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Transition Management

Taught in English


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of study

4 semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)

Date of first accrediation

30 June 2006

Transition Countries - Transition Studies

Transition countries are characterized by enormous economic and political transformations. Their societies are changing from a state-directed economy to a market economy, from autocracy to democracy. The group of transition countries includes the successor states of the former Soviet Union, the countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as recent transition countries in Africa and Asia, for example China.


The Master's Programme "Transition Management" is an interdisciplinary study programme established by five faculties of Justus Liebig University Giessen, headed by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management (Faculty 09). The Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) at Giessen University contribiutes topical input and teaching modules specifically tilores tot he needs of the programme.


Justus Liebig University Giessen is the first university in Germany addressing the specific problems of transition countries in an international, interdisciplinary study course combining both theory and practical experience.

The Master's Programme will enable students:
  • to understand the complex processes and specific demands of transition countries
  • to comprehend the various areas of transition, including economic, legal, political, social, agricultural, and environmental aspects and their interlinkages
  • to gain knowledge as well as practical competences in methods and strategies to enhance the transition process
  • to train their soft skills by learning and working in international and interdisciplinary teams.
By the end of the course students will be skilled in devising integrative approaches to transition issues applicable to the private and public sector.

Target Group

The Master's Programme appeals to students who are interested in both learning about the complex problems of transition countries as well as developing approaches to overcome these problems by linking economic, political and environmental aspects. A background in related academic disciplines is required. The central target group for the study programme are primarily graduates from transition countries who want to deepen and broaden their knowledge.

Admission Requirements

The Admission Requirements are
  • at least a Bachelor's degree with 180 ECTS credit points (or an officially equivalent accepted academic degree); the following subjects are accepted:
    agriculture, nutrition, natural or environmental sciences, economics, law, political science

    Proof of sufficient knowledge in economics, law, and/or the social sciences, i.e. at least 60 ECTS points in at least one of these subjects. The examination committee can insist that applicants have to catch up on relevant modules or that they have to take an aptitude test (oral examination of 20-30 minutes), if less than 60 ECTS points have been gained.
  • a very good level of English (written as well as spoken) is mandatory. Accepted proofs of language proficiency are:
    • 1. TOEFL-Test iBT (internet-based) with at least 80 points or IELTS test with a minimum grare of 6 points in the academic test;
    • 2. Proof of of university entrance qualification awarded by one of the following countries: Australia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, USA, UK, South Africa;
    • 3. Proof of completion of an Englisch-language Bachelor's course;
    • 4. UNIcert II.

International applicants who have a foreign University Entrance Certificate

  • Applicants who do not have a German ‘Abitur’ (university entrance certificate) must submit their application to JLU Giessen via uni-assist (details).
  • No study fees are charged for this study program. However, students have to pay a semester contribution of approx. 300 EUR  for administration and semester tickets (details).

For further information you may contact:
Studierendensekretariat: Außenstelle Ausländerzulassung
Goethestr. 58, 35390 Giessen
Tel.: 0641/99-16400
Detailed information on the application process

International applicants who have a German ‘Abitur’:

Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by 15th June. More on this...

Courses start

Winter Semester only (October)

Composition of Degree Programme

The Master’s degree course consists of 14 modules (120 credits):
  • Core competence - 8 mandatory modules (48 credits)
  • Profile competence - 6 optional modules (36 credits)
  • Internship module or two more optional modules (12 credits)
  • Master's thesis including colloquium (24 credits)

The overall grade is derived from the arithmetic average of the grades of the passed examinations. The grades of the individual modules are multiplied by the credit points achieved in the respective module and the sum is divided by the total number of credits achieved in the study programme.

The Core Modules (Compulsory Modules) are:

  • Empirical Research Methods
  • Transition in Practice
  • Law in Transition
  • Theory an Practice of Economic Development
  • Transition and Integration Economics
  • Power and Democracy
  • Economics, Organization and Management in Agriculture and Food Industries
  • Global Food Markets

Course Specific Academic Counselling ("Studienfachberatung")

Please refer to:

Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick

Department of Agricultural Policy and Market Research
Zeughaus, Senckenbergstraße 3, 35390 Giessen
Phone +49 (0) 641 99 37050

Office hours: by appointment

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