Information for Prospective Students - One-Subject Master's Program

Social Science

Deals with questions such as...

  • What keeps modern society together?
  • What is globalization?
  • How do cultures differentiate?
  • How are social science findings constituted and verified?
  • What particular perspectives and explanations do economics, sociology, political science, social psychology and social anthropology offer?

The studies of social science deal in depth with the above-mentioned questions. By choosing a program, specialization takes place in one of the six fields of study:

  • Management and Regulation of Labor, Economy and Organization
  • Health Care Systems and Health Management
  • Urban and Regional Development
  • Globalization, Transnationalization and Governance
  • Culture and the Individual
  • Social Research Methods


Career Perspectives/ Fields of Work

Management and Regulation of Labor, Economy and Organization:

  • Continuing education, human resources development, organizational development in national and international economy and non-profit organizations
  • Business and political consulting, project organization and evaluation
  • Unions, employers' associations and chambers
  • Non-profit social institutions in the "third sector"
  • Political institutions and public administrations
  • Academia as well as public and private research institutions

Health Care Systems and Health Management:

  • Management positions with cooperation, coordination and structural development tasks in health administration and policy at local, state, federal and European level
  • Organizational development in associations, care and self-help institutions of the health and social sector
  • Planning and management of local, regional and corporate health promotion programs
  • Teaching at universities, schools, continuing education and counseling institutions
  • Research in health-related areas

Urban and Regional Development:

  • Local and regional government (e.g. in public offices for statistics, urban research and elections, in institutions of urban and regional planning or district government)
  • Private planning offices
  • Housing and real estate industry
  • Academic research institutions

Globalization, Transnationalization and Governance:

  • Teaching and research at universities
  • International organizations
  • Politics, administration, ministries
  • Associations, NGOs, foundations
  • Private sector, companies
  • Public relations, journalism
  • Research institutes, "think tanks"

Culture and the Individual:

  • Teaching and research
  • International and cultural cooperation e.g. in organizational and human resource development, consulting, training and coaching, conflict analysis and mediation, tourism
  • Equal opportunity areas (e.g. gender mainstreaming, diversity management)
  • Museums and memorials
  • Adult education, continuing education and training
  • Cultural management
  • Politics and administration, lobby groups, NGOs, foundations
  • Public relations, journalism

Social Research Methods:

  • Teaching and research in and outside universities and institutes
  • Market and opinion polling
  • Public administration, ministries
  • State and federal statistical offices
  • Associations, companies and NGOs


Application, Admission, Enrollment

When the application is received is irrelevant for the selection process. It is important that the application is submitted on time and is complete by the application deadline. The application deadline for all applicants is usually July 15 (WiSe) or January 15 (SoSe). The first step is therefore the online application. After submitting the online application, all applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail with a control sheet. This control sheet states whether and which documents must be submitted to the university by when and in what form in order for the application to be complete. The control sheet also contains the personal applicant number with which access to the admission information portal is granted.

The status of the application can then be viewed online in the admission information portal. This is also where the necessary application documents are uploaded and, in the case of admission, the acceptance or rejection to the study program. Admission letters are made available for download in the portal after the admission procedure has been completed. Rejection letters will also be made available for download from the portal after the procedures for admission or moving up from the waiting list have been completed.

Caution! The purpose of the admission letters is to offer applicants a study place. Each notification contains a mandatory deadline within which the study place must be accepted. Otherwise, the offer expires. In addition, the admission letter contains the deadline by which the applicant must enroll in person, as well as possible prerequisites (basics from the Social Science BA programs) under which the applicant will study.

For more information about the master's program and the courses offered, please see the current Master's Entry Info or the Sowi-Info

Double Degree

In some specializations, it is possible to obtain a degree from a partner university in addition to the master's degree from the Ruhr-University Bochum. This requires a stay abroad of one to two semesters.

This is possible in the following specializations of the one-subject master's degree:

  • Globalization, Transnationalization and Governance with the University of Wrocław, Polen
  • Management and Regulation of Labor, Economy and Organization with the BUAP University, Mexico