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 with or without admission restrictions.
In our course catalogue you can check if your desired master’s program is admission-restricted. Please note that you can apply for some degree programs only either for the summer or the winter semester. Please review the course catalogue to see whether it is possible to submit an application for a first semester in your desired master’s program for the winter and/or summer.
The application period for admission into the first and an advanced semester to the winter semester starts on April 1.
The application period for admission into the first and an advanced semester to the summer semester starts on November 1.
The application deadline for the different master’s degree programs varies and depends on the current admission status.
For consecutive master’s degree programs not related to teacher training with admission restrictions (with NC), the application deadline is June 1 for the winter semester and December 1 for the summer semester.
For consecutive master’s degree programs not related to teacher training without admission restrictions (no NC), the application deadline is August 15 for the winter semester and February 15 for the summer semester.
For an overview of the current application deadlines for your desired master’s degree program, please visit the website Application Master.
Assuming that you are able to provide all the information and have the required documents on hand, an online application takes an average of 20 minutes.
Please note that only complete applications can be submitted and processed. You must have entered all mandatory information and uploaded all required documents before you can submit your application electronically.
Please do not send any documents by mail or e-mail to the University of Potsdam. Documents sent to us by mail, fax and/or e-mail will not be processed.
When applying for the first semester of study, you will need to upload the following documents as pdf:
1. Proof of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent first degree from a higher education institution
For an application without a formally completed degree, the following minimum number of credit points must be documented at the time of application with a current transcript of records or confirmation issued by the institution of higher education regarding the current total number of credit points and the preliminary average grade achieved up to that point:
2. Proof of the content and structure of your academic training.
This can be provided in the form of a Diploma Supplement, module catalogues, or study and examination regulations. If your academic achievements were completed at an institution of higher education other than the University of Potsdam, then your document must contain information on credit points as well as information regarding the form, content, and examination modalities.
3. If applicable, preliminary review documentation (Vorprüfungsdokumentation) by uni-assist e.V.
If you are submitting an academic degree or academic records from a higher education institution abroad, you must also upload a document on the evaluation of the degree as an entrance qualification for master’s studies (preliminary review documentation – Vorprüfungsdokumentation or VPD) via the admission and enrollment portal. Please refer to the following website for information on how to apply for a VPD.
Applying for a VPD does not count as an application for the degree program. Be sure to allow enough time to apply for a VPD; the average processing time at uni-assist is 4 to 6 weeks.
The VPD must be submitted via the admission and enrollment portal by the application deadline.
4. If applicable, translations by a sworn translator. If your academic transcripts were issued in a language other than German or English, a translation of these documents by a sworn translator must also be uploaded via the admission and enrollment portal.
5. If applicable, placement notice for first or advanced semester entry.
Prospective students who are or were enrolled in a related master's program and want to transfer to the Univesity of Potsdam can find information on how to obtain a mandatory placement notice on this page. Students who are currently enrolled in a master's program at the University of Potsdam and want to transfer into another master's program can find information on how to receive a placement notice on this page.
6. Additional program-specific documentation for each master’s degree program
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