How to apply
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. There are no other quotas.
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.
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
Application for admission 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
How many applications can I submit?
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?
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 are the grades I achieved outside of Germany converted into the German system?
Do I have to submit all of my documents every time I apply?
If you are applying for a spot on two or three programs, you must submit an application formwith all required documents for each program that you are applying to (a checklist is available in the application portal).
However, if you submit notarized copies of documents as part of application A, you do not need to submit notarized copies of the same documents as part of applications B and C. This means that by submitting a notarized copy of a document as part of application A, you can submit a standard copy of the same document for applications B and C. Just write on the cover sheet for applications B and C that the notarized copies are provided with application A and state your application ID. Then send us all of your applications together.
Find out more about notarization
This approach can only be used if you submit all of your applications at the same time using one envelope. You are required to submit more than one set of documents as your application is passed on to different areas of the university (for example the school, the admissions committee, and the examination committee) during the admissions process.
Can I submit one document to prove I meet several of the criteria?
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?
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 .
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