General information on the admission procedure for the Master's study program

Admission procedures Master's study program

Conditional admission, provisional admission, credits for courses taken while an undergraduate: when you apply for a Master's study program you must meet certain prerequisites and particulars. Here we provide an overview:

Basic requirements for Master’s program admissions

  • A completed Bachelor’s degree of at least six semester’s length (or equivalent qualification)
  • Degree in the particular study program or a study program with very similar content
  • Other requirements may apply depending on the study program. Please refer to the Admission Regulations [de] for specific admissions criteria

Admission subject to requirements

While you are admitted to study, this form of admission is subject to making up specific undergraduate degree exams by the time you submit your Master’s thesis.. This might be because you earned you Bachelor’s at another university or university of applied science where you did not take seminars or modules that are required at the University of Stuttgart however. The Admissions Committee [de] makes the final decision on whether to recognize your academic fitness as acceptable.

Studies completed at a university for applied sciences

According to the State Higher Education Act, if you completed your studies at a university of applied sciences (formerly post-graduate technical college) or at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Dual University you will generally qualify for Master’s degree studies at a university.

Restricted admission (NC)

For Master’s study programs where the number of places is limited (Numerus Clausus (NC)), rank listings will be compiled for awarding places on the study program according to specific admission requirements for the Master’s study programs. More details can be found in the admission regulations pertaining to the relevant study program.

Specific study programs

Aside from an admission subject to requirements, there are other types of admission depending on the subject:

Transition from Bachelor’s to Master’s

Special study program-specific features

Three possible variants enable the smoothest possible transition from bachelor's to master's study programs: 

  1. Conditional admission to study programs without restricted entry (without NC)
  2. Provisional admission to study programs with restricted entry (with NC)
  3. Master’s modules taken in advance

You can find out whether your program is subject to restricted admission (NC) on the study program websites, where you can also find the admission regulations with more detailed information.

Master's programs

Conditional admission is possible in any Master’s study program for which a Numerus Clausus (NC), i.e. a limited number of places available, has not been set.

Information about conditional admissions can be found in the admission regulations under para. 3.

Bachelor’s students can apply for conditional admission if they have a certain number of credit points (ECTS). The exact number is set down in each Master’s study program’s admissions regulation; normally, the number is 110 credit points. Students are required to provide evidence of the claimed ECTS in the form of their exams extract at the time they apply. Please upload this transcript with grade point average to the Campus-Management-System C@MPUS during the application process.

With your Bachelor’s studies then completed in full, you enroll in the Master’s program before the enrollment deadline. For detailed information on this process, please refer to the Enrollment web page under the heading “Enrollment with existing conditional admission”.

Advantages of a conditional admission

The conditional admission remains in effect for three semesters and assures that you can study at the University of Stuttgart.

If you are admitted conditionally, you may register for the Master’s as soon as you have completed you Bachelor’s studies – independent of the final grade and also of how many other applicants there are then.

Information about accepting your study place in C@MPUS

Following admission, you will be asked in C@MPUS to confirm that you accept your place. You can ignore this if you are already sure that you will not enroll in the master's program until next semester or the semester after. Simply download the letter of admission and keep it safe for your application for next semester, or for the semester after that.

Provisional admission is only available for Master’s study programs for which an NC has been set. Applicants who are academically qualified and are judged capable of earning their Bachelor’s during the first semester of their Master’s study program by the Admissions Committee are admitted provisionally and may enroll. To do so, they must upload their exam extract to the C@MPUS system during the application process.

Information about provisional admission can be found in the admission regulations in para. 4 (Title: Number of admissions (Zulassungszahl)).

What to keep in mind with a provisional admission

Normally, for an admission to the winter semester, evidence of the missing Bachelor's degree must have been furnished by March 31 and, for admission to the summer semester, by September 30. Failing that, the applicant will be de-registered. Please look up the exact deadlines in your admissions regulation.

Some study programs allow taking modules from the Master’s program by the end of the Bachelor’s degree program. You will receive credit for them after you enroll in the Master’s program.

The precondition is that you must already have earned a certain number of credit points as a Bachelor’s student. You will find the precise rules for this exception in the Examination Regulations for the Bachelor’s study program.

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