Admission procedure

We have launched a new admission evaluation procedure based on an aptitude test procedure.

The final grade, subject relevance, motivation and additional subject-related activities such as internships, study abroad or work experience and/or special subject-related commitments such as subject-related MOOCs, etc. are assessed and evaluated.  

The test score from the GRE general revised test (if applicable) and the grade are still important components, but are set in relation to other admission requirements. For instance, if the majority of required admission requirements match (e.g. outstanding performance, above average grade etc.) and also the  subject qualification is given, then an applicant can also compensate for a lower GRE score (< 155).

Application documents

The following documents are part of your application. Please note that this list is not binding. It only serves as an orientation:

  1. signed application form

  2. officially certified copy of your bachelor's degree certificate with an official translation into German or English.
    Students in their final year of study can hand in the degree certificate later.

  3. officially certified copy of your transcript of records showing subjects taken, credits and grades obtained, with an official translation into German or English
    For applicants enrolled at the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Konstanz, an uncertified transcript of records is sufficient.

  4. documentation of English language skills (see  below: admission requirements)

  5. table of equivalence
    Not applicable for applicants with a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science or Information Engineering from the University of Konstanz
    A handwritten completion of the form is not acceptable and may lead to a non-review of the application.

  6. personal statement questionnaire
    A handwritten completion of the form is not acceptable and may lead to a non-review of the application.

  7. full curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
    A handwritten CV is not acceptable and may lead to a non-review of the application.

  8. GRE General Test (official score sheet; Institution Code (DI): 7174); if applicable

  9. applicants from China, Mongolia, Vietnam: APS certificate (original) issued by the German Embassy in Beijing, Ulan Bator, Hanoi

Aptitude test procedure and allocation of points

Admission to the master's programme in Computer and Information Science requires a successful completion of an aptitude test procedure. The departmental admission committee decides on the basis of the application documents and a points system on the applicant's eligibility for the master's programme in Computer and Information Science.

Eligibility

An admission to study for the master's programme is granted if the following scores are reached:

  • Applicants with a university degree from one of the signatory countries to the Lisbon Convention are eligible if their application reaches at least 60 points.
  • Applicants with a university degree not falling under the Lisbon Convention are eligible if their application reaches at least 80 points.

The following admission requirements are evaluated in the points system:

Admission and language requirements

0-20 points

Required is a bachelor's programme of at least three years completed with a grade of at least "satisfactory" (3.0) according to the German grading system or an equivalent degree from a recognized higher education institution.

  • grade less or equal 2,0 = 20 points
  • grade greater 2,0 and less or equal 2,5 = 15 points
  • grade greater 2,5 and less or equal 3,0 = 0 points

  • grade greater 3,0 = will not be considered

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0-40 points

We recommend to apply with a degree in Computer Science or a closely related subject from a recognized higher education institution.

For each area a maximum of 10 points can be reached:

  • Computer Science and Programming
  • Systems
  • Mathematics and Theoretical Foundations
  • Other Courses in the Area of Computer Science

A lack of subject relevance (less than 10 points) cannot be compensated by high scoring in other admission criteria and will result in the exclusion of the application.

The subject relevance is determined with the help of the table of equivalence indicating the equivalence of the applicant’s previous study programme with the Bachelor of Science programme in Computer Science at the University of Konstanz.

(!) The table is not to be filled in by applicants who have a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or Information Engineering from the University of Konstanz.

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0-10 points

The motivation is evaluated only based on our standardised questionnaire, which tells us more about your skills and experiences and why you want to study with us.

Specific criteria for applicants who apply for the one-year programme
It is obligatory for applicants who apply for the one-year master’s programme to give a short summary in which research field from the Department of Computer and Information Science they plan to specialize. Applicants are furthermore requested to name their prospective academic supervisor (mentor). Please use the second question field of our standardised questionnaire for this purpose.

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0-15 points

Bonus points are awarded for special qualifications, awards or characteristics of previous studies such as several years of relevant professional experience, conference papers, double degree studies, studies abroad, DAAD scholarship etc. A proof of any additional qualification is required.

0-20 points

The  GRE revised General Test (DI: 7174) is applicable for applicants with a university degree from a country not falling under the Lisbon Convention. A missing GRE test result (if applicable) will lead to an exclusion of the application.

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The English language proficiency proof is not included in the points score, but is obligatory.

 A missing or invalid proof of English language proficiency will lead to the exclusion of the application.

We expect a level of at least high B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

We only accept the following language proficiency proofs without any exception:

  • TOEFL: minimum score: 90 (Institution Code, Name and Type: B226 U Konstanz Dept Comp/Info Sci)
  • IELTS (academic test): minimum score: 6
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English: minimum grade: C
  • Evidence of 5 years continuous English classes, level German secondary school up to Abitur (German equivalent to A-level), minimum grade "befriedigend" or better
  • Successful completion of a minimum of four subject-related courses held in English in a previous relevant degree program or exchange program (ERASMUS etc.) in the  European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • Successful completion of a minimum of three subject-related courses in English and the writing of the final thesis in English in a previous relevant degree program in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • High school or Bachelor degree or study exchange certificate (min. one semester) from an English educational institution from one of the following countries: USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa

University transfer and enrolment into a higher semester

The following rule applies to applicants already studying a corresponding master's programme and who would like to transfer into our master's programme and then potentially enrol into a higher semester:

A prerequisite for an entry into the second master's semester is that relevant study and exam achievements for the master's programme in Computer and Information Science are available and recognisable in a minimum of 15 ECTS credits.

More information about the application procedure can be found here.