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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: 26.11.2020

At Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, various types of Master's programs are offered:

  •  Consecutive Master's programs are programs that build on a Bachelor's program in terms of content. They usually last two to four semesters. The Master's program can continue, deepen or extend the undergraduate program on a cross-disciplinary basis.
  •  The so called Further Education Master's programs require qualified practical work experience of not less than one year. Therefore the further education programs contents‘ should take professional experience into account and build on it. Additional fees may be charged for these courses of study.

Admission requirements

You must meet general and specific admission requirements in order to apply for a Master's program at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 

The basic requirement for the admission is a first academic degree obtained in a course of study with a minimum length of three years  in a relevant subject area, usually a bachelor’s degree, with which study achievements and examinations amounting to at least 180 ECTS credits or credit points (LP) or equivalent have been acquired.

More detailed information on the admission requirements for individual courses of study as well as the form and scope of the required proof can be found in the subject-specific admission regulations of the ZSP-HU (appendices in German only) as well as in the Master's program course catalogue. Please note that admission requirements (e.g. language skills) must be met at the time of application.

All documents relating to an application must be received by the HU by the end of the relevant application deadline at the latest (cut-off deadlines).

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).

[Vorschlag: If you are in the final phase of your first bachelor‘s degree program and your degree certificate will not be available before the end of the application period, you may, under certain conditions, apply for a postgraduate program with a pending degree.

In your application, you must prove that you have earned at least 120 ECTS credits or equivalent and that you are not missing more than 60 ECTS credits or equivalent to successfully complete your first academic degree.

A first academic degree is a German or equivalent foreign university study programme in which study achievements and examinations amounting to at least 180 credit points up to 240 credits points or equivalent have been acquired in the course of at least three years.]
Certification of the acquired credit points

If the degree certificate with the required grade is not yet available at the application deadline, please submit a current Transcript of Records confirmed by your previous university with the current average grade . Please submit your diploma immediately after its completion.

If your transcript of records does not show the credit points or credits achieved so far, the total number of credit points or credits leading to the degree, as well as the preliminary average grade, a corresponding certificate from your examination board is required, stating that you are not missing more than 60 LP/ECTS (see Annex 1.1.2 Ninth Amendment of the ZSP-HU).

Examinations that are only taken after the application deadline until the beginning of the new semester and any repeat examinations that may be necessary do not have any negative effects on the admission procedure.
Deadline of proof of completing first university degree
In case of enrollment, the successful completion of the undergraduate study program must be proven at the latest by the end of the semester following the application semester. Should the degree not be proven in due time or form, the provisional admission to the corresponding Master's program will expire.

Therefore, please inform yourself in good time about the deadlines for providing proof, discuss correction times for outstanding study performances and examinations in advance, and also consider the consequences of a downgrade for your study financing, etc. In case of any uncertainties, please contact your examination office at least eight to ten weeks before the end of the deadline to get advice.
Date of admission and temporary
enrollment with pending degree
according to § 37 ZSP-HU
Deadline of proof for completing
first university degree
SoSe 2020 31.03.2021
WiSe 2020/21 30.09.2021
SoSe 2021 31.03.2022

Admissions and selection procedure

Depending on obtaining your school leaving certificate or a study degree abroad or in Germany, you apply during the application periods (for deadlines see academic dates and deadlines) depending either exclusively via uni assist or the online application portal directly at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It is essential that you find out about the formalities and application procedure in advance of your application and contact the counseling office for degree seeking International Students.

You will find information and explanations on how to apply


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