Master’s degree from Germany:
Profiling for the international career

A Master’s degree course in Germany opens many doors and prepares students for an international career. Here you will find the most important answers for your research!

A step towards a Master’s degree in Germany

If the Bachelor’s degree programme is approaching its end, many students ask whether they would like to or should take a Master’s degree programme. This usually takes at least 3 semesters, which is a long time for young people who have already spent many years in school, then studied for several semesters and would like to earn their own money. However, the Master’s programme offers many advantages!

For many students, a Master’s degree is a good opportunity to get to know a new city and expand, deepen or specialise in existing fields of knowledge. However, some Bachelor graduates still wonder whether the Master’s degree is really worthwhile in professional and financial terms. In fact, a Master’s degree offers many career advantages for young people which should not be underestimated.

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The advantages of a Master degree

The Master's programme enables you to start working in research
The Master's programme prepares students for their professional career
Expanding your potential and improving your chances
Experiences and exciting opportunities

International acknowledgment

Not only Bachelor graduates should think about a Master’s degree, but also students who have completed a diploma course of study. This is especially true when you are looking for an international career. In contrast to the diploma, the Master’s degree is internationally recognized and therefore offers the best conditions for a career outside Germany and even beyond of Europe.

Obtain a specialization

In many cases, it is even possible to progress a career faster with a Master’s degree than with a Bachelor’s degree. Because in the Master’s programme, one learns to think systematically and innovatively, even more than in the Bachelor’s programme. This makes it particularly suitable for management and specialist roles in companies.

The costs of a Master’s programme in Germany

How much does it cost to study for a Master’s degree in Germany?

The costs of a Master’s degree programme are usually comparable to those of a Bachelor’s degree programme. As a rule, there are no additional or only slightly higher costs.

The costs of a Master’s programme in Germany
Category per month
Studies at a
public university
Studies at a private university
Semester fee 200 to 800 € per semester 4.000 to 6.000 € per semester
Textbooks 25 to 65 €
Rent 250 to 450 €
Electricity, Internet, Mobile 20 to 50 €
Health Insurance 80 to 150 €
Food and drink 100 to 150 €
Mensa 50 to 100 €
Total 6.300 to 11.000 €
(per year)
approx. 400 to 1.600 €
(per year)
ca. 8.000 to 12.000 € (per year)
See also: The costs of studying in Germany (CampusHQ)

What many foreign students don’t know is that a large number of foreign and German students study at public universities. Therefore, the semester fee usually represents a very low financial burden for the students.

Duration of a Master’s programme in Germany

Master studies in Germany

Due to the numerous courses of study for graduates who already hold a bachelor’s degree, there is a very large number of paths that can be followed for the study. With a Master’s degree, however, you really do have a very high qualification and can be sure that you are one of the best. The Master’s degree programme is highly specialized and allows you to study exactly what the Bachelor’s degree has fallen short of. While some of the topics in the basic studies could not be dealt with intensively during the Bachelor’s programme, this is a different matter in the Master’s programme. Diversity is increasing and you can develop your individual skills more freely.

A Master’s programme in Germany lasts 1 – 2 years (2-4 semesters). The Master’s degree is the highest degree that can be achieved with a course of study. However, anyone who is still interested in the topics of the Master’s programme and has a great deal of interest can deepen his or her knowledge within a doctorate programme.

How many Credit Points are required for a Master in Germany?

You will receive a Master’s degree if you have 300 Credit Points. For a successful completion of your studies in your home country, you will receive a certain number of credit points from the German university. The tables provide you with an orientation on which scenarios are possible. However, each university has the freedom to decide how far the content of your previous course of study corresponds to the expected requirements for your chosen course of study in Germany.

If your Bachelor’s degree, diploma or equivalent is recognised in Germany, you can start with the Master’s degree even if there is no credit point system in your home country.

The following tables show examples.

Consecutive Master: Master's degree follows Bachelor's degreeMaster programme with new specialization

Consecutive Master

  • Master’s degree follows as a specialization of the Bachelor’s degree program
  • or: Master’s programme at the same university as Bachelor’s programme

A consecutive Master’s degree is usually a Master’s programme that builds on the Bachelor’s degree you have obtained.

Example: If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Logistics and would like to enroll in a Master’s programme in Logistics, the programme is often described as consecutive. However, there are also exceptions.

The contents of programmes are not always identical between different universities.

Required Credit Points (CP) for a Master degree*
Case 1: Bachelor and Master are based on each other
Regular Bachelor studies with… … must be completed with:
180 CP (length of study: 6 semesters)  120 CP = corresponds 4 semesters
210 CP (length of study: 7 semesters) 90 CP = corresponds 3 semesters
240 CP (length of study: 8 semesters) 60 CP = corresponds 2 semesters
in Total: 300 Credit Points
* Please ask for binding information at your university!

Master programme abroad or with a new specialization

  • Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees are taken at various universities
  • or: Master’s degree programme has a different subject area than the Bachelor’s degree programme

A Master’s programme may also differ from the Bachelor’s programme in terms of subject matter. It is often even possible to specialize in a new field of expertise, if your suitability and motivation are sufficient to achieve this objective.

Often, the consecutive status is lost when studying abroad because of differences in the content of studies! It is important to obtain information from the respective university before applying!

Example: If you have a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering and do not pursue a master’s degree in systems engineering, but for instance you are pursuing a master’s degree in international management, the course is not considered as consecutive course then.

Required Credit Points (CP) for a Master degree*
Case 1: Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees have different subject areas
Regular Bachelor studies with… undergraduate course
(to get additional CP)
… Master must be completed with:
180 CP (fully recognized) none  120 CP
180 CP (partly recognized) 1 to 2 semesters 120 CP
210 CP (fully recognized) none 90 CP
210 CP (partly recognized) 1 to 2 semesters 90 CP
240 CP (fully recognized) none 60 CP
240 CP (partly recognized) 1 to 2 semesters 60 CP
Bachelor/Diplom abroad
(fully recognized)
none depending on the programme
Bachelor/Diplom abroad
(partly recognized)
1 to 2 semester depending on the programme
Bachelor/Diplom abroad
(partly recognized)
Recommendation for Bachelor studies depending on the programme
in Total: at least 300 Credit Points
* Please ask for binding information at your university!

How to read this table?


Considering the relatively low costs of studying in comparison to other countries, taking also into consideration the high salary later on, a Master’s programme in Germany is a rewarding investment for the future.

Studying in Germany is not expensive and the organization is straightforward. If you are well prepared and well informed before starting your studies in Germany, you can also make it to the end and hold a German degree qualification.

Making a Master’s degree is a very good choice! Choosing a Master’s degree course at a German university or “Fachhochschule” is the right step for many students. Because there is a high level of academic quality at very low costs. And with a Master’s degree in Germany, you enter the professional world with very high prospects.


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