Application for a Master's programme

Admission requirements for a Master Programme

Admission to a Master's programme is granted to those who have successfully completed a university study programme with a standard period of study of at least six semesters as a general admission requirement.

The examination regulations for the respective Master's program regulate the program-related admission requirements; the examination board decides on their fulfilment. The letter of admission issued by the examination board is a requirement for enrolment.

How do I apply?

What are the deadlines?

The examination regulations of the Master's programme determine whether the programme can only be taken up in the winter semester or also in a summer semester. You can find information on the possible start of studies in the study offer of the Master's programmes.

The application periods are (depending on a possible start of studies):

  • for the summer semester: 1 October to 15 January
  • for the winter semester: April 1 to July 15

For applications for the winter semester 2020/21, the application deadline for most Master's programs has been extended to August 20, 2020. An exception are the Master programmes: History and Sociology and Global Communication - the deadline for applications is still 15 July!

How do I apply online?

1. Complete the online application

Please submit your application to determine the admission requirements for a Master's programme online via the application portal of the University of Erfurt, observing the deadlines. If you are already enrolled in the University's Bachelor programme at the time of application, please use the shortened online form for internal applicants. If you have never been enrolled at the University of Erfurt or at least not currently enrolled, you must use the detailed online form for external applicants.

Please fill out the online form carefully and only use "Back" and "Next" to navigate within the form and not the buttons of your browser.

As part of the enrolment process at the University of Erfurt, personal data is collected and stored. Before filling out the online form, therefore, please note the following information:Information in accordance with Art. 13 EU-DSGVO on the collection, processing and use of personal data in the context of admission and enrolment procedures.


After completing the electronic data entry, you will receive your applicant number and password for the applicant portal. Please use your applicant number if you have any questions.

Furthermore, the application form is now available as a PDF document. Please print this out twice (the second printout is for your records). On the first page of your application form you will find your personal login data again.


Please sign the application form and enclose all required documents (see documents to be attached to the application form). 

Please read the respective examination and study regulations of the chosen Master's programme to find out which additional documents are required for determining the programme-related admission requirements.

Your application will be decided on the basis of the information you provide and the documents submitted by post.


Send the printed and signed application form together with the required documents to

Universität Erfurt
Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Please ensure that you have an sufficient amount of postage.


Your student identity card (chip card) requires your photo. You have to upload this before enrolment via the online application portal. You will find your personal login data on the first page of the printed online application. You can also check the status of your application at any time via the online application portal.

What documents are required?

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  1. the signed application form (after completion of the online application)
  2. a simple, complete copy of the certificate of a completed university degree (if this is not yet available, a current transcript of records) [Note: applicants already enrolled at the University of Erfurt do not have to enclose a transcript of records].

For Master's programmes with a selection process, additional documents or evidence must be submitted:

What follows after application?

Normally you will receive a written notification of the determination of the admission requirements as soon as possible. Only applications from applicants for Master of Education (MEd) programmes who have not yet completed their Bachelor's degree at the time of application will not be examined and decided on until the end of September.

How can I accept the study place? What deadlines must be observed?

If you have received the letter of admission, you must accept the place of study within the deadline. To do this, please send the signed declaration of acceptance (attachment to your letter of admission) together with the other documents required for enrolment to the Universität Erfurt, Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre.

How does enrolment take place?

Once you have submitted all the necessary documents, together with the declaration of acceptance of the place of study, we will enrol you. You will receive your first student datasheet together with your student ID (chip card) by post. On the datasheet you will also find your e-mail adress of the University of Erfurt and your user name for your university account.

You will receive your initial password for your university account in a separate letter from the University Computer and Media Centre. The initial password is preset for the university account and the email account and must be changed in the first place. For your user account, the change is made via the user portal and for the email account via the web-based log in. For further information please refer to the help pages for the user account.

Please note that your student card (thoska) must be validated by you before your first assignment. You can do this on your first visit to campus.

Campus map of the University of Erfurt with references to the locations of the thoska devices (German only)

Study introduction days (STET)

You are very welcome to attend the study introduction days in the week before lectures begin. These will give you a good start to your studies.

All information as well as the times of the individual courses can be found from the end of September on the pages of the introductory study days (STET).

to the study introduction days (STET)

Information for International Applicants (NON-EU)

International prospective students from NON-EU countries who have obtained their first university degree (e.g. Bachelor) abroad apply to the University of Erfurt as international students with a separate form via the International Office.

International Office

-> to the online application (external applicants)

if you are currently not enrolled in the Bachelor's programme at the University of Erfurt.

-> to the online application (internal applicants)

if you are currently enrolled in the Bachelor's programme at the University of Erfurt.

Enrolment for doctoral canditates

Studierendenangelegenheiten (Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre)