Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Studies: Application and Admission

We are glad that you wish to engage on CPD studies at Leuphana Professional School. These pages will give you information and tips all around the questions of application and admission to the Professional School.

How to apply to the Professional School

1 - Before the Application: Check the Entry Requirements

In order to implement your decision to study, you must first check if you fulfil the entry requirements of the relevant programme of study. Please take into consideration that the offers for courses of study of the Professional School all involve different, individual entry requirements, because they are tailored to specific professional groups. All information concerning entry requirements as well as the necessary documents to be submitted can be found on the websites of the programme of studies you wish to attend.

Some entry requirements apply to several programmes of study and concern for example the following fields.

2 - Application: Send application documents in full and on time

For successful application you must fulfil not only entry conditions, but also send in the required documents in full and on time. Next to the filled-out (online) application, depending on the course of studies, certified copies of the degree obtained up until now and other documents can also be requested.

Furthermore, in most courses of studies, a motivational letter is required. In the motivational letter you can explain why you wish to study in that specific course of studies, what previous experience you have and where you want the course to lead you to.

On the application pages of each of the programmes of study, you will find information on the documents to be submitted. If you are not sure if your application file is complete, please turn to the relevant Course Coordinator and ask for advice.

3 - After the application: the Admission Procedure

When your admission application is received fully complete and in due form with all the required documents, it goes through an admission procedure. An Admission Committee has been constituted at the Professional School in order to verify entry conditions and the selection procedure at the Professional School.

The University’s own selection procedure will be triggered if there are more applicants to the Bachelor’s or Master’s Programme, who fulfil the entry requirements, than places available. In such a case you can, for example gain access points by proving special involvement in social affairs, a particular motivation for the relevant course of studies, activities in the practical field (where access to Bachelor is concerned) or academic achievements (Master’s). A ranking based on the points system is then established.

As a rule in the field of academic studies leading to a certificate, the ranking is calculated according to the grade of the higher education qualification or according to the University’s own selection procedure based on a points system. In the Admission Requirements specific to the course, you can look up for which fields points are awarded in the Admission Procedure.

4 - After the Admission: Registration

If you are eligible for immediate admission, or are on the waiting list, you will receive a written letter of admission. Then, you only need to accept the place of study and register. The steps to be taken in order to register are explained in the documents accompanying the letter of admission. If you write in time, you will then receive your Student’s ID.

Admission requirements

  • Proof of professional qualification
  • Proof of Proficiency in English
  • Passing Admission Examinations

Admission requirements

Proof of professional qualification

In most of CPD courses of studies, you must prove relevant professional experience in order to gain entry. As a rule, a relevant professional experience results from a full-time qualified employment performing activities corresponding to the skill level of each university degree. Depending on the course and experiences, these range from recognized multiple near-vocational training or full-time internships for example. Inform yourself in time about which recognized professional experience is accepted in the respective degree programme and how many years’ experience are required. To this end, you can contact the relevant degree programme coordination.

Proof of Proficiency in English

In some courses of studies, classes are partly or integrally held in English. For entry into these courses of studies, you must prove that you are proficient in English. In addition, there are various methods for reaching a certain amount of points in tests such as TOEFL. Upon application and following an individual assessment, some courses of studies may also require documented stays in an English-speaking country (at least 6 months). English-language publications in recognized scientific journals can also serve as proof. Please inform yourself on time on the requirements of your course of studies and the intended methods of proof of language skills and turn to the Coordination Service of your course if you are not sure.

Passing Admission Examinations

Some courses of study require passing an admission examination as condition of entry. You will find information concerning this in the application pages of the course of studies you wish to apply for.

Guest Auditor Status: a stepping stone to studies

In some CPD courses of study, you can start during a semester, which has already started. There, you attend the modules of the course and can thus test the CPD mode or already clock up graded work. If, in the end, you decide to engage on a programme, the graded work passed will be credited to your course. Of course, for admission to the course, you must then fulfil the entry requirements. Please inform yourself on the websites or by asking the coordinator of the relevant programme of study if you may enter the course via guest auditor status.

Fees paid as guest auditor for completed modules, in case of admission to a course: the fees of the first two modules will be credited in full, then half of the fees of any further module completed before the course will credited.

Professional programmes: Application procedures

Most of our programmes are offered in German language and are thus directed at prospective students with a good command of German. Our programmes' German-language web pages (which you can find on the German version of this website) provide detailed information needed on the application procedures. For our English programmes you will find information on the application procedure here:

Master's programmes

Certificate courses

Queries on Application and Registration

Please address all queries going beyond these remarks concerning application and Registration either to the person in charge of the programme or to Students Services.