Prospective students of master’s and extension degrees must have a first degree qualification.

Details of admission requirements are provided in the relevant course profiles for Master's and continuing education programs.

Applications for a place on a master’s course should be submitted online. The same applies to applicants who have already enrolled at JGU.

Entry requirements

Prospective students of master’s and extension degrees must have a first degree qualification.

Please note: applicants for a master’s or extension course should have specialist qualifications in the relevant discipline.

Details of these admission requirements can be found in the relevant course profile.

Number of applications

At JGU, you can apply for a maximum of three master’s courses with restricted admission per application period. In the main application procedure, decisions are initially made regarding all valid applications. Applicants will receive notification of their acceptance or rejection for each application. In case that more than one of your applications has been successful you need to decide which course of study you are going to follow. Please note, that after this decision has been made, all of your other applications will be excluded from the application process.

Application deadline

The following general application deadlines apply to master’s courses :

  • courses starting in the winter semester: May 15
  • courses starting in the summer semester: November 15

For execptions to the general application deadline please see individual course information.

What to do if you have not yet received your bachelor’s degree certificate

If you are just completing your bachelor’s degree and have not received your degree certificate by the application deadline, apply by the deadline with proof of all your previous course and exam results including the average mark achieved so far; proof must be provided by the competent university or college.

You will have to submit a certified copy of your degree certificate by the end of the first semester of the master’s course, otherwise your enrollment for the master’s course will become invalid.

Requirements for a master's program at JGU with foreign certificates

The International Admission Office checks the formal equivalence of your previous university qualifications (this process takes up to 6 weeks). JGU will only accept applications based on foreign certificates including (!) a certification of recognition / validation of the application documents submitted.

The nationality of the applicant is not relevant.


If you don’t receive your foreign degree before the application deadline, a preliminary validation is possible under the following prerequisites:

  • You submit a confirmation issued by your university, stating that your course of studies will be completed no later than march 31 (for an application for Admission in the summer Semester) or september 30 (for an application for Admission in the winter semester). This confirmation may not be issued more than 3 month ahead of the respective application deadline.
  • You submit a current confirmation of your course grades that also shows your average grade to that point in time (e.g. transcript of records).
  • You provide proof of your university entrance qualification (secondary school leaving certificate, univeristy entrance exam). Please check which documents are necessary for proof of the UEQ using the database of the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen,

You will receive a provisional certificate of recognition with which you are able to apply for admission to a master program. Please note that you need to hand in the final certificate of recognition at the end of the first master semester.

Note: If you obtain your fist study degree (Bachelor) in july or august and wish to apply for a master’s degree for the following summer semester, JGU will not issue a provisional certificate of recognition. In this case, the application for recognition can be submitted as soon as the degree has been achieved.

Information for international students with a student visa

If you have a university degree that is equivalent to a diploma/magister degree, state examination or master’s in Germany and have a temporary student visa, we strongly advise you to obtain permission for further study in Germany from the relevant Foreigners Registration Authority before applying. Enrollment at Mainz University does not provide grounds for a residence permit to be granted. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to continue with a relevant master’s degree do not require this permission. However, if you have changed subjects between your bachelor’s and master’s degrees (i.e. non-consecutive study), we also strongly advise you to obtain permission from the Foreigners Registration Authority before applying.

Selection process

The selection process for master’s courses with restricted admission varies depending on the subject; information on the key selection criteria can be found in the relevant course profiles.

For master’s courses without restricted admission, you will receive a place on the course if you apply by the deadline and meet the admission requirements (see the relevant course profile).


You will be notified of whether your application for a study place has been accepted or rejected:

  • for courses beginning in the summer semester: approximately in mid-January
  • for courses beginning in the winter semester: approximately in mid-July.