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Admission and application procedures

Admission requirements

You are in principle eligible for the M.Sc. SSE if you fulfill the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor degree in engineering or science with a total of 180 ECTS and 3 years of duration at least (Asia and MENA regions: usually four years).
  • Outstanding performance! The "cut-off grade" of the M.Sc. SSE is 2.5 on a German scale.
  • 120 ECTS of your Bachelor's must be engineering- and natural science-related subjects (such as Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics etc.). This precondition is usually fulfilled for example by electrical and mechanical engineers, but may also be fulfilled by graduates of similar programs such as environmental engineering, process (chemical) engineering, materials science, and energy engineering. The admission committee will decide about the suitability of your previous degree (i.e. whether or not it has prepared you well) for the M.Sc. SSE.
  • Advanced English language skills at the level of B2 CEFR (for details see further below).


For details, please read the official admission statute in German or English language (courtesy translation) as well as the information on certified copies.

You may find answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQ site.

German language skills are not required.

Normal hard copies and applications via e-mail are not accepted and will be ignored. Without a complete and correct set of certified copies you will not participate in the selection process.


Application procedure and documents to provide

Step 1.

Register in the online application portal with a valid e-mail address, fill in all necessary personal data correctly, print the pdf document created by the portal at the very end, sign it and send it by mail (not by e-mail) to the address below mentioned - together with the following documents:

  1. A certified and (if necessary) translated copy (German or English) of your undergraduate degree. If you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies: a certified transcript of records showing all courses and credits taken so far and all grades/marks obtained as well as the current overall average grade (CGPA or similar).
  2. A certified and (if necessary) translated copy (German or English) of your transcript of records showing all courses and credits taken and all grades/marks obtained as well as the final overall average grade (CGPA or similar).
  3. A certified proof of English language proficiency. For details see further below*
  4. Information about the grading and credit system at your University. We calculate your final grade on a German scale via the so-called bavarian formula. For this, we need the maximum grade you can get at your University as well as the minimum in order to pass. For example, the best grade you can get at a University in Germany is 1 and the minimum to pass is 4. 5 and 6 are fail. We also need information about the credit system (work load & credits) at your University, respectively in your country, in order to transfer your credits into ECTS credits.
  5. APS certificate (only for applicants having studied in China, Mongolia or Vietnam)


Address to send your application to:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Department of Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) / INATECH
Admissions Office
Emmy-Noether-Straße 2
79110 Freiburg


Additional documents that can be useful to submit: Diploma Supplement (if available).

Please do not send any other documents or photos! If possible, please submit all documents in a loose format. In other words, those documents which are not stapled due to being certified, please do not staple them!

If you have completed your undergraduate degree in a country (e.g. USA, Canada) where it is common to receive the final degree dertificate only years after graduation or not at all, please inform us. In such cases it is usually sufficient to only send the official transcript of records stating the CGPA and that the degree has been awarded/conferred.

* Proof of English language proficiency:

The following English language certificates and levels are accepted:

  • TOEFL - minimum 79 points internet-based;
  • Academic IELTS - minimum 6.0 overall score;
  • Cambridge CPE and CAE;
  • PTE Academic - minimum 59 points.
  • Native speakers and students who studied and completed their Bachelor's in a country where English is official language, are exempted from submitting an English language certificate.
  • A confirmation that the medium of instruction at your University was English may be sufficient if you provide an official proof of this information. Ideally, a clear statement is written on your transcript of records. Note that a letter from a Professor is not sufficient! It needs to be a statement/letter written by an official administrative institution of your University such as the examinations committee or the Dean.


IELTS and TOEFL scores should be sent by the testing center directly to the University of Freiburg, Faculty of Engineering (institutional code 7125 for ETS; the address for IELTS is the same as for your application). Alternatively, you may send a certified hard copy.


Step 2.

A few days after we have received your application you will get an automatic e-mail from the online application portal confirming receipt of documents (status change). Please refrain from asking whether we have received your documents unless at least one week has passed.


Step 3.

If any of your documents are missing and there is still time, we will inform you about that fact.


Step 4.

The Admission Committee members will meet in the first or second week of June 2019 and will evaluate all valid applications. Based on suitability of your previous degree (content, ECTS) and final overall grade, a ranking list is created (for more details see the admission statute further above). The best 40 applicants will be notified via e-mail as soon as possible after the meeting. We will ask you for a reaction, so please check your e-mails during that time. Please refrain from asking about your status as we will contact you.


Step 5.

If you get a positive notification from our Department during step 4, and you are still interested in studying M.Sc. SSE, your documents will be sent to IAS, a body that will check the formal requirements of your application. If your application fulfills all formal requirements, the official admission letter ("Zulassungsbescheid") will be sent to you via regular mail as soon as possible. This may take one-to-three weeks depending on the logistical service in your country. However, we will also send a PDF of the admission letter to your e-mail-address as soon as we can; this letter is valid without signature, thus you will already be able to start organizing your visa etc.

Rejections will be declared through the online portal system (your status will change to “admission not possible”) and will be sent a few weeks later via regular mail, too.


Application period and deadline

Application will be possible from March until May 15th, every year. This deadline applies to all (EU and non-EU) applicants, including German citizens. This deadline applies also to all documents.

However, it is possible to submit the English language certificate later: If you are already registered for an English language certificate test, but it will be carried out only after our deadline (May 15th), please provide proof of your test registration and the test date. Under these circumstances you are allowed to submit the certificate later (but before and latest at the date of matriculation at University of Freiburg which usually is at the beginning of October). Your admission will be conditional.