How to apply for MS in Germany?
Bedasree Das, 06 Mar 2017, #Germany
Applications Open Now
Study Abroad in Canada

MS in Germany:
 With over 11% of its students’ population coming from international destinations, Germany gives strong competition to popular international study destinations like the USA and UK. In fact, the student experience survey by the Times Higher Education rates Germany as one of the most internationalized student countries in the world. While the country has made a name in a wide variety of courses, international students are mostly attracted to its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses, especially to MS programmes in these fields.

While an MS course in Germany is appealing to students across the globe, most of them are confused by the application process or their eligibility for the programmes due to language barriers. However, Germany has, in fact, many international programmes which are taught specifically in English for the convenience of foreign students. Not just that, the application package for German universities, too, covers more or less the same elements as required by most universities across the world like Recommendation letters, Resume and test scores of standardized tests.


Here we have explained the entire process of applying for an MS in Germany right from the time you need to research to finally submitting your application form.

Read the steps below to know how to apply for MS in Germany:


Research for universities:

Researching for the universities is the first step in the process of applying for MS in Germany. Generally, German universities offer summer and winter semesters. The winter semester starts in October while summer semester starts in April. If you want to join a German university for MS, you should ideally plan a year in advance. Filter a list of 4-5 universities from the institutions that offer the course you want to pursue and target those universities in terms of requirement.


Check deadlines

After you have chosen the list of universities for an MS in Germany, the second step is to check the deadlines of the universities you have selected. Winter semester begins in September/October while the summer semester begins in March/April. For the winter semester, the application window opens around March.


Here are the deadlines for the top universities:





RWTH Aachen

Applications open- March 1

Applications open-September 1

TU Munich

Applications close- Mid September

Applications close - Mid March

University of Duisburg-Essen

July 15

January 15

TU Chemnitz

July 15

January 15

TU Hamburg-Harburg

March 31


TU Darmstadt

July 15

January 15

University of Bonn

July 15

January 15

University of Stuttgart

July 15

January 15

TU Kaiserslautern

July 15

January 15

TU Dresden

May 31/ July 15

January 15


Like most other international destinations, Germany, too, has its own education system. International students interested in studying in Germany have to follow the eligibility requirements demanded by German institutions. Most of the universities in Germany require the student to have a 4-year undergraduate degree for admission to its MS courses.


Required exams:

GRE: Some universities in Germany accept GRE scores as an eligible yardstick for admission. GRE is accepted by universities offering MS courses.


GMAT: While GMAT is mainly accepted for admission to business schools, some German universities also accept GMAT for law and economics related subjects. GMAT assesses aspirants on four yardsticks. They are: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. GMAT test scores are valid for 5 years and can be taken within a 16-day break between two tests.


GATE: Some institutes in two countries- Singapore and Germany -accept GATE score for admission to their PG engineering programmes. The two most prominent universities are the Technical University of Germany and the RWTH ACHEN.


IELTS: Many universities in Germany require the student to submit IELTS score to check their English proficiency, especially for programmes offering classes in English. Most of the business schools require an IELTS band of around 7 for admission.


TOEFL: Besides IELTS, many universities in Germany also accept TOEFL scores as a valid proof of English proficiency. TOEFL is conducted more than 50 times a year by Educational Testing Service.


German language proficiency: While it is not mandatory for all courses, universities may ask aspirants to show proof of German proficiency. Students can either appear for TestDaF or DSH. TestDaf 4 is approved by most German universities.


Application package:

The applications package is one of the most vital elements in the admission process for MS in German universities. Like universities across the world, Germany, too, has similar sets of requirements for international students planning to pursue MS in the country.


Here the elements that should be included in the application package of a German university:


Academic transcripts: Aspirants have to show academic transcripts required by the institution. For MS courses, students are generally asked to show documents upto Bachelors. However, in some cases,  the universities may also ask for Masters Certificates.


Letter of Motivation: A Letter of Motivation is similar to a Statement of Purpose. A Letter of Motivation details the aspirant’s intention to join the institution and the reasons behind pursuing a particular course.


Letter of Recommendation: LORs are assessment of the aspirant’s potential by an independent body. It may me your professors or previous employers. Most universities demand 2 – 3 recommendation letters.


Resume: German universities also require students to submit a resume enlisting all their academic as well as professional qualifications.


Documents checklist:

  1. Test scores- GRE/GMAT and IELTS/TOEFL/TestDaf/DSH

  2. Academic transcripts

  3. Letter of Motivation

  4. Resume (mostly for business schools)

  5. 2 -3 Letters of recommendations

  6. Work experience certificates

  7. Certificates of extra - curricular activities

Stay tuned to for more stories on study opportunities in Germany

Admission Process

Applications Open Now

Study Abroad in Canada
Study Abroad in Canada
Study Abroad Opportunities
Study Abroad Opportunities
GMAT Guide Book
GMAT Guide Book
View All Application Forms

More like Germany

Questions related to Germany

Showing 27 out of 27 Questions

hi Im doing graduation in Delhi University. and learning German language. i want to do masters in Germany. please guide about ielts exam?

Shivam bhardwaj Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019
Hello Bhanu,
Hope you are doing well.
IELTSis an English language exam that is required to be taken by international candidates considering studying or working in a country where English is the main language of communication. Most popular countries where IELTS is accepted for university admissions are the UK,Australia,New Zealand,USA, andCanada. The exam mainly measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic English language skills listening, reading, speaking, and writing. IELTS exam is jointly owned and conducted by IDP Education Australia, British Council, and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
IELTS 2019 exam is required for migration as well as academic purpose abroad in English speaking countries like Australia, UK, New Zealand, USA, and Canada. It is the only English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa applicants applying both outside and inside the UK. A lot of students get confused about why are the IELTS scores required. The simple answer to this is that foreign universities and visa granting authorities need to be sure that you will not have communication issues while staying in the country. You need to show agood understanding and strong command of the English language and that is why your overall IELTS scores are so important. Another common doubt students have is whether IELTS is acompulsory exam or not. No, IELTS isnt compulsory in all university admissions. Many universities might not even require IELTS scores for admission purposes. But remember that if you dont give IELTS, your chances of getting the student visa might suffer as the visa officers may not be convinced about your English proficiency without IELTS scores. So it is safer to appear for IELTS and aim to score at least 6 bands overall.

You can take the IELTS exam with the British Council or IDP up to once a week (four times a month). The British Council and IDP global schedule for test datesare 48 days per year.

IELTS Eligibility:
IELTS can be taken by anyone irrespective of age, gender, race, nationality or religion, however, the IELTS test is not recommended for those under 16 years of age.
Hope this will help you.
Good luck

what is the minimum CGPA/Percentage in under graduation is required to do MS in Germany

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 7th Nov, 2019


To do MS you have to do some research work and have them published in any research paper publishing organisation like IEEE. it can be any domain or field. then you have to apply for admission with your CV and cover letter.

You have to go through all the screening tests and have to qualify them. just to be qualified just have a good CGPA near to 7.

Hope it helps!


jobs in porschecar company in germany frankfurt as a software engineer

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 25th Oct, 2019


it equires 5-6 years of experience before join in porche germany. also if you are an indian citizen you will need to have work permit to do job in germany. you may required to pass german language proficiency test.

you may follow official porche website to know more.


universities in germany which teach courses in english langauge and which are free of cost(universities which are free of cost do not charge anything for the course).

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019

Dear Dhanush, unfortunately such Universities do not exist. Based on your merit, scholarships will be provided and that will at times take care of the tution fees. But for that, as mentioned you need to have an impeccable academic record. Germany is one of the countries in the world with best teaching facilites and education programmes. But they do not teach the International students for free of cost without a merit academic performance.


universities in germany which give course in english without any tuition fees

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 19th Oct, 2019

Dear Dhanush, You haven't mentioned the course which you are enquiring about. Neverthless,  unfortunately such Universities do not exist. Based on your merit, scholarships will be provided and that will at times take care of the tution fees. But for that, as mentioned you need to have an impeccable academic record. Germany is one of the countries in the world with best teaching facilites and education programmes. But they do not teach the International students for free of cost without a merit academic performance. For Ph.D students in Germany, the tution fees can be covered in the form of scholarships. And Germany is an European country. To study in that country, you need to have learned German as it is one of the requisites for staying and studying in Germany.

Never miss exam and college updates Login
The question have been saved in answer later, you can access it from your profile anytime. Access now

Download the Careers360 App on your Android phone

Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile

Careers360 App
150M+ Students
24,000+ Colleges
500+ Exams
1500+ E-books