Application procedure for Master’s programmes

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To apply to a Master’s programme you must already have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). A Master’s programme can serve to enrich and deepen your understanding of the course of study you have already followed in your Bachelor’s (consecutive study), or allow you to turn your focus to new areas of learning (non-consecutive study).

As well as your academic qualifications, the content and focal points of your Bachelor’s studies will also be examined for compatibility with the skills and knowledge necessary for your desired Master’s course.

Goethe University offers Master’s programmes taught in German as well as ones taught in English. Some programmes may require knowledge of both languages.

You should first research the options available to you in order to help you determine which course you wish to apply to. You will find further information and resources on our Master portal, including:

  • A list of all Master’s programmes offered by Goethe University
  • Information on the respective content and application procedures of the programmes
  • Application deadlines and documents you are required to submit for your desired course of study
  • On the Master's degree portal you will also find a list of which Master’s applications must be conducted via the Master portal (→uni-assist), and which must be sent to the respective department of the programme.
  • First, click on the course of study you are interested in. Under the heading “Course content and focus areas” you will find more detailed information on the course. Under the heading “Detailed information” you will find information on the department and the study regulations for the course.
  • After this, please consult the “Conditions of admission”. There you will find a list of all necessary documentation to be handed in.

Courses with application via the Master portal:

  • Begin the process of application via the Master portal 
  • Select the country in which you completed your highest level of education. You will then find a list of all the steps of the application process and a list of the documentation you must submit. Regardless of which Master’s course you are applying to, you will need to provide certified copies of your qualifications, subjects you have taken and marks achieved (in school and higher education), and certified copies of a German or English translation.
  • To complete the two-step application process, first apply online
  • Register with your email address and create a password, then log in and fill in the online application. Submit this electronically and upload all your documents to the portal. Then print out the online application form in the portal and send it, together with your documentation, by mail, to the address in Berlin provided.

Courses with direct application via the relevant department:

If the overview of Master’s study programmes states that the application for the course of your choice should be directed to the department ("Fachbereich") of the course, please proceed as follows:

  • Click on the name of the course. You will find an application form as well as a list of what you need for a successful Master’s application under the heading “Application / Documents to be submitted”
  • Send your application directly to the department within the given timeframe.

Further important notes regarding applications


  • If the language of instruction is German, your application must include proof of sufficient knowledge of German. Further information regarding German language proficiency examination for access to higher education (DSH examination) and DSH preparatory courses can be found here.
  • Some courses will also require proof of knowledge of English. Please be aware that the level of English language skills required may vary course by course.
  • Please make sure that the certificates and other documents you provide are always certified copies. If such copies do not exist in German or in English, you must have them translated by a certified translator.
  • Should you have any questions concerning the application or admissions procedure, please contact the subject-specific guidance services for the Master’s programme in question. You can find these on the Master portal (click on the name of the programme and then the menu item “Studienfachberatung”).
  • In addition to this, the Master’s guidance staff at the International Office are available: