Sociology examines both individual human behavior and the actions of collective actors and how they impact the co-existence of people and societies. Sociology lays the foundations to not only understand social issues and social problems, but how to coping with them as well.

The Master's degree program in Sociology is an extension of the the Bachelor's degree in Sociology, providing a deeper scientific understanding as well as complementing academic qualifications. Students study theory and methods more intensively and independently, exploring and discussing current issues and approaches in order to pursue independent academic and scientific activities. In addition, the Master's degree program allows you to specialize in selected professional fields in a social and occupational capacity.

Your Benefits

  • Multi-disciplinary curriculum
  • Active participation in hands-on, real-world research projects
  • Acquire a strong social skill set
  • Customize the curriculum according to personal interests
  • Conduct academic/scientific work independently
  • Deeper understanding of methodological and theoretical skills

Almost all facets of society, economics and culture undergo profound change processes. These processes have diverse global consequences on societies and individuals and present a special challenge within all scientific disciplines. Sociology examines individual human behavior, collective group actions and the impact on the cohabitation of people and societies. Sociological analysis describes, explains and evaluates social structures as well as social processes and social change in diverse societal areas and on different levels. Sociology therefore creates the basis for understanding social questions and societal problems as well as ways to manage them.

Master's Degree in


Master of Social Sciences (MSSc)


4 Semesters


120 Credits


German (level C1)

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Program Objectives, Job Opportunities, Career Prospects


The Master's degree program in Sociology conveys a strong skill set to:

  • Analyze complex social contexts based on solid training in theories and methodologies
  • Conduct independent scientific research and develop problem-adequate research designs
  • Acquire, organize and coordinate research projects
  • Conducting academic and scientific evaluations
  • Build academic and scientific expertise
  • Scientific, in-depth focus on relevant social and professional fields of practice


Graduates of the Master's degree program in Sociology are highly qualified to pursue a number of professional occupations, including careers in:

  • Education and consulting, social services, healthcare, culture and entertainment, politics, tourism and recreational management, etc. at institutions and/or companies
  • Business companies, particularly in the area of organization and/or human resource management
  • Adult education
  • Market and opinion research
  • Non-profits, particularly NGOs in Austria or abroad
  • Media and communications
  • Representing special interest groups or associations
  • Social and business research institutions
  • Freelance, entrepreneurial positions


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:

Theoretical Sociology x x x  
Empirical Social Research x x x  
Practical Sociological Areas x x    
Autonomous Coursework x     x
Supplementary Electives   x x  
Master's Thesis     x x
Master's Thesis Seminar       x
Master's Thesis Colloquium     x  
Master's Degree Examination       x

Admission Requirements

  • BA in Sociology (JKU) or a an undergraduate degree comparable in scope and content.

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