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Graduate Study - Frequently asked questions

Program Portfolio

What graduate programs does Jacobs University offer?

You can find our program portfolio here.

How long does a graduate program take?

Each graduate program consists of four semesters (two years).

Do you offer graduate programs in English?

Yes, we do. Our graduate programs in Computational Life Science, Data Engineering, and Supply Chain Engineering & Management are taught in English. The MSc program in Psychologie is taught in German (two-thirds) and English (one-third).

Program Features

What does teaching and learning look like at Jacobs University?

Students usually learn in lectures, seminars, lab courses, tutorials, workshops, and excursions. Professors and all our lecturers are happy to give individual assistance and each student will get assigned a professor as their personal academic advisor.

Are internships part of graduate programs at Jacobs University?

Internships are possible in some of our graduate programs. More information can be found in the program handbooks which are available on the respective program pages.

Career Options

What are the job prospects after graduation?

MSc in Computational Life Science
• Graduates of the Computational Life Science program can start a career in biotechnology or biomedicine. Likewise, graduates of the program are qualified to move on to a PhD.

MSc in Data Engineering
• From IT to finance, from automotive to oil and gas, from health to retail: companies and institutions in almost every domain need experts for data acquisition, data management, and data analysis. With an MSc degree in Data Engineering you will excel in this most exciting and rewarding field with very attractive salaries. Likewise, an MSc degree in Data Engineering allows you to move on to a PhD and to a career in science and research institutions.

MSc in Supply Chain Engineering and Management
• The program prepares students to become decision-makers in a highly dynamic business world. Located in Germany, Europe’s leading economy and major hub for production and trade, the program is an ideal starting point for a successful career. Jobs are available in key industries such as automobile manufacturing, machine manufacturing, aerospace, transportation, precision manufacturing, and IT.

MSc in Psychologie
• Der MSc in Psychologie qualifiziert für eine eigenständige Tätigkeit als Psychologe/Psychologin und bereitet auf leitende Aufgaben im Gesundheits-, Sozial- und Bildungswesen, in Wissenschaft, Verwaltung und Industrie vor. Mögliche Tätigkeitsbereiche sind: psychologische Diagnostik, Beratung, Training und Psychotherapie in unterschiedlichen Praxisfeldern. Für forschungsorientierte Absolventinnen und Absolventen besteht die Möglichkeit, ihre akademische Laufbahn mit einer Doktorarbeit fortzusetzen.

Am I allowed to enter the German and European job market after graduation?

Yes. As a non-EU student you can apply for an 18-month residence permit from your local foreign nationals registration office to look for a job that corresponds to your qualifications. As soon as you have a job offer that corresponds to your qualifications, you can choose whether you want to apply for a German residence permit or an EU Blue Card for the next part of your stay. Students from the EU do not require a visa or a Blue Card to work in Germany.

Application Process and Requirements

How do I know if I am eligible for one of the graduate programs?

If you are unsure if you are eligible for a graduate program, please contact our graduate admission staff.

How can I apply for one of the graduate programs?

In order to apply, you have to register first and then fill out the online application form.

What are the application requirements?

The application requirements can be found on the Application Information page.

Where can I find (more) information about the application process?

Information on the application process can be found here.

When is the application deadline?

MSc in Computational Life Science, MSc in Data Engineering, MSc in Supply Chain Engineering & Management
• Deadline for applicants who need a visa to start their studies in Germany: June 1.
• Deadline for applicants who do not need a visa to start their studies in Germany: July 15.

MSc in Psychologie
• Bewerber, die ein Visum benötigen, um in Deutschland studieren zu können: 1. Juni.
• Bewerber, die kein Visum benötigen, um in Deutschland studieren zu können: 15. August.

I am going to graduate after the application deadline. May I apply anyway?

If the application deadline is already over, you will have to wait until September 1 to apply for our fall intake next year.

When will applicants be informed about the outcome of their application?

You will be informed about our decision within three weeks after the submission of your complete application.

Is there a separate application process for international applicants?

No, the application process is the same for all students. However, there are different application deadlines depending on the applicant’s visa requirements. For more information on the application process, please visit the Application Information page.

Is there an application fee?

There is no application fee. You can apply directly and free using our online application form. Please register first under the following link. Afterwards you can fill out the online application form.

Application Documents

Which documents are required for the application?

A list of the required documents can be found on the Application Information page.

In which language should my application documents be written?

Your documents may be written in English or German.

What should the letter of motivation include?

In the letter of motivation you should explain why you are choosing the program, what your background knowledge is, and what your research interests are. Also, we are interested in your future career plans. You should thereby demonstrate why you are a suitable candidate for the graduate program.

What should the letters of recommendation include?

Primarily, the letters of recommendation should include an assessment of your academic performance and qualifications.

Can the letters of recommendation be written by a nonfaculty member (e.g. an employer)?

Letters of recommendation composed by employers are generally welcome. However, please make sure that at least one out of two letters is written by a faculty member so that we can assess your academic performance and qualifications.

Language Requirements

I finished a university program where English was the language of instruction. What document should I submit in order to prove my language proficiency?

Please submit an official document issued by your university stating that English was the language of instruction during your undergraduate education.

I have a language certificate that is not TOEFL or IELTS. May I apply anyway?

Besides TOEFL and IELTS, we also accept the Cambridge Exam: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) with a minimum grade C.

May I send my language proficiency proof after submitting my application?

No, the proof has to be included as part of your application.

Is proficiency in German a criterion for acceptance?

The MSc in Computational Life Science, the MSc in Data Engineering and the MSc in Supply Chain Engineering & Management are taught entirely in English. Proficiency in German is thus not a criterion for acceptance. However, some skills in German are, of course, useful for everyday life in Germany. For the MSc in Psychologie which is mainly taught in German, proficiency in German is required. For details, please see the Application Information page.

Tuition and Other Fees

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee. One can apply directly and free using our online application form.

How much is the tuition fee for a graduate program at Jacobs University?

Tuition for the MSc programs in Computational Life Science, Data Engineering, and Supply Chain Engineering & Management: €20,000 per academic year (9 months).

Tuition for the MSc program in Psychologie: €10,000 per academic year (9 months).

Are there any other fees besides the tuition fee?

Yes, there are additional fees, e.g. semester ticket fee and university fee. Please follow this link for more information.

I am an international applicant. What is my tuition fee?

There is no special fee for international applicants.

Scholarships and Financing Options

What kind of scholarships are available at Jacobs University?

Jacobs University is renowned for its extensive and generous scholarship program. Therefore, each applicant for the MSc in Computational Life Science, MSc in Data Engineering, and MSc in Supply Chain Engineering & Management is automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship of up to €12,000 per academic year. Depending on availability, additional scholarships sponsored by external partners are offered to highly gifted students.

Due to a lower tuition fee, there are no merit-based scholarships available for students of the MSc in Psychologie. However, scholarships sponsored by external partners can be offered to highly gifted students if available.

Do I have to apply separately for a merit-based scholarship?

No, you don’t have to apply separately. Applicants for our MSc in Computational Life Science, MSc in Data Engineering, and MSc in Supply Chain Engineering & Management are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship of up to €12,000 during the application process. The applicants will be informed about a possible merit-based scholarship after admission.

What financing options are available at Jacobs University?

Besides the merit-based scholarships, there is another financing option - the tuition deferral plan. More information can be found here.

Where can I find information on financing options?

Information on financing options can be found here and here.

Dates and Deadlines

When is the application deadline?

MSc in Computational Life Science, MSc in Data Engineering, MSc in Supply Chain Engineering & Management
• Deadline for applicants who need a visa to begin their studies in Germany: June 1.
• Deadline for applicants who do not need a visa to begin their studies in Germany: July 15.

MSc Psychologie
• Bewerber, die ein Visum benötigen, um in Deutschland studieren zu können: 1. Juni.
• Bewerber, die kein Visum benötigen, um in Deutschland studieren zu können: 15. August.

The application deadline is already over. May I apply anyway?

If the application deadline is already over, you have to wait until September 1 to apply for our fall intake next year.

May I send my proof of English proficiency after the application deadline?

No, the proof has to be included as part of your online application.

When do semesters start and end?

Classes of the fall semester start in September and end in December. Classes of the spring semester start in February and end in May. Prior to the start of classes, there is an Orientation Week during the last week of August. For detailed dates, please see Jacobs University’s academic calendar.

When does Orientation Week start?

Orientation Week takes place in the last week of August every year (one week before classes start).

Visa

Do I require a visa to begin my studies at Jacobs University?

In order to find out whether you require a visa, please see our Visa Information System.

How do I obtain a visa?

After being admitted and having secured your place in one of our graduate programs by transferring the enrollment deposit, you should check our Visa Information System about the visa application process in your home country. To have access to our Visa Information System, please click here. If you require a visa, your admission documents will contain a confirmation (Zulassungsbescheid) for the German embassy which can be used to apply for a visa.

How long does it take to obtain a visa?

If you have prepared all required documents, the process can take from 10 days to 8 weeks, depending on availability of appointments in each embassy.

Accommodation

Does Jacobs University offer accommodation on campus?

Yes. Room and board can be requested during the application process.

How much is the fee for room and board?

The fee for room and board is €6,000 per academic year (9 months).

What does campus accommodation consist of?

Jacobs University offers accommodation in four residential colleges on campus. Each college has its own dining room, recreational lounge, study areas, and common and group meeting rooms. For more information, please click here.

Campus Life

What does Jacobs University offer students during leisure time?

Jacobs University does not only offer an excellent academic education but also many opportunities for students outside the classroom. The various student-driven social and cultural activities encompass events throughout the year. Student clubs range from arts to sports and community groups. For more information please click here.