Frequently Asked Questions: Master Media and Political Communication

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If you have earned your degree at a foreign higher education institution, you must attach a “diploma supplement” to your documents and degree certificate. The diploma supplement must state and describe the subjects of your former study program, must include an overview of the national grading system, and the national education system. Application documents can be submitted in German or English. Certificates in other languages must be handed in as notarized German or English translations.

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An application to the master’s program Media and Political Communication must display program achievements which are equivalent to at least 60 ECTS in media, communication or journalism studies. At least 10 out of these 60 ECTS must be successfully completed social science method classes. As part of your application you must present significant proof that your degree meets these criteria (Transcript of Records). In case student’s bachelor’s degrees do not have informed ties to the field of media and communication studies, students will not meet the application requirements and an application for the master’s program Media and Political Communication will not be successful.

The approval process which assesses the extent of relevant subjects also approves methods classes from other social sciences as well as final assignments with informed ties to media and communication studies. Job experiences in journalism and/or public relations cannot be taken into account for the evaluation of your degree.

Please provide a summary of all relevant classes including a description of their subjects (e.g. from the catalog of courses) and include references for the information stated (e.g. URL). Please include a written confirmation from your higher education institution or from the course instructor for courses that do not appear to be relevant at first sight because of their title. Such a confirmation should explicitly state in how far media and communication studies have been subject of the course (or subject of the final assignment).

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Yes, if you are going to complete your program during the summer semester. Please provide an official confirmation from your higher education institution which states all courses and proficiency levels or grades (Transcript of Records). The Transcript of Records must include your overall grade. Further information on the application procedure can be found here.

In case you get approved, you must provide your degree certificate after enrollment within the first semester.

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Information on the subjects as well as literature advice can be found in the program description (in German) on the homepage of Freie Universität Berlin. An overview of the recommended progress of the program (plan of study) including the titles of each study unit can be found here. Detailed information on the program’s contents and on the course of study is provided in the study and examination regulations (pdf-file, in German).

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Freie Universität Berlin offers a variety of master’s programs taught in English that do not require proof of German language skills. General information on master’s programs at Freie Universität Berlin can be found here.

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Graduates of the master’s program in Media and Political Communication are qualified to work in both, academic and applied teaching and research environments. The program also prepares them for leadership positions in the media and other organizations involved in political communication. Additional career options are in the areas of media policy, political consulting and political education.

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Information on PhD programs at Freie Universität Berlin is provided in the doctoral studies portal. Furthermore, information on PhD opportunities can be found on the website of the Institute for Media and Communication Studies and on the website of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (in German).

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