Admission Requirements

The HCI programme is aimed at graduates with a relevant Bachelor degree in Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration, Design, Psychology or Sociology or a comparable programme, with a relevant share of at least 60 credit points from the above-mentioned subject areas.

In addition, the Bachelor’s degree must have a grade of 2.5 or better (German GPA system).

The following certificates are recognized for applicants who have not acquired their study qualification at an exclusively English-speaking institution (i.e. not an English-speaking degree program) or who have learnt English as their mother tongue:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) iBT (internet based test) Test with a score of at least 94 points;
    • IELTS test with a score of at least 6.5;
    • Cambridge B2 First, Grade B (173+ points);
    • PTE Academic with a minimum score of 58 points;
    • A certificate attesting that English language skills are at level B2 of the ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’ (CEFR).

Application Procedure

If you hold an international Bachelor degree, you need to submit the following documents in order to apply for the HCI program:

Obligatory documents: 

  • A letter of motivation in which you should outline your motivation for applying to our master’s program (maximum two A4 pages or 3000 characters).
  • A German or English Certification of your Degree and current summary of achievements (Transcript of Records) regarding the course of study (Diploma/Bachelor) qualifying you to study this course (qualifications see above). An overall grade of at least 2,5 (comma) must be achieved. Please use the Bavarian formula to translate your grade:
    and notice that we have a different scaling in Germany (1=highest grad; 4= lowest grade to pass). If the course of study qualifying you for the Master’s course has not yet been completed, you will need to provide a provisional final grade (if this is not shown in the summary of achievements, corresponding certification will need to be provided by the relevant examination office).
  • A documentation of the required knowledge of the English language (see section “Admission Requirements”).
  • If required, a performance record of the 60 credits from the above mentioned disciplines (see section “Admission Requirements”). These skills must have been achieved academically. 

Optional documents: 

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form (recommended)
  • Portfolio (representation of one’s own personality and competencies) (recommended)

How the process works:

Please notice that the first step in your application process will be a validation by content by the scientific staff of our chairs.
The second step will be a Skype interview with us to get to know each other.
The third step will be a decision about the general equivalence of your foreign university degree with a regular comparable degree at a German university (formal validation). This decision will be made by our department STARTING.

Application phase for winter term starts on May 1st.

You can enter our online application platform Unisono here:

How to: Step-by-step instructions for applying in Unisono

Please note that no hard copies are needed until you arrive in Siegen if admission will be granted.

Application Deadlines for national and international students:

Starting in winter semester: May 1 to July 15

Starting in summer semester: November 1 to January 15

A national student is a student, who:

1. has the German citizenship or

2. has attained Bachelor or similar degree studies in Germany.

An international student is a student, who:

1. does not have the German citizenship and

2. has attained Bachelor or similar degree studies outside of Germany.

Please also notice that it is obligatory for international students to make sure that studying and living in Germany is financially safe for the two years of your stay. Therefore it is secured by law that you have to create rather a blocked account during your stay with an amount of 853,00 Euro per month, or a declaration of commitment by somebody who can secure the financial necessities. Both possibilities are individually linked to the specific home country. 

Application FAQs

This is your high school (or equivalent) degree which allowed you to start your Bachelor degree. Please do not submit your Bachelor certificate here!
Please use the Bavarian formula to convert your CGPA into the German grading system. In the screenshot below, you indicate the German CGPA in the upper box. Below goes your original CGPA, then the best possible CGPA and eventually the worst possible CGPA.

For example, if your grading system goes from 1 (worst) to 4 (best) and your CGPA is 3,561, then your German CGPA is 1,44. You enter:

  • 1,44
  • 3,561
  • 4
  • 1

The three boxes below serve the purpose to verify the calculation.

Unfortunately, we can only accept academic credits which Coursera, Udemy and similar platforms usually do not provide. Even though we definitely encourage online courses as preparation for the MSc in HCI, it is not a valid substitute for academic achievements.
We accept a degree certificate if your degree was earned in a country whose official language is English, or otherwise a letter of proficiency by your university. However, please note that in the latter case, your chances are higher if you can additionally prove your excellent language skills with a certificate.
You can show us anything related to your skills or experiences in your portfolio, either university or work-related or even private projects. For example, it can be

  • Something you designed
  • Something you developed (please only show the end result, no source code)
  • Something you researched
  • A certificate you earned
  • A competition you won
  • A reference letter by your professor/employer

If you have a website or another external source where you store your portfolio, you are welcome to upload a document with a link.

We review applications as they come in. This means, the earlier you submit, the sooner you will receive a response / an interview invitation. Please also check your application status in Unisono regularly. In any case, you can expect to hear back from us by the end of July (for winter semester) or end of January (for summer semester).
Yes. Here are scholarships offered by the University of Siegen:

More information on other scholarships by the International Student Affairs can be found here: