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Master of Arts, Master of Science and extra-occupational Master's degree programs

Master's degrees – qualifications and requirements

Deepen and sharpen your subject matter knowledge gained with you Bachelor’s degree by enrolling in a Master’s study program. On this page you will find what you need to know about the Master’s academic degree.

Follow-on or continuing education Master's programs

The modularized study programs of the University of Stuttgart include Master’s study programs that build on the  Bachelor's study programs. They are called “consecutive” Master’s programs because they pick up where the content and skills gained in the undergraduate Bachelor’s study programs leave off. 

In addition, the University of Stuttgart offers continuing education degree programs, which also end with an academic Master’s degree being awarded.

Qualification and options

As a consecutive degree, the Master’s lets you deepen and expand the subject matter knowledge and related methods that you acquired during your Bachelor’s studies and to utilize them in a research project context. The Master’s thesis is a technical analysis in which a study program culminates.  

Like the Bachelor’s, the Master’s degree is an internationally recognized academic degree. Graduates equipped with a Master’s degree have good prospects on the job market, since they have demonstrated the ability to work independently and can bring comprehensive methodological and technical knowledge to the job.

If you are planning on being a high school teacher in Baden-Wuerttemberg, you will also need a Master’s degree. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) replaces the former First State Examination.

The Master’s degree is also a prerequisite for doctoral degree studies making it the second step in an academic career.

The various Master's titles

Upon successfully completing your Master’s studies, the University of Stuttgart confers an academic title that begins with “Master.” Depending on the subject field, appended to this word are different phrases as determined by the academic field that the recipient has studied. Aside from that, the academic Master’s titles rank equally. 

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is conferred in the humanities and social sciences.

is bestowed in the natural sciences, engineering sciences and economics.

designates the degree earned in a study program for the position of high school teacher in Baden-Wuerttemberg. This degree program is still in preparation. At present, there is only an M.Ed. in Physics for teaching physics.  

Successful completion at the University of Stuttgart of a Master’s study program for teaching completes the university-level teacher training. Only a subsequent teaching internship will produce a bona fide teacher.

are work-study Master’s titles that are awarded among others by the Master:Online Academy (page only available in German).

Masterstudentin mit technischem Forschungsaufbau. Studieninteressierte betrachten die Präsentation.
A Master's student presenting a project as part of the every day study program. Taking part in research projects is usual in many Master's study programs given that the four semesters serve to specialize and deepen knowledge of a subject.

Starting dates

All consecutive Master’s study programs start in October during the winter semester. About half of the study programs also offer a start of studies in the summer semester. Only two work-study international Master’s programs start exclusively in the summer. You will find detailed information on Master's degree by choosing your program on the list of all study programs.

Duration

A Master’s study program normally lasts four semesters at the University of Stuttgart.

Prerequisites

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One prerequisite for consecutive Master’s study programs is a first degree, which, in most cases, is the Bachelor’s degree. A student in possession of the academic rank of Bachelor's (B.A. oder B.Sc.) awarded by a university in most cases can continue his or her studies in the same or a similar subject toward a Master’s degree (M.A. or M.Sc.) at the University of Stuttgart. Additional criteria, such as the final grade, modules to be evidenced, or knowledge of languages, may apply.

Some Master’s degree programs only have a limited number of study places available. Please refer to the information on the respective subjects for the current status.

You can also get precise information from the Admissions Regulations for the respective subjects.

Many Master’s study programs require or recommend foreign language skills; some make them admissions requirements. Please refer to the information on each subject for current requirements.

Studierende sitzen im Hörsaal bei einer Vorlesung
Master's study programs also encompass lectures.

Modules

Master's programs are organize into modules. A total of 120 ECTS-Credits must be earned, divided into four semesters of 30 credits each. There are also advanced modules, key qualification (SQ) modules and specialization modules. The Master’s thesis, which accounts for 30 ECTS credits, completes the degree work. For the most part, the fourth semester is set aside for this scientific analysis.

Specific details on which modules are required for each Master’s study program and which lectures, exercises and (major) seminars they cover can be found in the Module Manuals.

Master's study programs overview

For an overview of Master’s study programs offered at the University of Stuttgart, please consult the study programs web page.

All master's programs

Extra-occupational Master’s degree programs

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Zu sehen sind Studierende des Master:Online Bauphysik.
The extra-occupational Master's degree programs rely on a balances combination of remote studies and face-to-face times. Pictured here are student working on their Master:Online in Building Physics.

The University of Stuttgart also offer extra-occupational Master’s study programs. In contrast to the consecutive Master’s degree, these are of a continuing education nature and are aimed primarily at individuals who already are working. These degrees, like the consecutive Master’s, confer the recognized Master’s title.

Depending on the study program, these are the titles conferred:

  • M.B.E. (Master of Business Engineering)
  • M.BP. (Master of Building Physics)
  • M.Sc. (Master of Science)

The Master’s study programs are fee-based, as required by the German Competition Law. Depending on the program, the costs for the entire study program will total between 13,000 and 18,000 euro. Costs may be paid by the employer under some circumstances. In addition, they may be tax deductible. For more information on financing options, see the pages of Master:Online (only available in German language) or for the respective study program.

For study programs in the Master:Online Academy the prerequisites include having completed a vocational training and at least one year of professional experience. The occupation matters for the chosen course of studies: it must be relevant, in other words, by being linked to the subject field.

Please refer to the admissions regulations of the respective study programs.

The Master:Online Academy is based on the “blended learning” educational concept and refers to the mix of learning formats. Four-fifths of the lectures can be studied online by the individual on his or her own. One-fifth is fulfilled by taking on site face-to-face courses. Besides the study programs, individual modules can also be taken.

Those contact courses lead to certificates which are eligible for credit toward a Master's degree program.

Key qualifications (SQ)

As in the Bachelor’s study programs, modules for key qualifications (SQ) are also offered and are required coursework. These subject-specific and interdisciplinary modules are designed to equip graduates with competencies. Key qualifications will allow them to work in their profession as educated, autonomous, responsible members of society and of the global community – in the sense of a global active citizenship.

Key qualifications are arranged in six competence domains, ranging from methodological capabilities to capabilities in the social environment. Students thus are able to receive a broad-spectrum education that goes beyond just subject matter knowledge. You can access more information about each of the competence domains by opening the link in the adjoining box.

ECTS-Credits

A Master's study program is comprised of 120 Credits. ECTS credits are the “common currency” for the study program modules. The Europe-wide point system allows comparisons of study programs and degrees. The system provides for collecting 30 credits per semester. You will find a brief explanation of what this means on the Bachelor’s degree page.

Exam regulations

Each of the Master's study programs at the University of Stuttgart has its own exam regulation. In the adjoining box we list the regulations by degree type in alphabetical order. The exam regulations are only availabe in German since they are official documents.