Sociology – Master of Arts


Graduate study programme which requires a first university degree.

The MA in Sociology offers a research-oriented study programme with focus on present-day issues and challenges. Such key themes are often subject of international comparative studies: migration and social integration, gender inequalities in organisations and labour markets, education and labour markets, organisation and the economy, culture and social networks. In order to discuss these themes,, a knowledge of general theoretical foundations and their skilful application is essential. To promote interdisciplinary exchanges, the study programme foresees joint modules with anthropology..In addition to this, we put a strong emphasis on teaching our students how to apply methodical ‘tools’ and enable them to collect and analyse empirical material. The core of the research-oriented study programme is formed by a two-semester project seminar and the final thesis. Students are specifically included in current sociological research and mentored to reflect on societal developments. Our students also take part in sociological research colloquia and are introduced to the sociological debating culture.


DegreeMaster of Arts
Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Period of study4 semesters
Application period27.05. - 15.7. | 4.12. - 15.1.
Admission restrictionsno
⌀ Number of students:15

Why study Sociology at Konstanz?

  • broad spectrum of themes and issues with the chance to form your own specialist areas
  • reliable and ambitious programme of core courses in sociological theory and methods which is open to stimulating suggestions and proposals from the students
  • joint modules with anthropology to promote interdisciplinary exchanges
  • research-oriented approach
  • excellent supervision and staff-student ratios
  • ideal foundation for a subsequent doctoral programme, for instance at the Konstanz Graduate School of Decision Sciences.



Prospects and opportunities

Career prospects

As a MA graduate in sociology you have various career opportunities. Typical work areas include:

  • academia and research
  • organisations and political consulting, political parties
  • companies (e.g. human resources, PR, quality management, project management, marketing)
  • market and public opinion research
  • advisory positions and journalism
  • authorities, agencies and associations 
  • ministries, federal institutions, NGO and NPO, international organisations
  • university management and public administration
  • cultural, media and educational institutions

After the master's programme you can continue with doctoral studies in Sociology and acquire a doctorate (Dr. rer. soc.). Sociology is involved in the Graduate School of Decision Sciences (GSDS).

You can find out more about career entry in the interview series #dreamjob - Starting a career. Alumni of the University of Konstanz report on their very personal career entry.

Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

You can find an exemplary structure of the study programme in this table (in German).

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Internship and study abroad


An internship outside the university is not mandatory, but always highly recommended. The department's Internship Office or our Career Service will help you to ind a suitable placement.

Study abroad

We highly recommend a study abroad stay. The university promotes study abroad via Erasmus+ and numerous other exchange programmes.


What interests and skills should I have?

  • An interest in societal contexts and issues
  • A committed and structured approach to work
  • Good English skills

Language skills

German language skills
International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4. Alternatively, other language tests or school certificates recognized as equivalent can be used as proof of the required German language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The language usually used in class and during examinations is German. Courses may be taught in English. Course work and academic performance assessments in these courses can be completed also in English.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a subject relevant for the study programme (social sciences or the humanities)
  • letter of motivation (two DIN A4 pages or more) stating why you choose the Master's Programme in Sociology, your expectations and aims for the study programme.
  • International applicants need documentation of their German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent.

For details, please see the admission regulations.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

An application is possible during the following period: 27.05. - 15.7. (winter semester) and 4.12. - 15.1. (summer semester). There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). For more information please consult the university website.

Application documents

  • application for admission
  • documentation of your academic degree including details on course work and performance. If you have not received your degree certificate by the end of the application deadline, please attach documentation of all your examination results so far
  • letter of motivation
  • curriculum vitae
  • if applicable, current certificate of enrolment or proof of deregistration (Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung), (if you have studied at a German university, please indicate your 'Fachsemester’ and ‘Hochschulsemester’)

    Important note: Please note the information provided under the tab "Admission requirements".

International students:

  • documentation of German language skills, level DSH-2 or TestDaF 4, or a language test recognised as equivalent
  • applicants from China: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing
  • applicants from Mongolia: APS-certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Ulan Bator
  • applicants from Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Hanoi