This four-semester consecutive program with a total of 120 credit points is structured in a modular fashion with several core courses in the first semester and a choice of elective courses in the second and third semesters. The fourth semester is more research-oriented and includes the writing of the master's thesis. For students who adhere to the study plan, there are no more lecture courses in this fourth semester and full-time residence in Frankfurt is not essential.
The program features various sorts of teaching:
A lecture course earns six credits and is taught three hours a week with roughly a third of the time devoted to in-class discussion of problem sets.
Grading in field seminars is predominantly based on a term paper and its presentation. Often seminars are blocked in conference-like settings and held in out-of-town venues.
The thesis seminar provides guidance for students working on their thesis and gives opportunity to present ideas and
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education