Admission Requirements

The HCI course of study is intended for bachelor graduates of information systems, applied informatics, informatics or a comparable course of study dealing essentially with software and media design. Students from other courses are welcome to apply but proof of 30 credit points from the areas of software design and/or creative design (including creative media design, interaction design etc.) is essential. The key prerequisite is both the wish and the ability to engage with people in their real-life contexts and to conceive tailor-made systems for them on the basis of situational understanding.

Application Procedure

If you hold a German bachelor degree, you need to submit the following documents in order to apply for the HCI program:

  • A letter of motivation in which you should outline your motivation for applying to our master´s program. Moreover, we would like to ask you to point out in this letter the qualities that in particular seem to qualify you for our master´s program.
  • A German or English Certification or current summary of achievements regarding the course of study (Diploma/Bachelor) qualifying you to study this course. An overall grade 0f 2.5 must be achieved. 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 curriculum vitae  in tabular form.
  • The documentation of the required knowledge of the English language. (TOEFL IBT (min. 90 Points), IELTS (min. 5.5), Cambridge-Test CAE, FCE (min. B)).
  • If required, a performance record of your skills and knowledge regarding design and development (see section”Admission Requirements”).

Students holding an international university entrance qualification need to submit the following documents in order to apply for the HCI program:

  • A letter of motivation as described above.
  • A German or English Certification or current summary of achievements as described above.
  • A curriculum vitae in tabular form.
  • The documentation of the required knowledge of the English language (TOEFL IBT (min. 90 Points), IELTS (min. 5.5), Cambridge-Test CAE, FCE (min. B)).
  • If required, a performance record of your skills and knowledge regarding design and development (see section”Admission Requirements”).

Furthermore, you have the possibility to attach an example of your scientific writing to your application even if not mandatory.

Please note that the first step in your application process will be a decision about the general equivalence of your foreign university degree with a regular comparable degree at a German university. This decision will also be made by the Admission Commission. As soon as any decisions are made, we will get in touch with you.

Please note that for the application process, electronic copies of the required documents are sufficient. As soon as a positive decision is made about your application, you will receive an official admission letter which will list the documents you need to provide for your actual enrollment at the university.

Application Deadlines

Non-international students

The application deadline for non-international students (Bildungsinländer) for the winter semester is always the 15th of July of each year.

The application deadline for non-international students (Bildungsinländer) for the summer semester is always the 15th of January of each year.

In preparation for the summer semester 2018, the HCI Master will be changed to a online registration procedure. We will duly inform you when the new online portal is available.

Application documents that have been already submitted for the summer semester 2018 will be considered into the corresponding application procedure.

A non-international student (Bildungsinländer) is a student, who

1. has the German citizenship or

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

International students

The application deadline for international students (Bildungsausländer) for the winter semester is always the 15th of June of each year.

The application deadline for international students (Bildungsausländer) for the summer semester is always the 15th of December of each year.

In preparation for the summer semester 2018, the HCI Master will be changed to a online registration procedure. We will duly inform you when the new online portal is available.

Application documents that have been already submitted for the summer semester 2018 will be considered into the corresponding application procedure.

An international student (Bildungsausländer) is a student, who

1. does not have the German citizenship and

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