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Application Process

Great that you are interested in our study program! Below is some information about the application procedure, admission criteria, and the general selection workflow.

Formal criteria for admission

All applicants applying to the Master study program in Geoinformatics and Spatial Data Science will be assessed against the following formal admission criteria:

  1. A maximum of 30 students will be admitted each year (usually, 18 students per winter semester and 12 students per summer semester will be admitted). The general entry requirements are defined by the respective national and state laws for Higher Education in Germany.
  2. All applicants must have an adequate Bachelor degree based on six semesters full time studies (= 180 ECTS credit points) or more, recognized in Germany for admission to graduate studies. The Examination board decides on the equivalence of other degrees (see below).
  3. All applicants who are not of English mother tongue have to present a TOEFL certificate with a minimum of 550 points (paper-based), or an equivalent qualification for English. This can be another test from an acknowledged institution, e.g. IELTS (academics 6,5). Another option: you already passed a study program with English as a medium of instruction.
  4. Applicants will have to comply with the admission procedure:
    • Complete and correct personal information
    • Complete and certified supporting documents:
      • Bachelor diploma including a grade transcript of records in English or German copy. A preliminary transcript of records of at least 150 ECTS credit points is sufficient for the application. At the time of admission, you must have completed the Bachelor degree.
      • if applicable: Documentation of time spent abroad, working or other experience, certified (translated to English or German) copy
      • European format CV (template)
      • TOEFL test or equivalent
      • Reference letters (minimum of 2)
      • Proof of nationality (certified copy of passport)
      • Passport photo
      • List with reference names
      • Other (if applicable)

Equivalence of degrees:

The MSc Geoinformatics and Spatial Data Science in Muenster is a consecutive study program that is based on completion of a suitable BSc study program (e.g., Geoinformatics, Computer Science, Geodesy). It has a strong focus on software development and algorithmic processing of geospatial data. Therefore, an important basic requirement for admission is a bachelor’s degree in a study program that includes a minimum of 80 credit points (ECTS) of courses that impart at least 4 of the following competences:

  • mathematics – linear algebra and analysis
  • algorithms and data structures
  • software engineering and programming
  • architectures and methods for the distributed storage and processing of (spatial) information
  • acquisition and statistical analysis of spatio-temporal data
  • application of information technologies for solving geoscientific research questions

Here, a minimum of 10 credit points must apply to “software engineering and programming”.

Please note that the information about criteria and regulations mentioned on this homepage are not legally binding, but only a guidance for students interested in the MSc Geoinformatics. The only legally binding information is given in the ‘Zugangs- und Zulassungsordnung’.




For technical support please contact:

Karsten Höwelhans
Institute for Geoinformatics
Heisenbergstraße 2
48149 Münster