MA Psychology

Work, Society, Environment

Office Hours Student Office
Questions about the program
Kathrin Lüning
Stromstr. 3b
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-546
E-Mail: kathrin.luening(at)ipu-berlin.de

Questions about applications
Marius Digel
Stromstr. 3b - Room 0.40
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-543
E-Mail: marius.digel(at)ipu-berlin.de


This program is only offered in German.

Master Course with a Focus on Work and Organizational Psychology

The future of work, society, and the environment requires responsible Psychologists. The new work and organizational psychology master course at IPU Berlin focuses on psychodynamic approaches, in order to meet these challenges in all areas. Well-educated psychologists are important for understanding and designing an evolving work environment through the evaluation and mastery of the path of transformation in the work world, and through the support of sustainable corporate structures.

Because of societal change, the role that businesses have and should have in present-day society fall into question. Work, society, and the environment are therefore interrelated within this psychology master course. According to the recommendations from the German Society for Psychology, elements of work psychology, organizational psychology, and business psychology will be offered across the board. Psychoanalytical and humanistic approaches are be integrated into this curriculum as well. The study course is intended to promote scientific discord about the mentioned subject areas, as well as familiarize students with relevant occupational fields, and foster those entering the workforce through the transfer of theory and practice.

Who can apply?

The study course is designed for students who have received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and who are interested in a specialization in the areas of work psychology, organizational psychology, business psychology, as well as ecological psychology. In the interest of a transdisciplinary orientation, applications are also welcome from students who have received a bachelor’s degree from related areas of study, such as economic science, sociology, and political science. Indeed, we see the combination of differing perspectives, and their accompanying competencies, as a particular strength of the study program, as this is an excellent preparation for future professional practice.
In order to be eligible for the master's program, you must have a bachelor's degree as well as at least 40 credits from areas that correspond to the MA Psychology - Work, Society, Environment program. Out of these, at least 16 credits must be from the area of psychology,  such as social psychology, methodology, or psychoanalysis.

IPU makes an effort to individualize the application process through interviews with all applicants. Therefore, the overall impression left by your application is the most relevant: the motivation behind your career choice, previous experiences, and your social commitment. The majority of applicants will be invited for an interview. The interviewer will write a report for the university head that includes a recommendation for admission or rejection. This will ultimately be decided upon by the head of the university.

International Exchange Programs

Through the International Office, IPU is part of a network of numerous universities in Europe and throughout the world. All enrolled students can participate in practicums or a whole semester at one of our partner universities abroad. These credits are already approved through the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

Study Costs

Payments for this study course can be made in three ways:
Monthly: 970 Euro
Per Semester: 5,600 Euro
In Advance: 21,400 Euro

Additionally, all full-time students are required to pay an extra 298.80 Euro per semester, through which students have full access to Studierendenwerk services. This also includes a semester ticket that allows for full use of the Berlin public transportation system. Please be aware that this semester fee is subject to change.

Financial Assistance

IPU participates in the Germany Scholarship Program (Deutschlandstipendium) to which any student can apply. The most important criteria for being granted the monthly sum of 300€ are your previous achievements, your community involvement, as well as any financial needs.

Furthermore, IPU offers consultations with Chancen eG. You can finiance your studies with their Reverse Generational Contract, and must only make payments when your income has reached a certain minimum threshold.

Since 2019, IPU has been a member of the Berlin Student Loan Society e.V. (DAKA). As an IPU student, you can receive a loan with the most favorable conditions in Berlin


MA Psychology - Work, Society, Environment

Head of the ProgramProf. Dr. Thomas Kühn
DegreeMaster of Arts
TypeFull-Time Study
Credits120 ECTS
Duration4 Semesters
Program Sizeapprox. 25 per Cohort
Course FormatLecture, Seminar, Workshop
Language of StudyGerman
InstitutionInternational Psychoanalytic University Berlin
RequirementGeneral or subject- specific higher education entrance qualification according to § 11 Berlin Higher Education Act (BerlHg)
Costs5.600€ per semester, 970€ per month, or 21.400€ in advance
Start of CourseWinter Semester