Winter 2021 Application Deadlines for Masters (MS) in Germany

Last Updated on November 14, 2021


Germany’s higher education institutions enjoy an excellent reputation; especially for the STEM fields. Teaching and research provide key impulses for innovation and progress. High-quality education & training, low costs, flexible curriculum, multicultural society, and post-study work opportunities are among the top reasons why more and more international students are opting for Master’s in Germany. There are two intakes in Germany – Winter (starting in Sep/Oct) and Summer (starting in Mar/Apr). In this post, we will look at the winter 2021 deadlines for Masters (MS) in Germany

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Winter 2020 Application Deadlines for Masters (MS) in Germany

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Winter 2021 Application Deadlines for Masters in Germany

UniversityDeadlineGPA RequirementGRESemester Fees (EUR)Semester Fees (INR)Notes
TU MunichMar 31 / May 3175 - 85% / 8.25 - 9.0Quant 157 | AWA 3.0129.411,387.2GATE Score accepted and one year work ex is mandatory
RWTH AachenJul 1575 - 85% / 8.25 - 9.0305+24021,120A2 German Language Certificate is required
Free University of BerlinMay 31 / Jul 1575 - 85% / 8.25 - 9.0Not Mandatory35030,800
FAU Erlangen-NurnbergApr 175% / 8.25Not Mandatory423,6966 months internship or project experience is required
University of StuttgartJul 1573% / 7.9Recommended1650145,200Feb 15 is the deadline for few programs
TU KaiserslauternApr 3070 - 75% / 7.7 - 8.25Recommended27023,760
TU DortmundMay 1565 - 75% / 7.2 - 8.25300+27023,760Internship Experience is mandatory
Saarland UniversityJul 1575 - 80% / 7.7 - 8.5Recommended30026,4001 - 3 years of work ex is required
LMU MunichJun 1 / Jul1580 -90% / 9.0Not Required524,576Apr 30 is the deadline for few programs
University of KasselJul 1570 - 75% / 7.5 - 8.0Not Required28024,640
Leibniz University HannoverJune 175% / 8.0Not Mandatory40035,200
WWU MuensterMay 31 / Jul 1574% / 7.9Not Required27023,760
University of Duisburg EssenJul 1565 - 70% / 7.2 - 7.8Not Required30026,400April and Jan deadlines for few courses
TUHH HamburgJul 1575% / 7.85300+31027,280
TU BerlinJul 3170 - 73% / 7.5 - 8.0Not Mandatory4000352,000Work Exp is desirable
TU DarmstadtJul 1580 - 90% / 8.2 - 9.2Not Mandatory27023,760Work Exp is desirable
TU CologneJun 1565% / 6.8Not Mandatory25022,000Research Proposal (Idea) is required
Humboldt University of BerlinMay 31 / Jul 1570 - 80% / 7.6 - 8.25Not Required29025,520Feb 1 & Mar 31 are the deadlines for few programs
University of HeidelbergJun 1570 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5Not Required1655145,640Mar 15 deadline for few programs
University of BonnMay 175 - 80% / 7.6 - 8.25Not Mandatory$28024,640May 1 is the deadline for few programs
University of KonstanzJuly 1570% / 7.5155 in Quant & Ver1640144,320
Rhine-Waal University of Appled SciencesJul 15 / Aug 2074% / 7.8Not Required28024,640
SRH University HeidelbergMay 3165% / 7.0Not Mandatory5000440,0001 year Exp is required for the majortiy of universities
Frankfurt University of Applied SciencesApr 1570% / 7.5Not Required34029,920Early Application Deadline is Feb 28
University of PassauJul 1566% / 7.2Not Required756,600
University of KielAug 1575% / 8.0295+12010,560
University of MannheimApr 20 / May-3175% / 8.0290+1656145,728May 31 is the deadline for few programs
University of MagdeburgAug 1570 - 80% / 7.6 - 8.8Not Required12010,560
Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyApr 30 / Jun 15 / Jul 1566 - 70% / 7.2 - 7.8Not Mandatory1500132,000
University of FreiburgJun 0175% / 8.0Not Mandatory1655145,640German B1 is required and/or May 15 deadline for few courses
TU DresdenJuly 1575 - 85% / 8.0 - 9.0Not Mandatory95083,600Jul 15 deadline for few programs
Ulm UniversityJuly 1570% / 7.6Not Required166014,6080Mar 15 deadline for few programs
Friedrich Schiller University JenaMay 3170% / 7.6Not Required19016,720
JMU WürzburgJul 1570 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5Not Required12511,000
University of GöttingenJuly 1570% / 7.5Not Required32028,160
University of HildesheimJun 3070% / 7.5Not Mandatory38033,440
University of PaderbornMar 1568% / 7.5Quant 157 | AWA 4.530026,400
FH AachenMay 3170% / 7.5310+27023,760
HTW BerlinMay 1570% / 7.5Not Mandatory75066,000Work Exp is recommended
Chemnitz University of TechnologyMay 3070 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5Not Mandatory35030,800
Esslingen University of Applied SciencesMar 3170 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5Not Mandatory1400123,200IELTS/TOEFL not rquired for Indian applicants; German Level A1/A2 is required
Luebeck University of Applied SciencesJul 15 / Aug 3170% / 7.5Not Required17014,960Few programs can accept applications till Jul 15
Kempten University of Applied SciencesJul 1568 - 80% / 7.4 - 8.5Not Required554,840German Language level A1 is required and Jan 15 deadlines for few programs
Jacobs University BremenJun 0170% / 7.5300+10000880,000University Scholarships up to € 12,000 per year
TU BraunschweigJul 1565 - 75% / 7.0 - 8.0Not Required50044,000German Language proficiency is required
University of LeipzigMay 3170 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5Not Required25022,000Subject-Specific Aptitude Test and German Language proficiency are required
University of BambergJul 1568% / 7.2Not Required907,920German Level A1/A2 is required for few courses
University of SiegenMay 1572% / 7.6Not Mandatory25022,000GRE and Work Experience are desirable
JG University MainzMay 1570 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5Not Mandatory27023,760
University of BremenJuly 1570 - 80% / 7.5 - 8.5Not Required32528,600Deadlines for few programs are Jan and Apr
University of TubingenJuly 1575 - 85% / 8.0 - 9.0Not Mandatory1650145,200Most of the deadlines are gone (Jan 1/Jan 15)


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Admissions Process for Masters in Germany

Variety of programs, many masters courses taught in English, affordable cost of studying, award-winning curriculums, greater emphasis on students’ hands-on experience and surely excellent future prospects are what best describe master’s degree courses in Germany.

Masters’ degrees in Germany are usually categorized as either “consecutive” or “non-consecutive”. Those in the first category are designed to build on the academic knowledge gained during a related bachelor’s degree. Non-consecutive programs tend to have a greater focus on professional development, often requiring applicants to have both an undergraduate degree and some relevant work experience. Most master’s in Germany take four semesters (two years) to complete, though some are shorter or longer.


Admission System: Restricted Admission (Closed or Limited) vs Non-Restricted Admission (Open)

In Germany, the number of students admitted to any given program at a university can be either unrestricted (no restriction admission) or restricted to a fixed number of students.

It basically means – anyone who meets the minimum entry requirements (GPA or language) and apply before the application deadline can get admission to the programs that are not restricted. The unrestricted programs are comparatively less competitive than the restricted ones. However, the entry requirements are not at all too low.


So, what happens if the Faculty/University receives too many applications that meet the minimum admission criteria for an Open (No-Restriction) Program?

Quick Answer is the image below:

German universities have open admission programs

Here is an explanation by a Faculty member on Quora:

Winter 2018 Deadlines and Admission Requirements for German Universities

The most important requirement for Master’s admissions in Germany is a relevant Bachelor’s Degree with high grades from a recognized university. Much emphasis is given on the core subjects (cognate modules), test scores, and practical experience (internships, projects, and full-time employment). To find out whether your university in the home country (where you did your Bachelors) is recognized or not, you can use the Anabin database.

The anabin database of the Central Office for Foreign Education offers detailed information on the individual admission requirements for 180 respective countries. The information is only available in German; however, you can use the Google Translate tool to read it in your preferred language.

The programs that come with restrictions are more selective. They are like the top-tier US universities with very low acceptance rate. Fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria is not enough. The universities will also look at your letters of recommendation, statements of interest (letter of motivation or personal statement), interviews, etc. Some universities also ask for a GRE subject test on the top of the normal GRE score. Learn more.

So, what is the logic behind this? Some programs have more applicants than available seats. Usually, the scenario of the open/closed system can change every semester based on current supply and demand. This decision is usually taken by the Dept. or University on the basis of calculated grades of the received applications. Certain subjects like Computer Science, Mechatronics Electrical Engineering or Bioinformatics at a particular university might receive way too many applications than Biology or Civil Engineering.

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Online Application Process

For Masters Admissions in Germany, either you need to apply to the University, or via uni-assist. Uni-assist is a centralized admissions portal, run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and handles international applications for its member universities. In a few cases, even if a University processes the application on its own, it might ask you to submit an evaluation report from uni-assist.

MS in Germany: Entry Requirements, 2018 Deadlines & Fees
Source DAAD

If uni-assist is involved, make sure to apply well before the actual application deadline. Uni-assist takes approximately one month to evaluate the application before passing on to the university that you applied for. If the evaluation report does not reach the university admissions office before the deadline, your application will not be considered, and you will also not get any refund of the application (processing) fees.


Uni-Assist Fees

Most of the German universities do not charge any application fees. But, for applications via uni-assist, you need to pay EUR 75 for the first application and EUR 30 per additional application in the same semester.

Few universities do also ask for certified hard copies. In that case, just scanned copies are not enough. You will need to get your transcripts (and other documents) attested by Public Notary, German Embassy or Goethe Institute.


German Grading System

Study in German - Grading System and German GPA

MS in Germany: Entry Requirements, 2018 Deadlines & Fees
Source: University of Kassel

Cost of Studying (Fees & Living Expenses) Masters in Germany

The public universities are tuition-free. From 2017 on, public universities in a few states started charging tuition fees from non-EU/EEA students. That includes the universities in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Freiburg, Heidelberg, and some other cities. The tuition fees are set at 200 – 1,500 euros per semester – which is still much more affordable than in many other countries in Europe. Ideally, at a state-funded university, you would be able to complete your Masters within INR 40,000 – 60,000 (total program fees).

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    Living expenses vary from city to city. On average, you will need 700 – 800 Euros per month. In order to fulfill the visa requirements for proof of finances, you will need to show proof you have, or have access to, around 8,800 euros (starting from 01.01.2020 10,236 euros) at their disposal for one year. You can also apply for DAAD scholarships to cover your living expenses and other costs.


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    I am a Career Adviser & Admission Consultant. Additionally, I also manage Operations at Stoodnt. I did my Masters from the UK (Aston University) and have worked at the University of Oxford (UK), Utrecht University (Netherlands), University of New South Wales (Australia) and MeetUniversity (India).
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