Master's degree programmes (non-teaching)

  • First semester admissions procedure

    Study places in master’s degree programmes with restricted and non-restricted admission (Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Laws) are allocated according to specific criteria defined in the admissions requirements of each master’s degree programme (see Study Guide).

    As soon as we receive your complete application by the given deadline, it is forwarded to the selection committee responsible for the corresponding master's degree programme in the respective faculty of the University of Münster. The selection committee assesses your subject-specific aptitude based on the selection criteria defined in the admissions requirements of your desired programme. For non-teaching master’s degree programmes with restricted admission, the committee draws up a ranking list of candidates based on their academic suitability. For non-teaching master’s degree programmes with non-restricted admission, there is obviously no need to draw up a ranking list of suitable candidates. Once the selection committee has made its final decisions and the letter of admission or rejection is available for the applicants via the Info Portal.

    When you submit your application online, you agree to regularly monitor the status of your application in the Info Portal. We recommend logging into the portal at least once a week to check whether you have received your letter of admission or rejection and to download it for your records.

    Academically qualified applicants:

    If you are admitted, you will find all the necessary information regarding enrolment in your letter of admission, e.g. the deadline for accepting the study place, the enrolment deadline and possibly other conditions which you are required to meet either before enrolment or at some point during your master’s degree programme. Please note that upon receiving admission, you have to accept the study place in the Info Portal by the given deadline, after which you can officially enrol in your master’s degree programme at the University of Münster.

    If you meet the academic prerequisites for your master's degree programme but did not receive notification of admission on the Info Portal because of a lower ranking and insufficient space in your desired master's degree programme, your application is placed on a waiting list and will be automatically considered in a possible “succession procedure”. You will find this information in your application status in the Info Portal. Should places become available, the succession procedure is conducted. Admission is then granted to the next highest ranked applicants on the waiting list. If you have any questions regarding your ranking and/or the assessment of your application, please contact the degree programme coordinator responsible for your master’s degree programme in the respective faculty (see Study Guide). The Student Admissions Office cannot provide you with any further information in this regard.

    Academically unqualified applicants:

    If you are rejected, you will find information about the reasons for the rejection in your letter of rejection. If you have any questions about why your application was rejected, please contact – as instructed in your letter – the degree programme coordinator responsible for your master’s degree programme in the respective faculty (see Study Guide). The Student Admissions Office cannot provide you with any further information in this regard.

  • Higher semester admissions procedure

    The information provided above for an admission in a Master's degree programme in the first semester are, by and large, also valid for an admission in a higher semester.

    The differences to an admission in the first semester are as follows:

    • Restricted Master's degree programmes (non-teaching): Any applications for an admission in a higher semester will only be forwarded to the selection commitees if free places of study in the respective programmes will be available. This will only transpire after the application period for a higher semester has ended. Therefore, we cannot provide any information on free places of study before the application period is over.
    • Letters of rejection will not be issued to applicants for a higher semester.