Flexible Program with a Focus on Economics

Benefit from a host of opportunities to put your knowledge into practice

Students pursuing a master’s degree in Psychology – Work, Economy and Society (program taught in German) are spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting their specialization as they can focus on Work and Organizational Psychology, Consumer Psychology, Social Psychology, or Educational Psychology. They can look forward to a range of exciting courses that combine different applied subjects and that teach them advanced research methods.

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I earned my bachelor’s degree from the University of Mannheim and decided to stay for my master’s degree, which was the right choice! The master’s program is really challenging and requires students to work hard. In return, we are trained to a high standard in both methods and theory. The program includes a broad selection of courses you can choose from. This enables me to focus on applied psychology and to develop my personal profile, which is a good preparation for my future career.

Dennis Uhrig, student of the master's program in Psychology: Work, Economy and Society / Photo credit: Elisa Berdica

7 good reasons for pursuing your master’s degree in Mannheim

Studying at one of the top universities for Psychology (2022 CHE ranking of master’s programs)

Flexible curriculum that allows students to acquire a broad range of professional skills

Exciting courses on applied subjects

Thorough introduction to quantitative and empirical research methods, preparing students for a doctorate

Courses offered by leading psychologists from all over the world

Stay abroad at one of our many prestigious partner universities

Individual support by the program and internship managers


Learn about interesting research projects at the Department of Psychology.


The Psychology program in Mannheim was number two in the 2019 CHE ranking of master’s programs.

The program

  • Economic psychology and more

    Have you already completed your bachelor's program and would like to continue with your master’s?

    Whether you envision a career in HR, product development, or research: you are extremely flexible in choosing a specialization during the master’s program in Psychology – Work, Economy and Society. The degree program, which has a standard period of study of 4 semesters, not only offers modules in Work and Organizational Psychology, Social Psychology, Consumer Psychology, or Educational Psychology, but also trains you to a high standard in the various conventional and advanced research and evaluation methods.

    Get involved in one of the many research projects in the following areas:

    • Stress, Recovery, and Health
    • Consumer and Decision-Making Behavior
    • Social Cognition
    • Proactivity, Creativity, and Informal Learning
    • Cognitive and Motivational Processes during Learning
  • Going abroad during the master’s program

    We encourage you to go abroad during your studies, for example by spending a semester at one of our numerous partner universities or by completing your eight-week mandatory internship in another country. Go to the International Office’s website to find comprehensive information on what you need to do when planning a period of study abroad. The Internship Officewill be happy to support you in finding a suitable internship.


  • Supplementing your program with a minor

    Thanks to the flexible mandatory elective modules, you can choose subjects such as Business Administration, Media Psychology, and Economic and Business Education as your minor. This allows you to prepare for a future career in areas such as HR, people and organizational development, product development, and school psychology in a very targeted way.

  • Degree plan and module catalog

    The degree plan provides you with an overview of your studies – so that you can plan better. In the module handbook you will find all the information on the content and examination forms of the individual courses and modules.

Studying Abroad

Discovering the world by spending a period of study abroad – just do it!


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Student Life
Student Life

From cobblestone paths to stucco walls – studying in Mannheim is a unique experience!

Career Prospects

What can you do with a master’s degree in Psychology – Work, Economy and Society?


  • Admission requirements

    • A bachelor's degree in Psychology


    • another degree that has been recognized as equivalent, whereby at least 50% of the credits obtained on such a program must be psychology-related. The degree program must correspond to at least 180 ECTS credits or have a standard period of study of at least 6 semesters or 3 years.

    A program can only be recognized as equivalent if it includes the following modules:

    • Quantitative, Mathematical or Statistical Methods worth at least 10 ECTS credits,
    • Empirical or Experimental Research Methods worth at least 10 ECTS credits,
    • Test Theory or Psychological Assessment worth at least 10 ECTS credits,
    • General Psychology 1, General Psychology 2, or Cognitive Psychology worth at least 10 ECTS credits,
    • Social Psychology worth at least 6 ECTS credits,
    • Work and Organizational Psychology, Market and Advertising Psychology, or Educational Psychology worth at least 8 ECTS credits.

    Language of instruction: German

    You can read more about this topic in the selection statute (only available in German). The latest version of the selection statute can be found on the central website of the University of Mannheim under Psychology.

  • Selection criteria

    On the basis of the following criteria, scores are awarded and a ranking list is drawn up. A maximum of 70 points can be awarded in total. This total number of points is made up as follows:

    • The final grade of the Bachelor's degree programme or all module grades or examination grades of the Bachelor's degree programme taken by the application deadline.
      • A maximum of 30 points can be awarded. The grade is converted into points, taking into account one decimal place. 
      • A grade of 1.0 is awarded 30 points and a grade of 4.0 is awarded 0 points. 
      • For each increase of the grade by one tenth, 1 point is deducted from the initial value (30 points).
    • If applicable, the result of an admissions test. A maximum of 20 additional points can be obtained for the result of the admission test. Information about the admissions test
    • Outstanding additional qualifications relevant to studies. A maximum of 20 points will be awarded for these. Information about additional qualifications

    You can read this information in the selection statutes. The latest version of the selection statutes can be found on the central pages of the university under Psychology.

  • Admission test

    By taking the optional admission test, students can prove that their qualification is sufficient for the master’s degree they are applying to. The results can be taken into account in addition to the other selection requirements. To be able to complete the test, students will require knowledge that corresponds to the contents taught in a bachelor’s program in Psychology or an equivalent program.

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  • Additional qualifications relevant to studies

    A maximum of 20 additional points can be achieved for study-relevant additional qualifications. All achievements that meet the following criteria will be assessed: 

    • Practical professional experience
      • Practical professional experience gained in the context of professional activities, jobs or internships in the following application areas of psychology, work and organizational psychology, consumer psychology and educational psychology, or in research and teaching in these or other areas of psychology will be taken into account.
      • Time component & scoring: A maximum of 10 points can be awarded for practical professional experience. Activities are considered with the following number of points if they have been completed and proven to the following extent by the time of application:
        • At least 150 working hours: 2 points,
        • At least 300 working hours: 4 points,
        • At least 450 working hours: 6 points.
      • Evidence to be provided: Certificates and proofs such as the “Proof of extracurricular achievements” provided by the Application and Admissions Office of the University of Mannheim are accepted as proof; employment contracts and other documents declaring the intention to take up practical work experience are not accepted. All evidence must be submitted with the application.
    • Scientific conference contributions and publications
      • A maximum of 20 points can be awarded for scientific conference contributions and publications. Contributions will be considered up to the following points if they have at least been accepted for publication (not “under review”, not “revise and resubmit”) by the time of application and fall into one of the following categories:
        • Conference contribution at a scientific psychology conference  with up to 10 points; internal university conferences or conferences of university-owned research institutes are excluded;
        • Publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal  with up to 20 points.
      • The following submissions are accepted as evidence:
        • For conference contributions at a scientific psychology conference, excerpts from the conference proceedings (abstract book) and/or a confirmation of the conference contribution in text form from the conference organizer will be accepted. All other forms of proof, such as written confirmations from co-authors, a reference in the curriculum vitae, mentions in work and/or internship certificates and/or letters of recommendation are not sufficient;
        • for publications already published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, a precise description and citation of the publication must be provided as proof; for publications accepted for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals, confirmation from the editor of the journal that the publication has been published in text form serves as proof. All other forms of proof, such as written confirmations from co-authors, a picture in the CV, mentions in work and/or internship certificates and/or letters of recommendation, for example, are not sufficient as proof.
        • All evidence must be submitted with the application.
  • How to apply

    The University of Mannheim accepts applications every year between 10th of April and 15th May. You must apply online. If you have any questions on the application process, please contact the Admissions Office.

    For comprehensive information on the application process, please see the guide to applying for admission to a master’s program.

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Academic advising

Do you have any more questions? We’re happy to advise you!

If you have any questions on your degree program (course contents, program structure, stays abroad), don’t hesitate to contact our program managers. For questions relating to the application process, please contact the Admissions Office.

Program Management Psychology

Program Management Psychology

Leonie Cegla is on parental leave. Substitutes are: B.Sc. Psychology – Florian Dorner ; M.Sc. AWG and KuK – Stefanie Thye ; International Coordination – Anika Skotak
University of Mannheim
Fakultät für Sozial­wissenschaften
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Bauteil A – Room 4th floor
68159 Mannheim
Leonie Cegla, M.Sc.

Leonie Cegla, M.Sc. (she/her)

Program Manager Psychology
oon parental leave
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
Building A – Room A 419
68159 Mannheim