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Information for international students

Applying for the Master Program in Computer Science

The application for our Master Program in Computer Science is possible only via the Uni-Assist web page, which allows you to submit your application electronically. Please go to the Uni-Assist online portal for applicants at

After logging in, select Application → Universities (Master) → North Rhine Westphalia → Paderborn. From there you will receive all information you need to register for our Computer Science program. Before registering, please check whether you meet the following admission requirements:

  1. You need a Bachelor in Computer Science or in a comparable Bachelor program. When you submit your application, we will check whether your Bachelor fulfills this requirement. It is important that you have a solid background in the following areas: Your Bachelor should contain at least 20 credits in Software Engineering, at least 20 credits in Theoretical Computer Science, at least 15 credits in Technical Informatics, at least 15 credits in Basic Mathematics of Computer Science and at least 8 credits in Human-Computer Interaction. Minor deficits can be compensated; in that case you would have to take additional exams in pre-master courses (which despite the name are not held before you start your Master studies, so that you can start without delay, though there may be restrictions on the courses you will be able to choose from).
  2. Your Bachelor grade must be below 3.0 in the German system (where 1 is best). You can calculate your grade equivalent in the German system here:
  3. You need to provide a GRE Revised General Test certificate. The required scores are at least 157 points in "Quantitative Reasoning" and at least 4.0 points in "Analytical Writing“. An exception is only possible, if your Bachelor grade is very good or good, i.e. if converted to the German system, your Bachelor grade needs to be below the threshold of 2.5.
  4. You need to prove sufficient knowledge of English, for example by TOEFL paper-based (PBT) with at least 550 points, TOEFL internet-based with at least 80 points (IBT), equivalent knowledge to the Cambridge Test – Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade B or British Council IELTS, Minimum Band 6.5. This is required from all students unless you completed your Bachelor degree in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, or the US.

You can find detailed information about the content and the structure of the Computer Science Master Program at

For detailed information which document certification you need to apply via Uni-Assist please refer to:

Application deadlines:
Winter semester (starting in October) until 31st May
Summer semester (starting in April) until 30th November


Further Information and Self Assessment

You can find all details of the Master Program, including our focus areas and descriptions of all courses offered in the Module Handbook – a link is provided in the box on the right of this page. Please keep in mind that not all courses listed there are offered in every term or even every year.

To give you an idea what we expect our students to know, we have compiled a self-assessment covering some of the subjects. We strongly encourage you to take this test in an honest way, i.e. only looking at the solutions after you have tried to solve the exercises, and also be honest when evaluating your own performance. All of the exercises are taken out of written exams in our Bachelor program. If you have difficulties in the majority of exercises or haven’t even heard of the concepts in the exercises, this is a strong indication that our Master program is probably not the right choice for you.

With your admission, you may have been assigned to up to three pre-master courses. These are preparatory courses meant to complement missing contents of your preceding Bachelor degree programme. They can only bridge gaps in knowledge and still require prior knowledge in the respective fields. More information on the pre-master courses are given in the last section of our program description. You should complete your assigned pre-master courses during the first year of study (first and second semester). You can only visit lectures of the Master degree program which do not require the assigned pre-master courses until the courses required are completed. Also, you can not register your Master Thesis before you have completed all pre-master courses that have been assigned to you.

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