Application Process

Application process

We aim at offering the program to a wide range of students. Applicants should have a strong background in computer science or a related field since programming and mathematical knowledge is assumed. Moreover, applicants need to have a very good comand over the English language in order to follow the lectures and exams. Therefore, you have to fulfil the following formal requirements in order to apply for the Master in Intelligent Adaptive Systems at University Hamburg. 

Application Period

Once a year, you have the possiblity to apply for the Master of Science Intelligent Adaptive Systems at Universität Hamburg, Germany. The application period for the winter semester each year starts February 15 and ends March 31. There is no summer semester intake or late intake.
Please, also check this website and the Wiki close to February. Application requirements may change.

Formal requirements

Before you apply for the Master in Intelligent Adaptive Systems, you have to fulfill the following formal requirements:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field insofar as 60 ECTS credit points were acquired in the core field of computer science (without maths, core engineering, soft skills, electrical engineering courses, economics …  )
  2. Proof of English language proficiency by (or comparable to):
    • CEFR/TELC Level >= B2
    • IELTS >= 6.5
    • TOEFL: IBT >= 90, PBT >= 575, CBT >= 230
    • Cambridge >= CAE or CPE

Please send only applications, which meet both of the formal requirements. A very detailed explanation of the formal requirements and how you evidence both can be found in our wiki.

Required documents

The following documents are required to be sent by all applicants. The application will only be considered complete if all 9 parts have been submitted via postal mail and before the 31 March.

Send the following required documents by postal mail to the address given below:

  1. Cover-letter-form as the first page of your application (download here and fill out with a pdf reader, print afterwards, if necessary fill out by hand)
  2. The general University’s printed and signed application form (STiNE), see wiki.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (table version) containing all of your relevant experience (academic, work, international, private …) + your grade and min/max passing grade
  4. A letter of motivation written by yourself in the English language (max. 1.5 pages) in which you explain your choice of course and place of study regarding your academic and professional aims and experience so far.
  5. Proof of English language proficiency (see minimum proficiency test scores)
  6. Transcript of records (and diploma supplement)
  7. 60 ECTS: a document containing a table (self-made) with CS subjects of your transcript evidencing your 60 ETCS. The structured table should include:
    * The title of the course as listed in your transcript of records
    * A short explanation of cs content (1 sentence)
    * Each course’s credits and credit hours (grade independent number)Underneath the table please add the following information:

    * The total amount of credits/credit hours of your cs courses altogether
    * The total amount of credits/credit hours of your entire degree/program
    * The actual length of how long you have studied in years so far in your degree/program
    * Standard period of study of your study program in years. (For instance, “3.5/4” means that you have done 3.5 years out of 4 years of your program.)

  8. BSc certificate (can be preliminary)
  9. Your grade and grading scale: official document(s) containing your grade (final/preliminary) with the degree’s grading scale (with minimum passing grade and the maximum grade of your degree in numbers)

In order to take part in the application process, send all the 9 required documents in the order presented. Please, make sure that you do not use staplers, paper clips, folders or anything else to organize your documents when sending them via postal mail.

If you have questions to one of those 9 required documents, please read the corresponding paragraphs in our wiki first. Please, be aware that all the information you provide has to be valid and can be approved by official documents of your university.


Postal address

Please check if you have sent all required documents in due time. The deadline is the 31 of March. There is no postal mail service on Sundays. Faxes and e-mails are not accepted. We do not inform you of missing documents or late applications.

Your application is considered incomplete if one or more of the required documents are not received before the deadline (via postal mail) or if your STiNE online application form is not submitted online. As a result, your application will not take part in the selection process. There will be no reconsideration of your application. Please, also note, that we do not inform you about received mail (letters, parcels, envelopes) – Please check with your postal mail provider if you like an acknowledgment. 

Please send only applications, which meet the formal requirements and contain all required documents in the order 1.-9. to:

Dr. Annika Peters
Universität Hamburg
Department of Informatics / WTM / F-214
Vogt-Kölln-Straße 30
22527 Hamburg

Selection Process

Applications that fulfill the formal requirements are complete and arrived in time via postal mail take part in the selection process.

The applications are selected using the following three criteria:

  1. The quality of the motivational letter, in particular concerning your education, further professional qualification, relevant experience, and why IAS/UH/Hamburg/Germany. This may also include a phone/email interview.
  2. The result of the highest obtained degree and the comparability of its content to the BSc “Informatik” at the Universität Hamburg (CV and official documents must contain your grade with grading scale).
  3. Relevant professional and international experience gained through study or work abroad (a clear CV and LoM is vital)

The criteria are rated individually and then combined, with 1. accounting for 40% and the 2. and 3. 30% each.

Each application, which takes part in the selection process, is ranked accordingly. Usually, only the first 5% of the ranked applications receive a letter of acceptance. 

Service to all prospect applicants

As a service to you, we offer from June – January a preliminary quick check of your self-made table evidencing 60 ECTS – please also send your transcript additionally via email. Please, note due to a high number of applications (>450) there will be no quick check from February – May.

Moreover, the IAS Team is happy to answer all your question via email, or in-person but please ask before the application period starts, and consult the wiki first (ias-team ‚At‘

More detailed information on the entire application process can be found in our wiki. Please read carefully – there is a lot of helpful information. This might make all the difference for your application 🙂 .

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