Any student with a Bachelor’s degree that certifies knowledge in the fundamental methods of Computer Science or an equivalent field, and with a grade point average of at least 3.0 can register for the Master’s program in Computer Science at the University of Paderborn. If the Bachelor’s degree was granted by a different university, the fundamental knowledge of and requirements for this Bachelor’s degree must be similar to those required for a degree granted by the University of Paderborn. In such cases the Examination Board determines whether the degree is equivalent.
The Examination Board also determines whether credit points can be granted for courses that students completed before applying for admission at the University of Paderborn.
Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in a field other than Computer Science can also apply for admission in the Master’s program. In such cases the Examination Board might either require the student to complete additional credit points first or place the student in an advanced semester in the Bachelor’s program.
Parallel to their studies, students must either attend a German language course at the university or provide proof of German proficiency acquired at a different institute. Students who enroll for or after winter semester 09/10 must complete at least 24 ECTS credit points of English-language courses in the major field (Hauptfach) of Computer Science. German-speaking students must therefore also prove proficiency in English, granted to pupils in the German school system after successfully completing five years of secondary school English from the 5th grade onwards. For more details on these requirements, see “The Role of the English Language in the Master’s Program”, found on the page “Current Notices from the Examination of Examination”.
Foreign students must also complete or prove completion of a German language proficiency test, and should be aware of challenges that the cultural and linguistic differences and the legal paperwork involve. For more information about formal issues, refer to the page "Further Information for the English Master Program".
Please go to the Uni-assist online portal for applicants, and look up the University of Paderborn in the list "Universities (Master)" under the heading "Northrhine-Westphalia".