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Transition Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #351 (WUR) Gießen, Germany
The Master's Programme appeals to students who are interested in both learning about the complex problems of transition countries as well as developing approaches to overcome these problems by linking economic, political, and environmental aspects.
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The Master's Programme "Transition Management" is an interdisciplinary study programme established by five faculties of Justus-Liebig University Giessen, which as the first university in Germany addresses the specific challenges of transition countries in international and interdisciplinary study course combining both theory and practice.

Participating faculties are:

  • Law
  • Economics and Business Studies
  • Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
  • Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Geography
  • Agricultural Science, Nutritional Science and Environmental Management
Profile of competences

The Master's Programme enables the students:

  • to analyse transformation processes in the background of economic-, politic-, law-,agricultural as well as environmental relevance and to understand the correlation between these subsystems in the process of social change
  • to develop decision making skills in an interdisciplinary context and to solve practical problems by using integrative management approaches with pronounced leadership skills
  • to design, implement, evaluate and interpret complex interdisciplinary research projects and to give application-oriented policy recommendations
  • to plan, develop and implement transformation-relevant projects and programmes and to analyse the problem situations with regard to different aspects and consequences
  • to develop, negotiate and communicate solution strategies and procedures with stakeholders of different professional and cultural backgrounds
Qualification aims and educational objectives
  • Advanced knowledge in transformation, development and agricultural economics and the management of transformation processes on micro and macro levels, including business administration.
  • Knowledge of fundamental methods and concepts in political and law sciences. Ability of systematical analysis of transformation processes, organization and institutions in the international, national and regional contexts.
  • Methodological knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research, mathematical and statistical methods and their fields of applications in relevant areas.
  • The ability to transfer subject-specific questions in models and to properly formulate such models, as well as considering different positions and opinions on a science-based fundament
  • Specialization by choosing Master's thesis topic, internship and profile modules within the agricultural-, environmental- and nutritional sciencesPractice-oriented knowledge in development of projects, definition of goals and results, management, modification, validation and evaluation of projects.
  • Key qualifications such as organisational, communication, negotiation and leadership skills, intercultural competences and teamwork ability.

Programme Structure


The study period of the Master's programme is 4 semesters. The curriculum consists of 16 modules including 1 module for internship and 1 for thesis preparation. Out of 14 teaching modules, 8 are compulsory (core modules) and 6 are optional (profile modules).

The core modules include social sciences and methodological disciplines, which make the core area of the study programme. These modules are oriented at transferring the competencies in the field of (agricultural) economics, law, and political sciences as well as providing scientifically oriented and practically applicable methodological knowledge. The profile modules give an opportunity to broaden these competence fields with further disciplines from social, technological and natural sciences with regards to the research questions in agriculture, nutrition and environment.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: B-
Recommended score: B-

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in agriculture, nutrition, natural or environmental sciences, economics, law or political science with an ECTS grade of B- or higher and 180 ECTS credit points (or an officially accepted equivalent academic degree)
  • Language certificate. A good level of English (written as well as spoken) is mandatory. Accepted language proof is one of the following:
  • TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), 80 (iBt) or IELTS score of at least 6 (Academic Training)
  • Certificate of a Bachelor's degree from an English taught programme
  • Proof of a local University Entrance Certificate in one of the following countries: Australia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, South Africa

Tuition Fee

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Transition Management Programme charges no tuition fees but there is a registration fee of 270 € per semester.

Living costs for Gießen

  • 630 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Financial support and scholarship

University of Giessen generally does not award study scholarships. However, there are various types of funding offered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) or other organisations for a study stay in Germany. For more information please use the DAAD scholarship database and/or contact DAAD offices and information centers in your home country.

The following provides a brief overview of a foundations offering scholarships to students:

  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is the oldest political foundation in Germany. It was established in 1925 and is committed to the basic principles of social democracy: freedom, equality, and solidarity. The foundation operates globally via political education programmes, scholarships for the gifted, research, as well as international cooperation programmes. Both German and foreign students are supported equally.
  • Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom: The core responsibilities of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom include the provision of material and non-material support to talented young liberal academics. Political education is supported, and political dialogue on and research into freedom and human rights matters are facilitated. Both German and foreign students and graduates of all degree courses and universities are supported by this foundation. For more information, please consult the following website:
  • Heinrich Böll Foundation: The aim of the environmentally oriented Heinrich Böll Foundation is to support professionals and future leaders – people who take responsibility and apply themselves to the international political principles of the foundation: democracy, ecology, solidarity, and non-violence. The Foundation's support is aimed at students and doctoral candidates from within all subjects and types of university. The emphases are as follows: Persons with a migratory background, students from non-academic families, from technical universities, from the MINT subjects – primarily ecological science, journalism, law, and economics
  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung: The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a foundation that fosters future leadership in the areas of politics, business, science, media, culture, and society. The foundation endorses adherence to a Christian-democratic understanding of morality and civilized values. The Foundation's support is aimed at German and foreign students and graduates of all subjects and universities.
  • Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes: The Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) is the only fully non-political and non-denominational foundation in Germany. It supports approximately 11,000 academically gifted scholars and doctoral candidates. The support programme promotes academic consolidation, interdisciplinary dialogue, international experience, and openness to all cultures of the world. he Foundation's support is aimed at German and foreign students and doctoral candidates from all subjects and universities.

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