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Information on master’s degree applications

The following information will be useful if you are applying for an MA degree programme at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Version: 03.06.2020

Admission requirements

The basic requirement for the admission is a first academic degree obtained in a course of study with a minimum length of three years and 180 ECTS credits in a relevant subject area, usually a bachelor’s degree. The specific requirements for admission for each master’s course can be found in the course catalogue and in the ZSP-HU admission regulations (PDF, German only).

Admissions and selection procedure

During the application periods, you apply online via uni-assist or directly at Humboldt-Universität (for deadlines, see academic dates and deadlines).

In addition to your final grade and the time span elapsed since you received your degree (Wartezeit), the selection procedure may also take other selection criteria into account. You can find the selection criteria in the ZSP-HU admission regulations (PDF, German only).

Application without a bachelor’s degree

If you are in the final phase of your bachelor’s degree programme and your degree certificate will not be available before the end of the application period, under certain conditions you can still apply for a master’s course, i.e. while your degree is pending. In order to do so you have to prove that there are no more than 30 credit points missing to finish your bachelor's degree (e.g. at least 150 credit points for a degree amounting to a total of 180 credit points).

Due to the restrictions of the summer semester 2020, for the application to a Master's programme, if the first professionally qualifying degree of a higher education programme is still outstanding in the winter semester 2020/21, up to 60 ECTS credits may still be missing until completion, i.e. by the end of the application deadline, no more than 60 ECTS credits may be missing for the completion of a higher education programme of at least three years' duration, with which study achievements and examinations amounting to at least 180 ECTS credits or equivalent have been acquired. In the case of enrolment, proof of successful completion of this course of study must be provided at the latest by the end of the semester following the application semester (30 September 2021).

If your transcript does not meet the requirement (i.e. credits you achieved until now plus total number of credits that are required for a bachelor plus preliminary grade average), you will require a certificate from your Examination Board stating that there are no more than 30 CP/ECTS left to complete your degree.

Examinations taken after the deadline for applications and before the beginning of the new semester, as well as any re-sits, will have no negative impact on the admissions procedure.

You must prove a successful completion of the bachelor's course by means of a bachelor’s degree certificate by the end of the first semester for the master's course, which you have applied and been enrolled for.

For example:

Application and enrolment for a master's course for the winter semester 2019/20 (1 October 2019)

→ Submission of the proof of the completed bachelor's course until 31 March 2020 in the proper form.

If you cannot prove the completion of the bachelor's course, the admission to your master's course will expire.


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