Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on with a Ger­man cer­ti­fi­ca­te

Ad­mis­si­on re­qui­re­ments

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in economics, law, pedagogy or social sciences;
  • A total of 240 acquired ECTS credits. In case you have earned less than 240 credits during your BA studies, it is still possible to get admitted to our programme. The admission will then be conditional on completing the missing credits during your MA studies by completing more courses or extending your studies by one or two semesters;
  • Knowledge of English language - equivalent to level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). If you choose to apply for the Double-Degree Programme with the University of Witwatersrand, please note that you need to have a C1* level of English language proficiency (*You need to have a C1 certificate according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF)). For the initial application B2 is sufficient but you have to have C1 before starting the semester in South Africa.
  • Advanced knowledge on issues of labour relations and at least one year of practical experience in the representation of workers' interests.
  • A motivation letter (maximum 3 pages long) covering the following questions:
    • How are your previous qualifications and your prospective professional aims and aspirations related to the Labour Policies and Globalisation programme?
    • What is your experience and knowledge in the field of labour relations?
    • Which challenges do you see for trade union work in the context of a globalised economy?
Exceptions to the eligibility criteria are decided by the Audit Committee.

Step-by-step in­struc­tions

  1. 1. Dead­lines

    • Is the application already possible?

    Since the application deadlines vary depending on the choice of course, please visit the homepage to learn more about the application period.  

  2. 2. Do­cu­ments

    • Get hold of the necessary documents.

    Which documents do I need for my application?
     

    • An officially certified copy of your certificate confirming your higher education entrance qualification.
    • An officially certified copy of your first higher education degree that qualifies you for your profession (e.g. bachelor’s degree, Diplom I, state examination)
      If you do not yet have a bachelor’s degree certificate at the time when you apply, please submit the following evidence: You must have already completed and passed at least 80% of the work needed to obtain your degree at the time when you make your application. This means 144 or 180 credits or 168 of 210. You must also present evidence of your acceptance for your bachelor’s degree dissertation (specifying the date when you have to hand it in).
    • Proof of English language knowledge on the level B2 CEF 
    • At least one year of practical experience in the representation of workers' interests 
    • Letter of motivation (maximum 3 pages) - see information above 
  3. 3. Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on

    Preparation work

    • Use a desktop PC or a laptop. The online application is not suitable for smartphones.
    • Have access to the certificates so that you can transfer the data for your online application.

    Open the website of the master’s degree application portal:

    This takes you to the online application portal 


    Complete the application:

    • Select the master’s degree course that your wish to study in the online application.
    • Complete the following pages. If things are unclear, read the help texts next to the questions. 
    • Print the application at the end and then submit the online version in digital form.

    Submit your application:

    • Hand in the printed and signed application together with the documents that are required by post or in person at the University of Kassel’s student affairs office:

      Universität Kassel
      - Studierendensekretariat -
      34109 Kassel
    • Only applications submitted according to the application procedure can be considered.
    • The application must be submitted within the deadline (at the latest 3 days after the expiry of the application period). Otherwise, your application will not be taken into consideration.
    • You may only specify one course that you wish to study on each application. If you are interested in several master’s degree courses, you must complete the procedure again. (In this case, you only need to refer to copies of the certificates that have already been submitted.)
  4. 4. Pro­ce­du­re

    • As soon as your application has arrived at the student affairs office, you will receive a digital confirmation of receipt with your access data for the online portal (if you have activated your anti-spam protection, please check your spam folder too)

    Process flow

    Your application will first be formally checked. Have all the documents been submitted? Are all the formal conditions met?

    Once the formal checks have been completed, the application will be forwarded to the examining board of your preferred degree course.

    The examining board will then check whether all the conditions for acceptance are met as regards content. The examining board will decide about whether they are equivalent in content, whether to recognise work that has been performed so far and decide whether to accept or reject your application or make it dependent on certain content requirements.

    The examining board will register the results to the master’s degree office in digital form.

    If it is discovered during the course of the procedure that documents are missing, applicants will be informed about this by e-mail. An extended submission deadline will be specified in the e-mail.

    Depending on the master’s degree course, it may take up to six weeks until you receive your result.

    Please refrain from making any enquiries during this time.

  5. 5. Se­mes­ter fees

    • Transfer the semester fees. 

    Fees are incurred each semester for your course (contribution to administration expenses, the student services organisation, your semester ticket, the General Students’ Committee [AStA]). You will find the exact amount, the payment deadline and the details for making the bank transfer in the acceptance and enrolment letter. You will find more information here too: Semester fees

  6. 6. Cam­pus­Card

    • Your CampusCard will be sent to you by post.

    The CampusCard is your student ID for the entire length of your course. It is also your semester ticket and has other functions too: your library ID, culture ticket, payment card at refectories, copying card etc. You can obtain more information here: CampusCard

  7. 7. Ap­p­li­ca­ti­on Re­sults

    • If you are accepted, you will be informed by e-mail in advance and enrolled for the master’s degree course of your choice.
    • The acceptance and enrolment letter may require you to submit documents that are missing and transfer the semester fee to the specified account.
    • In case of a rejection of admission, disaffirmations will only be send by post.
  8. 8. Fun­ding

    • Find out about funding opportunities.

    There is information about student funding here: Funding

  9. 9. Li­ving quar­ters

    • Look for a place to live.

    There is information about the student residence market in Kassel and Witzenhausen here: Living quarters

  10. 10. In­tro­duc­tion

    • Find out more at the “Introduction and start of studies – important dates” subpage.
    • Attend the introductory eventsduring the first week of the semester (before the regular units of study start) and discover more about the timetables there.

    The introductory events provide answers to the central questions about the structure of the course. There are tips and suggestions related to organising your studies and the course sequence. The timetables are prepared at this time too. And you will get to know your future fellow students and the campus: So, do not miss out!

    This will take you to the semester times at the University of Kassel: Semester and units of instruction times

Please enclose the following documents with your official application after you have completed and signed it: 
 

  If you already have a bachelor’s degree:

  1. A copy of your university degree (German degree, bachelor’s degree or the specialist equivalent); there is no need to have the copy certified.
  2. A complete summary of subjects and grades (transcript of records).
  3. Evidence of an adequate knowledge of English at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  4. Send a letter explaining your reasons for choosing the course; this may not be longer than 3 pages. You will find more detailed information on the content from the Entry requirements section on this site. 

 

If you do not yet have a bachelor’s degree:

  1. An interim summary of subjects and grades (transcript of records) from your current course.   
  2. Written confirmation of your progress in your course, completed and signed by your current examinations office.
  3. Evidence of an adequate knowledge of English atB2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  4. Send a letter explaining your reasons for choosing the course; this may not be longer than 3 pages. You will find more detailed information on the content from the Entry requirements section on this site. 

    You must have already completed and passed at least 80% of the work required for your degree by the time you submit your application. This is the equivalent of 144 of 180 credits or 168 of 210 credits. You must also provide evidence of your acceptance for a dissertation (please specify the submission deadline). 

Please note that your documents will only be processed if your application is complete and has been received on time.   

  1. Complete the application form online. You may only specify one choice of course on each application! If you are interested in several courses, you must complete the online application form separately for each one.   
  2. After completing the application, you will be asked to print it and sign it.  
  3. Please print a second copy for your own records. 
  4. Attach the necessary documentation to your application (see “Which documents do I need for my application?”). Please note that your documents will only be processed if your application is complete and has been received on time.
  5. Send your application and the documentation to the registrar’s office by post or hand them in personally within the application deadline specified on this site. Please send your documents by post to: 

    Universität Kassel
    - Studierendensekretariat -
    34109 Kassel

Please note: the date on which the documents arrive at the University of Kassel determines whether they have arrived on time or not.

>> This takes you to the online application portal

  1. As soon as your application has been received, you will receive a digital acknowledgement of receipt.  
  2. The e-mail also contains information about logging into the application portal. You will need your applicant’s number for this.  
  3. Your application will then be checked to see whether it is complete and correct in formal terms. If any documents are missing, you will be informed of this by e-mail. So please check the spam filter in your mail programme too.  
  4. If your documents are complete, your application will be passed on to the examination board for the master’s degree course. It will check the contents of your application. The examination board will decide whether your qualifications match the requirements and whether to recognise your achievements in the past; it will make a decision to admit or reject you and may also set other content-related conditions.
  5. If the examination board does not have all the documents for its specialist review, the master’s degree office will send you an e-mail to inform you of this.
  6. The decision taken by the examination board will be passed on to the master’s degree office digitally.

The assessment and enrolment procedure described here may take up to 6 weeks during the peak phase of the application process! Please refrain for making any enquiries about your application during this time.

  1. You will receive an automatically generated acceptance mail. The e-mail contains important information about the introductory courses. 
  2. You will be enrolled for the master’s degree course. Following the enrolment, you will be sent the confirmation of acceptance for studies with further information on any documents that might be missing, any content-related conditions needing to be met and payment of the semester fees in the post. Please note the deadlines for submitting the documents and paying the semester fees.  
  3.  If you have been accepted for several master’s degree courses, you will be enrolled for all of them. The enrolment can be cancelled provided that you apply to withdraw from one or several master’s degree courses by the start of the semester.
  4. The assessment and enrolment procedure described here may take up to 6 weeks during the peak phase of the application process! Please refrain for making any enquiries about your application during this time.
  5. Introductory events will take place before you start your studies. The key questions on the structure of your course will be answered there. There are tips and information about the organisation and course of studies. And you will get to know your fellow-students too: so do not miss out!