Special cases in the application process
Second degree programme
If you receive your degree certificate by 15 July (winter semester) or 15 January (summer semester), confirming that you have already completed a degree programme at a state-accredited university in Germany, then your application is considered a "special case" because you are applying for admission to a second degree programme. For more information, see the following link.
By petitioning to have your case of hardship recognised, you can prove that circumstances require immediate admission to your desired degree programme. For further information about hardship cases, see the following link [de].
Compensation for disadvantages
You may submit a request for compensation for disadvantages if there were specific reasons which prevented you from achieving a higher average grade on your Abitur or a longer waiting time, e.g. as a result of an illness or disability during your school years. For more information on requesting compensation for disadvantages, see the following link [de](Master of Education: link [de]).
Studying without an Abitur ("professionally qualified German applicants")
Under certain circumstances, German applicants may be allowed to study at the University of Münster even if they don't have an Abitur (general university entrance qualification). For more information about studying without an Abitur, see the following link. The application attachment for recognition as a "professionally qualified applicant" can be downloaded here [de].
Applying during civil or military service
If you are currently performing or intend to perform a period of civil or military service, we recommend applying for university admission at the beginning of or during your period of service. If you are granted admission but cannot accept your study place on account of your service, you are entitled to admission to the same degree programme if you apply a second time. For more information about preferential admission on account of civil or military service, see the following link [de].
If you belong to the national Olympic, Perspective, Reserve, Team Sport or Young Talent squad (formerly A, B, C or D/C squads) of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, your application for admission will receive preferential consideration. Please send your signed application with confirmation of your current membership in the respective squad (authenticated copy) by 15 July (winter semester) or 15 January (summer semester) to the postal address of the Student Admissions Office. For more information, please consult § 2 of the Statute for the Settlement [de] of Legal Questions Concerning Admission Procedures at the University of Münster.
If you are still a minor (under 18) by the beginning of the lecture period of the semester for which you are applying (see semester dates), and your primary place of residence is your parents' home and is located in Münster, Hamm, or the districts of Borken, Coesfeld, Steinfurt or Warendorf, you may submit a certificate of registration (Meldebescheinigung) to confirm that you still live with your parents and in one of the districts mentioned above. If you live outside these districts, but the University of Münster is the closest place of study which offers your desired degree programme, you may still apply as an underage applicant. Click here for a complete list of applicable cities and districts.
As two percent of all study places are reserved for this group of applicants, your application may receive preferential consideration if it falls within this two-percent quota (in excess of two percent, the admission decision is based on the final grade on the Abitur).
This special case does not apply to nationally restricted-admission degree programmes (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry). If you have any questions, please contact us.
Studying despite the age limit (applicants older than 55 years of age)
Applicants who have exceeded the official age limit of admission (55 years) by the application deadline for summer-semester enrolment (15 January), or winter-semester enrolment (15 July), may only participate in the study-place allocation procedure if there are serious academic or professional reasons for admission to the desired programme with regard to the applicant's special personal circumstances. If there are study places available at the conclusion of the allocation procedure, these are granted through a random selection procedure. You may apply to receive a study place in this way even if you have already reached the age limit. For more information about the random selection procedure, see the following link.