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Admission requirements for this master's degree program

  • Passed Bachelor's examination in political science or equivalent or university degree in psychology, sociology, social sciences, history, first state examination in law, economics, communication science, human geography, social work, cultural studies, philosophy, anthropology, ethnography or educational science with at least 60 credits in political science
  • and proof of a standard period of study of at least 6 semesters.
  • and the submission of a convincing letter of motivation. The following points should be presented:
    1) Motivation to study the Master's degree program in Political Science: Critique - Rule - Transformation in Kassel, including previous subject-related educational and professional qualifications as well as personal experience.
    2) Expectations of the Master's program in terms of content and teaching and learning formats as well as the possibilities of setting priorities.
    3) Own long-term professional goals and contribution of the Master's program to these goals.

If necessary, the Examination Board may grant admission on the condition that, by the time of registration for the Master's thesis, missing knowledge is demonstrated by the successful completion of certain Bachelor's modules from the Political Science degree program amounting to a maximum of 30 credits.

Step by step guide

  1. 1.Deadlines

    • Can I apply already?

    The application deadline for this program can be found below the program description on the program home page. 

  2. 2.Documents

    • I take care of the necessary documents, which I have to scan for the online application.

    What documents do I need for the application?

    1. Scan of your certificate of higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur), Fachhochschulreife (Fachabitur))
    2. Scan of your first professional university degree (certificate: e.g. Bachelor, Diplom I, Staatsexamen)

      If you do not yet have a Bachelor degree certificate at the time of application, please upload the following evidence: At the time of application, at least 80% of the work required for a degree must already have been completed and passed. This equates to 144 out of 180 or 168 out of 210 credits. In addition, proof of admission to the Bachelor's thesis (indicating the date of submission) must be available.
      1. Preliminary overview of subjects and grades of your previous studies and
      2. the certificate on the status in your studies filled in and signed by your current examination office.
    3. Further evidence specified in the examination regulations (see above)
    4. Letter of motivation in which you explain your interest in studying for a Master's degree in Political Science as well as your special interest in the Master's program in Politics at the University of Kassel.
    5. If applicable, supplementary application form (only in: Computer Science, Sustainable Management, REE, Social Law & Social Economy, Environmental Engineering).
    6. Proof of health insurance ("Versi­che­rungs­be­stä­ti­gung für Hoch­schule")
      Membership certificates are not accepted. Please apply for a digital insurance certificate ("Meldung 10") from your statutory health insurance company for enrollment at the University of Kassel, which the health insurance company will transmit electronically directly to the University of Kassel. For this purpose, please inform your health insurance company of the dispatch number of the University of Kassel. This is: H0000479. If you are privately insured, you must contact a statutory health insurance company with your private insurance certificate. The statutory health insurance company will then digitally notify the University of Kassel that you are "not subject to (statutory) health insurance". See also:
    7. Scan of your university semesters, This information can either be found on an Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung, on a Studienverlaufsbescheinigung, a master data sheet, an Immatrikulationsbescheinigung or a Bafög Bescheinigung.
    8. Scan of your proof of identity (identity card or passport)
    9. Portrait photo
      A digital portrait photo is required for the CampusCard (student ID). The photo: #must be passport-size (face without headgear and without sunglasses takes up most of the picture area)
    • must be in 4:3 format (if the uploaded photo is not in this format, you will have to choose a crop after uploading)
    • must not exceed 5 megabytes in size
    • must not be larger than 1280x1024 pixels
    • may only consist of one of the formats jpg, jpeg, png

    Your application will not be processed until the documents have been submitted in their entirety in digital form.

  3. 3.eCampus

    • I open the website of the application portal "eCampus":
      eCampus - Register now
    • I click on"Registration".
    • I enter my details and set a password. 
    • I receive an e-mail and click on the confirmation link in the e-mail  

    The University of Kassel strongly recommends activating the email notification and logging into the application portal regularly.

  4. 4.Application


    • I use a desktop PC or a laptop. The online application is not suitable for smartphones.
    • I have scanned the necessary documents for the online application.
    • I open the website of the application portal"eCampus":

    eCampus - Fill out application now

    • I log in again to the application portal "eCampus" with my user name and password. 
    • I click on the menu item "My studies" and then on "Study application".

    Fill out the application:

    • I select the intended master's degree program in the online application.
    • I fill out the online form and upload any relevant supporting documents. If I am unclear, I read the help texts next to the questions. 
    • I confirm that my data is complete and true and submit my application online by clicking on the "Submit application" button. The online application page opens.
  5. 5.Editing

    • As soon as my application has been received by the Student Secretariat, my application status and my application subject status are set to "digitally received".
    • I will receive all further information on the processing status of my application via an e-mail indicating the change in status of my application. I can then find more detailed information in the application overview in eCampus. (We recommend that you activate the e-mail notification and log in to the application portal regularly).


    • Your application will first be formally checked: Have all documents been uploaded? Are the formal requirements met?

    • Once the formal check has been completed, the application is forwarded to the examination board of your degree program. The status of your application changes to "In progress".

    • In the next step, the examination board checks whether the content-related requirements for admission are also met and decides on the subject-related equivalence, the recognition of previous achievements and decides whether the application is admissible or should be rejected. In the case of admissibility, content-related conditions may also be imposed.  

    • The examination board digitally reports the result back to the master's office.

    • If it is discovered during the procedure that documents are missing, the applicants will be informed of this by e-mail. The e-mail will state the deadline for submission.

    • Depending on the Master's program, it may take up to six weeks until you receive the result. Please refrain from making inquiries during this time.

  6. 6.Decision

    • Subsequently, I will receive either an admission or rejection:

    • In case of admissibility, the application status and application subject status of my application will be set to "Admitted" and I can enroll online.

    • In case of rejection, the application status and application subject status of my application will be set to "Rejected". I can find the exact reasons for rejection in the rejection notice, which I can access in eCampus. I save the rejection notice.

  7. 7.Approval

    • I receive my offer of admission via eCampus. I am made aware of this by an email that I have received an offer of admission. I log on to eCampus and can retrieve my notification of admission. With the admission I also receive information about any requirements to be fulfilled.
    • I save my notification of admission.
  8. 8.Enrollment

    • I open the website of the application portal"eCampus": eCampus - Enroll Now
    • I log in again to the application portal "eCampus" with my user name and password. 
    • I click on the menu item"My studies" and then on"Application for studies".
    • I fill out the form"Apply for enrollment".
    • I upload my portrait photo here and provide health insurance information.
    • I complete the enrollment and have my semester fee calculated.
    • My application and application subject status are now set to "Enrollment applied".
  9. 9.Semester fee

    • I transfer the semester fee. 

    Fees are charged for your studies every semester (administrative fee, student union, semester ticket, AStA). You will find the exact amount, the payment deadline and the details for the transfer in the application for enrollment. Further information is also available here: Semesterbeitrag

  10. 10.CampusCard

    • I will receive the CampusCard by mail as soon as I have transferred my semester fee.

    The CampusCard is your student ID card for the entire duration of your studies. It is also library card, cultural ticket, payment card in the canteen, copy card, etc. Further information can be found here: CampusCard

  11. 11.Funding

    • I find out about financing options.

    Here you can find information about the study financing: Financing

  12. 12.Living

    • I am looking for a place to live.

    Here you can find information about the student housing market in Kassel and Witzenhausen: Housing

  13. 13.Start of study

    • I check the"Introduction and Start of Studies"subpage   for the dates of the introductory events. 

Status messages in eCampus

Application/Application Subject/Approval Status*.


In preparation

Application process has been started but not yet submitted digitally.

Digitally received

The application has been submitted digitally and is ready for review by the Master's Office.


You have withdrawn your application. This will now no longer be reviewed and will not participate in the process.

In process - digitally received

The request has been formally reviewed and forwarded to the review board.

In process - provisionally excluded

Documents are still missing.

Offer of admission has been received

You have been offered a place to study this subject.


The review of your application was negative. You do not meet all the requirements for a study place.

Deadline exceeded

You did not accept your study offer within the deadline.

*To indicate the progress of an application, each application and application subject has a status. Application statuses are related to the application; application subject status and admission status are related to the individual subject of an application.

  • Enrollmentapplied for: Application has been submitted digitally in eCampus.
  • Enrollmentin progress: Paper application has been received and is being processed.
  • Enrolled: You have been successfully enrolled.
  • Enrollmentdenied: There were irrefutable barriers. You cannot be enrolled.