MBA/MS from Germany: Structure, eligibility and application process for PG Courses

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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Feb 18, 2021 12:04 IST

MBA/MS from Germany

Germany has long enjoyed the prestige of being a haven for higher education – especially in the field of applied sciences. Historically, the country is famous for its Nobel laureates in fields ranging from natural sciences to physics to the more recent – nanotechnology. And as the country continues to strive towards development with its emphasis on research and development, there remains little doubt that Germany is the country for pursuing your masters – especially if research is what interests you. But where to start? What to do? Here’s a quick look at the basic structure of the PG programs in Germany, the eligibility criteria as well as the application process. We also look at the top universities in Germany for your benefit across the most popular courses.


Like the UG Course structure, the PG courses are also divided among two semesters – the Winter Semester which starts in October and the Summer Semester, which starts in May. It is important to note here that though it is not a rule, most of the PG courses in Germany only have Winter Intakes. In other words, the PG courses usually start in the month of October.

The other thing important to understand regarding the structure of the PG courses is the kinds of universities that offer the courses.

Broadly speaking, German Universities are of two types:

  1. Universities (including Universities of Technology, abbr. TU) which are primarily research-based institutions. These are the universities that can award a doctorate degree.
  2. Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen, abbr. FH), which do not have the right to award a doctorate. These are basically universities that offer more practice-oriented courses which include engineering, business administration, social sciences and/or design. The graduates from these universities, however, in principle eligible for applying for a doctoral program.

Read: Difference between FH and TU Germany

Irrespective of the kind of university, the PG programs offered would fall under two categories,

  1. The International Programs, which are essentially English taught programs, designed specially to cater to the International Community. These programs have developed steadfastly over the past decade, to further attract the best minds from across the globe.
  2. The German Taught Programs. These programs are not limited to German students and most of the universities would be willing to offer you a seat in the same. The reason they are thus classified is simple – these are programs taught in German language and require a rather high level of proficiency in the language.

Read: Universities in Germany that Teach in English


Universities in Germany are often funded by the state but not necessarily regulated by it. In other words, Universities in Germany have a right to decide their own eligibility criteria and cut off. Every university, hence, might have some unique eligibility criteria and it is always advisable to check with the university office for the specific program’s eligibility criteria.

Speaking broadly, for a master’s program in Germany, you would need to have completed the German equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in the relevant subjects. Meaning, a 4-year engineering degree from any recognized Indian University makes you eligible to apply for an MS degree in engineering/ design/subject from a German University. Some of the universities would also accept a 3-year degree. For this, it is always better to reach out directly to the university’s international admissions office and get your degree recognized.

Apart from the basic requirement, the universities might also require you to have cleared and scored a certain level in GMAT/GRE. Similarly, for International Courses, IELTS/TOEFL would be a requirement and might also require a basic knowledge of the German language. For German Taught Programs, a rather high level of proficiency in the language is required and you can accordingly take a TestDAF/ DSH to be eligible for the same. Again, always check with the University for the Tests required to apply to the course of your choice.

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Application Process

The application process for PG courses (MBA/MS/MA) in Germany is similar to the application process for UG courses. Essentially, these are the steps you ought to follow

  1. Check for the eligibility
  2. Apply for tests
  3. Create a document packet complete with transcripts, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and certified test score (as required)
  4. Understand whether the university is a member of Uni-Assist; if it is a member then apply via Uni Assist, or else apply directly to the university.

The admissions for Winter Semesters usually start in the month of February and closes by May. The universities, in turn, confirm admissions by early July, giving you enough time for Visa Processing.

It is important to note that you would have to show proof of funds for at least the first year of study for your German Student Visa. Accordingly, it is advisable to prepare the same alongside your applications.

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Tuition and other fees

Education in Germany is relatively cheaper than in other European cities. Most of the state-funded universities do offer free of charge higher education programs. Some highly specialized courses, however, might attract fees. Again, though not necessary, broadly speaking, MBA programs in Germany are paid programs.

Apart from the tuition fee, you would be required to pay the semester fee which might vary from €50 - €250, depending on the course/university.

Living in Germany, on the other hand, is on par with most of the European cities and the cost of living in Germany is approximately €700 – €1000 per month. There are lots of scholarship programs available for pursuing Higher Education in Germany as well. Read about them, find out a program that suits your program choice and apply.

Working while studying and after

Again, it depends on the course you have applied for. As a student, you are permitted to work for 120 days in a year. The program, however, might restrict your working while studying so it is better to check.

After your Master’s program, you are permitted to stay on in Germany for 18 months to look for meaningful employment in the chosen field. If you get a job, it is usually easy to get a German Student Visa. You might also have an opportunity to apply for and get admitted in an industry-backed research program.

Simply put, a post-graduation from Germany would open up a multitude of opportunities for you. So explore the opportunities, prepare your documents and get going.

Here are a few important links to help you get started

  1. Universities in Germany offering PG Courses
  2. German Academic Exchange Service
  3. Scholarships for Indian Students

All the best!

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Arun Krishnan

4 months ago

Can I use my AMIE certificates from Indian institution of Engineers,New delhi for higher education in Germany?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

3 months ago

Hello Arun. Yes AMIE certificates from the Indian institution of Engineers, New Delhi are recognised for higher education in Germany.


Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

4 months ago

Hello Arun. I will be happy to check this with our Shiksha Counsellor and get back on the same.



a year ago

Hello Sir. Ma'am I'm graduate and having diploma in sales and marketing also have 20 years of exp in the same field. But I'm going to be 44 in September 2021. Can i apply for MBA in Germany? if age is no bar.

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Amit. Universities abroad are looking at a strong profile among other things. You visa officer would look at your financial stability. Hence, age is just a number. You can check out top universities in Germany and go ahead with your admission process:


Arya Singh

a year ago

Hello sir! I'm shraddha . I'm graduation third year student (Sanskrit) And I want to know if any chance to get admission in Master in Sanskrit in Leipzig University. Could you please tell me that here's Master in Sanskrit?

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello Arya. You can know all about Leipzig University here: You can get in touch with our counselors here: I highly doubt that Leipzig University would have a Sanskrit course for students.



2 years ago

hi sir i'm heman im studing civil engineering first year i want to complete my PG in MBA and m.s at swizterland and states with scholarship .
how can i do prepare entrance exam , how many days to prepare to exam like islets/toefl and GRE/grm

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Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello Heman. We always advise students to apply early if they are looking to apply for scholarships for studying abroad. Your preferred university would have a set of scholarships on their official website, you can also take a look at the scholarships listed here: Heman. We always advise students to apply early if they are looking to apply for scholarships for studying abroad. Your preferred university would have a set of scholarships on their official website, you can also take a look at the scholarships listed here: While applying abroad, you are not required to appear for any entrance exam. However, you would be required to appear for an English language Proficiency Exam like IELTS, TOEFL or PTE, and GRE or GMAT entirely depending on your university requirement. you can check out popular universities in Switzerland here:

I've pursued bba and scored 68%. Do I have a chance of getting into MIM or msc(business administration) in Germany?



Rahul SinghaStudy Abroad Expert

2 years ago

Hello Sridharan. kindly check out the link for details to studying in Germany:

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