How to apply for the SEDS Master's programme

Study begin: winter semester; application deadline: April 30th

Quick Facts

  • Programme start: Winter Semester
  • Lecture/prep courses start: October
  • Application deadline: 30th April
  • Language of instruction: mostly English
  • No tuition fees for  EU/EEA Citizens (tuition fees for students from outside the EU/EEA countries)
  • Online application system (ZEuS) will open in March  2019
  • MSc SEDS Applicants upload all necessary application documents online 
  • You are welcome to apply even if you have not yet graduated and are in your final year
Online application tool

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree

An above average Bachelor's degree, at least corresponding to the German grade 2,5 (good) in on of the following subjects:

  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • or a related degree

You are welcome to apply in your final year of your Bachelor's programme. Please submit your current academic transcript as PDF (with an officially certified translation into English or German, if applicable).

Foundations of data science

You will need to provide evidence of knowledge from at least two focus areas, acquired in at least three courses during your Bachelor’s degree, as listed below.

Focus Area Computer Science

  • Data Visualization (Dept. of Computer and Information Science)
  • Principles of Computer Science in combination with a Programming Course (Dept. of Computer and Information Science)

Focus Area Mathematics

  • Discrete Mathematics and Logic (Dept. of Computer and Information Science)
  • Analysis and Linear Algebra (Dept. of Computer and Information Science)
  • Mathematics for Data Science (Dept. of Computer and Information Science)
  • Mathematics  for Economists  (Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Linear Algebra I (Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics)

Focus Area Statistics

  • Statistics I (Dept. of Economics)
  • Statistics I (Dept. of  Psychology)
  • Statistics (Dept. of Politics and Public Administration)
  • Statistics I (Dept. of History and Sociology)

Focus Area Social-scientific Methods

  • Econometrics I (Dept. of Economics)
  • Introduction to Survey Methodology (Dept. of Politics and Public Administration)
  • Research Design I: Research Design and Causal Inference (Dept. of Politics and Public Administration)
  • Empirical Research Methods (Dept. of Politics and Public Administration)
  • Empiricism: Quantitative Methods (Dept. of History and Sociology)
  • Methods I & II (Dept. of Psychology)

English language skills

 Proof of sufficient English language skills through one of the following tests:

CV and motivation letter

Please include a curriculum vitae in English as well as a one-page statement of purpose written in English showing your suitability and motivation for pursuing the Master's programme.

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from university teachers who are able to comment on your suitability and motivation for participating in the Master's programme.

GRE score

 Although not mandatory, results of the GRE test are desirable if you did not complete your undergraduate degree in Germany. 

Frequently asked questions regarding the admissions procedure:

Prospective Students

How can I apply?

You can apply via the following website :

The application portal opens in spring each year.

Please have all the documents from the checklist  ready.

When does the application period end?

The application deadline for admission in October is April, 30th  (Start of the Master's Programme in Political Economy only in the Winter Semester)

May I apply before I have received my Bachelors diploma?

Yes. Applications from students who have not yet graduated are welcome. Please submit your current academic transcript as pdf together with the supporting documents (with an officially certified translation into English or German, if applicable)

Can I hand documents after the application's deadline?

You have to fill out the online application and to hand in all the relevant documents by mail before the end of the application deadline. The application needs to arrive at the admissions office by the 30th of April. The post-mark cannot be taken into account and late applications will not be accepted.

What are the criteria on which the applicant selection is based?

According to the admission rules, a series of soft and hard criteria decide on the admission of a candidate. The following critera do play a role for the admission committee:

  • What is the candidate's former study programme?
  • At which institution did he/she study before?
  • What grades were achieved?
  • Who has written the reference letters and how emphatetic is the recommendation given?
  • Is the motivation letter substantial?
  • What other professional/academic experiences does the candidate have?

What language skills will be required?

Evidence of a sufficient command of English from one of the following English language tests:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (minimum grade: C)
  • IELTS (minimum grade: 5.5)
  • TOEFL (minimum grade: 87 Internet-based points)
  • alternatively: 
  • evidence of 5 years continuous English classes at level German secondary school (minimum grade: "befriedigend)
  • completion of a minimum of four courses held in English in a previous relevant degree programme

Can I apply if I am not proficient in German?

Yes - all core courses of the programme are offered in English. There are some elective courses that are offered in German. We recommend all international students to learn German during their stay in Konstanz and e.g. take part in the GoKonstanz-programme, a one-month intensive language course offered in September by the international office.

Who should write my letter of recommendation?

Ideally the two letters of recommendation should be written by university teachers who are able to comment on your suitability and motivation for participating in the Master's programme. However, if that is not possible we are keen to accept letters by your employer.

Is there a minimum score for the GRE test?

No, we do not require a minimum score. However, please note that applicants with a good GRE score improve their chances of being selected.

Can I substitute GMAT scores for the GRE?

Results of the GRE test are desirable. If you cannot take the test, you can submit your GMAT Score with the application package. 
However, please note that applicants with a good GRE score improve their chances of being selected.

Application Checklist

To submit your online application you are required to upload the following supporting documents as PDF-files:

  • Scanned PDF academic transcript outlining your grades obtained from at least three courses from at least two focus areas. Please specifically mark these modules. You may add official course descriptions. If the original document is not in English or German, provide an officially certified translation
  • Degree certificate(s) (scanned PDF of originals and officially certified translations into English or German only)
  • Scanned test sheet proving English proficiency as outlined above
  • Full CV in English
  • One-page statement of purpose in English
  • Letters of recommendation from two lecturers at your institution, on letter-head paper and signed, seds.msc@uni-konstanz.de  separately as PDF-files by the referees in English or German
  • If applicable, scanned PDF of original GRE score sheet
  • Applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam: please attach the scanned original certificate by the Academic Evaluation Centre (Akademische Prüfstelle - APS) of the respective embassies in Beijing, Ulan Bator or Hanoi

Important:

  • You don't need to send any documents or application forms by post. Digital uploads in the online application tool is all you need.
  • The application deadline for admission in October is 30th of April at 23:59 CET. 
  • Admitted MSc SEDS applicants will be required to submit all documents in original or as officially certified copies upon registration at the University of Konstanz.

Officially certified copies and translations

Where specified, officially certified scanned copies must be provided. If the documents are not in English or German, officially certified translations must be provided additionally. If the document/translation comprises more than one page, every page must be certified. A copy of an officially certified copy or a translation must be certified anew. Official certifications of copies can be issued in Germany by the following authorities: offices of the mayor or chief magistrate, civic authorities, police authorities, courts, notaries. Schools and universities may only certify their own certificates. In foreign countries, the following offices are authorised to issue certifications: the diplomatic missions of the Federal Republic of Germany or the authorities in the respective countries which are authorised to issue certifications. Certifications must be in German, English or French.

Correspondence address

We will send information during the application and admission process to your correspondence address. Please inform us immediately of any changes to your address, telephone number or email.