Master of Arts in International Social Sciences

The Master of Arts in International Social Sciences (MA ISS) is an interdisciplinary study program that prepares students for a career in international social management. It allows students to specialise in professional career options such as professional employment as experts in international social management, development cooperation, disaster response and humanitarian aid, planning, management and evaluation of sustainable development projects, working with the rights-based approach in the United Nations human rights system, managing anti-poverty programs with civil society organizations, engagement in non-violent conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation, and active participation in various areas of Global Governance.

Friedensau Adventist University is actively involved in research projects in developing countries benefiting poor and disadvantaged population segments. It cooperates with international academic institutions, state governments, United Nation agencies and civil society actors for holistic and sustainable development, upholding human and minority rights, social justice, peace, and reconciliation. International job placements for graduates may be found from a pool of cooperating agencies.

A low student-professor ratio facilitates a close working relationship between faculty and students and ensures individual attention and support in specific research interests. Self-managed student associations facilitate participation and integration within the university campus.


  • Introduction to International Social Management
  • Theories of development
  • Scientific methods and research approaches (Part I and II)
  • Complex qualitative social research
  • Complex quantitative social research
  • Special social research Poverty analysis and poverty alleviation
  • Human rights in social work, development cooperation and humanitarian aid
  • Comparative religion and development politics
  • International and comparative studies of applied social science
  • International and comparative education
  • Globalization and global governance
  • Gender and social development
  • Social security systems in developing, take-off and transformation countries
  • International peace and conflict research
  • Participatory planning, management, and evaluation of development projects
  • Theories and practical relevance of related sciences in development cooperation
  • Approaches and models to resolve social problems in developing countries
  • Macro and microeconomic factors of development, micro credit projects
  • Disaster response and humanitarian aid
  • Tropical medicine
  • Practical training
  • Research oriented Master thesis


The standard period of study is 4 semesters. It can be extended by up to 2 semesters upon application.

The program has a modular structure. A module consists of several courses which are grouped in a thematic block. The modules generally take up one semester or one year of study. The certificates of achievement from the individual units are the basis for the module grade, which is awarded as an overall grade. Credits are assigned to the successfully completed modules according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The modules and their performance grades are thus recognized throughout Europe, making it easier to change one’s place of study. Transfer to an overseas institution is also possible.


For all applicants, the prerequisite for the program is a Bachelors degree in social science, related fields or an equivalent. All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a result of at least 550 (PBT = paper-based test) or 213 (CBT = computer-based test) or 79 (iBT = internet-based test) points or another comparable performance, such as the IELTS (6.0) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (Grade B). Applicants who received their B.A. degree in an English-language study program are exempt.

Period of study

The Master of Arts in International Social Sciences (MA ISS) is a non-consecutive study program over 4 semesters (120 credits). It includes a practical training session of 8 weeks.


Application packs for admission to a program of study can be requested from the Admissions Office/International Office. The application for admission should be sent to the Admissions Office or International Office. In addition to the application for admission, the following documents must be submitted in full by the deadline:

  • certified photocopies of the original certificates showing school-leaving qualifications and any periods of study
  • information on how the program of study will be financed
  • curriculum vitae
  • a photo

(Periods of study should be documented as precisely as possible with relevant evidence, e.g. transcript etc. Please do not send original certificates! The documents remain in the possession of the university. Official translations of all foreign-language documents must be in German, except in the case of English or French documents.)

An application for admission can only be processed by the university when the necessary documents have been received in full. Hence the admissions procedure can only consider those applications for which the necessary documents have been submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed.


The deadline for submission of the application for admission is: for German applicants, 20 September (for October start), for foreign applicants, 31 May (for October start). Applications for admission which arrive after this deadline cannot be considered.

Notice of admission

The applications for admission to study are processed by the Admissions Office/International Office. The decision regarding admission is taken under consideration of the university places available, the level of qualification, and the evidence of funding for the program. If all necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, the applicant will receive written notification of admission. The confirmation of admission for foreign applicants will only be sent once the deposit has been paid.

Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated October 21, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2019
Mar 2020
4 - 6 semesters
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