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Applying for Admission to an Advanced Semester

Information for applicants interested in a master’s program

Application Process

  • How to apply

    First of all, apply for your chosen degree program online. Then, send us your documents by post. You can view the status of your application online at any time.

  • Allocation of study places

    Admission to an advanced semester is selective for most of our degree programs. We can only admit applicants to an advanced semester if the selective degree program in question is not full. If the number of applicants is higher than the number of study places, both the progress made in your previous program and your performance are considered in the selection process.

    Our guide to applying for admission to a bachelor’s program contains an overview of the programs available at the university and indicates where admission to an advanced semester is selective.

  • Application Deadlines

    The application deadline for admission to the first semester of a master's program also applies for all applications for admission to an advanced semester. The application period for admission to a master's program in the fall semester begins on March 15. Each program has its own application deadline. Admission in the spring semester is also possible for some of our master’s programs.
    Overview of application deadlines

You Need to Submit the Following Documents

  • Application form

    To apply to the university, you must sign and submit the original version of your completed application form. Once you have finished your online application, you will be able to download a PDF file containing your application form from the online application portal. If you are not in Germany during the application period, we recommend that you issue a letter of authorization so that somebody you trust can act on your behalf. 

  • University entrance qualification

    You need to hold a university entrance qualification issued by an institution in Germany or abroad. 

    If you do not hold a German university entrance qualification, please take particular note of the comments accompanying the checklist printed at the end of your application form.

  • Degree certificate from your first program of study

    You must submit a notarized copy of your degree certificate from your first degree program

    Applicants who hold a degree from an institution abroad also need a notarized German or English translation of the document. Applicants who obtained their university entrance qualification or degree in China, Mongolia, or Vietnam, must also provide the original version of the APS Certificate issued by the Academic Evaluation Center (Akademische Prüfstelle) in the corresponding country.

  • Transcript of records from your bachelor's program

    The transcript of records from your bachelor's program is an important part of your application for admission to an advanced semester of a master’s program as it proves you have already obtained some subject-specific knowledge. However, if your degree certificate contains all of the information regarding your subject-specific knowledge, therefore proving you meet the requirements, you do not need to submit a transcript from your bachelor’s program.

    We require a transcript of records which has been verified by your higher education institution. This means that you must submit the original version of the document, which must have been stamped and/or signed by the institution. Alternatively, we can accept a notarized copy of such a transcript. Transcripts with a verification code can only be accepted if the whole document is available for download. We can also accept transcripts of records issued by the higher education institution in envelopes bearing the institution’s seal. 

    Applicants who hold a degree from an institution abroad must submit a transcript of records in the native language of the issuing institution as well as a notarized German or English translation of the document. If the grading system is different to the system used in Germany, we also require proof of the grading scale used which indicates the lowest passing grade and the highest possible grade available.

    Applicants who obtained their university entrance qualification or degree in China, Mongolia, or Vietnam, must also provide the original version of the APS Certificate issued by the Academic Evaluation Center (Akademische Prüfstelle) in the corresponding country.

  • Transcript of records from your master's program

    We use the latest transcript of records from your master's program to verify the coursework and examinations that can be recognized for admission to an advanced semester. 

    We require a transcript of records which has been verified by your higher education institution. This means that you must submit the original version of the document, which must have been stamped and/or signed by the institution. Alternatively, we can accept a notarized copy of such a transcript. Transcripts with a verification code can only be accepted if the whole document is available for download. We can also accept transcripts of records issued by the higher education institution in envelopes bearing the institution’s seal. 

    Applicants who hold a degree from an institution abroad must submit a transcript of records in the native language of the issuing institution as well as a notarized German or English translation of the document. If the grading system is different to the system used in Germany, we also require proof of the grading scale used which indicates the lowest passing grade and the highest possible grade available.

  • Proof of previous periods of study

    We have to be aware of all periods of study that you have completed in Germany. Please provide the relevant documents of proof as part of your application. For example:

    • Enrollment Certificate
    • Confirmation of disenrollment
    • Transcript of records
    • Enrollment verification certificate

    If you have been enrolled in a degree program with similar content before in Germany, you must confirm that you are still eligible to take exams

    In order to account for any time you have spent studying abroad, you must provide a notarized copy of the official proof issued by the higher education institution which confirms your enrollment there. You must submit this proof in the native language of the issuing institution and a German or English translation produced by a sworn translator.

  • Confirmation of your eligibility to take exams

    If you are applying for admission to the second semester or a subsequent semester of a program (i.e. an advanced semester), you must submit proof from your current German higher education institution which confirms that you are still eligible to take the exams in the degree program. You also need to provide this confirmation if you have previously been enrolled at a higher education institution in Germany and are applying for a spot in the first semester of a similar degree program.

    There is no standardized procedure for proving your eligibility. Some German institutions include a statement on the transcript of records which confirms that the student is eligible to take exams, whereas others issue a letter to confirm the student’s eligibility. We have created a document, provided below, which you can also use to confirm your eligibility. Regardless of the format, the original version of the document confirming your eligibility must be stamped by the institution.

    The confirmation of your eligibility must relate to the master's program.

  • CV

    You need a detailed, current curriculum vitae (CV).

  • Proof of proficiency in German

    You must submit notarized proof that your proficiency in German is equivalent to at least level C1 of the common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

  • Program-specific criteria

    Depending on the master's program you are applying for, you may need to submit proof of language proficiency, a letter of motivation, or tests like the GMAT as part of your application. Further details are provided in the selection statutes for the degree program you are interested in.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do I need to provide a module catalog?

    A module catalog is used to evaluate the coursework and examinations you have completed, and verify the specialized knowledge that you have acquired. That’s why you are asked to either provide a link to the module catalog for your previous degree program or upload a PDF version of the catalog as part of your online application. The examinations and coursework that you have completed can only be considered in your application if the competences you have obtained match those acquired in modules at the University of Mannheim.

  • Can I submit one document to prove I meet several of the criteria?

    One document may serve as proof of several criteria required for your application. For example, your transcript of records can also be used to prove you have subject-specific knowledge that is relevant for admission to the degree program. 

  • How can I correct a mistake on my application form?

    If you made a mistake on your application form, you can correct it, by hand, on the printed version of the form. Please make sure any corrections are easy to read. The corrected information will then be entered into our database once we receive your application. You do not need to delete the application and start again.

    Please note: You cannot change the degree program(s) to which you are applying in this way. To change program, you must delete your existing application and start again.

  • How can I check the status of my application?

    You can check the status of your application on the Application Management section of the portal.

  • When are the official notifications sent out?

    Usually, official letters of admission to advanced semestersof master’s programs are sent out seven to eight weeks after the application deadline.

  • What is the difference between the official notification sent out by post and the one sent electronically?

    When applying online, you are asked whether you would like to receive your official notification electronically or by post. This does not alter the content of the official notification. You will receive the same document regardless of the option you choose. 
    Receiving the notification electronically is, naturally, faster than receiving it by post. You receive an e-mail from us which informs you that the official notification can be downloaded from the online application portal. If you live outside of Germany, you should choose to receive your official notification electronically.

  • When does the lecture period begin and end?

    The University of Mannheim is the first public higher education institution in Germany to align its academic calendar with the international academic year. The orientation weeks for freshmen and exchange students always take place in the week before the lecture period begins. View the academic calendar

Applying for the Correct Semester

In which semester can I begin my studies – the first, second, or third?

Recognizing Coursework and Examinations

What do I need to do to have my coursework and exams recognized?

Contact

Claudia Dörr

Claudia Dörr

University of Mannheim
Dezernat II Bewerbungs- und Zulassungsstelle L 1, 1 (Eingang B) – Room 157
68161 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181-1199
Fax: +49 621 181-1229
E-mail: bewerbung(at)uni-mannheim.de