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Application procedure for the Master's program in Business Information Systems

Admission mode 
First semester

Local admission restriction

Admission mode
Higher semester

Local admission restrictions (for the winter semester for the 3rd, for the summer semester for the 2nd and 4th semester)
Application and registration period

For the first semester:

  • 15.04.-31.05. (only possible for the winter semester).
  • for WS2020/21 exceptionally 04.05.2020 - 30.06.2020 (due to Covid-19)

For placement in a higher semester:

  • 01.07.-15.08. (for the winter semester)
  • 01.01.-15.02. (for the summer semester)
Start of studies Winter semester
Study languages German
Degree Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Standard study period 4 semesters
Fees Semester fees/contributions (German)

To be admitted to the master's program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems or an equivalent university degree. The equivalence is given by:

18 ECTS from business informatics or computer science
30 ECTS from business administration
12 ECTS from a bachelor thesis in the field of business informatics

The admission to the program is restricted and depends on a local numerus clausus. This varies from year to year depending on the number of applications. You can access the NC from the last years here.

Applicants with a degree from a foreign university require proof of German language skills. This can be done, for example, by passing the language test for university admission (DSH). Further information is available here.

All documents are only required in electronic form when applying and must be uploaded as part of the FU online application by May 31st. There is no extended submission deadline. The original documents or their certified copies must only be presented for enrollment.

Only if you have applied for a hardship case, you must also submit the following documents by mail within the deadline:

  • the signed application for admission, all proofs of the reasons as officially certified copies and the completed form for the hardship application

Necessary documents and requirements:

  • Bachelor thesis in the fields of business informatics, practical computer science or other fields related to business informatics. If the bachelor thesis is not yet completed, a confirmation of registration including topic, deadline and number of credit points is sufficient. If the thesis is confidential, please contact us. For applicants with a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, uploading the Bachelor's thesis is not necessary, as long as the Bachelor's certificate is submitted.
  • Certificate of the first degree or a current transcript of records. The transcript of records must confirm that at least 2/3 of the total number of credit points of the first degree has already been successfully completed. In addition, the preliminary overall grade must be shown, otherwise you will take part in the admission procedure but will be at the end of the ranking.

If you do not hold a degree in Business Information Systems, the following subject combinations must be fulfilled:

– at least 18 ECTS business information systems or computer science
– at least 30 ECTS in business administration
– at least 12 ECTS in the bachelor thesis in business information systems

Please highlight these ECTS in the PDF documents (in colour).

  • Applicants with a degree from a foreign university require proof of German language skills. This can be done, for example, by passing the language test for university admission (DSH). Further information is available here.

Fill out and send the online form:

  • Students with a German first degree apply here.
  • Students with a degree from a foreign university without a German first degree can find further information here. Please note that all documents, if not in English, must be translated by an official translator. Since uni-assist usually takes four weeks to process your application, we recommend that you submit your documents to uni-assist by the end of April at the latest. General information on a stay abroad at the Freie Universität Berlin can be found here.

Please check independently whether additional documents are required in individual cases. Incomplete applications will not be processed by the admissions office.

Since the admission to the master's program in Business Information Systems at Freie Universität Berlin is restricted, admissions are based on the results obtained in the selection process and the resulting ranking. 80% of the available spots are allocated by the university's selection procedure. In accordance with this, 51% of these spots are allocated by grades and 49% by 20-minute selection interviews (see the admission regulations § 4, paragraphs 3, 4, and 7). The allocation of the remaining 20% is based on the waiting period in accordance with § 10 (1), sentence 1, no. 2 BerlHZG. Up to 5% of places are allocated in accordance with § 10 (1) sentence 3 BerlHZG in conjunction with § 7 (1) sentence 1 no. 1 BerlHZG to those applicants for whom the rejection of the application for admission would mean exceptional hardship. Please note that the current versions of the laws presented are authoritative.

A detailed description of the admission requirements can be found in the following admission statutes.

Formal questions regarding the application and admission procedure should be directed to the Application and Admissions Department at FU Berlin. If there are any uncertainties regarding the professional requirements, you can contact masterwinfo@wiwiss.fu-berlin.de.