Study Masters MS/MBA in Germany
How You Can Study Masters Studies in Germany:
When you decide to study a master’s program in Germany it is necessary to identify future career and academic goals. You will then need to research about the selection process for the university and program of your choice. If you have too many options available irrespective of your study preferences you will have to shortlist few programs to apply to.
There are a huge number of universities and master programs available in Germany, hence, you can start by considering important aspects like study modules, location, tuition fees, practical experience offered to students. Based on these factors, it becomes easy to narrow down your preferences and select the universities which would be best fit for you. Once you set your target, you can start planning the process to get there. Usually, German universities have this information available on their official websites.
German universities recruit students who have proficiency language level for German or English as the medium of instruction for most courses is any of these 2 languages. Compared to bachelors courses more number of masters courses are taught in English. To evidence, your language level taking a standardized language test is a must. The level of proficiency required differs for every university and program.
Many of the German universities use a common platform known as UniAssist.de. Students need to create a personal account, choose their master’s course and upload scanned documents as required for the application. Some universities have their own online application portal and only accept applications submitted to them through this portal. German universities collect a huge number of applications and assessing all applications takes time. Normally, the processing of one application takes several weeks. It takes a lot of time to receive a response for your application because there may be issues related to documentation.
According to the requirements and approximate cost of living for foreign students in Germany, the German government asks all foreign students to have €853 per month or €10,236 as proof of financial resources per year to cover all living expenses while his stay in Germany. If a student does not possess this money in his bank account he will not be allowed to study a master’s degree in Germany.
Germany’s higher education system is divided into:
Public universities- administered by the state
Private universities- set up by independent companies, organizations, or charities.
The difference lies mostly in their methods of funding.
Private universities are expensive than public universities. Hence, it is advisable to study in public universities unless your desired course is not available in the public university. A small percentage of the population and international students attend private universities, as the public ones cover a very wide variety of courses, subjects, and specializations.
Public Universities in Germany
Every public university set up their own:
- degree programs
- examinations, and
- entry requirements
The state administers:
- Tuition fee policy and quality control
- Program and college accreditation to motivate them to meet high academic standards
Private Universities in Germany
Private universities decide their own fees.
Types of Universities offering Masters Degree programs in Germany
There are four main types of higher education in Germany including the following:
Research Universities are publicly administered higher education institutions providing facilities and academic expertise to award students with masters and doctorate degrees
Technical Universities are sub-research universities; their focus is on STEM disciplines.
Universities of Applied Sciences are usually private institutions focused on engineering, business, and social sciences. Sometimes they partner with professional and commercial organizations.
Colleges of Art, Film, and Music operate as independent institutions and offer degrees in creative disciplines. They can be part of both, Research Universities or Universities of Applied Sciences. They select candidates possessing creative skills and experience.
Depending on the semesters and your discipline your Master’s Degree may be of the following duration:
- One and a half
- Up to two years long
Two semesters make one academic year, however, your Master’s Degree will also include your final project known as dissertation that you will need to work upon with a mentor. Usually, it is worth 120 ECTS credits equal to your two years (60 credits per year). The dissertation will be of 30 credits that you will have to complete during your last semester in the second year.
Master degrees include workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork, independent studies depending on the course you apply to. There are separate modules and units for each semester. College of Art, Film, and Music are focused on developing and assessing your skills, creativity and innovative skills.
- For a consecutive master’s degree students who have completed a bachelors degree in the same field or major will be accepted. Traditionally, many applicants pursue a master’s degree without a significant gap after their bachelor’s studies
- Non-consecutive masters degree focuses on a different, though related subject studied in their bachelors degree. Non-consecutive masters courses may also require work experience. Non-consecutive studies do not necessarily relate to an undergraduate topic. These courses are beneficial for students who continue working in-between their undergraduate and postgraduate studies
- A professional masters degree focuses on vocational subjects and regulated professions, such as teaching, nursing, law, etc.
Germany is called ‘the Land of ideas’ and it is famous for its historic academic records. Anyone who wishes to pursue a masters will benefit with the generous tuition fees. There are different fee requirements for non-consecutive, consecutive, and professional master’s degrees. Consecutive programs may not have tuition fees for students that continue immediately after undergraduate studies. The most important document to provide for admission to the master’s degree in Germany is a suitable bachelor’s degree. It is not required that you should have studied the bachelors degree in German language but only needs to be recognized by German universities.
Additional admission requirements include:
- Certificate and transcript of your academic education
- Details of your secondary education
- German universities may discuss your career profile in an interview with you
- Business schools and MBA programs may require a specific score for recognized tests viz. GMAT or GRE
A student should make sure to check deadlines for the university he wishes to apply to. Application deadlines vary between universities, but generally, time span for applying is:
- For Summer semester: Apply before 15 January
- For studies beginning in the winter semester: submit your application before 15th of July
Fees in German universities depend whether you are going to study a masters consecutive or a masters non-consecutive degree.
- For a consecutive masters program, you only have to pay semester fees, costing around 100-200€, which include enrollment fees, confirmation fees, administration fees, and semester-ticket, a monthly public transportation pass
- Tuition fees for non-consecutive master programs depend on the desired program and university
Students who have completed their bachelor’s studies outside Germany can also pursue non-consecutive masters programs. Private universities usually require you to pay tuition fees for both, consecutive and non-consecutive degrees. Non-consecutive master program fees may start from 6000€ per semester. The same are much higher for private universities.