Applying to the Masters programmes

A to Z all you need to apply for a Masters

We are delighted that you are interested in taking a Masters degree at Leuphana Graduate School! Each winter semester, the Leuphana Graduate School admits new students. If you like to apply for one of the Masters Programmes offered at Leuphana Graduate School, read up on the admission requirements for each of the Masters Programmes, prepare the required application documents, and check the information on the registration.

Application times

Master degree programmes

1 April to 1 June

Master degree programmes in teaching

from 15 June to 15 August

Lateral Entry

1st April to 1st June for Winter Semester
15th December to 15th January for Summer Semester

Academic Requirements

  • First degree
  • Info sheets: Different Requirements IEL
  • Infosheet: Information for International Applicants and Confirmation of Academic achievements
  • Scientific Requirements
  • Info Sheet and Form: Consecutive Subjects
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Differing English Proficiency IEL, ILGSPD, PS und WOP
  • Info Sheets and Forms: Englisch proficiency
  • German Language Proficiency

Academic Requirements

First degree

To prove that you are suitable to take a Masters degree at Leuphana University, you are required to hold a Bachelor degree or at least an equivalent qualification.

If you have not yet completed your degree at the time of application, you can still apply. To do so, you must prove that you have successfully completed at least 81% of the total required workload in your current course. Please complete this form as proof of your progress and ask your examination office to verify it.

If the Bachelor's degree certificate is not yet available when you apply for a Masters programme by the application deadline of 1 July, you must submit it by 31 March of the following year - i.e. at the end of your first semester.

Infosheet: Information for International Applicants and Confirmation of Academic achievements

Scientific Requirements

Your chosen Masters degree course must be related to your previous studies: If the main focus of your Masters degree programme is connected to the subject of your Bachelors degree, the course is considered to be a consecutive discipline. Previous knowledge of a subject required for a consecutive Masters degree programme is proven by a sufficient number of credit points according to ECTS in an identical or related discipline (usually either 2 x 30 ECTS or 1 x 60 ECTS).

You can check this in the list of consecutive subjects. The selection committee decides on your academic suitability for a Masters degree programme on the basis of your Transcript of Records. The committee meets at the end of the application period.

Info Sheet and Form: Consecutive Subjects

English Language Proficiency

Another important prerequisite is proficiency in English.

Proof of this must be provided in one of the following ways:

  • an internet-based TOEFL test with at least 85 points (TOEFL ITP is not recognised)
  • a TOEIC-Test at least 785 points (listening and reading)
  • an IELTS 5.5-Test
  • a Cambridge C1 Advanced with Grade A to C
  • modules of previous studies of at least 30 Credit Points according to ECTS that have been taught and sucessfully examined entirely in English
  • a successfully completed study programme conducted in English
  • a certificate from an English-speaking school qualifying for entry to higher education in the respective country

Different regulations apply to the study programs International Economic Law, International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development, Psychology & Sustainability, and Work and Organizational Psychology.

Please note: English language proficiency (except for the school certificate) must not be older than 4 years. For programmes in English, proof of English proficiency must be available at the time of application. For programmes in German, the proof can be submitted later until the end of the respective winter semester.

Differing English Proficiency IEL, ILGSPD, PS und WOP

International Economic Law

The English skills required for the Masters degree in International Economic Law differ from the other Masters programmes. For applicants whose first language is not English, the awarding Universities set a minimum English Language proficiency level. The English tests listed below are acceptable for admission for both EU and international students:

  • International English Language Testing System, Academic (IELTS Academic) 6.5 test with no section below 6.5
  • Internet-based TOEFL test with at least 92 points and no section below 22 points, in the spoken English section not below 23 points
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced with Grade B or better
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency with Grade C or better
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic Test (PTE Academic) with at least 68 points and at least 60 points in the written English section

No certification should be older than four years. Proof of English proficiency should be submitted with the application documents. No comparisons with other certification should be made.

International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development

For applicants whose first language is not English, the awarding Universities set a minimum English Language proficiency level. The English tests listed below are acceptable for admission for both EU and international students:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic module (not General Training): overall score 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6.0
  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than 19, writing not less than 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

Psychology & Sustainability

For applicants whose first language is not English, the awarding Universities set a minimum English Language proficiency level. The English tests listed below are acceptable for admission for both EU and international students:

  • International English Language Testing System, Academic (IELTS overall band) overall: 6.5, speaking: 6.0, writing: 6.0
  • TOEFL paper based: overall: 575, speaking: 55, writing: 45
  • TOEFL internet based: overall: 90 speaking: 19 writing: 21
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) mit Grade C, B oder A
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) mit Grade C, B oder A
  • University of Groningen Language Center Test B2 - speaking, B2 - writing

No certification should be older than four years. Proof of English proficiency should be submitted with the application documents. No comparisons with other certification should be made.

Work & Organizational Psychology

You can find the necessary English Proficiency for an application in Work and Organizational Psychology on the website of Maastricht University.

German Language Proficiency

Applicants to the degree programmes

  • Critical Studies – Art, Theory, History
  • Kulturwissenschaften: Medien und Digitale Kulturen
  • Management & Engineering
  • Theorie und Geschichte der Moderne
  • all degree programmes in teachers education,

who neither have a German school leaving certificate (higher education entrance qualification) nor hold their first degree from a German university must prove that they have an adequate knowledge of German when they apply. Proof of German language proficiency can be provided in one of the following ways:

  • DSH 2
  • TestDaF 4 *

* Only certificates issued by the TestDaF Institute itself or TestDaF-licensed institutes will be accepted.

The equivalents are the following proofs:

  • Holders of a university entrance qualification which was acquired at a German-speaking school in Germany or abroad;
  • successful graduates of an assessment test at a German Studienkolleg;
  • Applicants who have already successfully completed a German language study programme;
  • Holders of the language diploma of the Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe II (DSD II) / (Beschlüsse der KMK vom 16. März 1972 und vom 05. Oktober 1973 in in their respective valid versions);
  • holders of the Goethe Certificate C2;
  • Applicants who have taken a language examination at another German university or at the International Study Centre Heidelberg or the Ecumenical Study Centre Bochum on the basis of the Framework Regulations for German Language Exams at German Universities.
  • Holders of a certificate confirming that they have passed the examination "telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule" or telc Deutsch C2;
  • Holders of other certificates that have been recognised by the Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) and the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) as proof of sufficient German language skills for admission to higher education.
  • Holders of a certificate of successful completion of the German Language Test for University Admission (DSH) with the overall result DSH-1 or the Goethe-Zertifikat C1 on condition that the proof is provided by the end of the second semester at the latest. This regulation only applies if all other language requirements for admission are fulfilled at the time of application.

For the engineering sciences (industry) sub-programme:

  • Holders of a certificate of successful completion of the German language examination for university admission (DSH) with the overall result DSH-1
  • Holders of the Goethe-Certificate C1
  • Holders of the Test DaF Certificate; in all partial tests (Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension, Written Expression, Oral Expression) at least with the result TDN 3.

No certification should be older than 4 years.
 

Selection Criteria

If there are more suitable applicants than available places for a certain major, these places are awarded according to a selection procedure. The following factors are considered:

  • Award of scholarships
  • Experience abroad
  • Final Grade/GPA of Bachelor degree
  • Voluntary work

These selection criteria are converted into points. A ranking list is drawn up on the basis of the number of points that are awarded. A detailed overview of the selection procedure and allocation of points is provided in the Info sheet on the selection procedure.

There is currently no selection procedure for Masters degree programmes in teacher training.

Info Sheet: Selection Procedure

Entry and Residence

  • Planning in Advance
  • Visa Regulations
  • Health Insurance_ref
  • Registration of Residence_ref
  • Residence Permit_ref
  • Foreigners' Registration Office

Entry and Residence

Planning in Advance

International students should find out about valid entry and residence provisions well in advance of their planned arrival. Please note that the following information is only very general – binding information can be provided only by the relevant authorities.

Visa regulations

In general, foreign nationals who wish to study in Germany must apply for a student visa in order to enter Germany. Do not enter Germany with a tourist visa because it cannot be changed into a student visa.

Nationals of EU-countries, Island, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland do not need a visa.

Citizens from countries that are exempted from the EU visa regulations, such as Australia, Brasil, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Republic Korea and USA, may enter Germany without a visa, but must apply for a residence permit within two weeks upon arrival.

Visa applications must be made well in advance at the competent German embassy or consulate in the home country. The relevant local office for foreign nationals in Germany, e.g. Lüneburg, must approve the application and the German embassy or consulate is not allowed to issue a visa prior to this approval. Therefore, it might take up to 3 months from application date to issue date.

Please check details regarding the application process and accompanying documents with your competent German embassy/consulate!

Foreign nationals can also obtain a visa that is valid for the entire duration of their stay in Germany. In this case, no application for an electronic title of residence (eAT) is necessary. Please contact your consulate to find out more about this option.

For further and frequently updated information, please visit the websites of your competent consulate or of the Federal Foreign Office.

Health insurance

In Germany health insurance is compulsory. Therefore, international students must provide proof of adequate health insurance coverage during their stay in Germany. Travel insurance will not be accepted!

Students from countries that have signed the Treaty on Health Care Abroad must only provide proof of health insurance in their home country and along their electronic health insurance card/AT 11. Please note that for working during the study period a public health insurance in germany is compulsory for all students, even for EU citizens.

Students from other countries can take out public student health insurance in Germany at a cost of 120 euros per month. It can be arranged in advance online. Alternatively it is possible to enter Germany with a travel insurance and take out health insurance within seven days after arrival. Foreign health insurance will usually not be accepted except if unlimited coverage is guaranteed. In specific cases students can be excused from the health insurance compulsory. Students aged over 30 must take out private health insurance within the first week upon arrival

Please find more information on the German health insurance system here.

Registration of residence

All international students, including those who do not need a visa, must register their place of residence in Lüneburg with the local Registration Office.

The registration of exchange students will be effected during the orientation week. Please register on your own, if you arrive earlier.

The following documents are necessary for registration:

Please note that you must give notice of your departure.

Residence permit / Electronic title of residence (eAT)

A visa allows you to enter Germany and to stay for a maximum of 90 days. If you will stay for a longer period of study you must apply for a residence permit at the local office for foreign nationals within 2 weeks upon arrival in Germany. The electronic title of residence (eAT) will be issued as a document in credit card format within 4 to 6 weeks. Please note that you are not allowed to leave and re-enter Germany until you have received the eAT. The cost for the eAT amounts to 100 euros for a period of stay up to 12 months.

To apply for the eAT, students need the following documents:

  • Fully completed and signed application for a title of residence
  • Valid passport including visa (with a validity period of at least 6 months or preferably one year)
  • 1 up-to-date biometric passport-size photo
  • Letter of acceptance and confirmation of registration issued by Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Proof of blocked bank account (e.g. Fintiba, X-patrio, Deutsche Bank) with the complete amount (861 € per month).
  • Proof of unlimited health insurance coverage in German

The International Office will assist you in applying for the eAT within the scope of the orientation week.

Foreigners' Registration Office

 

The Foreigners Authority (Ausländerbehörde) is located in the Lüneburg Bürgeramt:

Bardowicker Str. 23
D-21335 Lüneburg

Please make an appointment!
Fon: +49.4131.3093252
termin-abh@stadt.lueneburg.de


Lateral Entry

You're interested in lateral entry or would like to transfer from another university to a Masters degree programme at the Graduate School? Every year, you can apply between April 1 and June 1 for the third semester (winter semester) and from December 15 to January 15 for the second or fourth semester (summer semester).

Please note: to apply for the second semester you have to prove 20 CP in consecutive subjects for the desired study programme, for the third semester you have to prove 40 CP in consecutive subjects.
In addition, all study requirements for a Master's programme must be fulfilled.

Form: Application for recognition

Apply via Uni-Assist

Online application with international degree

We are delighted that you are interested in taking a Masters degree at Leuphana Graduate School! All applicants who have obtained their first degree outside of Germany have to use the online application form available on the uni-assist applicant portal (Arbeits- and Servicestelle für Internationale Studienbewerbungen).

Please complete the form online and send all necessary documents which are required by Leuphana University and also the ones which uni-assist reqiures to uni-assist in Berlin. uni-assist checks your documents to see if you fulfil the formal application requirements and informs Leuphana University of Lüneburg of the result. Authenticated copies are only requested by the Leuphana Student Services at the time of enrolment.

Please note: uni-assist charges a fee for the examination of the documents and the evaluation of the certificates. uni-assist has to be payed in advance. Please check the current fees.

Since the processing of application documents takes some time, we recommend that you complete your application to uni-assist by the end of April at the latest to make sure that your documents will reach Leuphana university in time.

 

 APPLYING ONLINE THROUGH UNI-ASSIST

Exception: If you are applying to take a Masters degree in International Economic Law with an international qualification, please use Leuphana's online form below.

Apply online at Leuphana

Online application through Leuphana

If you want to apply

  • for the Masters programme International Economic Law, holding an international degree or
  • for the Masters programme Global Sustainability Science, holding a German degree
     

APPLY ONLINE THROUGH LEUPHANA

Before submitting your application, please make sure that you fulfil these requirements.

Contact

Information Office

Building 8, Ground Level
Fon +49.413.677-2277
infoportal@leuphana.de

Opening Hours
Mo-Do 9am - 16pm
Fr 9am - 12 midday

Student Counselling / Master

Tom Kleist M.Sc.
Building 14, Room 026
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg
masterinfo@leuphana.de