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Admission requirements for this master's degree program

  • Passed Bachelor's examination in social pedagogy, social work or social work or professional qualification as Diplom-Sozialarbeiter:in or professional qualification as Diplom-Sozialpädagog:in or professional qualification as Diplom-Sozialarbeiter:in and -Sozialpädagog:in or professionally equivalent.
  • and proof of a standard period of study of at least 6 semesters and at least 180 credits
  • and proof of professional experience in a field of social work over a period of at least three months, or state recognition as an
    • educator or
    • social worker or
    • social pedagogue
  • and proof of special suitability for the Master's program, documented by a high degree of professional reflexivity and by a high level of interest in and experience in teaching social pedagogical content. Evidence must be provided in the form of a letter of motivation (5,000 to 8,000 characters including spaces) in which the following aspects are addressed:
    1. What qualifies you for the course of studies against the background of your professional experience (professional practical studies)?
    2. What is your motivation to attend the Master's program?
    3. What knowledge and skills would you like to deepen or acquire in the study program?
  • and proof of experience in teaching social pedagogical content: As a rule, this is the case if relevant teaching activity at a general education school, vocational school, institution of education, further education and training, in particular for social professions, or within the framework of a professionally relevant social pedagogically oriented qualification of e.g. day care workers or youth leaders can be proven. The teaching activity is usually to be documented by work/internship certificates or work/internship certificates.
  • and detailed curriculum vitae in tabular form.

In justified exceptional cases, the Examination Committee may link the admission to the condition that the teaching experience is made up for or proven by the end of the first semester. An application to this effect can be granted in particular if a commitment to a relevant internship is submitted with the application documents.
The examination board can grant admission on the condition that any knowledge that is lacking up to the master's thesis is proven by successful completion of modules defined by the examination board in the amount of up to 30 credits.

Step by step guide

  1. 1.Deadlines

    • Can I apply already?

    The application deadline for this program can be found below the program description on the program home page. 

  2. 2.Documents

    • I take care of the necessary documents, which I have to scan for the online application.

    What documents do I need for the application?

    1. Scan of your certificate of higher education entrance qualification (e.g. general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife))
    2. Scan of your first professionally qualifying university degree (certificate: e.g. Bachelor's degree, Diplom I, state examination)

      If you do not yet have a Bachelor's degree certificate at the time of application, please upload the following documents: At least 80% of the work required for a degree must already have been completed and passed at the time of application. This corresponds to 144 out of 180 or 168 out of 210 credits. In addition, proof of admission to the Bachelor's thesis (stating the submission date) must be available.
      1. Preliminary overview of subjects and grades from your previous degree program and
      2. the certificate completed and signed by your current examination office regarding the status of your studies.
    3. Other documents specified in the examination regulations (see above)
    4. Supplementary application form, if applicable (only in: Computer Science, Sustainable Management, REE, Social Law and Social Economy, Environmental Engineering).
    5. Proof of health insurance ("Insurance confirmation for university")
      Membership certificates are not accepted. Please apply to your statutory health insurance company for a digital insurance certificate ("Meldung 10") for enrollment at the University of Kassel, which the health insurance company will send electronically directly to the University of Kassel. Please inform your health insurance company of the University of Kassel's sender number. This is: H0000479. If you are privately insured, you must contact a statutory health insurance company with your private insurance certificate. The statutory health insurance company will then notify the University of Kassel digitally that you are "not subject to (statutory) health insurance". See also:
    6. Scan of your university semesters, this information can be found either on a certificate of exmatriculation, a certificate of study progress, a master data sheet, a certificate of enrollment or a Bafög certificate.
    7. Scan of your proof of identity (identity card or passport)
    8. Portrait photo
      A digital portrait photo is required for the CampusCard (student ID card). The photo must be similar to a passport photo (face without headgear and without sunglasses takes up most of the image area)
    • must be in 4:3 format (if the uploaded photo is not in this format, you must select a cropped image after uploading)
    • must be a maximum of 5 megabytes in size
    • must be a maximum of 1280x1024 pixels in size
    • may only consist of one of the formats jpg, jpeg, png

    Your application will only be processed once the documents have been submitted digitally in full.

  3. 3.eCampus

    • I open the website of the application portal "eCampus":
      eCampus - Register now
    • I click on"Registration".
    • I enter my details and set a password. 
    • I receive an e-mail and click on the confirmation link in the e-mail  

    The University of Kassel strongly recommends activating the email notification and logging into the application portal regularly.

  4. 4.Application


    • I use a desktop PC or a laptop. The online application is not suitable for smartphones.
    • I have scanned the necessary documents for the online application.
    • I open the website of the application portal"eCampus":

    eCampus - Fill out application now

    • I log in again to the application portal "eCampus" with my user name and password. 
    • I click on the menu item "My studies" and then on "Study application".

    Fill out the application:

    • I select the intended master's degree program in the online application.
    • I fill out the online form and upload any relevant supporting documents. If I am unclear, I read the help texts next to the questions. 
    • I confirm that my data is complete and true and submit my application online by clicking on the "Submit application" button. The online application page opens.
  5. 5.Editing

    • As soon as my application has been received by the Student Secretariat, my application status and my application subject status are set to "digitally received".
    • I will receive all further information on the processing status of my application via an e-mail indicating the change in status of my application. I can then find more detailed information in the application overview in eCampus. (We recommend that you activate the e-mail notification and log in to the application portal regularly).


    • Your application will first be formally checked: Have all documents been uploaded? Are the formal requirements met?

    • Once the formal check has been completed, the application is forwarded to the examination board of your degree program. The status of your application changes to "In progress".

    • In the next step, the examination board checks whether the content-related requirements for admission are also met and decides on the subject-related equivalence, the recognition of previous achievements and decides whether the application is admissible or should be rejected. In the case of admissibility, content-related conditions may also be imposed.  

    • The examination board digitally reports the result back to the master's office.

    • If it is discovered during the procedure that documents are missing, the applicants will be informed of this by e-mail. The e-mail will state the deadline for submission.

    • Depending on the Master's program, it may take up to six weeks until you receive the result. Please refrain from making inquiries during this time.

  6. 6.Decision

    • Subsequently, I will receive either an admission or rejection:

    • In case of admissibility, the application status and application subject status of my application will be set to "Admitted" and I can enroll online.

    • In case of rejection, the application status and application subject status of my application will be set to "Rejected". I can find the exact reasons for rejection in the rejection notice, which I can access in eCampus. I save the rejection notice.

  7. 7.Approval

    • I receive my offer of admission via eCampus. I am made aware of this by an email that I have received an offer of admission. I log on to eCampus and can retrieve my notification of admission. With the admission I also receive information about any requirements to be fulfilled.
    • I save my notification of admission.
  8. 8.Enrollment

    • I open the website of the application portal"eCampus": eCampus - Enroll Now
    • I log in again to the application portal "eCampus" with my user name and password. 
    • I click on the menu item"My studies" and then on"Application for studies".
    • I fill out the form"Apply for enrollment".
    • I upload my portrait photo here and provide health insurance information.
    • I complete the enrollment and have my semester fee calculated.
    • My application and application subject status are now set to "Enrollment applied".
  9. 9.Semester fee

    • I transfer the semester fee. 

    Fees are charged for your studies every semester (administrative fee, student union, semester ticket, AStA). You will find the exact amount, the payment deadline and the details for the transfer in the application for enrollment. Further information is also available here: Semesterbeitrag

  10. 10.CampusCard

    • I will receive the CampusCard by mail as soon as I have transferred my semester fee.

    The CampusCard is your student ID for the entire duration of your studies. It is also your semester ticket and has other functions: Library card, culture ticket, payment card in the refectory, copy card, etc. For more information, click here: CampusCard

  11. 11.Funding

    • I find out about financing options.

    Here you can find information about the study financing: Financing

  12. 12.Living

    • I am looking for a place to live.

    Here you can find information about the student housing market in Kassel and Witzenhausen: Housing

  13. 13.Start of study

    • I check the"Introduction and Start of Studies"subpage   for the dates of the introductory events. 

Status messages in eCampus

Application/Application Subject/Approval Status*.


In preparation

Application process has been started but not yet submitted digitally.

Digitally received

The application has been submitted digitally and is ready for review by the Master's Office.


You have withdrawn your application. This will now no longer be reviewed and will not participate in the process.

In process - digitally received

The request has been formally reviewed and forwarded to the review board.

In process - provisionally excluded

Documents are still missing.

Offer of admission has been received

You have been offered a place to study this subject.


The review of your application was negative. You do not meet all the requirements for a study place.

Deadline exceeded

You did not accept your study offer within the deadline.

*To indicate the progress of an application, each application and application subject has a status. Application statuses are related to the application; application subject status and admission status are related to the individual subject of an application.

  • Enrollmentapplied for: Application has been submitted digitally in eCampus.
  • Enrollmentin progress: Paper application has been received and is being processed.
  • Enrolled: You have been successfully enrolled.
  • Enrollmentdenied: There were irrefutable barriers. You cannot be enrolled.