The Master’s Degree – Studying in Germany

If you plan to study in Germany at the level of the Master’s degree, in some ways it’s easier than trying to apply as an undergraduate at the Bachelor’s level: If you are an English speaker, you’re in luck! There are more programs at the Master’s level that are taught in English, with more and more expected soon.

General Requirements for your Master’s degree

To clarify here: The Master’s degree is the second university degree, and is done either after the Bachelor’s degree is awarded or after a few years of professional experience. At the Master’s level, classes are generally more intensive and specialized, so it is useful to study at the Master’s level if you wish to specialize in a particular field, or if you want to bolster your previous studies with a related field. Some programs of study at the Master’s level do not require the study of a related field first, such as the Master of Business Administration degree (MBA), so it is best to carefully review your options well in advance.

Which Documents do you need?

However, you will still need your documents. This includes transcripts and translations of credentials for your Bachelor’s degree. If you are applying to the Master’s level courses without having yet graduated from your Bachelor’s degree – such as applying in your final year of Bachelor’s degree classes to study in Germany for a Master’s degree the year afterwards – please make sure to indicate this in your documents and send all unofficial or interim transcripts you may have, noting that your degree is still in progress and has not yet been awarded. Also make sure to include your expected graduation date with your materials. When in doubt, or if you have any questions about the courses you are looking at taking, please contact the universities you are looking at directly: it is always best practice to contact their Akademisches Auslandsamt / International Office first, but at the Master’s degree level, it is also a good idea to contact the departments that interest you for more information on the program of study you might be interested in. For example, if you are interested in enrolling in a program related to history, you may want to contact that university’s history department for more information about the program.

The Master's Degree in Germany
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Funding, however, can become more of a problem at the Master’s degree level depending on your country of origin. The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) can help international students in finding scholarships, stipends, and other resources in financing your Master’s degree in Germany.

12 responses to “The Master’s Degree – Studying in Germany”

  1. My son is B.Tech engineer & now apply for masters in environment engg. in Germany. Pls guide which free university is best & what documents required to submit.

  2. Hallo Michael,
    Gibt es Sprachanforderungen, um ein Masters Program im Deutschland zu machen? Muss man bis zur C1 Noveau studieren?

    Grüße aus Amerika,

    • Lieber John,
      das müsste ich selbst googeln und muss ich daher Dir überlassen.
      Es ist meines Wissens nach von Fakultät zu Fakultät verschieden.
      Erkundige Dich am besten bei der Uni, die Du im Auge hast.

      Tut mir leid aber viel Erfolg Dir
      Lieben Gruß

    • Dear Navid, I wouldn’t know and would have to google it myself. I can’t imagine that though. Why would there be? Is there an age limit for a masters anywhere in this world?

  3. Hallo!

    Michael, Ihre Videos auf youtube sind sehr hilfreich! Ich bedanke dich für das.
    ich frage mich gerade, wenn “Masters in Psychologie” auf Englisch in Deutschland gibt?
    Auf welches Niveau musst man sein, um “Masters level studies” in Deutschland zu studieren?

    (sorry I am not a native German speaker; i come from Asia!)


    • Liebe/r Iffah,
      das müsste ich selbst recherchieren und dafür fehlt mir leider die Zeit. Aber Du kannst die einfach an folgende Institution wenden:
      Die haben eventuell diese Information.
      Viel Erfolg Dir

  4. Hi Katriel,
    Thank you for this very useful article.
    I’m myself interested in a Master on Human Resources, available in Berlin, for English language speakers. I’ve done today about 5h of research and eventually I still came empty handed…that’s because either the best universities don’t have such programs or the ones who have don’t seem the most reliable (based on the reviews).
    So here comes my question: could you recommend any master on HR topic?
    Thank you very much in advance for your time and answer.
    Kind regards,

    • Dear Laura, I’m not sure whether Katriel will read these lines. I’ll forward it to her but can’t guarantee that she’ll answer. Just to let you know. Unfortunately I do not have any answers for your questions. Best regards, Michael

  5. Hello,
    I am writing to ask if it is possible for me receive a complete scholarship in Germany with English language?

    • Dear Shahrzad, I would have to research that myself. Please contact DAAD e.g. or simply search the net for “scholarship Germany” + your master’s degree topic. Viel Erfolg. Lieben Gruß aus Berlin.

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