Who we are looking for

We are looking for talented students who finished their first academic degree in social science, political science, history, international relations, law, humanities and economics with good or very good results. Students applying for this programme should have an interest in conflict prevention, peace and security and global affairs. Applicants need to have finished their Bachelor degree. 

Our students are quick learners and distinguish themselves by displaying outstanding analytical skills and refined sensitivity towards conflictual topics. Students are guided by professors and staff, but venture out independently to explore new research avenues. Our students are from diverse backgrounds engaging in lively debates and approaching topics from different perspectives. They work together in groups and become cultural mediators with a high degree of mutual respect. Due to its unique composition of students this programme provides a learning environment which emphasizes jointness --the learning from and with each other. 

Curious who was admitted last year? Check out our admission brochure.

Applications Now Open

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of the Addis Ababa University and the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI) at the University of Leipzig are now accepting applications for the MA programme starting in September 2017. Apply by 31 May 2017 and secure early admission. The remaining available seats are given to late admissions submitted by 30 June 2017.

Admission Criteria

1. academic excellence (study results and quality of higher education institution)

2. motivation, academic potential and recommendation letters

3. match of previous degree with our Master’s course

4. work experience and professional qualification

5. language skills

Application Documents

1. application form (download above)

2. certified copy of original high school leaving certificate

3. certified copy of original university diploma

4. certified or sealed transcript of records issued by prior university

5. English test results if English is not your primary language of communication

  • TOEFL (international): minimum score of 550 paper-based (or 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based). Please notice that the code number for the Master's course in Global Studies is: 4688.
  • IELTS: minimum score of 6,5
  • CPE: Grades A, B, C (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • CAE: Grades A, B (Certificate in Advanced English)
  • UNIcert III
  • Applicants who acquired a degree from a college or university where English is the language of instruction do not have to provide the above mentioned proficiency tests.

6. curriculum vitae (not longer than two pages)

7. letter of motivation

8. copy of passport

9. two passport size pictures

*Please note that a certified copy is not a normal copy, but is approved and stamped by an official state office. A certification can be obtained from any authority that does hold an official seal (for example town halls, police, courts, rectories and notaries).