The selection process for fall 2017/2018 is closed. The application period for fall 2018/2019 starts in April 2018.
How can I apply for a Master’s degree on the application portal?
First, please create an account and activate it by opening a validation link you will be sent by email. Then you can log into the application portal and choose up to three Master's programmes you want to apply for. You will be asked to enter personal information as well as general information about your previous studies and courses. All relevant application documents must be uploaded as PDF files (maximum size of 2 MB per file). The system will then automatically check whether you are eligible to apply. If this is the case and your application is correct and complete, you can submit your application. The Faculty’s Admission Committee will then make a final decision on your application. If you apply for Business Administration and Economics, you can submit a TM-WISO, GMAT or GRE score transcript. The GRE will only be considered for the master's programme in Economics.
Can I apply for more than one Master’s programme at once?
Yes, you can apply for up to three preferences but you will only be offered one study place. For example, if you did not fulfill the minimum requirements for your first preference and have been offered a study place for your second preference you will not be considered for a possible waiting slot for your first preference anymore. Please keep this in mind when selecting your preferences and apply only for those study programmes that you really want to study.
I cannot upload a PDF document. Why?
Please check whether the PDF file exceeds the maximum size of 2 MB per file. If this is the case, please downsize it to less than 2 MB. PDF-files only are accepted.
Do I have to submit my application as a hardcopy to the university?
During the first stage of the online application, documents do not have to be submitted as hardcopies. Once you have received your letter of admission, you will be asked to submit your documents as hardcopies in order to verify your data and proceed to your enrolment.
Exception: Applicants who hold a non-German (bachelor’s) degree have to apply online via uni-assist as well and send them authenticated copies of their application documents.
I have entered wrong or outdated information but have already submitted my application. What can I do to correct my information?
Please contact us immediately using the email address you registered with: wiso-zulassung(at)uni-koeln.de.
Are there personal selection interviews?
Personal selection interviews are only conducted for the Double Master’s Programmes and are expected to take place at the beginning of June.
When will I receive a letter of admission or a notification of rejection?
If you are admitted, you will receive a letter of admission at the end of July 2017. We highly recommend you to come to Cologne and enrol in person, but you may also send your enrolment documents by post. The first phase of enrolment is expected to take place until 7 August. Official notifications of rejection will be sent in November.
Can I change my Master’s preference?
Yes, as long as you have not yet submitted your application, you can modify or delete the data you have entered in the application portal. After you have submitted your application or the application deadline has expired, this is no longer possible.
Where can I get my documents authenticated?
Your documents can be officially authenticated or notarised by any public office that bears an official seal, for example, courts or municipal and local authorities (please note that not every German municipal/local authority is prepared to certify copies of documents in a foreign language), public savings banks (bearing an official seal), parish offices and notaries. Notarisations from the following authorities will not be accepted, even if they bear a seal: lawyers, associations, auditors and accountants. Documents are only accepted in German and English.
Do candidates with particularly pressing personal situations get special help?
Candidates with particularly pressing personal situations can apply to be admitted directly. Nevertheless, these candidates still need to fulfil the application requirements. More information on such relevant personal situations can be found here (in German only).
I do not remember my password. How can I get a new one?
If you cannot remember your password, please click on “Forgot password?” and enter the email address you registered with. You will then receive a link that allows you to enter a new password.
Where do I get information on the admission tests?
For the M.Sc. in Business Administration and in Economics the result of one of the following admission tests is part of the final scoring of the admission process: TM-WISO, GMAT or GRE. The GRE will only be considered for the master's programme in Economics. If you have taken one of the admission tests, please upload the result in the application portal. Please note the registration deadline for the TM-WISO. Unfortunately, we will not be able to inform all applicants about their eligibility before the registration deadline for the TM-WISO expires.
The later you submit your application, the higher the risk of having to register for the TM-WISO without any notification about your eligibility. The results of the admission test will also be taken into consideration if you later wish to apply for a semester abroad. Thus we recommend applicants for the M.Sc. Business Administration and the M.Sc. Economics to take one of the three accepted admission tests. Please read the website of the WiSo Faculty carefully for more information on how to submit the test results.
What do I have to keep in mind if I want to apply for a Double Master's Programme?
Applicants for the M.Sc. Business Administration, M.Sc. Health Economics, M.A. Political Science or M.Sc. Sociology and Social Research can also apply for the respective Double Master’s Programme. Admission to one of the Double Master’s Programmes is separate from the admissions of the general master's programmes.
If your application for a Double Master’s Programme is not successful but you do fulfil the admission requirements, your application will still be considered for the respective regular programme offered only at the University of Cologne.
When is the application deadline?
For the DMP: 15 May 2017
DMP at Maastricht University:
- for EU/EEA-applicants: 1 June 2017 in Maastricht and 15 May in Cologne
- for non-EU/EEA applicants: 1 May 2017 in Maastricht and 15 May in Cologne
For the regular master’s programmes: 15 June 2017
Information about further dates can be found here. Applicants who have not obtained their (Bachelor’s) degree in Germany must additionally apply online and by post via uni-assist. The result of your examination will be automatically forwarded to the University of Cologne. You have to make sure that your application is submitted early to uni-assist as the processing time can take up to six weeks. For uni-assist the following deadlines apply:
- DMP: 1 May 2017 (date of receipt)
- regular master’s programmes: 15 June 2017 (date of receipt)
Please also note the deadlines for the TM-WISO.