Master of Arts (M.A.) Gender Studies

Since the Winter Semester 2011/12, the University of Freiburg offers a two-year German language program Master of Arts in Gender Studies.
It is only possible to start the MA Gender Studies during the winter semester.
Overview and Goals of the Program
Gender Studies offer an inter- and transdisciplinary learning context in which you can explore the various meanings of gender and gender relations in various fields. The program addresses questions of inequity and inequality between genders and intersectionality. It engages in conversations regarding differences between genders and the possibilities for societal change. Through the inter- and transdiscplinary nature of the program and the combination of course offerings from various disciplines, students develop an array of theoretical and methodological tools. During the course of the program, they familiarize themselves with current research in the field and learn how to apply this knowledge.
The program in Freiburg distinguishes itself by its unique structure of two pillars, namely Geistes-, Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften (GSK, Humanities and Social/Cultural Studies)  and Technik, Naturwissenschaften und Medizin (TNM, Technological Studies, Natural Science and Medicine). The structure of the program allows students to explore these two approaches while also gaining an understanding of their interconnected natures. The area of GSK includes the following disciplines: American Studies, Ethnology, Sociology, Slavic Studies, History, Political Science and Sport Studies while TNM includes Forestry, Biology, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mathematics.
The program’s combination of theory (scholarly work and methods) with empirical and practical applications supports our inter- and transdisciplinary goals. Along with field-specific content, the program teaches analytical and methodological skills as well as social and communicative competence. Students should be able to apply key skills of the program into various professions in research, education, and media as well as economic, administrative, and cultural fields. Students learn to engage (self-)critically with their academic surroundings as well as how to translate this engagement outside of academic contexts. With this background they will be in a position to raise awareness and apply a critical understanding of gender in their future professional fields.
Qualifications and Prerequisites

Students entering the Gender Studies program must have successfully completed a degree of minimally three years at a German university or comparable foreign institution and have a solid understanding of German and English.

Applicants must also have a solid understanding of gender-relevant questions and topics, either from previous study or from experience in gender-related work.
Further details can be found here:

Content and Structure of the M.A. in Gender Studies
The Masters Program consists of the following modules:

  • Foundations of Gender Studies
    • Seminar on Gender Studies Methods
    • Seminar on Gender Studies Theory
  • Gender in the Humanities and in Social/Cultural Studies
    • Lecture with discussion course
    • Master seminar
  • Gender in Technological Studies, Natural Sciences, and Medicine
    • Lecture with discussion course
    • Master seminar
  • Gender in Culture and Academia
    • Option: Seminar on Gendermainstreaming in gender-related profession OR Seminar on Gender Training
    • Lecture on Freiburger GeschlechterStudien with an accompanying seminar
  • Research
    • Research colloquium
    • Option: Active participation in a symposium with a written report OR student research project
  • Teaching
    • Collaboration on a course/development of an instructional component

Details regarding the course of study

Information and details regarding the application
Please complete the  online application until July 31st via this link:

Student advisor for Gender Studies Anna Sator,