Your Application for Admission to a Master’s Program

Information for applicants applying for admission to the first semester of a program

    Application Process

  • How to apply

    You apply for your chosen degree program online. Your documents need to be uploaded in the online application portal. You can view the status of your application online at any time.

  • Allocation of study places

    Students are selected for admission to our master’s programs using the admission requirements and selection criteria provided in the selection statutes. If the number of applications is higher than the number of study places on the program, a ranking list is created. Five percent of study places are reserved for applicants experiencing hardship and one percent for applicants connected to a location in the public's interest (e.g. athletes).

    Admission to some master’s programs is not selective. For non-selective programs, every applicant who meets the admission requirements and applies in due time and form is granted admission.

  • Application Deadlines

    Here you can find the application periods for our master's programs.

    For some of our master’s programs admission in the spring semester is also possible.

You Need to Submit the Following Documents

  • University entrance qualification

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

  • Degree certificate from your first program of study

    You must upload your degree certificate from your first degree program

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

    If your degree certificate is not available at the time of your application, you may submit it later. The deadline for submitting this document is provided in your official letter of admission.

  • Transcript of records

    A transcript of records is a particularly important part of your application for admission to a master’s program. It proves that you have acquired specialized knowledge, and documents your grades and progression.

    We require an official transcript of records by your higher education institution. Transcripts with a verification code can also be accepted.

    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 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 haveobtained their university entrance qualification or degree in China or Vietnam, must also provide the APS Certificate issued by the Academic Evaluation Center (Akademische Prüfstelle) in the corresponding country.

    During the application at the University of Mannheim please upload a scan of the original APS Certificate. Please note that in case of an admission, you will have to submit the APS Certificate in original for the enrollment at the University of Mannheim.

  • 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 an application this documents is only required if you’ve already studied at a German higher education institution in Germany.

    In order to account for any time you have spent studying abroad, you must provide 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.

  • CV

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

  • Proof of proficiency in German

    If you are applying for a German taught program, please submit a proof that your proficiency in German is equivalent to at least level C1 (Goethe Zertifikat C2) of the common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

  • Proof of extracurricular activities

    Extracurricular activities are worth extra points in the selection process for many degree programs. We provide standardized forms in German and English to simplify the process and give you an overview of the required details.


  • 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

  • How many applications can I submit?

    You can submit up to three applications for admission to a master's program.

  • 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.

  • Are any master's programs taught in English?

    The following master's programs are currently available in English:

    • Mannheim Master in Business Research
    • Mannheim Master in Data Science
    • Mannheim Master in Management
    • Master of Comparative Business Law
    • Political Science
    • Sociology 
    • Economics
    • Business Informatics
  • Is there selective admission to every master's program?

    No. Admission to the following master's programs is not selective:

    • Master of Comparative Business Law
    • Master's in Culture and Economy: History
    • Master's in Culture and Economy: Philosophy
    • Master's in Culture and Economy: Romance Studies

    Admission to all other master's programs at the University of Mannheim is selective. Please note: Applicants wanting to enroll in a non-selective program must still fulfill the admission requirements and submit an application for admission.

  • My bachelor’s degree was issued by an institution outside of Germany. Does it still meet the admission requirements?

    You may apply for admission to a master's program at the University of Mannheim with a university degree obtained outside of Germany. The Admissions Office and the admissions committee use your application documents to verify whether your qualification is recognized in Germany and whether it meets the criteria. Wecannot assess your degree without your application documents.

  • How will my foreign grades be converted into the German grading system?

    During the admissions process, grades awarded by institutions outside of Germany are converted into the German grading system by using the modified Bavarian formula, as recommended by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB).

    Therefore, during the application at the University of Mannheim please submit an official document (examination regulations, the back site of your transcript of records) stating the grading system of your former university or higher education institution.

    Please note that the minimum GPA, used for the grade conversion with the modified Bavarian formula refers to the minimum GPA required to obtain a bachelor's degree at your university. In some countries it is different than a minimum grade required to pass a single subject.

    Should you have any further questions regarding grade conversion please contact us to application

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

    The information will be corrected in our database once we check your application. You do not need to delete the 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 master's programs are sent out six weeks after the application deadline. Check the dispatch schedule for official notifications to see when the official letters of admission for each program are sent out .

  • 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 first-year students and exchange students always take place in the week before the lecture period begins. View the academic calendar