FAQ about the Master's degree programme application - All FAQ at a glance

Periods of application:
Winter semester: 6th April - 15th May
Summer semester: 6th October - 15th November


An application for the Master’s degree programme in Modern Indian Studies is possible in winter semester only!
All required documents will have to be uploaded by that date, otherwise the application cannot be taken into consideration. Your application will be reviewed afterward and you will subsequently be informed via E-mail whether you are admitted or rejected.

An exception applies for the proof of language competence and the final record / degree certificate (Bachelor):
Proof of language competence: By time of enrolment: For the winter semester by 30th September, for the summer semester by 31st March. A sufficient proof of language competence is a requirement for enrolment.
Final record / degree certificate (Bachelor): In case your undergraduates / preliminary studies have not been concluded by the time of application, please consider the following information sheet (PDF, German).

If there are still places of study available at the beginning of a semester, a subsequent admission via a so called lottery procedure can be undertaken. An application via lottery procedures takes place 1st October – 5th October for the winter semester and 1st April – 5th April for the summer semester.
For the consecutive Master degree programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences (please note that all Master's degree programmes - except Modern Indian Studies - are taught in German language and German language proficiency is required for admission!):

  • Master’s degree programme in Diversity Studies in the Social Sciences
  • Master’s degree programme in Educational Science
  • Master’s degree programme in Gender Studies
  • Master’s degree programme in Global Politics: Structures and Frontiers
  • Master’s degree programme in Labour in Society
  • Master’s degree programme in Modern Indian Studies
  • Master’s degree programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Master’s degree programme in Sociology
  • Master’s degree programme in Sport Science with emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and psycho-social health

The application is conducted online via the Master’s Application Portal of the Faculty of Social Sciences (Link: Application for a Master`s Degree Programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences). After having registered successfully, you will receive a link via E-Mail and you will have to upload all required application documents by the end of the application deadline as a PDF-file. The process of application is explained step by step in this PDF file.

The online application is carried out via the Master’s Application Portal of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Its purpose is the acceleration of the application process and the selection of the applicants. The applicants register with an e-mail address and fill in their data (name, address, course-related achievements etc.) in an online form. The process of application is explained step by step in this PDF file.
Every applicant receives a registration number after having registered successfully via the Master’s Application Portal. The registration number is necessary in order to match every applicant clearly with the correct application during any subsequent correspondence. The number should therefore be indicated in later correspondences.
You need the password to access the upload portal after registering in the application process to complete the application with all the required documents and for the access to the additional data portal for the Master - Supplement in order to undertake the enrollment after having received a notification of acceptance. Therefore, please remember the password! If you have forgotten the password, you can reset it via the Master’s Application Portal of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Yes. Different from an application for a Bachelor’s degree programme, you can apply to several different Master’s degree programmes within our Faculty of Social Sciences at the same time. Please take into account that for every application a separate registration via the Master’s Application Portal and the upload of all the obligatory documents are required.
The process of application is explained step by step in this PDF file.
If there are still university places available by the beginning of the semester, a subsequent application via a so called "lottery procedure" (choice by lot) can be undertaken. An application via lottery procedure is possible 1st – 5th October for the winter semester and 1st – 5th April for the summer semester. The application is undertaken analogously with the regular application process. The process of application is explained step by step in this PDF file.

  • Single-handedly signed application of approval (will be submitted via e-mail after successfull registration)
  • Final record / degree certificate (Bachelor) (where required in certified copy) if the preliminary studies are concluded and the document is already at hand. The final record / degree certificate (Bachelor) can be handed in later. The high school diploma does not have to be uploaded!
  • Overview of previous examination results (Transcript of record, FlexNow overview for students having previously studied at Georg-August-University Göttingen) including credits (at least 150 ECTS at time of application) and average grade (the summary of achievements is necessary to prove that the admission requirements are fulfilled)
  • CV/ personal data sheet with references to educational background, language skills, internships and research experience
  • A written motivation letter (up to two pages) from which the motivation for taking up the study is clearly recognizable
  • Proof of language competence for German (for those students having received their education in a country outside of Germany; not required for the MA degree programme Modern Indian Studies) for example in form of the DSH-2, TestDaF (level 4), or telc – German C1 for university, the proof of language competence can be handed in, in case of admission, by the matriculation deadline at the latest (30th September in case of the winter semester, 31st March in case of the summer semester)
  • Only concerning MA degree program Modern Indian Studies:
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is not English, will have to proof a sufficient knowledge of English. More information on proof of language competency can be found here.

The final deadline for the application for the winter semester is 15th May, for the summer semester 15th November. All required documents have to be uploaded by that date; otherwise, the applications cannot be taken into account.

Which documents are considered as required documents that must be uploaded by said dates are listed in the previous box: "Which required documents will have to be uploaded?"

An exception are the proof of language competence and the final record / degree certificate (Bachelor). The proof of language competence can be turned in by 30th September for the winter semester, 31st March for the summer semester. Sufficient proof of language competence is a requirement for enrolment. In case your undergraduates / preliminary studies have not been concluded by the time of application, please consider the following information sheet (PDF, German).
You can upload your foreign final record / degree certificate in either German or in English certificated translation, via the link you have received after your successful registration. Please regard the correct attribution of the document types. The verification of equivalence and conversion of grades will be undertaken by the Office of the Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
A “Transcript of Records” is a proof of performance of all course-related achievements up to date, that you have performed at a different university. If your university does not provide an official Transcript of Records, compile a list with all the classes (including modules) you have taken, listed with semester with credits and grades and have your university verify the list.

Please keep in mind that on your Transcript of Records the total number of achieved ECTS and the current average grade must be stated clearly.
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is an instrument to secure transparency and quality of studies and courses of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating countries. For successfully completed achievements a set number of credits, based on study regulations and modules are awarded. The students are thereby collecting credits until the demanded number of credits is achieved; only then can the studies be concluded.
Beside the documents which will have to be uploaded for a complete application (required documents), there is an additional category for documents, which will have to be uploaded in case of a successful enrollment only! Please inform yourself after a successful enrollment in the Master - Supplement which additional documents are still required. You will receive access to the Master - Supplement only after admission.

The Master degree programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences are consecutive study programmes. The word ‘consecutive’ derives from the Latin word consecutio, which means follow-up/ sequel. This term denotes a study programme, which consists of a Bachelor’s degree programme and a Master’s degree programme building up on each other. The Bachelor’s programme is a basal programme and the Master serves as a post gradual programme. There is a professional connection between the Bachelor’s and the Master’s programme; they build up on each other regarding content.
Therefore, there are admission requirements for the enrolment within a consecutive Master’s programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences. One such requirement is the professional relevance: This means that it will be reviewed whether the knowledge which you acquired during the Bachelor’s programme suffices the requirements of the consecutive Master’s degree programme. For more details on the requirements, please refer to the next box: "What are the requirements of admission for the consecutive Master’s study programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences and how is the professional relevance of the preliminary studies determined?"
The following requirements will have to be achieved before admission to the Master studies programme:

  • Proof of preliminary studies with a minimum of 6 semesters and an amount of 180 ECTS in the same discipline as the intended Master studies programme (or in a related discipline).
  • All students who have not yet finished their preliminary studies but have already acquired 150 ECTS in a respective studies programme are also eligible for application and admission.
  • Assessment of the applicants’ qualification: For the assessment of the qualification of the applicants the selection committee has set professional requirements. The specific content of requirements for each subject can be found here: Table on the relevance of previous studies (PDF, German).

Up to 15 ECTS of professionally relevant modules can be compensated for during the first two semesters of the Master’s degree programme by way of a learning agreement.

All applicants are required to have sufficient knowledge of the German language (students studying Modern Indian Studies are exempt from this rule). The proof of a sufficient knowledge of German must be submitted no later than the date of enrolment: 30th September for the winter semester and 31st March for the summer semester.

Only concerning the students of the Master’s degree programme of Modern Indian Studies: Applicants whose native tongue is not English are required to have a sufficient knowledge of English. More information on language requirements can be found here.

No:
Only applicants having studied a pertinent or a related discipline in the extent of 180 ECTS during their preliminary studies by the beginning of their Master studies programme are eligible for application.
By the time of application (15th May / 15th November) applicants must have proof of having already acquired at least 150 ECTS. Applications with less than 150 ECTS will not be considered for admission.
Applicants applying for a Master’s studies programme (except Modern Indian Studies, see below):
  • whose native language is not German
  • who do not hold a German university degree

  • As proof of sufficient language competency applicants are asked to provide the “Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang” (DSH-2).
    A DSH-certificate from a different university can only be accepted if the DSH-examination regulations of that university is registered with the HRK (“Hochschulrektorenkonferenz”) and your language competency corresponds with the required DSH-level. In case of uncertainty, the level can be asked to be proven via a language competency test.

    Who can be exempt from a language competency test?
    Applicants who have successfully completed the German competency test at a different university or a “Studienkolleg”, which is registered with the HRK, can be exempt from the test of German language competency. Those applicants who have acquired four times the level four within the DAF-test or have successfully passed the “Prüfungsteil Deutsch” of an assessment test at a Studienkolleg can also be exempt from further language competency testing. For more information please refer to the following links.
    Registered DSH-examinations
    Current DSH Examination Rules
    Applicants,
  • who are applying for the Master’s studies programme in Modern Indian Studies.
  • whose native language is not English are required to have sufficient knowledge of English which has to be proven by an internationally recognized test:
    • a) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
    • b) Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English,
    • c) “International English Language Testing System” (IELTS) at least “Band 6”,
    • d) at least 550 p. in the handwritten “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (paper based TOEFL),
    • e) at least 220 p. in the computer based “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (computerbased TOEFL),
    • f) at least 83 p. in the ”new internet based TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language”,
    • g) "UNIcert der Stufe III“,
    • h) C1-proof of the CEF (Common European Framework).



    The successful completion of the test cannot date back longer than three years before the admission to the Master’s studies programme.

    Who can be exempt from the test?
    Exempt from the obligation to proof sufficient language competency via a test are applicants who have studied or worked in an English speaking country for at least a year, which cannot date back longer than four years by the time of admission.

    The proof of language competency is to be submitted by the time of admission during the winter semester by the 30th of September; sufficient language competency is a prerequisite for an enrolment, a conditioned admission is not undertaken.

    In principle taking up a part time studies programme is possible. Please make an individual appointment with Annegret Schallmann in case you are planning to study your Master studies programme as a part time studies programme.

    Contact:

    Annegret Schallmann
    Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
    37073 Göttingen

    Tel. +49 551 39 7159
    Fax. +49 551 39 19827

    Annegret.Schallmann@sowi.uni-goettingen.de

    Office: Room Oec 1.114
    In case of more applicants applying, than there are university places available, interviews will be conducted. After an assessment of the aptitude for the different degree programmes, twice as many applicants than available university places will be invited to the interviews. Underlying that process is a list based on the graduation grades. The university places will then be distributed via a combination of the graduation grade and the results from the interviews. Beginning with the first place, based on that list, applicants will be admitted until all the available places are filled. More information can be found in the admission rules and regulations.

    The following acceptance regulations of the different study programs can be found on the university homepage Degree programmes from A to Z. The regulations are only available in German language.

    Interviews are only conducted if there are more applicants fulfilling the requirements than there are places available for the concerning Master’s study programme. The selection process will then start the next round. After a first selection process twice as many applicants than available university places will be invited to the interviews with the selection committee. In case you are afflicted by that, you will be informed in time via E-mail including further information on duration and content of the interview.
    Once the committee has reviewed your application you will receive an E-mail including a link to the result of the application process/ letter of admission/rejection. In case of a selection process having to take conducted for a Master’s studies programme you have applied to, you will receive further information via E-mail.
    The decision whether a preliminary degree is proefessionally qualified (Table on the relevance of previous studies (German)) and related to the applied Master’s programme lies with the selection committee. The committee can make the relevance of previous studies dependent on a learning agreement, asking the applicant to provide academic performance which has not yet been accomplished (a maximum of 15 ECTS) within a certain amount of time (2 semesters). If you are admitted with a learning agreement, it lies in your responsibility to provide the agreed upon academic performance.

    Declaration of acceptance/ registration orientation days
    Your declaration of acceptance confirming that you will accept your university place will have to be declared online via the Master - Supplement by no later than the term of acceptance stated in your letter of admission. If you have not confirmed your university place by then your admission will be ineffective. You can also register to take part in the orientation days via the Master - Supplement by the set date.

    Enrolment
    The enrolment is also done via the Master - Supplement and will have to be ensued by the term of enrolment (30th September for winter semester / 31st March for summer semester). You are asked to please upload the required documents via the upload portal and follow further information and instructions. You will receive access to the upload portal with your registration number and your set password.

    Final record / degree certificate (Bachelor)
    If you could not upload your final record /degree certificate of your preliminary studies by the time of your enrolment, please do so by 15th May (summer semester) or 15th November (winter semester) via the upload portal. The “upload portal” can be accessed with your registration number and your password. Please keep in mind that the deadline for the certificate of your concluded preliminary studies can be extended up to the end of the first semester of the Master degree programme (31st March/30th) if
    a) as an examination result only the Bachelor thesis is missing or
    b) the thesis is already turned and further missing results do not exceed a scope of 8 ECTS in total.
    Proof of fulfilling one of the two categories will have to be submitted at the Office of the Dean of Studies by no later than 15th May/ 15th November. You will receive more information concerning the procedure via E-mail after your enrolment and via the following link: information sheet (PDF, German).
    If you have not concluded your preliminary BA-studies on the basis of which you are applying you will have to proof the successful conclusion no later than 15th November (application winter semester) or 15th May (application summer semester).
    Please keep in mind that the deadline for the certificate of your concluded preliminary studies can be extended up to the end of the first semester of the Master degree programme (31st March/30th) if
    a) as an examination result only the Bachelor thesis is missing or
    b) the thesis is already turned and further missing results do not exceed a scope of 8 ECTS in total.
    Proof of fulfilling one of the two categories will have to be submitted at the Office of the Dean of Studies by no later than 15th May/ 15th November. You will receive more information concerning the procedure via E-mail after your enrolment and via the following link: information sheet (PDF, German).
    If you have questions regarding the enrolment procedure, please contact the Registrar’s Office of the Georg-August-University Göttingen directly. If you are an international applicant please contact the International Student Office.

    The Faculty of Social Sciences offers the possibility to study some of its Master degree programmes either as purely scientific modules or in combination with a legitimate module package from another comprising subject (equivalent to a subsidiary subject with the scope of 36 ECTS). There are no module packages available for the degree programmes “Labour in Society”, “Diversity Studies in the Social Sciences”, “Educational Science”, "Modern Indian Studies" and "Sport Science with emphasis on prevention, rehabilitation and psycho-social health". An overview of all possible module package combinations of Master degree programmes and module packages can be found here.
    Please keep in mind that the module packages are arranged for a start of programme in the winter semester for a duration of four semesters.

    When selecting a module package please take into consideration the admission requirements (German). Attention: The admission to the module package “Economic and Social Psychology” is limited to 7 students of the Master degree programmes “Sociology” and “Social and Cultural Anthropology”. If more students want to study the module package of “Economic and Social Psychology”, the spots will be selected by the final grade of the preliminary studies. If two students have the same grade there will be a drawing of lots. There is also a waiting list, so in case applicants drop out, other students can move up and receive one of the spots in the module package.
    You can mark down your desired module package during the online registration. If you decide on a module package during the later stages of the application process or wish to change your module package, please let us know via E-mail. The Office of the Dean of Studies will file an application of admission with the respective compartment to be admitted to the module packages and will inform the applicants via E-mail subsequently.
    Please let the Office of the Dean of Studies know whether you still plan to study the module package via E-mail. The information of admission will be forwarded to the Examination Office and a subsequent registration via FlexNow will follow.
    If you are rejected from a module package you can either study the Master’s degree programme as a mere scientific discipline or select a different module package. If you want to select a different module package please check whether you can combine the desired module package with your Master’s degree programme and whether you fulfill the requirements.
    A deselection and a shift to a pure scientific Master’s degree programme will have to be requested. To do so please send an E-mail to the Office of the Dean of studies.

    Please contact the responsible academic advisor: Subject-specific Student Counselling.