Master's Degree in Civic Studies.

Our economy and society are characterized by international interdependence, flexibility and transgressing market boundaries along with accompanying social, cultural and political phenomena have created a need for a program to ensure politically mature action on the part of its citizens in terms of supporting principles for democratic co-determination.

In this context, Civic Studies has a central social significance. The curriculum for the Master's degree program in Civic Studies is diverse and interdisciplinary, providing a deeper understanding of the dynamics and processes that facilitate participation and educational methods in order to convey these skills and competencies.


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Master's Degree in
Civic Studies


Master of Arts (MA)


4 Semesters


120 Credits


German (level C1)

Your Benefits

  • Interdisciplinary education in the fields of Humanities, Social Studies, Cultural Studies, Law, Business, and Education
  • Career-oriented focus
  • Select courses according to personal interests and customize your curriculum

Program Objectives, Job Opportunities, Career Prospects

The Master's degree program in Civic Studies provides students with a wide variety of subject content and interdisciplinary education aimed at acquiring the following qualifications and skills such as

  • Ability to form a politically educated opinion
  • Politically-oriented, methodological skill set
  • Media literacy
  • A strong social skill set
  • Educational skills
  • (Self) Reflection

Graduates of the Master's degree program in Political Education meet the qualification requirements to pursue the following professions:

  • Adult Education
  • Youth and Social Work
  • Public Government Service Agencies
  • Media Relations
  • Social, political and environmental work at non-profit organizations in Austria or abroad
  • Political work

On average, graduates in this field find a job immediately after completing the program.

Recommended Study Plan

As part of the Master’s degree program, students are required to complete courses totaling 120 ECTS credits in the following areas:

SEMESTER S 1 S 2 S 3 S 4
Foundations of Civic Studies x      
Supplement Previous Qualifications x x    
Politics, Media & Humanities x x    


x x    
Educational Sciences   x    
Research Methods & Research Practices   x x  
Autonomous Coursework   x x  
Vocational-Oriented Focus     x x
Master's Thesis incl. the Master's Thesis Colloquium     x  
Master's Thesis       x
Master's Thesis Seminar       x
Master's Degree Examination       x

Additional Information

Please note that completing the Master's degree program in Civic Studies does not provide teaching authorization.

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor's or Diploma degree in an academic degree program in humanities, cultural studies, social sciences, business or law, or a a degree in teacher education studies

Contact the Admissions Office for additional information about the admission requirements.

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!


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