How to apply for MS in Germany?
Updated on Mar 6, 2017 - 5:49 p.m. IST by Bedasree Das #Germany
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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

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How much does approximately cost to study MS in Food technology in Germany?

anima chaudhary 22nd Jan, 2020


Germany is extremely pocket friendly. Most of the costs are covered by the state so you may end up paying only a few hundred Euros (up to INR 25,000) in semester fees.

The rest of the costs involve renting and food which may make the expense of living in Germany a bit steep for Indians. With rents costing about 700 Euros (~ INR 50,000) per month and the rest about 200 Euros (~ INR 14,000), it may become necessary for students to look into scholarship and funding.


Hello Sir/Mam, I want to do Automotive Electronics course in Germany. Please help me to proceed. Thank you

Yastika Kumar 22nd Jan, 2020

Hi Yogesh,

Since you have not mentioned the maximum education attained by you I am assuming it to be 12th grade passout.

Well the points that I am going to mention are for anyone who wants to pursue higher studies from Germany.

First, you should look for the University providing the desired course. While looking into it you should also consider the cost of living of the place where University is located. Because being an international students you should be cautious with your finances.

Second, you need to check the application process of the university which you choose to go in. This you could do by going on their websites. Usually they are:

  • Your grades from previous education
  • HZB or entrance qualification
  • References if any
  • Copies of ID documents

Entrance qualification is a term for collective documents proving the completion of your previous education.

Third, You should start saving for your blocked account 6 to 8 months before you apply for student visa.

A blocked account is a bank account for non-EU country students to prove the availability of financial resources to live in Germany. The monthly amount that you can withdraw has a upper limit.

For the year 2020 the blocked account amount is €10236~8 lakhs in Indian rupees with a maximum withdrawal of €853.

Fourth, you need to learn German language as the courseware is in German. For this you have two options:

  1. Undergo German language preparatory course before commencing regular course.
  2. Learn German first.

The first option varies with University thus most of the Students opt for second option.

Fifth, Germany has made mandatory for international students to have a health insurance. This is done after you receive admission letter.

Sixth, After all of the other process completes you should apply for student visa.

All the best!


As I Pursuing my engineering in electrical and electronics engineering is IELTS / TOFEL exams are suitable for me to enter MS in Germany for Abroad

Archita Aggarwal 16th Jan, 2020


If you want to pursue your MS in Germany abroad, first you need to find out which college are you exactly aiming for and then decide to weather go for IELTS/TOEFL. Some universities do accept IELTS and some do accept TOEFL as a proof for your English proficiency. Without proving your English proficiency you can not go for studying Abroad

Hope this answer helps.


which university is best for Msc in, Animal husbandry&SDairy science in Germany ????

sarthak goel 15th Jan, 2020

Hello Manjunath,

There are several very good universities in Germany, and on top of them most of them provide quite inexpensive education. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Technical Universisty of Munich-Probably the best one
  • University of kiel
  • Faculty of Agricultureal Sciences, Stuttgart
  • university of Gottingen
  • University of Freiburg
  • Humboltd university of Berlin
  • University of cologne

And many more.

hope this Helps


which university is best for animal husbandry&dairy science in Germany????

Pankhuri Kumari 15th Jan, 2020
Hii Manjunath!
Sorry dear, but your question seems incomplete in terms of the level of the animal husbandry and dairy science course, you want to pursue. Ki dly restructure your question and state whether you want to do a undergraduate or a postgraduate course. Because the Universities differ accordingly. Some of the Colleges in Germany related to the above mentioned courses are -
* University of Gottingen
* University of Kiel
* University of Hohenheim
Etc., Hope you understand.
Good luck!
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