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Application for advanced/ higher semester

Due to the introduction of new study structures for the winter semester 2021/22 (examination regulations ER 2021), we recommend applying for the first semester. After enrolment, you can check examination achievements already completed and have them credited if they are equivalent. Please note, however, that the courses offered in the new degree programmes will only be activated gradually and therefore not all courses in the higher semesters will be offered in winter semester 21/22.

In addition to applying for the first semester, which of course also serves as an option for you to change to one of our master's programmes, there is also the possibility of applying for a higher semester.

In the application procedure for a higher semester, places are allocated which are or will be free. Our master's programmes only start in the winter semester. Consequently, applications for a higher, second semester can only be made in the summer semester and for a higher, third semester only in the winter semester.

Further requirements for a successful application for a higher semester are:

  • free places in the respective master's programme and the corresponding semester,
  • the admission criteria for a master's application for the first semester are fulfilled: minimum grade, language certificate(s) and subject-related admission criteria,
  • at the time of application, the applicant has already successfully completed a recognised course of study and is listed in the list of achievements
  • for an application/classification into the 2nd semester at least 15 ECTS of the respective master's programme must be recognised,
  • for an application/grading to the 3rd semester, at least 45 ECTS of the respective master's programme must be recognised.

Important notes:

  • Recognition is only granted to the extent that the Faculty of Management, Economic and Social Sciences still requires a certain amount of examination work in order to be awarded the degree.
  • Only achievements that do not show any significant difference can be recognized. Contents and structures of master's programmes differ from university to university. Therefore it is not guaranteed that all achievements will be recognized.
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to apply for the higher semester for the master's programme International Management (CEMS MIM) and the Double Master's Programmes.

 

Application procedure for internal applicants

Internal applicants are exclusively master's students who are already completing a master's degree at the WiSo Faculty of the University of Cologne.

Please submit the following documents via e-mail to the Master Admissions Committee - certified documents are recommended but not obligatory:

  • Bachelor's certificate and transcript of records
  • Transcript of records of the semester abroad, if the examination achievements of the semester abroad are to be used to fulfil the subject-related admission requirements. The achievements must have been recognised for your bachelor's programme and included on transcript of records.
  • University entrance qualification (e.g. A-level, Abitur certificate)
  • English language certificate
  • German language certificate (exclusively for the study courses Business Administration - Accounting & Taxation, Supply Chain Management; Health Economics and Information Systems): This does not apply to applicants who have obtained a university degree or their university entrance qualification in German language.
  • Only for M.A. Political Science: letter of motivation
  • Application form for admission to master's higher semester

Application deadlines

  • for the summer semester = 2nd semester: 31 January
  • for the winter semester = 3rd semester: 31 July

 

Application procedure for external applicants

External applicants are:

  1. Master students of the University of Cologne who are not studying at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences,
  2. Master students who are not studying at the University of Cologne.

Please submit the following documents via e-mail to the Master Admissions Committee - certified documents are recommended but not obligatory. The only exception is the transcript of records of the current master's programme:

  • Bachelor's degree certificate and transcript of records
  • Transcript of records of the semester abroad, if the examination achievements of the semester abroad are to be used to fulfil the subject-related admission requirements. The achievements must have been recognised for your bachelor's programme and included on your grade sheet.
  • University entrance qualification (e.g. A-level, Abitur certificate)
  • English language certificate
  • German language certificate (exclusively for the study courses Business Administration - Accounting & Taxation, Supply Chain Management; Health Economics and Information Systems): This does not apply to applicants who have obtained a university degree or their university entrance qualification in German language.
  • Only for M.A. Political Science: letter of motivation
  • Sealed/stamped transcript of records of the current master's programme. This proof must also show any performances that were not passed
  • Signed application form for crediting of the master modules completed so far from the WiSo Credit Transfer Center (WiSo Anrechnungszentrum); please use this number as registration code: 9726732
  • Application form for admission to master's higher semester
  • Applicants who have not completed their bachelor's degree in Germany must also apply via uni-assist. The online application must be received by uni-assist by 15 December for summer semester applications and by 15 June for winter semester applications. Uni-assist recommends handing in documents eight weeks before the deadline as missing or incorrect documents may be submitted subsequently. The documents will only be checked if the fee has been paid. The following documents are required:
     

    • (translated) bachelor degree certification or attestation of 80% studies and Transcript of Records | Please submit all certificates in their entirety: include the diploma certificate as well as the overview of subjects and grades. You must not omit any parts of the certificate (such as a diploma supplement) or single pages. In order to calculate your grade, uni-assist needs the grading system used by your university for your degree.  More information can be read here.
    • (translated) diploma supplement
    • (translated) university entrance qualification | e.g. A-level, High School diploma | Submit the certificate which allows you to start university studies in your home country | Please also check the country specific information.
    • proof of English language proficiency
    • proof of German language proficiency | only for the master programmes Business Administration in Accounting and Taxation and Supply Chain Management, Health Economics, Information Systems
    • all documents listed above in the original language | Only if the original document is not available in English or German language. Information about translation and authentication of documents can be read here.
    • only for applicants with Chinese (except Hongkong) or Vietnamese bachelor’s certificates | original APS certificate | certified copies cannot be accepted! 

Application deadlines

  • for the summer semester = 2nd semester: 7 January
  • for the winter semester = 3rd semester: 7 July

Please note
The probability for an admission to a higher/ advanced semester is very low. It is mandatory that all mentioned requirements are fulfilled. Therefore, we recommend to apply for the first semester. You might have the opportunity to credit already passed examinations from your current master programme. You can ask for a credit transfer after a successful admission when you apply to be admitted to the examination process at the WiSo-Examination Office.