Admission requirements for SSE
A first degree (usually a bachelor's degree) qualifying for a professional career which combines parts of study programmes in the fields of environmental, natural, business, economic and social sciences and a passing bachelor's examination or a comparable university degree with a minimum of three years of studying, 180 ECTS and a final grade of 2.5 or higher.
Comparable equivalents for orientation if the degree was obtained outside of Germany are:
- ECTS system: grade of B or higher
- British system: upper second or first class degree
The structure of the master's programme requires students to choose two areas of specialization. Please check whether your first degree is suitable for the study of your desired areas of specialization. The following list gives you an indication of the level of previous knowledge that we generally expect students to have for each area of specialization.
B1 - Society, Development and Governance
You should have studied at least 35% of your first degree in one of the following disciplines: geography; social sciences; political sciences; urban or rural planning; development studies; cultural sciences or communication.
B2 - Sustainability Economics
You should have studied at least 35% of your first degree in one of the following disciplines: economics; business studies; business management; business administration; agricultural economics. You should have completed introductory courses in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and on quantitative methods (analysis, algebra statistics, and econometrics).
B3 - Environmental Management
You should have studied at least 35% of your first degree in one of the following disciplines: geography; environmental sciences; ecology; environmental planning; environmental management.
B4 – Coastal Systems
You should have studied at least 35% of your first degree in one of the following disciplines: geography; environmental sciences; ecology; environmental planning; environmental management; coastal sciences; oceanography.
Please note: Individual modules may have specific requirements of previous knowledge. For details on the courses in each area of specialization please refer to the course descriptions.
Assessment of applications ("entrance test")
This programme targets students with a track record of commitment to sustainable development, students with leadership capabilities who are passionate about and committed to promoting sustainable development.Therefore, in addition to the eligibility of your first degree, the examination board will assess your subject-specific achievements and extracurricular qualification in the field of sustainable development within the past five years prior to the application deadline.
For this assessment please provide information on the aspects listed below. You will need to provide proof for aspects 3-7, for example certificates or letters of reference.
- What do you want to learn in the master's programme?
- What are your aims after finishing the master's programme and how will the master's programme help you to achieve these aims?
- Have you done any voluntary work relevant to sustainable development or social innovation? State the year and duration of the activity as well as your responsibilities.
- Have you ever founded a project, a non-governmental organization or a company?
- Do you have any work experience relevant to sustainable development or social innovation? State the year and duration of the employment as well as your responsibilities.
- Are there any academic achievements relevant to sustainable development or social innovation that are not reflected in your degree certificate, for example scholarships, awards, scientific publications or research funds which you have raised?
- Do you have any experience of working or studying abroad?
In the application process you will only have a maximum of 4.000 characters including spaces to answer these aspects.
Language requirements for application
As all classes are given in English, a good level of English (written as well as spoken) is mandatory. Only students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English. Accepted as proof of language proficiency are:
- IELTS: overall score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each of the four components)
- TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 580 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
- TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 90 with component scores of at least 20 points
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A
- Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B
- For German applicants: Eine Bewertung im Prüfungsfach Englisch im Abitur von mindestens 11 Punkten oder der Note 2,0
- No other proof of language proficiency will be accepted for this master's programme.
- Evidence of proficiency in English will not be accepted after the application deadline.
- It is not possible to submit any documents after the deadline.
- Do not send any application documents by post or email as they will not be processed!
Application period is April 1 - April 30, 2017 (23:59 CEST)
Applications will be processed in May and June.
In July you will receive a notification on your application success.
Please refrain from enquiries before mid-July. Due to the high number of applications we will not be able to reply to enquiries.
Applications must be submitted through
our online application portal
>> here <<
Attachments you are going to be asked for are:
- Scan of passport
- Proof of English language proficiency (i.e. language certificates)
- University degree certificate (bachelor's degree)
- Official transcript of records listing all classes
- Curriculum vitae - max. 1 page!
- Proofs of special achievements and qualifications mentioned in the entrance test (aspects 3-7; see above) (i.e. voluntary work, work experience, scholarships, etc.)
- Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia only: APS Certificate
Important note: For documents in languages other than English or German you need to provide officially certified translations!
All provided documents must be of high-quality and in the correct order (e.g., transcript of records). All incomplete applications and un-readable copies of certificates will be rejected.
For further information please check: Information for applicants