Master in Ecumenical Studies (MESt)

University of Bonn Center for Religion and Society

Program Description

Master in Ecumenical Studies (MESt)

University of Bonn Center for Religion and Society

The MESt covers a field of knowledge: the plurality of Christianities, the plurality of European and non-European churches and theologies, the plurality of religious differences in general and in their cultural contexts, and main concepts of the types of unity of Churches/Christianity to be desired as well as concepts regarding peaceful and respectful interactions of religions. In Bonn you will study this within the context of topics.

A co-operative process of students and lecturers

The students' familiarity with their background is an integral part of the learning process. Without the students' competences, the learning and teaching process would realize only half of its potential. The program strives for being sensitive to the religious and cultural embeddedness of researchers and students in the field of religion, as this embeddedness is not merely to be put in brackets while doing academic research, but rather can be laid open und thus also be openly reflected.

Starting with the academic year 2013/2014, the Master's program in Ecumenical Studies is offered in two formats. Students who hold a 3-year Bachelor's Degree qualify for the two-year MESt (officially called MEESt- Extended Ecumenical Studies), while students who hold a 4-year Bachelor's Degree qualify either for the one-year or the two-year MESt.

Program Components

The Master's Program in Ecumenical Studies consists of:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • A six-week internship (one-year MESt) / A nine-week internship Internships are to take place between the winter and summer semesters (i.e. in February and March), for the one-year program resp. between the first and the second year (i.e. July - September) in the two-year program. International students are encouraged to complete their internships in Germany; German students are encouraged to complete their internships abroad.
  • A Master's thesis.

Academic Requirements

Applicants for the Master's Program in Ecumenical Studies (MESt) must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university. This degree must be in one of the following fields: Catholic Theology, History of Religion, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Old-Catholic Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Protestant Theology, Religious Education, Religious Studies, Sociology of Religion or another related field.

English proficiency, under the terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for language (CEFR) (German: Gemeinsamer Europäischer Referenzrahmen [GeR]), with a minimum CEFR level B2 or comparable accomplishments in one of the following language tests: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Applicants are exempt who can show that they have achieved the matriculation standard for a university from an English-speaking school and/or the completion of a university degree in a programme conducted at least partially in the English language. Exceptions are brought before the examination board.

Documentary evidence of proficiency in German is not required.

Ecumenical Interest

Applicants must possess a basic knowledge of the challenges of ecumenical research, demonstrated by studies amounting to at least 12 Credit Points (CP) in the field of ecumenism or equivalent attainment. The examination board will rule on equivalences.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German


Last updated September 28, 2017
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12 - 24 months
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