This multidisciplinary MA Psychology program with an organisational focus aims to foster a reflective socio-critical stance in its students. You will explore subjects revolving around transformation processes in the context of organisational psychology, environmental psychology, health psychology and related areas.
Changes within the work environment are unfolding in a society, in which the significance of progress and growth must be rethought, especially considering current complex global challenges such as climate change and digitalisation. Psychologists maintain decisive roles within numerous professional fields by providing support to individuals and organisations that are coping with transitions and challenges of today’s society. Social change raises the question of the level of significance different organisations have and should have in contemporary society. This is accompanied by new forms of interpersonal relationships and dynamics between man and machine, in addition to the challenges associated with sustainable business strategies. “Work, Society, Environment” are therefore not merely buzzwords put together in a title; more than that, they can be understood as highly intertwined concepts that systematically focus on the dynamics in animate and inanimate relationships. In the process of understanding and guiding such changing environments, psychodynamic approaches are of central importance.
This MA Psychology program is targeted at bachelor graduates in psychology or economics and related fields who wish to pursue a career within the field of organisational psychology while implementing a psychodynamic perspective. Whether it be NGOs, governmental agencies, environmental organisations or other directions, this MA program will excellently prepare you for a diverse professional life and career.
As a graduate of this MA program, you will be equipped with theoretical and practical skills that provide essential competencies for developing sustainable solutions by reflecting on social dynamics and change processes. Moreover, the integration of knowledge acquisition and independent reflection offered by this MA program fosters strengthened systemic competences in recognizing and assuming responsibility, which accommodate the ability to make independent decisions in leadership positions.
The program encourages the development of your communication skills through the practice of scholastic discussion and maintenance of a reflective stance. The didactics of the degree program are primarily oriented towards interactive forms of teaching and learning. From the first semester onwards, you will learn how to independently research academic questions, how to present and discuss them and how to deal constructively with criticism. These communication skills will enable you to obtain competences associated with professional leadership positions. Moreover, particular emphasis is placed on the development of a reflective attitude within interdisciplinary and international dialogues, which serves the ultimate aim of promoting a professional identity and the formation of an associated interculturally significant ethical attitude.
All degree programs offered at the IPU Berlin are both research-based and application-oriented and designed to help students develop independent, socially reflective, and solution-oriented professional abilities.
The teaching itself is also varied: In addition to lectures and lecture-oriented seminars, students participate in workshops, which provide the space for reflection on their own experiences. These insights are then used for learning and research practice.
The MA Psychology focusing on Organisation consists of 120 ECTS credits, which you can earn during four full-time study semesters. The ECTS credits are divided evenly across three semesters, with the master thesis to be written during the final (fourth) one.
Candidates wishing to enroll in the MA Psychology focusing on Organisation can apply online via uni-assist, which is a non-profit organisation that evaluates international school and university certificates on behalf of German universities. They examine if the submitted school/university certificates are equivalent to German school/university degrees, i.e. whether they qualify in principle for admission to university studies in Germany.
Please visit our applications page for up to date information and deadlines.
We recommend that applicants from non-EU countries apply early, so that you have enough time to apply for your visa, to find an accommodation, etc.
uni-assist requires you to pay a processing fee (€75), which must be paid completely in advance. Otherwise your application can neither be processed nor forwarded to us. If your application is not complete, uni-assist will inform you and may request missing documents.
You must submit all certificates as officially authenticated copies in the original language and, if the original documents are not in German or English, in a certified translation.
|Curriculum vita in a tabular format with a photo|
|Higher education entrance qualification||University Entrance Certificate / Secondary School Leaving Certificate|
|Ideally a bachelor degree in psychology (Bachelor of Science)|
A bachelor degree in social sciences, economics, etc.
|Degree certificate and final transcript of records|
Current transcript of records as proof that you are due to graduate soon. The degree certificate has to be submitted by the end of December 2022 at the latest.
|Fluency in English / level C1 as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – CERF)||English language proficiency certificate|
(C1 or TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 7.0 or Cambridge Certificate CAE)
The certificate can be submitted up to the date of enrolment at the IPU.
|Interests in the areas of work psychology, organisational psychology, business psychology, ecological psychology, in addition to personal suitability||Motivation letter (maximum one page)|
|If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements, send us your CV and the relevant documents and we will check your eligibility beforehand.|
Knowledge of German language is not an admission requirement. However, we strongly encourage international participants to start taking German-language courses prior to the commencement of the program.
The IPU chooses its students itself. Using our individualized selection process as the basis, we ensure that our students are suitable for us – and we for them. In doing so, we do not regard the secondary school results (A level equivalents) as the primary criterion for a successful course of studies.
All applicants who apply online and fulfil the formal requirements are invited to either a personal selection interview or – if they do not live in Germany – to an interview by telephone or video conference. The interview takes approximately 30 minutes. It does not include any academic questions on psychology or psychoanalysis, and instead focuses on your personality and interests, your motivation for choosing this course and future profession, as well as your prior experience or social commitment as the case may be. The details of the interview are recorded and result in a recommendation to the university management to accept or reject the applicant. University management then decides on the applicant's admission, while taking into consideration the various documents submitted and the impression gained at the selection interview. We inform the applicants in writing of our decision as quickly as possible.
Should your (conditional) admission be granted, you will receive an email and a "letter of acceptance". If your acceptance is conditional – i.e. you have not yet been awarded your Bachelor degree, still have to pass the TOEFL test, or should attend one or more bridging courses – you must submit the missing documents as soon as possible, but no later than by the start of the study course. Please keep in mind that almost all extracurricular offers at the IPU Berlin are provided in German and that sufficient German language skills will strongly ease your everyday life in Berlin. All applicants of MA Psychology study courses are thus strongly encouraged to start learning German before arriving.
After the selection interview, we issue a (conditional) admission notification and a "letter of acceptance". If you wish to accept our offer to enroll, we request you to sign and return the "letter of acceptance" and pay the deposit (€500) within two weeks. After that you will receive a study contract, which must be signed and returned within an additional two weeks. The first study fee instalment (including the student union fee) is due on September 1st.
You must be enrolled at IPU before the program starts. Certified copies of your qualifications are not required if you have already included them with your uni-assist application. However, there are several documents that you must submit personally to the student office:
International students also have to submit:
In case of a conditional admission you have to submit:
Please pay special attention to your health insurance as it is illegal to be enrolled as a student without health insurance in Germany. Non-EU/EEA citizens also need to provide a proof of health insurance that is considered equivalent to the German statutory health insurance when applying for a residence permit.
Once enrolled, you will receive a registration certificate and a student ID card, which allows you to enter the IPU campus and use the public transport system in Berlin.
International students need their IPU registration certificate in order to apply for a residence permit.
In order to pay the fees, you can choose between three different payment options (full-time):
• Payment on a monthly basis: €1,020
• Payment on a semester basis: €5,900
• Complete payment of study fees in advance: €22,500
Students with no/limited previous knowledge of psychoanalysis or research methods are required to attend up to three preparatory courses (450€ for one course and 700€ for two courses).
Approx. €300 per semester. The semester fee includes a ticket for the public transportation system in Berlin, which is valid throughout the entire semester. In addition, it includes a small contribution to the Studierendenwerk (which is in charge of the university canteens and student housing) and the IPU Berlin student council (student representatives of the university).
Costs of Living
Students should expect to need €900 per month to cover all their costs of living (rent, insurance, personal expenses, etc.).
There are various financing options, such as scholarships, stipends, student or study loans, student grants and study support, available at the IPU Berlin, in addition to financial support under the German Professional Education Support Act (BaföG), as well as student jobs and other options to finance studying.
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IPU Berlin overview of financing options
|Degree:||Master of Arts|
|MA Program Duration:||Four semesters (two years)|
|MA Program Start:||Winter semester, compulsory Welcome Week in October|
|Academic Admission Requirement:||Bachelor’s degree in psychology or economics and related fields, accepted by uni-assist|
|Language Requirements:||English language proficiency certificate (C1 or TOEFL iBT 95 or IELTS 7 or Cambridge Certificate CAE)|
|MA Program Focus:||Work and organisational psychology, social psychology, environmental psychology, theoretical psychology, and research methods|
|Study Abroad Units:||Optional|
|Tuition Fee:||€5,900 per semester (or €22,500 for 4 semesters if paid in advance)|
|Semester Fee:||€300 per semester (subject to change)|
|Internship:||Mandatory work placement of 330 working hours|
|Study Places per Semester:||30|
|Address:||International Psychoanalytic University|