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Consecutive Master’s Degree Programs (except Teaching Degrees)

Available Programs of Study – Master (PDF, 5MB)

Catalog for all programs of study leading to a master’s degree currently available at the University of Potsdam. It includes important information regarding application, admission, and registration.

We are pleased that you have decided to pursue a master's degree at the University of Potsdam!

If you apply for a master's degree program, we will review whether your professional qualifications fulfill the requirements for master's studies in your chosen program. An application must be submitted for consecutive master's degree programs, regardless of whether they are open-admission (no numerus clausus restrictions) or restricted-admission programs.

1. Online Application

The application for most master’s degree programs is done via the uni-assist e.V. application portal. This online portal opens on April 1 for applications for the winter semester, and on November 1 for the summer semester.

Note: The application portal will open this year on November 2, 2017.

Caution, exceptions!

The application for master’s degree programs that are offered jointly with other academic institutions, as well as for post-graduate master’s degree programs (continuing education), is typically done directly with the department. For information on application deadlines, contact persons at departments, and addresses for your application documents, please see master’s degree courses offered (PDF, 4 MB).

Your application materials will be reviewed preliminarily by uni-assist e.V. and then forwarded for the next stages – the application review and the admissions processes – to the relevant Examining Boards at the University of Potsdam. The University of Potsdam is responsible for conducting the admissions procedure.

Our courses offered (PDF, 4 MB) document contains all of the master’s degree programs that use this online application. Please review this list to see whether it is possible for you to submit an application for your desired master’s program for a first semester in the winter and/or summer.

Application for a later semester

If you have already been enrolled in the same or similar master's degree program at the University of Potsdam or another degree-granting institution, then you must first submit an application for recognition of achievements to the relevant Examining Boards. For assignment to a later semester, please apply informally to the relevant Examining Board. If you are placed in the first semester, then apply as described above through uni-assist e.V.

Additional information for international applicants

Please take note of the German language skills required for German-language master’s degree programs. Please see the admissions regulations for information regarding required English language skills. Please also note the information regarding the preparatory institutions and examinations for international applicants.

It is only possible to submit an application for restricted-admission master’s degree programs at the University of Potsdam within the subject-specific application deadlines. To find out whether your desired master’s degree program has restricted admissions, and what the specific application deadlines are, please consult the overview of the master’s degree programs below.

The application deadlines below are mandatory. Your application must be received in the required form by the application deadline. The postmark is determinative.

After the deadline has passed, it is no longer possible to submit an application or to submit additional documentation.

Additional Information for Students at the University of Potsdam

Students at the University of Potsdam who would like to switch to a non-teacher-training-related master’s degree program after completing their bachelor’s degree should note the following information on transitioning from a bachelor’s to master’s degree program.

If you have questions about our application process,

please contact us via: postgraduateadmissions@uni-potsdam.nomorespam.de

If you have questions regarding your enrollment process,

please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

2. Application Materials & Deadlines

When applying for the first semester, you must submit the following documents in addition to your online application:

  1. A completed and signed admissions application

  2. A simple copy of the German- or English-language degree certificate from your first degree (e.g., Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Diplom, Magister). Even if documentation of your first university degree is not yet available by the admission application deadline, you can still apply for admission. At the time of application, we require at least the following credit point information and proof of the average grades attained up to this point in time:

    • at least 140 CP in a bachelor's degree with a total requirement of 180 CP
    • at least 170 CP in a bachelor's degree with a total requirement of 210 CP
    • at least 200 CP in a bachelor's degree with a total requirement of  240 CP


    If you do not yet have this degree, then please submit documentation of the grades attained up to the point in time of the application (transcript of records), along with information regarding your current grade point average. If your transcript is in a language other than German or English, then a German or English translation certified by a sworn translator, along with a simple copy of your transcript.

  3. A simple copy of diploma supplements, or other relevant documentation from your university, regarding all coursework completed for your first professional degree. If this coursework was completed at an institution of higher education other than the University of Potsdam, then information must be provided regarding the form, content and examination modalities of the performance evaluation process.

The documents listed under 1. and 2. above must be uploaded in the uni-assist e.V. application portal and also submitted by mail to uni-assist e.V. before the application deadline. All other documentation that must be submitted can be uploaded to the uni-assist e.V. portal.

Please consult the following overview to determine which additional documents you need to upload to the uni-assist e.V. application portaland which application deadlines apply to your master’s program.

If you have questions about our application process,

please contact us via: postgraduateadmissions@uni-potsdam.nomorespam.de

If you have questions regarding your enrollment process,

please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft und Kultursemiotik

Anglophone Modernities in Literature and Culture

Astrophysics

Betriebswirtschaftslehre

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Bioinformatik

Chemie

Clinical Exercise Science

Cognitive Science – Embodied Cognition

Cognitive Systems: Language, Learning and Reasoning

Computational Science

Economics

Ernährungswissenschaft

Erziehungswissenschaft

Fremdsprachenlinguistik

Geoökologie

Geowissenschaften

Germanistik

Integrative Sport-, Bewegungs- und Gesundheitswissenschaft

Internationale angewandte Kulturwissenschaft und Kultursemiotik

International Experimental and Clinical Linguistics (IECL)

IT-Systems Engineering

Jüdische Studien

Jüdische Theologie

Kulturelle Begegnungsräume der Frühen Neuzeit

Linguistik

Linguistik: Kommunikation-Variation-Mehrsprachigkeit (KoVaMe)

Mathematik

National and International Administration and Policy

Ökologie, Evolution und Naturschutz

Osteuropäische Kulturstudien

Philosophie

Physik

Politikwissenschaft

Psychologie

Remote Sensing, geoInformation and Visualization

Romanische Philologie

Soziologie

Toxicology

Vergleichende Literatur- und Kunstwissenschaft

Verwaltungswissenschaft

War and Conflict Studies

Wirtschaftsinformatik und Digitale Transformation

Zeitgeschichte

3. Admission

Restricted-admission Master’s Degree Programs (NC)

Restricted-admission degree programs can only admit a limited number of applicants (NC: numerus clausus, or Latin for limited number).

Main Proceedings
If more applications are received (complete and on time), and all applicants meet the admission requirements for the specific subject, than there are available slots in the program, then a selection process must be initiated. The procedure for admission selections for master’s degree programs is governed by the General Admission Regulations. After the conclusion of the award procedure, applicants are informed by the respective Examining Board of the results (an notice of admission or rejection).

Enrollment
When you receive your admissions notification, you will also receive information about how to complete your enrollment. This application is done online starting on August 15 for the winter semester or on February 15 for the summer semester. Please note the enrollment deadlines.

Open Admission Master’s Degree Programs (no NC)

All applicants who meet the admission requirements specified in the relevant subject-specific admissions regulations and submit their application on time and in the proper form will be admitted to the master’s program. Because the admissions notifications are sent out by the relevant Examining Boards, we only give you general information about when the admissions notifications will be mailed out. More specific information can only be received from the relevant department.

Enrollment
When you receive your admissions notification, you will also receive information about how to complete your enrollment. This application is done online starting on August 15 for the winter semester or on February 15 for the summer semester. Please note the enrollment deadlines.