Bachelor's programmes and state examination

EU/EEA applicants and non-mobile foreign students

  • One-subject bachelor's programmes, Bachelor of Secondary School Education (HRSGe), state examination in Law (DoSV degree programmes)

    A prescribed number of study places are available in every restricted-admission subject. After deducting a certain quota of places for hardship cases, second-degree applicants and foreign applicants, 80% of the study places are awarded based on the final grade received in the Abitur (German university entrance qualification), and 20% are allocated on the basis of waiting time. Waiting time corresponds to the number of semesters that have passed since you received your Abitur and were not enrolled at a German university. The number of waiting semesters is calculated automatically based on the data provided in your application.

    On the grade ranking list, applicants with the same Abitur grade are ranked further with regard to waiting time, whether they performed civil or military service and, in the case of a tie, the drawing of lots. On the waiting-time ranking list, applicants with the same number of waited semesters are ranked further based on their Abitur grade, whether they performed civil or military service and, in the case of a tie, the drawing of lots. All candidates who apply for enrolment in restricted-admission subjects are ranked according to both their Abitur grade and their waiting time.

    The University of Münster allocates study places for all restricted-admission one-subject bachelor's programmes, the state examination in Law and the multi-subject Bachelor of Secondary School Education (BA HRSGe) via the Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV). This procedure compiles and compares the ranking lists of all participating universities in order to facilitate faster and more reliable allocation of study places. The procedures also require applicants to comply with specific requirements which are clearly explained in our DoSV flyer [de]. You can find more information on the website hochschulstart.de [de].

    Special requirements for admission to multi-subject degree programmes (non-restricted substitute subjects)

    Your Abitur grade does not improve as the waiting time increases. Waiting semesters do not lapse. When you apply for admission, the grade awarded on your Abitur certificate and the current number of semesters of waiting time serve as the basis for the admission decision. There is no waiting list for future admission. In other words, if you have not been granted a study place in the current round of applications, you will have to reapply for admission in the following semester.

  • Two-subject bachelor's programmes, Bachelor of Primary School Education, Bachelor of Vocational College Education (non-DoSV degree programmes)

    A prescribed number of study places is available in every restricted-admission subject. After deducting a certain quota of places for hardship cases, second-degree applicants and foreign applicants, 80% of the study places are awarded based on the final grade received in the Abitur (German university entrance qualification), and 20% are allocated on the basis of waiting time. Waiting time corresponds to the number of semesters that have passed since you received your Abitur and were not enrolled at a German university. The number of waiting semesters is calculated automatically based on the data provided in your application.

    On the grade ranking list, applicants with the same Abitur grade are ranked further with regard to waiting time, whether they performed civil or military service and, in the case of a tie, the drawing of lots. On the waiting-time ranking list, applicants with the same number of waited semesters are ranked further based on their Abitur grade, whether they performed civil or military service and, in the case of a tie, the drawing of lots. All candidates who apply for enrolment in restricted-admission subjects are ranked according to both their Abitur grade and their waiting time.

    If you are granted admission, you will receive notification by email. By logging onto the Info Portal, you can view the letter of admission and accept the study place offered to you by the date indicated therein. For enrolment in a multi-subject bachelor's programme, you will need approval for all of the subjects offered in the programme, or alternatively combine them with non-restricted subjects (2-subject BA: 2, BA BK: 3, BA G: 4). If your application is turned down, you must register to participate in the succession procedure (Nachrückverfahren) within the period indicated on the Info Portal. We will inform you by email when you should register for the succession procedure after the main admission process is concluded. Study places, which are not accepted, are regularly granted to those on the waiting list.

    Your Abitur grade does not improve as the waiting time increases. Waiting semesters do not lapse. When you apply for admission, the grade awarded on your Abitur certificate and the current number of semesters of waiting time serve as the basis for the admission decision. There is no waiting list for future admission. In other words, if you have not been granted a study place in the current round of applications, you will have to reapply for admission in the following semester.

  • State examination in Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry

    A prescribed number of study places is available in every restricted-admission subject. After deducting a certain quota of places for hardship cases, second-degree applicants and foreign applicants, 20% of the study places are allocated on the basis of the final grade received in the Abitur (German university entrance qualification), and 20% on waiting time through hochschulstart.de. Waiting time corresponds to the number of semesters that have passed since you received your Abitur and were not enrolled at a German university. The number of waiting semesters is calculated automatically based on the data provided in your application.

    On the grade ranking list, applicants with the same Abitur grade are ranked further with regard to waiting time, whether they performed civil or military service and, in the case of a tie, the drawing of lots. On the waiting-time ranking list, applicants with the same number of waited semesters are ranked further based on their Abitur grade, whether they performed civil or military service and, in the case of a tie, the drawing of lots. All candidates who apply for enrolment in each respective subject are ranked according to both their Abitur grade and their waiting time.

    The remaining 60 % of study places are awarded through the selection process of the University (AdH). For more information about the allocation procedure, visit hochschulstart.de [de] and the website of the Faculty of Medicine [de] of the University of Münster.

  • Degree programmes with mandatory aptitude tests

    Those who apply for admission to bachelor's programmes in Sport and Physical Education (not including Human Movement in Sports and Exercise) and bachelor's programmes in Music (not including Musicology) are also required to pass an aptitude test. Please note that some aptitude tests are administered long before the start of the application phase.

    More information on the aptitude test for bachelor's programmes in Sport and Physical Education
    Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences

    More information on the aptitude test for bachelor's programmes in Music (teaching degrees)
    Institute of Music Education [de]

    More information on the aptitude test for music-related bachelor's programmes with conferral of a Bachelor of Music
    University of Music [de]

  • Higher-semester enrolment

    Study places in restricted-admission degree programmes can only be awarded to candidates applying for higher-semester enrolment if capacity allows. Not every study place is immediately re-allocated when a student drops out. Higher-semester study places can only be allocated when the number of students enrolled in that respective semester, as well as the total number of higher-semester students in the degree programme, falls below the prescribed capacity limit.

    If (a few) higher-semester study places happen to become available, these are allocated in the following order:

    1. Students who were previously admitted to the same degree programme (equivalent subject and degree name) at the University of Münster, received credit for degree-relevant coursework in the degree programme and have now been placed at a higher semester
    2. Applicants who have taken a placement test
    3. Students who have moved to Münster and were enrolled in the same degree programme (equivalent subject and degree name) at a university in the EU. If selection falls between several candidates in this group, social criteria are taken into account.
    4. Students who have changed degree programmes (lateral entrants). If selection falls between several candidates in this group, admission is granted in the following order:

    • Students who have already completed a different degree programme at a German university

    • Students enrolled in a restricted-admission degree programme/subject in the first semester

    • Students enrolled in a restricted-admission degree programme/subject at a higher semester

Non-EU/non-EEA applicants without a German university entrance qualification

  • First-semester enrolment

    General allocation procedure

    In restricted-admission degree programmes, study places are allocated primarily on the basis of the grade point average (GPA) of the applicant's university entrance qualification (i.e. secondary school-leaving certificate). Foreign grades are converted to the German grading system using the criteria provided by the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) [de], with the highest grade assigned the German grade 1.0 and the lowest passing grade a 4.0. Academic certificates with no specified final grade are assigned the German grade 4.0. In the case of a tie, decisions are made by the drawing of lots.

    How to improve your GPA on your university entrance qualification

    As a foreign applicant, if you participate in a university-preparatory German language course at the University of Münster, you can – under certain circumstances – improve your GPA of your university entrance qualification. If you pass the DSH examination and also successfully complete the "Preparatory Course for Academic and Subject-Specific Orientation at the University of Münster" offered as part of the DSH preparatory course in our "German as a Foreign Language" subject area, you can improve your GPA (converted to the German grading system) with bonus points based on the following scheme:

    Academic achievement in the preparatory course (in percent) Bonus grade points
    82 and higher 1.0
    77-81 0.8
    72-76 0.6
    67-71 0.4
    57-66 0.2
    below 57 0

    You can improve your GPA up to a maximum of 1.0 grade points. For example, if your GPA was converted to a 2.2 in the German grading system, after completing the preparatory course, you could potentially improve your grade to a 1.2 (2.2 – 1.0 = 1.2).

    Participation in the preparatory course is only possible if you also participate in the DSH language course.

    How to improve your GPA on your university entrance qualification for the subjects of Medicine and Dentistry

    Candidates who apply for admission to study Medicine and Dentistry and have received the TestAS certificate confirming their aptitude for university study, are granted bonus points on their GPA (converted to the German grading system) based on the following TestAS results:

    TestAS result (standard value of the subject module "Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences") Bonus grade points
    Standard value 100-110 0.2
    Standard value 111-120 0.4
    Standard value 121-130 0.6

    For the subjects Medicine and Dentistry, these bonus points are added in addition to the points received after successfully completing our preparatory course offered as part of the DSH course (see above).

  • Degree programmes with mandatory aptitude tests

    Those who apply for admission to bachelor's programmes in Sport and Physical Education (not including Human Movement in Sports and Exercise) and bachelor's programmes in Music (not including Musicology) are also required to pass an aptitude test. Please note that some aptitude tests are  administered long before the start of the application phase.

    More information on the aptitude test for bachelor's programmes in Sport and Physical Education
    Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences

    More information on the aptitude test for bachelor's programmes in Music (teaching degrees)
    Institute of Music Education

    More information on the aptitude test for music-related bachelor's programmes with conferral of a Bachelor of Music
    University of Music

  • Higher-semester enrolment

    Study places in restricted-admission degree programmes can only be awarded to candidates applying for higher-semester enrolment if capacity allows. Not every study place is immediately re-allocated when a student drops out. Higher-semester study places can only be allocated when the number of students enrolled in that respective semester, as well as the total number of higher-semester students in the degree programme, falls below the prescribed capacity limit.

    If (a few) higher-semester study places happen to become available, these are allocated in the following order:

    1. Students who were previously admitted to the same degree programme (equivalent subject and degree name) at the University of Münster, received credit for degree-relevant coursework in the degree programme and have now been placed at a higher semester
    2. Applicants who have taken a placement test
    3. Students who have moved to Münster and were enrolled in the same degree programme (equivalent subject and degree name) at a university in the EU. If selection falls between several candidates in this group, social criteria are taken into account.
    4. Students who have changed degree programmes (lateral entrants). If selection falls between several candidates in this group, admission is granted in the following order:

    • Students who have already completed a different degree programme at a German university

    • Students enrolled in a restricted-admission degree programme/subject in the first semester

    • Students enrolled in a restricted-admission degree programme/subject at a higher semester