Applying to the Masters programmes

5 steps to your study place

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. An application for lateral entry is possible each semester. On this page you can inform yourself about the admission requirements and the application procedure and apply online via uni-assist.

Application times

Masters programmes

from End of April (exact date to follow) to June 1st

Masters programmes in teaching

from June 15th to August 15th

Lateral Entry

Winter: from End of April (exact date to follow) to June 1st
Summer: December 15th to January 15th

How to apply at a glance

We gathered the most important information about the application procedure in a video for you. In the presentation below you can find next to the slides of the video further useful information.

Step 1: Provide proof of your first degree

Bachelors degree or equivalent

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. The equivalence of foreign degrees is determined according to the assessment proposals of the Central Office for Foreign Education and assessed by uni-assist in the application procedure. Please also be aware of the exceptions.

Application without a Bachelors degree

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. Depending on the degree programme, 81% applies in relation to the total course credit of 180 CP = 145 CP or 210 CP = 170 CP. Please complete this form as proof of your progress and ask the examination office at your university to verify it.

If the Bachelors degree certificate is not yet available when you apply for a Masters programme by the application deadline of June 1st, you must submit it by March 31st of the following year at the end of your first semester. If the proof is not provided in the prescribed time, the preliminary admission will be revoked: At the same time, you will be exmatriculated from the study programme.

If you are completing your Bachelors degree at Leuphana, please submit your Transcript of Records instead of the form.

Exceptions

International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development: For a scholarship, the degree certificate must be available at the time of application in January.

Work and Organizational Psychology: The degree certificate must be received by September in the year in which you are applying.

Step 2: Check Consecutive relevance

Scientific Requirements

At Leuphana Graduate School we offer consecutive Masters programmes. This means that you can only apply for a specific programme if your Bachelors degree was in that same discipline and the Masters degree programme builds on and deepens your level of knowledge from your first degree. Previous knowledge of a subject required for a consecutive Masters degree programme is proven by a sufficient number of credit points according to ECTS (CP) in an identical or related discipline.

On the basis of the list of consecutive subjects, you can get a first impression of whether your first degree is subject-related. Please use this list of subjects and the degree programme profile to independently check whether your previous academic qualifications are sufficient for an application. 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. Therefore, please understand that an individual assessment cannot be made in advance. It is not possible to complete missing credit points during the Masters programme. The necessary credit points must be available at the time of application.

Does your transcript show no credit points?

If your transcript does not show any credit points, please ask your responsible examination office to provide a document clearly stating what percentage of the total study programme your respective courses accounted for.

Step 3: Provide Language Proficiency

Adjusted Language proof application procedure 2021/22

Due to the measures to limit the Covid-19 pandemic, we see you as an applicant in a difficult situation to provide the required language proof for an application in time. Therefore, Leuphana has adjusted the deadlines for the submission of language certificates for the start of the winter semester 2021/22. Subject to the committee run, you may submit the German and English certificates below by March 31, 2022.

English Language Proficiency

Another prerequisite for all programmes (except teacher training) is proficiency in English. For the German-language study programmes, proof of German language skills must also be provided. Please also note the exceptions.

If your native language is English, then you do not need to provide proof of English proficiency. All other applicants must provide proof in one of the following ways:

  • by passing the internet-based TOEFL test (iBT) with a minimum score of 85 points
  • by passing the TOEIC test with a minimum of 785 points in listening and reading
  • by passing the IELTS (academic or general) 5.5 test
  • by passing the Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English (CAE) exam at grade C or better
  • by passing modules at a university (at least 30 credit points according to ECTS) with English as the exclusive language of instruction and exams taken in English
  • a successfully completed study programme conducted in English
  • School leaving exam of a school with English as the exclusive language of instruction, that qualifies for studying at a university in the respective country

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 (31st March).

Please also submit the Proof of English Language Proficiency form for the application together with your certificates.

If you want to prove your English language proficiency via the 30 CP from your university studies and did not complete your Bachelors degree at Leuphana, please fill out this form. Graduates of Leuphana please use this document.

Exceptions

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:

  • IELTS Academic 6.5 test with no section below 6.5
  • Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT) with at least 92 points and no section below 22 points, in the spoken English section not below 23 points
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) with Grade B or better
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)  with Grade C or better
  • 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. Please also hand in the form English language proficiency for IEL below.

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 Academic 6.5 test with no section below 6.0
  • Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT) with at least 90 points and no section below 19 points, in the writing section not below 23 points
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) with 176 points and no section less than 169
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) with 176 points and no section less than 169
  • PTE Academic with 60 points and no section 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:

  • IELTS Academic 6.5 test with no section below 6.0
  • Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT) with at least 90 points and no section below 19 points, in the writing section not below 21 points
  • Paper-based TOEFL test (PBT) with at least 575 points and no section below 45 points, in the speaking section not below 55 points
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) with Grade C or better
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) with Grade C or better
  • 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.

TOIEC- Tests at Leuphana University

The Language Center at Leuphana regularly offers the TOIEC (Test of English for International Communication) Listening and Reading. The test is offered both online and in presence.

Further information and current test appointments

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.

No certification should be older than 4 years.
 

Step 4: Understand the selection procedure

If there are more suitable applicants than available places for a certain study programme, these places are awarded according to a selection procedure. Certain selection criteria are taken into account, each of which is converted into points. A ranking list is drawn up on the basis of the number of points that are awarded. In case of equal scores, the ranking on the list will be determined by lot (L). Please also note the exceptions.

    Points for admission in the current winter semester

    In the application procedure for the winter term 2020/21 the following total points lead to admission:

    Study programmeTotal points
    Culture & Organization16 points
    Critical Studies - Arts, Theory and History16 points / L
    Management & Data Science20 points
    Management & Engineering4 points
    Management & Entrepreneurship2 points / L
    Management & Sustainable Accounting and Finance8 points
    Sustainability Science18 points / L

    For all programmes not listed, no ranking took place within the selection procedure. The information is without guarantee. The point values with which admission is granted vary from year to year.

    Selection Procedure Criteria

    Depending on the programme, the following criteria are taken into account in the selection process:

    • Final Grade/GPA of Bachelors degree
    • Award of scholarships
    • Experience abroad
    • Voluntary work
    • Ranking among top students

    Final Grade/ GPA

    A maximum of 30 points can be achieved with the final grade. If the final grade is not yet available at the time of application, but a minimum of 81 % of all relevant exams has been completed successfully, the preliminary grade point average (GPA) will be considered in the selection procedure.

    81 % of the relevant examinations of a three-year Bachelor degree usually correspond to 145 Credit Points according to ECTS. The GPA submitted in the application process will be considered in the selection procedure, even if the final grade subsequently differs from the preliminary GPA.

    Final Grade/ GPA of Bachelors Degree

    (oder equivalent)

    Final Grade/ GPA of law students

    ("Staatsexamen")

    Point value

    1,0

    17,01 - 18,00

    30 points

    1,1

    16,01 - 17,00

    28 points

    1,2

    15,01 - 16,00

    26 points

    1,3

    14,01 - 15,00

    24 points

    1,4

    13,01 - 14,00

    22 points

    1,5

    12,01 - 13,00

    20 points

    1,6

    11,51 - 12,00

    18 points

    1,7

    11,01 - 11,50

    16 points

    1,8

    10,51 - 11,00

    14 points

    1,9

    10,01 - 10,50

    12 points

    2,0

    9,51 - 10,00

    10 points

    2,1

    9,01 - 9,50

    8 points

    2,2

    8,51 - 9,00

    6 points

    2,3

    8,01 - 8,50

    4 points

    2,4

    7,51 - 8,00

    2 points

    up to 2,5

    up to 7,50

    0 points

    Optional Proofs and Certificates

    With accomplishments in the following areas you can gain additional points. You have to submit the necessary documents together with your application. If you do not submit the certificates, no additional points can be awarded; however, this does not lead to a deduction of points. By providing proof of your accomplishments you may achieve a maximum of 11 points.

    Category

    Explanation

    Proof

    Point Value

    International Experience

    A stay abroad of at least one semester or 6 months as a student or in a full-time employment that is relevant to your career (e.g. internship). No points can be awarded for working as an Au pair or for travelling. It is also possible that several shorter stays abroad will be awarded if they sum up to a minimum of 6 months.

    Certificate from the university abroad, the foreign employer or institution

    2 points

    Voluntary Work

    You must have held a voluntary elective office at a university or an equivalent (public) institution for at least one year

    Certificate from the university or the equivalent (public) institution

    4 points

    Scholarships

    Scholarship from a German organization for the promotion of young talent (“Begabtenförderungswerk”) or a scholarship for at least one semester abroad from Fulbright or the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

    Certificate from the “Begabtenförderungswerk”, Fulbright-Commission or DAAD

     

    1 point

    Ranking among the top students

    The final grade or the GPA ranks among the top 10% of the year – according to ECTS ranking system

    Certificate from the university

    4 points

    Exceptions

    Culture & Organization

    For the study programme Culture and Organization, selection interviews will be held in late June/early July, where you can earn up to an additional 18 points.

    International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development

    You can find information about the selection procedure on the website of the Glasgow University.

    Mangement & Engineering, Management & Entrepreneurship and Management & Sustainable Accounting and Finance

    When applying for the Management programmes you can gain a maximum of 18 additional points if you achieve an exceptionally good result in one of the admission tests (TM-BASE (Test for Masters Programmes in Business Administration, Social Sciences and Economics) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)). Your test results will be ranked as follows:

    TM-BASE Score

    GMAT Score

    Point Value

    125 - 130

    750 - 800

    18 points

    122 - 124

    720 - 740

    16 points

    119 - 121

    690 - 710

    14 points

    116 - 118

    670 - 680

    12 points

    113 - 115

    650 - 660

    10 points

    110 - 112

    630 - 640

    8 points

    107 - 109

    610 - 620

    6 points

    104 - 106

    590 - 600

    4 points

    101 - 103

    570 - 580

    2 points

    up to 100

    up to 570

    0 points

    Management & Data Science

    For the study programme Management & Data Science, it is no longer possible to take the TM-BASE or GMAT as of the winter semester 2021/ 22. Instead, you can achieve up to 18 additional points by achieving an above-average result in our subject-specific online study aptitude test (Leuphana Data Science Online Study Aptitude Test). The Leuphana Data Science Online Study Aptitude Test covers subject-related skills in math, statistics and programming. All applicants who have applied properly will receive an invitation with an access code to take the test. Participation in the test is free and voluntary. The points are distributed according to the following table:

    Percent

    Point Value

    96 - 100%

    18 points

    91 - 95%

    16 points

    86 - 90%

    14 points

    81 - 85%

    12 points

    76 - 80%

    10 points

    71 - 75%

    8 points

    66 - 70%

    6 points

    61 - 65%

    4 points

    56 - 60%

    2 points

    51 - 55%

    0 points

    Work & Organizational Psychology

    You can find information about the selection procedure on the website of the Maastricht University.

    Step 5: Apply Online

    For our study programs you can easily apply online, then print the application and send it to the responsible office. There are two different cases for the online application:

    1. German degrees and applications for International Economic Law: Direct application via Leuphana.
    2. International degrees: Application via uni-assist. It is not possible to apply directly via Leuphana.

    Online application for German degrees and International Economic Law

    If you have a German degree or want to apply for International Economic Law, you can apply directly at Leuphana. Please note the application deadlines. Follow the link to the online application:

    ONLINE APPLICATION GERMAN DEGREES

    Online application for international degrees via uni-assist

    With an international degree you have to apply through uni-assist, not directly through Leuphana. You should already apply there at the beginning of the application phase, as uni-assist needs 4-6 weeks to check the application and forward it to Leuphana. Before applying, please read the information about applying via uni-assist. Follow the link to the online application through uni-assist:

    ONLINE APPLICATION VIA UNI-ASSIST FOR INTERNATIONAL DEGREES

    Exception: If you have an international degree and you are interested in the Masters Programme International Economic Law, please use the direct application through Leuphana.

    Information about applying via uni-assist

    • Submit application form
    • Processing fee
    • Document form
    • questions about the application

    Submit application form

    1. Registration

    Before you can apply, you must register at uni-assist. After registering, you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your previous education. This information will be included in your application.

    Once you have successfully registered and completed your profile, you can fill out an application form at uni-assist for the Masters programme at the Graduate School. Please be sure to enter your e-mail address so that uni-assist can communicate with you quickly and reliably and directly clarify any questions that arise.

    2. Fill in the Application Form

    You can apply by submitting an application for the Graduate School. To create this application, you have to search for Leuphana University of Lüneburg via the applicant portal and enter Master as the degree you are aiming for. You will then see the Masters degree programmes offered at the Graduate School.

    Once the application has been activated, you can create an application for the Leuphana Graduate School: For the first semester or lateral entry. You can only apply for one Masters programme. This means that you can only create one application form for the Leuphana Graduate School.

    3. Verfication of the Application

    Uni-assist charges a processing fee for the verification of your application. Only after you have transferred the processing fee to uni-assist your application will be reviewed. If you meet the admission requirements, your application will be forwarded to the Leuphana Graduate School and you will take part in the selection process. Transfer the processing fee before sending your application and enclose the proof of payment with your application documents. This way you can be sure that your application will be reviewed.

    Processing fee

    Uni-assist charges a processing fee of 75 € for reviewing your application. If you apply to several universities that also have their application documents checked by uni-assist, each additional application via uni-assist costs 30 €.

    Please transfer the fee before sending your application so that you can attach the proof of payment to your application documents. Your application will only be processed at uni-assist after you have paid the processing fee.

    Information about the payment of the processing fee

    Document form

    In this year the application via uni-assist will be fully online. This means you don't have to send any documents to Berlin. In case of admission, certified copies will first be required at the time of enrolment.

    If the original is not in English, you must also attach an officially certified German or English translation. Translations must be done by a certified translator. You can find out which institutions you can have your documents certified by on the UniAssist website.

    For proof of English proficiency with TOEFL or IELTS, you can initially submit a simple print-out. If you are admitted, you will have to submit the original certificate at the time of enrolment.

    For the TOEFL, you can go to the homepage of the Educational Testing Service, ETS, and enter your registration code for Uni-Assist (code number 2727) to arrange for the TOEFL certificate to be sent directly to Uni-Assist.

    Please note

    Do not submit original certificates / documents to Uni-Assist. Application documents cannot be returned to you.

    questions about the application

    If you have any questions regarding the processing status of your application, please only contact uni-assist, not Leuphana University:

    ARBEITS- UND SERVICESTELLE FÜR INTERNATIONALE STUDIENBEWERBUNGEN (uni-assist) e.V.

    Monday to Friday | 1 to 3 PM (CET/CEST)
    Phone: +49 30 201 646 001

    Geneststraße 5
    10829 Berlin
    Deutschland

    To the contact form

    Please note: All questions regarding the application via uni-assist (step 5) can only be answered by uni-assist!

    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.

    FAQ Section

    • Does my first degree fulfill the requirements of consecutivity for my desired study program?
    • Can I catch up on missing CP for consecutivity in the Masters programme?
    • Does work experience in the field of the Masters programme also count as proof of consecutivity?
    • How do I prove the 30 CP related to sustainability for the Masters programme Sustainability Science?
    • Do I have to submit a CV and a letter of motivation?
    • Why can't I find Leuphana on the UniAssist website?
    • Can I apply to more than one Masters programme?
    • I have a different English certificate than the ones listed. Do you accept these as well?
    • What does a semester at Leuphana cost?
    • Can I also study part-time (while employed)?

    Does my first degree fulfill the requirements of consecutivity for my desired study program?

    The selection committee decides on the relevance of your first degree. It will review your application after the application deadline. For legal reasons, we are unable to carry out a preliminary check of your documents. Please feel free to use the information material, especially the list of consecutive subjects on our website, to make your own realistic assessment of your suitability.

    Can I catch up on missing CP for consecutivity in the Masters programme?

    No, unfortunately you cannot. Consecutivity is an admission requirement and must be proven at the time of application.

    Does work experience in the field of the Masters programme also count as proof of consecutivity?

    No, work experience does not count for consecutiveity. This is because consecutiveity requires that your Bachelors degree (or equivalent degree) is relevant to the subject, so that your Masters programme can build on your previous degree. Work experience cannot contribute to this.

    How do I prove the 30 CP related to sustainability for the Masters programme Sustainability Science?

    First of all, we would like to note that the requirement of 30 credit points (CPs) related to sustainability is deliberately kept vague, as in principle applicants from the most diverse disciplines should be given the chance to be admitted to the Masters programme Sustainability Science.

    In order to demonstrate sustainability relevance, it is of course optimal if the relevance is already visible in the course title, although this is not absolutely necessary. The sustainability relation can also be demonstrated in the module description. It is therefore always advisable to include the module descriptions. CPs acquired through the Bachelor's thesis can be counted for consecutivity, as long as the topic is relevant to the subject, internships unfortunately cannot. However, the required CPs for the proof of consecutiveity do not necessarily have to be proven by the subject with whose degree you are applying for the Masters programme, but can also be provided by additionally taken courses. You can therefore also prove the missing CPs through modules from another degree programme.

    Do I have to submit a CV and a letter of motivation?

    No, a CV and a letter of motivation do not have to be submitted and are not included in the selection process. There are exceptions for Global Sustainability Science, International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development and Work & Organizational Psychology, which you can find on the pages of the study programmes.

    Why can't I find Leuphana on the UniAssist website?

    You will not find Leuphana with its degree programmes on the Uni-Assist website until the start of our application periods, because you can only apply then.

    Can I apply to more than one Masters programme?

    In principle, you can only apply for one Masters programme of the Leuphana Graduate School. There is an exception for the Masters programmes Sustainability Science and Global Sustainability Science. However, the Global Sustainability Science programme is on hold this year.

    I have a different English certificate than the ones listed. Do you accept these as well?

    No, only the listed tests you can find under the section “English proficiency” are valid.

    What does a semester at Leuphana cost?

    The semester contribution for one semester currently amounts to 367.35 Euros. This includes, among other things, the ticket for public transportation, fees for the administration and the “Studierendenwerk” (student union). There are no other tuition fees at Leuphana. Exceptions apply to programmes that lead to a joint or double degree. Information on the costs can be found on the respective pages of the programmes.

    Can I also study part-time (while employed)?

    Part-time study for those who work full time is possible at the Professional School. You can apply for part-time study at the Graduate School. For more information on part-time study, click here.

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