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Admission Requirements

This is a consecutive MA program. We welcome applicants who (1) already had an emphasis on historical topics in their undergraduate studies or (2) applicants who majored in area studies (e.g. Islamic Studies, Asian and East Asian Studies, African Studies, Latin American Studies etc.) and wish to further their historiographic expertise with a strong focus on global perspectives. Reflecting the transnational and non-Eurocentric approach of the program we primarily encourage students with a regional expertise beyond Germany to apply.

Please note, entry to the course begins with the first semester in the winter semester each year. If you wish to apply for entry into the course in a higher semester, please email us at globalhistory@fu-berlin.de. You can only start the course in the summer semester under certain conditions and we recommend that you discuss your circumstances with us before you apply for the summer semester.

What are the admissions requirements for the Global History MA program?

  • An above average undergraduate degree on par with a BA in History, Area Studies, or a related field that includes equivalent historical or area studies topics (a minimum of one third of your undergraduate credit points), which can be proven with a transcript of records. In all cases, at least one third of your credit points must be accredited from historical or area studies courses.
  • The MA Global History is an English-language program. Therefore, applicants to the MA program who are non-native speakers must prove in their application that they have English skills at a C1 (CEFRL) level. Information about language testing and certification can be found here.
  • Although the online application system Uni-assist gives international students the option to upload motivational letters (personal statements), work samples, recommendation letters, and CVs, such documents are not required in the application for our MA program. Moreover, those documents will not be considered.
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