MA International Relations – Admissions

Application Procedure

Applications for the MA International Relations are submitted online. The period in which submission of applications (for the subsequent fall term) is possible is 1 December through 1 February. Please read the information on this page carefully and completely before you start the application process.

The online application system (which is now closed and will re-open in December 2019 – see above) can be accessed here. (Should a German site appear you can switch to the English version by clicking the Union Jack at the top of the page.) Start by reading the instructions including those in the section “Application Procedure”. Then click “New Application”. At first you should register to create an account. This will allow you to interrupt the application process and to resume it later without having to re-enter data. Subsequently, click the start button and follow the instructions of the system.

Note that the “official letter” that is mentioned on the welcome page of the application portal refers to the letter informing you whether you are admitted to the program. Thus, you should not expect to receive it until several weeks after the deadline (1st of February). Do not send any documents in print before you receive this letter explicitly asking you to do so.

Mind the following “stumbling blocks”:

  • Early in the “interview” that you will have to go through you will be asked about your “target degree”. Here you should select “Master of Arts in cooperation between Jacobs University Bremen and University of Bremen”.
  • At one point you will be asked for which semester you would like to apply. Here you should select “WiSe 2019/20”.
  • If you are exempted from the obligation to provide a proof of proficiency in English because you earned your university entrance qualification (“A-levels”) in English (see below), choose “Level C1” when asked about your language skills.
  • When asked about whether you would like to enter the program as a beginner or as an advanced student (“Semester Number”), you should choose the former option, i.e. “1” (for first semester). (If you intend to apply as an “advanced student” please see below.)
  • Close to the end of the application procedure you will be asked to upload various documents (scanned in PDF), which are essential for your application. Unfortunately, not all of them are named explicitly on the site. Therefore, it is your responsibility to make sure you upload all the documents listed below under “requirements”.


To be considered applicants need to provide:

  • A proof of a bachelor’s (or master’s) degree or its equivalent in International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, or a similar area of study worth 180 credit points (CP) according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) (or equivalent). Students whose degree is pending may apply nonetheless if they have completed a large part of their studies (corresponding to at least 120 CP).
  • A transcript of undergraduate courses and grades with a GPA equivalent to 2.3 or better in the German grading system.
  • A proof of proficiency in English at the level of C1 (Common European Framework) or higher. A minimum score of 95 (TOEFL internet-based), 575 (TOEFL paper-based), 230 (TOEFL computer-based), 945/180/180 (TOEIC), or 7.0 (IELTS) is accepted as equivalent, and so are the Cambridge Certificates in Advanced English (CAE) or of Proficiency in English (CPE) (Grade C). Students who earned their university entrance qualification (“A levels”) in English or their bachelor’s or master’s degree in an all-English program are exempt from this requirement (assuming they provide the corresponding document as evidence).
  • An English essay explaining why they are choosing this program and what their research interests are (“letter of motivation”).
  • An English summary (1,000 words) of their bachelor’s or master’s thesis. If the thesis is not yet finished an English exposé of the thesis or an English (summary of a) term paper on a topic related to the program may be provided instead. (Upload just one document, i.e. the requested summary or paper. Flooding the selection committee with papers will not improve your chances of being accepted.)
  • A current CV (in English) including information on their educational and work history, publications (if any), language abilities, and extracurricular interests.

Admission of applicants whose degree is pending at the time of application is conditional on their providing the completed, final transcript no later than two weeks after the courses have started as well as the bachelor’s certificate by 31 December of the same year.

Please visit our FAQ page for more information.

Application Deadline

Applications must be uploaded by 1 February. (The application period starts 1 December.)

Please make sure that your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. (As mentioned above, exceptions are made for students who have yet to complete their BA. Please submit a transcript listing all courses and grades achieved so far.)

Advanced Students

Subject to vacant places, the program admits “advanced students”. (In the spring term 2019 there is one place available for advanced students.) Advanced students (“Fortgeschrittene Bewerber”) are applicants who have successfully completed courses in another relevant MA program which are recognized by the selection committee as equivalent to MA International Relations seminars worth 10 credit points or more. Of course, the requirements that apply for regular applications for the fall term (appropriate prior degree, minimum GPA, etc.) must be met as well (see above). If the number of applicants who meet these requirements exceeds the number of vacancies (i.e. the program’s capacity for advanced students), the selection committee will rank the applications according to their merit. Note that it is not possible to submit two applications for the same year: one as an “advanced student” for spring, and one as a “beginner” for fall. Moreover, applicants who are recognized as “advanced students” but could not be accepted for capacity reasons are precluded from applying as “beginners” in subsequent years (although they may re-apply as “advanced students”).

In contrast to the regular applications (i.e. as “beginner”), applications as “advanced student” are not submitted online but on paper. The application consists of a completed form (which is accessible here) as well as the required proofs and supporting documents (including those mentioned in the list of admission requirements above). Enclose documents (e.g. course syllabi) that allow the selection committee to establish whether you have successfully completed courses in another MA program that are equivalent to MA International Relations seminars worth 10 credit points or more. (For the program’s curriculum see here.)

Note that, since the form is used for several Master’s programs, it includes questions which are not relevant for your application for the MA International Relations and hence may be ignored. In particular, this applies to questions 6 through 11. Moreover, the obligations of proof at this stage are less strict and encompassing than stated in the form. More specifically, it is enough to provide simple copies (in German or English) of the official documents mentioned above under “Requirements” (Bachelor’s diploma and transcript, proof of proficiency in English) and of the documents giving evidence of your “advanced student” status. Certified copies and translations (if applicable) will have to be provided only at a later stage, i.e. after admission to the program.

The deadline for applications as “advanced student” is 15 January.


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