FAQ

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions on applying for studies, the study programme and living in Münster. You can contact the study coordinator, if you have questions that are not answered here.

 

WI FAQ (Master)

A - Application and Admission

  • Is there a special application procedure for non-EU citizens?

    If you are a non-EU citizen you have a shorter deadline:

    • May 10 - May 31 for winter term
    • Nov 10 - Nov 30 for the summer term

    In addition, you need to send paper-based copies of your documents. Required documents are the same.

  • Why do I have to send a course description?

    Fundamental knowledge of the methods from Business Administration, Computer Science, Quantitative Methods, and Information Systems is a prerequisite for studying in the MSc in Information Systems programme. In order to evaluate this knowledge, the descriptions of previously taken courses are required.

  • Do I have to send original certificates?

    No, but your certificates and their translations to English or German have to be authenticated by a notary, an embassy or another official institution.

  • Why is there no application form available?

    The application is held online. A link to the online application portal is available once the application period has started. Until then no application is possible.

  • Do I have to apply online or in paper?

    You have to use our online application system and upload all required documents there. If you are an applicant from the EU, this will be all that you need to do. Otherwise, i.e., if you are a non-EU applicant, you have to print out the form that you receive at the end of the application process containing all your details, sign it, attach all your original documents to it and send them to our student's office. The documents have to arrive there before deadline.

  • What is the Course Description?

    As mentioned on our information page (https://www.wi.uni-muenster.de/prospective-students/our-courses-study/master-science-information-systems), this is a document that describes all (relevant) modules of your previous studies, i.e., your Bachelor programme. It does not have to be an official document from your university. Instead you might want to use our template.


    When creating the course description on your own, please make sure that it fulfills the following requirements:


    • it contains (at least) four sections, i.e., one per study / research area (Information Systems, Computer Science, Quantitative Methods and Business Administration)

    • each of your modules should be assigned to one of those sections

    • if a module is not relevant to any of those four areas, you do not have to explicitly list it (we see that you studied it by looking at your transcript of records)

    • list the content for each module (similar to a syllabus)

    • add your grade and the work load (ECTS or similar) per module

  • Am I considered to be a student from the EU?

    You are considered being a student from the European Union (EU), if you fulfill at least one of the following points:

    (1) you received your university entrance certificate, i.e., a high school diploma or equivalent, in Germany

    (2) you already received a Bachelors degree in Germany

    (3) you are a citizen of a country of the EU.

  • I am still waiting for some documents. Is it possible to send parts of the application after the deadline?

    Our deadlines are strict. All documents, including the language requirements, have to be present by the end of the deadline.

  • How much are the tuition fees?

    The tuition fees for the winter term 2015 are 238.81 Euro. Those fees are for the entire semester and they are identical for all of our students, i.e., there is no difference in the fees between students from within or outside the EU. Also, those fees include the fees for the Semesterticket, which allows you to use (almost all) public transportation within the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia. This state obviously includes Münster itself, but it also contains a lot of other big cities in the near environment, such as Dortmund, Essen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, etc.

    The fees usually increase slightly per term (usually by approx. 5 - 10 Euro per semester). If you want to stay up-to-date with the current semester fees, you can go here.

  • I have a Bachelor degree in a related subject (Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Business Administration, Statistics, etc.). Am I eligible?

    If you are eligible can only be decided by our admission committee. You have to provide knowledge in all four required areas (Information Systems, Computer Science, Quantitative Methods and Business Administration). You can only get a definite result by applying. However, you can check how well you fit to the requirements by compiling the course description.

    Generally, the true answers to your questions will be provided once the application period has started and our admission committee has begun their decision process.

  • When will I be notified, whether my application was accepted or rejected?

    Usually, you will receive a response at the beginning of February (when applying for the summer term) or beginning of August (when applying for the winter term). This gives you approximately 6-8 weeks for handling your visa issues, finding an accomodation and preparing your studies.

  • Is there a minimum amount of credits or grades per subject?

    We do not have a specific threshold regarding credits and/or grades for the requirements within a specific area (Information Systems, Computer Science, Quantitative Methods and Business Administration).
    However, once you have applied, the admission committee will analyze your previous studies and evaluate your knowledge in each of those areas. Therefore it is important that you provide a lot of information on your previous studies, including a detailed course description.

    Obviously, you have better chances, if you can provide a strong academic background (good grades and lots of credits) in all our areas.

  • Do I need a GRE?

    No, there is no need for a GRE, when you want to apply for our program.

  • My entire studies were in English. Do I still need to provide a TOEFL or IELTS?

    A part of our information page (https://www.wi.uni-muenster.de/prospective-students/our-courses-study/master-science-information-systems) refers to the language requirements and at the end of that section is a sentence that refers to this concern:
    If a student studied in English (the medium of instruction was English), but in a non-English speaking country, he / she would still need to obtain another proof of language proficiency.

    Given that information, you should be able to find out yourself, whether you need a certificate that proves your proficiency in English, e.g. an IELTS or TOEFL.

    Once again (since we still receive this question very often):

    In case you've studied in a non-English speaking country, it is not sufficient to provide a certificate, which states that your "medium of instruction was English".

B - Living in Münster

  • Do I need health insurance?

    Yes, you need to receive health insurance not later than once your registration is completed. If you face difficulties while selecting an appropriate insurance company, feel free to contact the International Office or Die Brücke.

  • I need to apply for a visa. When will I receive the approval document?

    If you are accepted, you will receive an official approval document from the University's registration office. You will be notified via email once it is sent by post. Depending on the country the letter is sent to, it can take up to three weeks until its arrival. At the same time, you may use a printout of the digital version of the approval document to start the visa application process.

  • When and how do I register for studies in Münster?

    The deadline for your registration will be mentioned in your admission letter. If you cannot come to Münster on time, please send a notification via email to the registration office and state there your estimated date of arrival. As soon as you are in Münster, you will have to visit the registration office located at the Münster castle. Please have all the required documents with you.

  • How do I apply for housing?

    The Student Support Services in Münster provides housing for students of our University. The closest dorm is Wilhelmskamp located Steinfurter Str. 67-81. There are more apartments available in Münster-Gievenbeck, which can be reached by bike or bus. If you rent a room from the Student Support Services, please try to arrange your arrival on a weekday, since the janitor who hands out the keys does not work on weekends.

  • How high are the costs of living?

    In order to cover personal expenses during your studies in Münster, we recommend a budget around 700 EUR per month for accommodation, living, health insurance, books, and miscellaneous expenses.

  • What about public transportation?

    A ticket for all public transport within the North Rhine-Westphalia state is included in the tuition fee.

  • What is the best time for a semester abroad?

    You should plan a semester abroad for the second year. The first semester should be completed in Münster.

C - Preparation of Programme Start

  • Where can I find a list of lectures?

    Check out the University Calendar.

  • Where can I get up-to-date information on the programme?

    We highly recommend you to regularly read the Coordinator's Blog, since it contains all the relevant information on the Information Systems programme and is constantly updated.

  • How can I gain access to the University's Central Library?

    In order to gain full access to the University's Central Library, you will need to register and get an ID. For further information please visit Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek.

  • How can I access the intranet?

    You can access our University intranet at all campuses. For login and configuration details, please visit our Centre for Information Processing (ZIV). It also provides you with a university email address (@uni-muenster.de).

  • Where do I find lecture and/or tutorial material?

    Most of the lectures are held using PowerPoint presentations. Lecture and respective tutorial materials can be found on the Learnweb online platform unless other information is given at the lectures.

  • When do the semesters start and end?

    The semesters are always at the same time:
    - the winter term is from October 01 to March 31
    - the summer term is from April 01 to September 30

D - Further Information and Contact

  • Where is the Leonardo-Campus?

    You can find the directions to Leonardo-Campus here.

  • Is there anybody I can contact for further information?

    Yes, you may contact our Master Program Coordinator:

    • Address:

    Master Coordination
    Department of Information Systems
    Leonardo-Campus 3
    D-48149 Münster, Germany