Master of Arts International Social Sciences

Master of Arts International Social Sciences (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in International Social Sciences (MA ISS) is an interdisciplinary study program that prepares students for a career in international social management. It allows students to specialise in many different careers, such as experts in international social management, development cooperation, disaster response and humanitarian aid, planning, management and evaluation of sustainable development projects, working with the rights based approach in the United Nations human rights system, managing anti-poverty programs with civil society organizations, engagement in non-violent conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation, and active participation in various areas of Global Governance.

Friedensau Adventist University is actively involved in research projects in developing countries benefiting poor and disadvantaged population segments. It cooperates with international academic institutions, state governments, United Nation agencies and civil society actors for holistic and sustainable development, upholding human and minority rights, social justice, peace and reconciliation. International job placements for graduates may be found from a pool of cooperating agencies.

A low student-professor ratio facilitates a close working relationship between faculty and students and ensures individual attention and support in specific research interests. Self-managed student associations facilitate participation and integration within the university campus.

Internship is an important phase for the students of M.A. International Social Sciences in which they combine their theoretical academic knowledge with practical experiences for e.g. in modules like Gender and Social Development. During internships, students begin to develop and modify their skills required for the degree. Moreover, they get an overall perspective of their future course of action and goals.


  • Semester beginning

    at the beginning of the winter semester

  • Period of study

    4 Semester (120CP) It includes a practical training session of 8 weeks.

  • Student status

    full time

  • Language


  • Student fees

    The tuition fees: Financial Bulletin 2017/18 / The students of Friedensau Adventist University may receive BAföG on application if the conditions are fulfilled. The office for the BAföG is the Studentenwerk Magdeburg: . For further questions and Information please refer us.

  • Deadline

    For German applicants August 31 (for October start), for foreign applicants April 30 (for October start). Applications for admission which arrive after this deadline cannot be considered.

  • Degree

    Master of Arts (state-accredited)


  • Theories of Development
  • Critical Reflection on Development Cooperation
  • Sustainability, De-Growth and Resource Politics
  • Development Economics
  • Social Protection and Poverty Analysis
  • Gender and Development
  • Peace and Conflict Research
  • Religion and Development
  • Migration  and Development
  • Project Planning
  • Disaster Response and Humanitarian Aid
  • Public Health
  • Internship in the Field of Development Cooperation or Humanitarian Aid
  • Methods of Empirical Research
  • Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Oriented Master Thesis


The standard period of study is 4 semesters. It can be extended by up to 2 semesters upon application.

The programme has a modular structure. A module consists of several courses which are grouped in a thematic block. The modules generally take up one semester or one year of study. The certificates of achievement from the individual units are the basis for the module grade, which is awarded as an overall grade. Credits are assigned to the successfully completed modules according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The modules and their performance grades are thus recognized throughout Europe, making it easier to change one’s place of study. Transfer to an overseas institution is also possible.


For all applicants, the prerequisite for the programme is a Bachelors degree in social science, related fields or an equivalent. All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a result of at least 550 (PBT = paper-based test) or 213 (CBT = computer-based test) or 79 (iBT = internet-based test) points or another comparable performance, such as the IELTS (6.0) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grade B). Applicants who received their B.A. degree in an English-language study program are exempt.


"During my internship at the Community Health and Development organization (CHAD) in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar, I performed tasks such as preparing lesson plans and conducting awareness trainings, recording data for the annual plan and quarterly plans, attended meetings and workshops with UNICEF, visited camps for internally displaced persons (Dawn Lu San, Student from Myanmar)".

Dawn Lu San

Arlyn Avilés

“The institute where I did my internship is the ‘Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights’ (RIG/DPR), which part of Ahfad University for Women in Sudan. The students I interacted with were brilliant and interesting women, and had the same kind welcoming spirit of the people I met during my time in Khartoum (Arlyn Avilés, Student from Puerto Rico)”.

For further questions and Information please refer to:

Dean’s Office & Examination Office

Jessica Terhorst Jessica Terhorst
Dean´s Office School of Social Sciences
An der Ihle 5 ALÜP 101
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau
Tel.: + 49 (0) 39 21 9 16 150

Head of program

Ulrike Schultz UlrikeSchultz
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Development Sociology
An der Ihle 5 ALÜP 217
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau
Tel.: + 49 (0) 39 21 9 16 193

Silvia Hedenigg

Ulrike, Schultz
Prof. Dr. rer. pol.
Head of program International Social Science

I look forward to hearing from you!