Quick questions, quick answers.

The master courses start in October (Fall term).

The PreMaster starts only in March.

No. We will accept other undergraduate degree as qualification for the Master's program. However, you are required to have studied relevant management, business, economics / political science or Social Studies or scientific working modules worth the equivalent of at least 30 ECTS. The assessment of this will be executed by our admissions team upon reception of your complete application.

Not quite! Even in this case, we would find a way for you to study in our Master's program either by your personal life/work experiences or by the requirement to take up our PreMaster program in the fall term before the start of the Master's worth 30 ECTS, in order to acquire the necessary credits and knowledge.

For our Master programs we require a language level of C1 (GER). This corresponds to 100 points on the TOEFL ibt, or 6.5 points on the IELTS. Our admissions committee will decide with respect to recognizing other English language test results.

We are so proud of the fact that our Master programs representing many different countries and cultures. We have students from Asia, Africa, Middle East, South America, North America, and of course European students are in the program as well. Every group is different, but it's a great way to learn about different academic styles in different cultures and have a taste of globalization.

Basically, you can submit your application any time throughout the year. The submission deadline for the Spring Term is February 15 and for the Fall Term (depending on your entry documents) no later than August 15.

Please note that if you want or need to join the PreMaster program in the Fall term the application deadline is August 15!

Yes, this is possible. In this case, please apply using your most recent transcript. And of course, once you've completed your studies, it's essential that you send us your final transcript as soon as possible.

**With the exception of your final transcript, we will not begin reviewing your application until we've received your application in full, so please make sure to submit your application only if you have all documents prepared that are listed on our website.

No, student slots at the Karls are not only awarded according to the final grade point average, but according to a separate selection process that also factors in experiences, dispositions, and talents conducive to the objective of the study program, as well. For the purpose of examining personal qualifications, you will be invited to an individual admission interview with two representatives of the University if your formal application meets our admission requirements.

We review applications on a rolling-basis and this means that you'll normally hear back from us no later than one or two weeks after submitting it – or a lot faster if the semester start is close by. We will send you an interview date, and on the day after your interview as to whether you've been accepted or not.

The University wants to get a personal impression of you at the interview, ask about your previous experiences, dispositions and talents, and find out how you intend to acquire any skills you might be lacking. In this interview with two members of the admissions committee, you will also be able to decide for yourself if Karlshochschule is the right University for you.

Spring term: Early March - Late June/Early July
Fall term: End of September - Early February

Each year may vary by a couple of weeks, though, depending on bank holidays, number of specializations offered, or availability of external lecturers.

That means you have (theoretically) the whole month of February, July, August and most of September free from lectures, but in some cases, you might have projects or papers that you need to write during your free time.

The class structure is designed quite uniquely and allows for lots of free time to study, work, or take other courses alongside your Master's classes. The semester is approx. 16 weeks long and you will have classes at least 12 of those 16 weeks on Wednesday evening, all-day on Thursday, and Friday mornings. Each module is taught in a block structure, so each week you'll spend those three days focused on one specific course. Each course will (ideal-typically) be taught in two blocks. Therefore, six courses multiplied by two blocks equals 12 weeks!

As the lectures only take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, you are flexible in designing the rest of the week – for example by doing a part-time job. A number of Master's students have worked alongside their studies. If and how much time you can spend working is, of course, dependent on you. Everyone organizes themselves differently, can take stress differently, has different necessities etc. However, we do not recommend working more than 50%. You do need to keep in mind that the Master's is a full-time program. Accordingly, you will need to prepare and follow-up on lectures, do group work, prepare presentations and write scientific papers outside class. Make sure not to over-challenge yourself!

Karlsruhe offers a variety of job opportunities in many sectors: from big, medium-sized and small companies in various branches, public offices (e.g. foreign embassies), social and cultural institutions, to a large number of retail stores, bars and restaurants. Depending on the company or institution, however, at least a basic level of German language ability may be required. The University itself often offers supporting jobs in the different departments, as assistant to professors or in our library. You can enquire about these jobs at the beginning of the semester or wait for the vacancies to be published.

The cost of living in Germany for students are pretty reasonable compared to many other European countries. Here are the estimated monthly costs:

Rent: € 250 - 450
Food: € 150 - 200
Transportation: most people can walk or take a bike to uni, but if you need the train it costs about € 190/semester
Healthcare insurance: € 60
Communication (WiFi, mobile phone): € 30
Hobbies/leisure: € 55 - 75 €

Good news, we offer language classes here at the Karls AND they're always on Mondays and Tuesdays, meaning there's no conflict with your other Master's courses. You have to register before the beginning of the semester, and if you already have some prior knowledge of whichever language, you'll be asked to take a placement test. The cost of the language classes is included in the tuition fee.

There is an elevator on every floor (for disabled students only!).

FAQs about the Master in Social TransFormation - PPE

We are looking for students, who are interested in continuing and deepening their expertise and engagement in the fields of political economy, democratic processes, societal and economic transformation, European and post-national integration and global socio-economic-cultural dynamics. In regards to personality, we are looking for people with curiosity, open-mindedness and an engaged interest in our world and its further development towards a more sustainable, just and flourishing future to come.

Qualification requirements, for enrolling into this consecutive master program you would need a Bachelor degree in philosophy, political sciences, sociology, economics or a closely related field from social sciences or humanities.

Information about all necessary application documents can be found here.

Karls has a unique approach towards learning, didactics and education. Basically, there is not the standard, spoon-feeding lecture, but more seminars with a participatory teaching approach. Specifically, in this Master program, this is characterised by a strong emphasis on critical reflection and intensive social inter-action in small classes. Various trainings offer possibilities for developing one’s theoretical skills alongside one’s practical policy oriented and diplomatic practices.

Correspondingly to this understanding of education Karls has already followed for many years the “Principles for Responsible ManagementEducation” as part of the UN Global Compact.

Studying a degree “Master in social TransFormation - Politics, Philosophy, and Economics” at Karls equips students with capabilities and proficiencies required in the public and private sectors, and for work in civil organisations, including consultancy, law and civil service, but also NGOs, NPOs etc. Additional, other possible fields include education, journalism, or new media etc.

Moreover, for those who are interested in an academic career, there will be options for further postgraduate research at the PhD level with one of our partner univerisities.

The master study program “Master in Social TransFormation – Politics, Philosophy, and Economics” at Karls is among the very few English-only programs in the German speaking countries. In particular, it has an edge with its focus on a culturalist and integral perspective that aims at understanding the interplay of philosophy, politics and economics as well as transformational perspectives as an interwoven nexus.

There are specific potential synergies and possibilities to integrate with the existing Master management structure and students. As this is a non-management program, some of the more generalist, holistic specializations and modules apply, e.g. from “Cultural Change & Society” and “Sustainability” along with some aspects of the main Master program already in place (Culture, Markets & Consumption; Governance: Norms, Rules, Rituals; Legitimacy: Ethics & Aesthetics).

The tuition fees are the same for all of our programs: 690 €per month. Please contact our Admissions & Counseling Team if you have questions in regards to funding and scholarships: admissions(at)karlshochschule.de or +49 721 48095 777

FAQs about Master in Management

We are looking for students, who are interested in continuing and deepening their expertise and engagement in the fields of general management, business, economics, cultural and social sciences and ethics and sustainability. In regards to personality, we are looking for people with curiosity, open-mindedness and an engaged interest in our world and its further development towards a more sustainable, just and flourishing future to come.

Qualification requirements for enrolling into this consecutive master program you would need a Bachelor degree in economic or managerial sciences.

Information about all necessary application documents can be found here.

Karls has a unique approach towards learning, didactics and education. Basically, there is not the standard, spoon-feeding lecture, but more seminars with a participatory teaching approach. Specifically, in this Master program, this is characterised by a strong emphasis on critical reflection and intensive social inter-action in small classes. Various trainings offer possibilities for developing one’s theoretical skills alongside one’s practical business oriented and managerial practices.

Correspondingly to this understanding of education Karls has already followed for many years the “Principles for Responsible ManagementEducation” as part of the UN Global Compact.

Studying a degree “Master in Management” at Karls equips students with capabilities and proficiencies required in all areas of International Management, including marketing, branding, HR consulting, analysis, CRM, coaching etc.

Moreover, for those who are interested in an academic career, there will be options for further postgraduate research at the PhD level with our partner universities.

The master study program “Master in Management” at Karls is among the very few English-only programs in the German speaking countries. In particular, it has an edge with its focus on a culturalist and integral perspective that aims at understanding the interplay of managerial and business studies with cultural studies and communicative disciplines as well as transformational perspectives as an interwoven nexus.

The tuition fees are the same for all of our programs: 690 €per month. Please contact our Admissions & Counseling Team if you have questions in regards to funding and scholarships: admissions(at)karlshochschule.de or +49 721 48095 777