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Diversity Studies in the Social Sciences (M.A)


How can individual chances for participation be safeguarded and societal integration issues be solved? Diversity studies seek answers to these and other questions by researching the construction of social groups, mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion and societal ways of dealing with difference. The new research-oriented Master's programme develops and addresses questions relevant to inequalities.

Diversity Studies in the Social Sciences
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Full-time studies or Part-time studies
Teaching language:
Standard period of studies:
4 semesters, up to 7 semesters in part-time study
Start of studies:
Winter and summer semester


Students are encouraged to develop awareness towards their own situatedness and approach to diversity. They also learn to design and implement diversity trainings.

Graduates are qualified to independently acquire, systematize and develop professional knowledge and can make it accessible to different publics; to work independently according to scientific principles; to reflect and evaluate social and political events pertaining to diversity and processes of diversification, both theoretically and empirically, in a scientifically sound way; and to convey the general relevance of social (processes of) differentiation to laypersons.

The courses are taught in German language. A sufficient German language proficiency is required latest by matriculation. A matriculation without a proof of language proficiency is not possible.

The knowledge and competences taught in this Master's programme qualify graduates for positions in various fields in public and private institutions. Possible career paths include working as diversity or equal opportunities officers and consultancy, especially in the occupational fields of social integration, personnel and services management, intercultural opening and organizational development. Potential employers include businesses, university and science management, NGOs, political parties, social and educational establishments and international organizations. This Master's degree programme also provides students with the competencies required to pursue a PhD.

Consecutive/graduate programmes

Consecutive/graduate programmes

Programme structure


Regulations and module directory


Previous education

  • B.Sc. Degree or equivalent
  • at least 150 ECTS at the time of application
  • Eligibility:
    • Verification required of academic performance in Economics or Social Science in the scope of at least 60 ECTS, including
      • at least 4 ECTS in the area of social science research methods and
      • at least 4 ECTS in Statistics

Language requirements

If German is not your first language, you must provide proof of proficiency in German at level of the DSH-2.



Academic advising

Ulrike Thiele-Manjali
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
37073 Göttingen

Tel. +49 551 39 19563
Fax. +49 551 39 12853

Programme homepage

Study and examination advice

Annegret Schallmann
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
37073 Göttingen

Tel. +49 551 39 27159
Fax. +49 551 39 19827