structure and change of gender relations in modern societies with focus on the crisis of social reproduction. Furthermore, this area of specialisation deals with the current international debates about the category "gender" and the analysis of the organisation and reorganisation of care work in neoliberal capitalist societies.

The Institute of Sociology offers further areas of main research:

  • Economic sociology, industrial sociology and organisational sociology
  • Analysis of labour market and social policy
  • Analysis of social structure and inequality research
  • Sustainability research and post-growth research
  • Social theory

Special features

Jena has one of the top sociology institutes in Germany. In the current university ranking by the CHE, it received excellent marks for student support services, methodological training, and the overall study situation.

In terms of content, this degree programme ties into the institute's well-established areas of research, closely connected to the topics of the special Collaborative Research Centre "Social Developments after Structural Change".

Career opportunities

Sociologists are characterised by their wide range of skills and abilities. Yet it is essential to seek experience beyond one's studies in order to guarantee professional success.

Potential employment opportunities include social research, market research, statistics departments, academic positions, personnel departments, public relations, the media, adult education, project management, and consulting or advisory positions in companies, politics, the health sector, or social welfare authorities.

A variety of research projects in the context of the Jena Graduate Academy offer graduates opportunities to pursue doctoral research and a career in academe.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent

For this master's programme you need a subject-specific undergraduate degree (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits) or an equivalent degree that includes knowledge in Sociology or equivalent fields of science of at least 60 credits (ECTS), comprising at least 20 credits (ECTS) in empirical social research.

Language requirements

This master's programme requires the following language proficiency:  

  • English language proficiency at level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • international applicants: German language proficiency at minimum level DSH-2 (or a recognised equivalent)

Application documents


Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

Motivation letter

A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

  • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
  • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
  • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
  • Why Jena?


University entrance qualification certificate

Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

Previous university degrees earned

All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

Detailed transcript of records

Detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of your first, subject-specific University degree, with which you apply for the master's programme (minimum requirement is the transcript/mark sheet up to the semester before the last). This trancript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

You need at least 140 credits (ECTS) by the time you apply.

Proof of relevant work experience

Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of subject-specific practical experience

Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of language proficiency

You have to submit the following proofs of language proficiencies:

  • Proof of language proficiency in English (Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Additional application documents for international students

Proof of German language proficiency

For German taught master's programmes, i.e. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction, a sufficient German language proficiency proof is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the master's programme of your interest on the corresponding website.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German language proficiency proof exclusively:

  • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
  • the TestDaF, minimum TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), min. level 2 (= DSH-2),
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule (min. level "befriedigend"),
  • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.

Please note: If you do not have the required mandatory German language proficiency proof at the time of applying, you may only apply if you can provide a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to receive the results before the end of the current semester.

There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat B1, TestDaF at least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognized language school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office or contact the International Office directly via Mail.

Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught master's programme!

The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

  • Applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelor's degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
  • Holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.
Translation of foreign/external application documents

Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

Proof of grading system

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system (= description of the maximum grade possible and the minimum passing grade) used at the respective University. 

Certificate APS

Applicants with degrees from India, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

University entrance exam

Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

  • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year)
  • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
  • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")


Subject Advisor - Dr. Erik Hirsch
Master Service Centre
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Wednesday 13:00 to 15:00

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Student Representatives Sociology
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