How to apply for MS in Germany?
Bedasree Das, 06 Mar 2017, #Germany

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

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