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Become a Master’s Degree Student at a German University

Many international students have decided to apply to the Master’s degree programs at the German universities. In addition to teaching at the highest level of expertise, the German Master’s study programs are mostly tuition-free and often taught in English.

The university library is the second home for the students enrolled in the Master's degree programs
The university library is the second home for the students enrolled in the Master’s degree programs

On the The DAAD Higher Education Compass  portal database search shows that currently there are over 9000 Master’s degree programs at the German universities. Out of this huge variety, almost 2000 are in English. The majority of the English Master’s degree programs aim at the international students. Many of those programs are also tuition-free. This combination surely attracts students from across the world.

We highly recommend to use this generous offer to boost your education credentials to a new level.  Surely a Master’s degree will open for you the new doors on the job market.  With the higher degree status you will be qualified for the higher paid employment opportunities.  You’ll invest 1-2 years into advancing your knowledge and skills and in the end you graduate with Master’s degree and ready for new challenges in the professional life.

What are the requirements to apply to a Master’s degree program?

The most important requirement to be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree program is to have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.  Usually there are no age restrictions for applying to a Master’s degree program.  German universities welcome life-long learning approach to education.

Do I have to pay tuition fee to study in a Master’s degree program?

Many Master’d degree programs at German universities are tuition free. However, there are some fancy courses (especially in private universities) where you’d need to pay tuition. The DAAD Higher Education Compass lists all the details about the tuition fees.

Do I have to do Master’s in the same subject as Bachelor’s degree?

You do not necessarily have to pursue the exact same subject as your Bachelor’s course. You can change your study focus and redefine your specialization. If, for instance, you have a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, you can do a Master’s program in European Studies and become an expert in all things related to the European Union. You should use this opportunity to specialize in a particular area that is a especially in demand. Then the Master’s degree will help you to qualify to the new interesting options on the job market.

How can apply to a Master’s program in Germany?

The admission documents and procedure to apply to the Master’s programs are specified by each university.  In some case admission office may conduct interviews or request to submit an essay on specific subject. In most of the case the admission office will want you to submit the following documents:

  • Your Bachelor’s degree certificate with a listing of all subjects and grades. You’ll need to submit a certified copy and an official translation if the original is not issued in English or German.
  • Language certificates (German or English, depending on the language of instruction).
  • Other possible required documents: GMAT or GRE results, results of selection interview, letter of motivation, photo, letters of recommendations.

How can I find the best for me Master’s degree program?

To search for a Master’s program start with The DAAD Higher Education Compass portal.  If you want a program in English then another good starting point:  International programmes at  DAAD website.  Universities website list all the Master’s programs they offer. So if you, for instance, want to spend 2 years in Berlin or Munich, then start with checking websites of all universities in Berlin and Munich.

What are the deadlines for applications?

Each university sets the deadlines for the Master’s degree programs. The exact date will vary. Therefore make sure to check the deadlines on the university’s website.