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Religionswissenschaft / Study of Religions (Master of Arts)

Program: Religionswissenschaft / Study of Religions
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Program length: 2 years / 4 semesters (120 ECTS points)
Start: winter and summer semester

The Master program "Religionswissenschaft / Study of Religions" grants you reflected access to the complexity of religious phenomena in the past and present, in various socio-cultural contexts. The objective of the program is to be able to analyze the role and function of religions for the imprinting of individual living environments, but also collective affiliation and its importance for local and global conflict situations.

Contrary to the assumption of religion's advancing loss of significance, it has been clearly shown that religions are an essential element of societal and political life, including in the present.

Major topics

The Master program in Study of Religions enables specialization in the field of religious cultures of Europe and Asia, and in the field of Islamic cultures.

The diverse facets of religious contemporary culture as well as the history and present of Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism can be possible areas of specialization.

An individualized specialization and the acquisition of necessary language skills are possible as a result of the minor subject selection in correspondingly aligned secondary disciplines such as Islamic studies, Indology/Tibetology or social and cultural studies, as well as study options at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, in Protestant Theology, the social sciences and peace and conflict research.


With the Master's degree, you are qualified to introduce your knowledge of various religious traditions to societal debate and interreligious fields of conflict in a differentiated and mediating manner.

A variety of work is available, such as in libraries and documentation centers, in public museums and exhibition work and in publishing, as well as the fields of politics and culture.

Many graduates work in fields such as journalism, cultural work and work with foreigners, cultural (conflict) consulting and intercultural communication, but are also employed by international institutions and organizations.

With your study focus, stays abroad, internships, etc., you determine the direction of your professional future yourself, beginning during the program.

In addition, the Master program in "Religionswissenschaft / Study of Religions" qualifies students to perform research and teaching at universities and research institutions at home and abroad.

In some states, the subject is also relevant for the teacher training program, insofar as the instructional subjects of religious studies and ethics are provided for in addition to denominational religion instruction.

  • Admission requirements

    Required university degree

    We require evidence of completion of a relevant Bachelor's degree programme in Religious Studies or another discipline related to the study of religion and culture, or evidence of a comparable domestic or foreign university degree that qualifies students for a profession.

    The degree is relevant if relevant modules from the fields of religious studies or another discipline related to religious and cultural studies have been completed in the degree programme with a total of at least 48 credit points (CP). Students with a relevant minor partial degree programme with at least 48 CP are considered to have completed a relevant degree programme

    Course-specific knowledge and skills that must be proven

    Two foreign languages. The following must be proven

    • English proficiency at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and
    • Knowledge of another foreign language, i.e.
      • either knowledge of a modern foreign language at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
      • or knowledge of an ancient language or language necessary for the study of specific regions, religious communities or religious-historical sources
    Admission ModeDirect admission is granted with complete fulfillment of the admission requirements
  • Who can answer questions?

    Technical questions about your application


    Content-related questions about the program


    In case of urgent matters, please contact Prof. Dr. Edith Franke:

    Formal questions about your application

    In case of formal questions about the application, please contact Master's Coordination with your application number (if available) at .

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