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Master of International Social Sciences

The M.A. in International Social Sciences (Development Studies) has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice. Students learn about relevant theories as well as the practical realities of the development/aid industry.
Everyone is required to do an internship and can specialize their interest through relevant electives on topics such as migration, social security, sustainability and gender.

The M.A. prepares thoroughly for an academic career in development through its emphasis on project planning courses and a focus on disaster management and a critical lens on global power relations and postcolonial perspective. Being highly cosmopolitan with students from all over the world, its specific worth lies in the opportunity to assess international issues through a literally global perspective stemming from the diversity of the student body.

Admission requirements

  • For admission, the completion of a degree program at a university or an academically recognized college or university of applied sciences or an equivalent degree in social sciences or humanities is required and proven by a Bachelor degree, a Master degree, a Diploma, a State Examination or a Doctorate. A final grade (certificate grade) of at least 2.5 is required.

Language requirements

  • 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 79 (IBT = internet-based test) points or a comparable performance in another test, such as the IELTS (6.0) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (FCE).
  • Applicants who received their B.A. degree in an English-language program are exempt These applicants submit a certificate from the university indicating that the medium of instruction at the university is English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Theories of Development
  • Critical Reflection on Development Cooperation
  • Sustainability, De-Growth and Resource Politics
  • Development Economics
  • Social Protection and Poverty Analysis
  • Public Health in Developing Countries
  • 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

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for this program are 5060€ per year. 


Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Arts degree.

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The M.A. ISS has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice. It is aimed at professionalizing those already working in development or others for whom a part-time program seems more fitting.

About this institute

Friedensau Adventist University

Friedensau Adventist University (FAU) is a state-accredited church-run university. It owns the School of Social Sciences and the School of Theology, as well as the language institute for German/English and biblical languages. There are about ten scientific institutes in various...

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Emilien T.B.
My M.A. program at Friedensau Adventist University has provided me with both scientific theories and practical tools that relate to international development. We combine lectures with seminars, workshops, field trips, and media learnings to familiarise ourselves with international development. Through workshops essentially and field trips, pract...
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Bonny M.D.
The course is interesting and designed to help students understand the various global dynamics of development. It is broad and encompasses several fields of study that equip a student with theoretical knowledge as well as practical experiences through internships. I recommend this program of study to anyone who is interested in the field of deve...
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Friedensau Adventist University

An der Ihle 19
39291 Möckern-Friedensau

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