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How to apply

The master of science in computer science (Master Informatik) at University of Bonn is a research-oriented degree requiring talent and ambition. It brings our students to the forefront of knowledge in one of the major fields of computer science. Our students are selected by a committee of four professors based on the evaluation of their academic record, recommendations and (possibly) an additional interview.

If you are interested in applying to the master's program in computer science (Master Informatik), we kindly ask you to read the information on our application requirements carefully. It is absolutely necessary to send us all required documents via the Online Application Form. If you anticipate any problem in this respect, please get in touch with us immediately. Please note: do not send us copies of your documents by email or hard copies by mail. We only accept applications sent to us via the Online Application Form.

Admission requirements

  • good to very good TOEFL or IELTS result
  • very good bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field from an internationally high ranked university
  • a final transcript that proves that you have covered:
  • at least 18 ECTS credit points in mathematics
  • at least 15 ECTS credit points in theoretical computer science
  • at least 18 ECTS credit points in programming, software technology, information systems
    • at least 10 ECTS credit points for your bachelor's thesis

Am I eligible?

We strongly advise all prospective students to learn about our eligibility criteria before applying.

Please note: 

Due to high numbers of applications and missing qualifications we are usually only able to give admission to less than 5% of international applicants. Please check your qualification carefully before you apply.

Application deadlines

Application periods depend on your nationality and registration status. For each semester, there are two application periods:

  • The first application period starts six months before the start of the semester and ends five months before the start of the semester. It is open to nationals of all countries.
  • The second application period starts roughly three months before the start of the semester and ends at the start of the semester. It is open only to nationals of all EU countries, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, South Korea, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. Applications in this period from nationals of other countries will be rejected. Students currently enrolled in the University of Bonn please also read the information on this page.

We will soon be accepting applications:

  • From 1 October until 1 November 2023 from applicants of all nationalities for the summer semester 2024. Decisions will be communicated by 14 December 2023. 
  • From 16 January until 8 April 2024 from EU citizens and nationals of specific other countries (see above) for the summer semester 2024. Decisions will be communicated within four weeks after your application is received.

Decisions will be communicated through the online application portal. Please wait for this decision. Queries on the status of your application will not be answered.


Documents to be submitted

In order to be considered for admission, please make sure to submit all of the following documents via the Online Application Form:

Mandatory documents (in English, French or German):

  • Bachelor certificate (current Bachelor students, please see comment below)
  • Transcript of records (official university transcript in English, French or German - please see comment below)
  • Bachelor thesis
  • TOEFL or IELTS result (please see comment below)
  • Statement of purpose/motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Name and address of two referees (email and physical address, a template is given on the application form)

Only complete applications will be considered. 

Applications missing one or more of the mandatory documents listed above will be rejected.

Only applications submitted via our Online Application Portal will be considered.

The student registry and the computer science department generally accept documents in English, French and German. To enroll, you will need to provide original documents in one of these languages, or original documents in another language together with a certified translation into English, French or German. In the application process, we also accept certificates and transcripts (but not letters) in Afrikaans, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. However, if you are accepted, you will still need to provide translations into English, French or German to enroll.

Bachelor's thesis and certificate

In the application system, you must upload the final report of your Bachelor's graduation project in the original language.

If your report contains fewer than 300 lines of text (not code) per author, your application will not be considered.

If the original report is not written in English, French or German, you should also provide a summary in English, written by yourself (no official translation). The summary should at least include the title page, define the scientific research questions your strive to answer and discuss relevant literature.

In case you have not yet finished your graduation project before the application deadline expires and you are doing the graduation project by yourself (without fellow students), you may apply without the final report but you must upload a summary.

In case you have not yet received your Bachelor's certificate before the applciation deadline expires, you can apply without the certificate. Please ntoe that the final bachelor's certificate need to be handed in within the first semester of your studies. Otherwise, you will be automatically exmatriculated.

Transcript of Records

We only accept official transcripts of records from the university you graduated from in English, French or German. Please make sure that your official bachelor's transcript either shows credit points according to the ECTS credit point system or else attach a diploma supplement that explains the credit point system of your university.


Handing in a TOEFL or IELTS result is mandatory for all applicants. Applications without either test result will be rejected. Exempt from this rule are:

Applicants who had English classes in school in the EU/EEA for at least eight years until the end of secondary school do not need to submit a TOEFL / IELTS certificate.

Applications who completed at least three years of secondary or tertiary education (high school or Bachelor studies) in Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, English-speaking Canada, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritius, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, St.Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia or Zimbabwe do not need to submit a TOEFL / IELTS certificate.

Minimum scores for TOEFL/IELTS (results below minimum score will not be accepted):

  • TOEFL paper-based: 550 points
  • TOEFL computer-based: 213 points
  • TOEFL internet-based: 80 points
  • IELTS: 6.0 (we only accept the Academic IELTS)

Please upload a scan copy of your result with your online application.

What if my TOEFL/IELTS score is being sent late?
You can apply for our master´s program without having your TOEFL/IELTS score yet, as long as you submit the rest of the application documents before the relevant deadline. Your TOEFL/IELTS score can be submitted by email to application(at) after the deadline. If you do not send us any score, we will not consider your application.

Applicants who need a visa

If you need a visa to enter Germany and take up studies here, please inquire about the waiting times for visa appointments. After you receive your letter of acceptance from the university, there are only three months left until the start of the semester. In many countries, this is not enough to get your visa. If you cannot accept your place in our Computer Science programme because you cannot possibly get your visa on time, you may defer the start of your studies by one or two semesters.

Applicants from China, India and Vietnam

If you have completed your previous education in China, India or Vietnam, you will need a Certificate of Authenticity (Echtheitsbestätigung) of your documents issued by the Academic Acknowledgement Bureau in Beijing (Akademische Prüfstelle in Peking), New Delhi (Akademische Prüfstelle in Neu-Delhi) or Hanoi (Akademische Prüfstelle, Deutsche Botschaft Hanoi). Please see the German embassies' websites for details: Deutsche Botschaft Peking, Deutsche Botschaft Neu-Delhi or Deutsche Botschaft HanoiYou do not need to submit the certificate with your application, but if you are accepted, you will need the certificate to get a visa and to enroll.

Master Program Office

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