Best Postgraduate Degrees

Master’s degree programs

Bachelor’s degree in the bag, now what? If you want to deepen your knowledge in an area or gain further qualifications after your first few years on the job, a master’s degree may be the right choice for you. If you’re looking for a master’s degree, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find all of Germany’s state-recognized master’s degree programs, as well as many international programs. In order to choose the study program that best suits you, it is best to use the filter function.

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With a Master’s degree, you obtain a second academic degree after an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor’s, Diplom or Magister. On average, Master’s programs in Germany last two to four semesters. It is often possible to study part-time, but this takes longer. Those who wish to pursue a doctorate must usually have a master’s degree. Companies welcome applicants with a master’s degree, but a bachelor’s degree is usually sufficient to start a career.

Spoilt for choice: Master’s programs and degrees

There are three types of master’s degree programs to choose from. A consecutive master’s degree builds precisely on the content of the bachelor’s degree. Individual subjects are studied in greater depth so that students can specialize in a particular area. Non-consecutive masters, on the other hand, tend to train generalists: what has been learned is expanded across subjects. Those who enroll in a postgraduate master’s program have also already gained professional experience after completing an undergraduate degree. You can study these postgraduate courses while working. Alternatively, you can find the right master’s degree if you choose distance learning. A total of eight different master’s degrees are awarded, the most common being the Master of Science (M.Sc.) in natural sciences and the Master of Arts (M.A.) in social sciences. It is also worth taking a look at the CHE Master Ranking. It shows the results of the survey of students, professors and universities on almost 4,000 master’s degree programs.

Applying for a master’s degree

There are hardly any master’s programs without restricted access: In addition to the final grade, the subject focus and the total number of credit points achieved from the first degree are usually the deciding factors for admission. Some universities also expect a letter of motivation or a letter of recommendation. Find out about the local requirements as soon as you have decided on your desired study program. For a letter of recommendation from a former lecturer, for example, you should allow enough time and keep an eye on application deadlines. However, not every master’s degree is created equal. Before you enroll, it’s best to check whether the program is state-recognized and what reputation the university or educational institution enjoys among business enterprises. Find your master’s program here. FAQ about the Master’s program There are over 10,000 Master’s programs in Germany. In some disciplines, the range of master’s degree programs is greater than in others, because it depends on the industry whether or not you need a master’s degree to start your career. The master’s degree is a postgraduate course of study after the undergraduate degree. The course contents deepen certain subject areas from the bachelor’s degree. After the master’s degree, one is better or more specifically qualified. The master’s degree is awarded when the student has earned enough credit points by passing various modules in the advanced master’s program. Depending on the field of study, there are different master’s degrees: Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Engineering, or similar. Degree Other / no degree Semester fee 56,00 Euro Start of study winter semester Standard period of study 4 semesters Location of study Eichstätt Part-time study possible Yes The Postgraduate Studies in Adult Education provide interested students and adults already in employment with the opportunity for comprehensive further educational qualification in order to face the challenges of a dynamic and diverse society and to actively shape the educational landscape. To this end, a focus in the postgraduate studies is placed on diversity in educational settings. The program therefore also explicitly offers migrants and refugees the opportunity for further qualification. The program can be studied full-time (4 semesters) or part-time (6 semesters).

Admission requirements
  • Proof of a first university degree
  • Proof of German language skills at B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

A certificate of continuing education can be obtained. This requires proof of at least 4 months of work experience gained between the university degree and before starting the postgraduate studies. Otherwise, a Transcript of Records and a certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Studies.

The studies in detail


The increasingly rapid processes of social and technological transformation make lifelong learning in adulthood necessary. This gives rise to the need for further professionalization of adult and continuing education in the context of an academic education that adequately prepares students for specific tasks and fields of action. The program offers students the opportunity to acquire a basic academic, pedagogical qualification based on their initial education, which provides both well-founded knowledge of adult education and conveys professional competencies. Building on the theories of adult and continuing education, the program enables students to acquire basic pedagogical competencies, methodological-didactic skills in the context of diversity, and professional action knowledge from the field of dialogue-based personnel and organizational development. The overall qualification goal is to enable students to act professionally as pedagogues in different areas of adult and continuing education under the conditions of social heterogeneity.


The postgraduate studies comprise 9 modules, which are subdivided into the areas of basic modules, focus modules interculturality, in-depth modules as well as final module.

Basic modules

The two basic modules cover the acquisition of basic pedagogical competencies, methodical-didactical skills and the supra-disciplinary qualification through theoretical foundations of adult and continuing education.

Focus Modules Interculturality

The focus modules deal with the fields of action of adult and continuing education in the context of diversity and professional action knowledge from the field of personnel and organizational development, supplemented by a diversity-related approach. Through an internship phase, the interweaving of theory and practice is strengthened; theoretical action knowledge can be translated into practice and at the same time analyzed, reflected upon and utilized against the background of one’s own professionalization. Furthermore, against the background of interdisciplinarity, a corresponding profile formation of the students is made possible.

In-depth modules

In the elective area, a subject relevant to adult and continuing education can be taken. This contributes to gaining a better understanding of educational processes in adulthood and their interdependence with different subject didactics.

Final module

Within the framework of the final module, the individual focus is set, in which the students deal with a selected topic in depth, applying the subject-specific and methodological knowledge acquired up to that point.

Module plans

Rankings and evaluations

  In 2022, KU’s students and alumni voted it Germany’s most popular university in the rankings of the online portal StudyCheck for the second year in a row. The ranking was based on over 70,000 evaluations for more than 500 colleges and universities. 97 percent of those students who participated in the ranking would recommend studying at KU to others. “There is no better praise for a university when almost 100 percent of students and alumni say: I can only recommend studying at KU! That is why we are very pleased to receive this award, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students,” said KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien. More Ranking Results


The postgraduate studies in adult education provide for a four-week internship phase accompanying the studies. This includes, among other things, observation in the practical field, practical advice and practical guidance by full-time/part-time employees of the institution on site and at the same time enables self-directed learning in professional practice. In addition, students have the opportunity to analyze and reflect on the experiences gained in practice against a theoretical background as part of a seminar accompanying the internship.

Career opportunities and occupational fields

Career prospects

Graduates have a wide range of employment opportunities in governmental and non-governmental organizations (e.g. church organizations, independent organizations, associations, trade unions, commercial enterprises), including (departmental) management of an educational institution, a position as lecturer and speaker, an activity in the field of personnel, team and organizational development, in educational management and (further) educational counseling.

Alumni report

“In the winter semester 2019/2020, I completed the continuing education program “Postgraduate Studies in Adult Education” part-time. One argument why I chose the degree program as a career changer in education was the variety of employment opportunities… “In the winter semester 2019/2020, I completed the advanced degree program “Postgraduate Studies in Adult Education” on a part-time basis. One argument why I, as a career changer in pedagogy, decided on the study program was the variety of employment opportunities after graduation, e.g. in in-company continuing and further education, in university didactic teaching or working for independent educational institutions. The certificate program, which is also possible on a part-time basis, offers the opportunity to complete all modules as block seminars that take place at times that are easily manageable for working professionals. In terms of content, the program offers a broad spectrum of fields of action in adult education, such as didactic methods for teaching design, organizational management techniques in educational institutions, intercultural aspects of inclusive education, and digital teaching elements for designing continuing education formats, to name just a few. The forms of examination are generally geared towards the conception, documentation and implementation of interactive teaching formats in a very competence-oriented manner. I can recommend the three- or six-semester (in full- or part-time mode, respectively) degree program because of the well-founded and practice-oriented teaching of methods, the freedom to choose the topics to be worked on, as well as the insightful group work with students from different disciplines and life experiences.”

“What I appreciated most about the Postgraduate Studies in Adult Education was the well-balanced combination of practice-oriented courses and interesting insights into the research landscape of adult education. Thanks to the commitment of the lecturers, we were given the opportunity to conduct our own… “What I particularly appreciated about the Postgraduate Studies in Adult Education program was the balanced combination of practice-oriented courses and interesting insights into the research landscape of adult education. Thanks to the commitment of the lecturers, we were given the opportunity to carry out our own research project, so that we could put what we had learned in theory into research practice and gain our own insights in the field of adult education research. The small groups in the seminars made intensive discussions possible. And even outside of the courses, I appreciated the close contact with and good supervision by the lecturers. We came into contact with regional employers in the field of adult education and out-of-school youth education during excursions and in special seminar formats, so we got an overview of job opportunities after graduation, which made getting a job much easier and possible quickly.”

– Inga Dickerhoff B.A.(graduating year: 2020)

The KU

The Campus

Short distances save students at KU a lot of time and stress. Following the principle of a campus university, KU’s modern, well-equipped buildings in Eichstätt are located right next to the old town. Although the university has grown and expanded in the meantime, the distances remain short: “Eichstätt distances” can easily be covered on foot in no more than a ten-minute walk. There are green oases on campus, such as the Hofgarten, which are perfect for a bit of relaxation. The garden of the Capuchin monastery is even maintained by student initiatives. The refectory with sun terrace and cafeteria, which is also located on campus, leaves hardly anything to be desired when it comes to catering.

What makes it special

At KU, more than just specialized knowledge is taught. Together, we look beyond the confines of our own course of study and take on responsibility. The focus is on topics such as personality development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment. KU offers learning in a personal atmosphere, an interdisciplinary range of courses, excellent supervision and support through numerous service offerings, an excellently equipped library, a wide range of sporting leisure activities and a worldwide network of around 300 partner universities. Plan your semester abroad together with the colleagues of the International Office or take advantage of the career counseling service for your way into professional life.

Do you have to be Catholic to study at KU? Do I have to study Catholic content?

No, the KU is open to students of all religions and worldviews. At KU, as at all state universities, freedom of research and teaching applies. This means that our courses of study are about the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences. What it means for us to be a Catholic University, you will notice as a student, above all, in one thing: The person is at the center of everything we do. The talents and potential of those who research, teach, learn and work with us are our most important foundation – regardless of religion or worldview, nationality, ethnic, cultural or social origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation and age. That’s why we support your best possible academic education through personal support and an optimal supervision ratio. At the same time, KU is about more than just the degree: In addition to a high level of academic and methodological qualification, we impart a sense of meaning and value orientation as well as social skills. Our claim is that our university builds bridges between science and society, makes knowledge available to society, and incorporates impulses from the non-university world into research and teaching. In this way, we want to make a contribution to the coexistence of people, the free democratic basic order and the preservation of creation.

Isn’t Eichstätt rather small for a university town?

With just under 15,000 inhabitants, Eichstätt is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For students, this means living and learning in a familiar atmosphere. Whether in the morning on the way to class, at lunchtime in the cafeteria or in the evening in the pub: people meet. Making contacts is easy in Eichstätt! By the way, the living room of the KU is the “Theke”, a bar run by students for students. This is where people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke nights or a cozy round of foosball. A small town also means short distances: from the library to the swimming pool or cinema to the supermarket, everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The Altmühltal Nature Park extends around the town – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner. If it should become too crowded for you in Eichstätt, you can breathe in the big city air without any problems. Ingolstadt, with its 135,000 inhabitants, is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.

Can I also study at KU with a specialized baccalaureate?

The study location

Eichstätt and the Altmühltal Nature Park are not only a popular destination for those interested in culture and nature lovers, because bicycle tourists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors and many more also get their money’s worth here. As a small town between Munich and Nuremberg, Eichstätt offers a baroque backdrop with a southern flair – combined with modern and award-winning architecture and numerous cultural and leisure activities. The baroque park at the heart of the campus and the adjacent Altmühlaue are KU’s “green living room”. Another big plus: all university facilities in Eichstätt are within walking distance of each other. More about Eichstätt as a place to study

Counseling services

General Student Counseling

The student advisory service at KU is open to all prospective students for their questions. It provides support in finding the right course of study and gives advice on all aspects of application, admission and enrollment. Marie-Anne Kohll M.A. Head of Department IV/2 Student Advisory Service

Student Advisory Service

If you have detailed questions about this particular course of study, e.g. about the structure of the course and career opportunities, please contact the Student Advisory Service directly.


Prerequisite Bachelor German language proficiency on B2 CEFR Enrollment period WS Please note that other deadlines may apply for prospective students who have acquired their university entrance qualification abroad. These can be found on the English page. 16.08. – 07.10. Admission restriction No Selection procedure No This study program is free of admission, an application is not required. Enrollment is done via the central enrollment portal of KU. Please note that registration in the portal is possible at any time, but enrollment itself is only within the enrollment period (see gray info box at the top of the page). If you have further questions regarding enrollment, you can find more information on the pages of the Student Office.

Application for international prospective students

Please note that the study requirements, deadlines and application modalities are often different for international prospective students. Information for international applicants can be found here:

Further information

The stepping stone between a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate, a master’s degree is a postgraduate award that typically takes up to three years to complete. Students who achieve their goal of earning a master’s may have many more opportunities than those who do not. What is a master’s in government? This degree offers students i… Continue Reading The stepping stone between a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate, a master’s degree is a postgraduate award that typically takes up to three years to complete. Students who achieve their goal of earning a master’s may have many more opportunities than those who do not. What is a master’s in government? This degree typically provides students with a broad range of knowledge as they learn to examine social institutions, including exploring areas of reform and creating change in society. Individuals in the program may learn the practice and theory of politics and policy. Some learning institutions allow students to specialize in an area such as political communication, security studies, or democracy studies and governance. Students who earn a master’s degree in government learn a wide range of skills, such as the ability to identify and analyze problems and then create effective solutions, resulting in well-rounded individuals who can build competitive resumes. Many students have in-depth knowledge of government, economics, statistics, and policy analysis. The degree can teach individuals how to speak effectively in public, listen more actively, and manage their time better. There is no set number to describe the cost of a degree in government. Generally, each learning institution sets its own price per credit hour, and each state has its own laws about how much a college can charge. The possibility of grants and scholarships can also change the price. A master’s degree in government offers a variety of career paths for graduates. Some may take obvious career paths, such as becoming lobbyists or holding political office. Others may choose to work as human resource managers, economists, or political scientists. Still others may choose to teach government at the secondary or post-secondary level as teachers or professors. Whether working for a government agency, a university, or a private company or firm, there are many opportunities. Colleges, universities, and other post-secondary learning institutions around the world may offer government-related master’s programs. Those who want to telecommute can also take courses online in many cases. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form. Other options in this area of study: LMU offers an exceedingly broad range of subjects, with approximately 300 degree programs. The Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees have replaced the traditional German university degrees of Diplom and Magister as part of the Bologna reforms. However, a few special features of the German education system have remained, for example the “Staatsexamen” degree.


The Bachelor’s degree is a so-called undergraduate degree, so it does not require a previous university degree to be admitted. As a rule, this first degree program lasts three years – or six semesters – and is divided into modules. These modules consist of thematically and chronologically coordinated courses. During the course of your studies, you will receive a certain number of ECTS credits for each successfully completed module and each related achievement. In total, a Bachelor’s program at LMU comprises 180 ECTS credits. In single-subject Bachelor’s programs, you acquire all ECTS points in the same subject. In two-subject bachelor’s programs, the points are distributed between a major subject and a minor subject. In order to take up an undergraduate degree program, you will always need a university entrance qualification (e.g. the Abitur). Foreign applicants must also prove that they have a very good knowledge of German. Further possible admission requirements can be found in the study program finder for the individual study programs. Further information can be found in the information sheet on the Bachelor’s program (PDF, 130 KB) and in the virtual video introduction.

State Examination and State Examination Modularized

A course of study leading to a state examination is also a undergraduate study and accordingly no previous university degree is required for admission. Unlike a bachelor’s degree, the state specifies the course content and examination requirements by law or ordinance. For this reason, state examination programs are often structured in the same way throughout Bavaria or even Germany. In order to obtain a degree, you must successfully pass a state examination. This is usually divided into several sections and consists of oral and written exams and performance assessments. Most state examination programs also include practical training sections that follow the university training (e.g. the legal clerkship for lawyers or teachers). As a rule, university training in state examination programs lasts between seven and ten semesters. The modularized teacher training programs represent a special form of study leading to a state examination. As in the Bachelor’s program, you complete a defined number of modules and receive ECTS points for successfully completed work. Depending on the type of school, you must earn between 213 and 273 ETCS points during the course of your studies, and successfully pass the state examination exams to receive a degree. In any case, you will need a university entrance qualification (e.g. the Abitur) to take up an undergraduate course of study leading to a Staatsexamen degree. Foreign applicants must also prove that they have very good German language skills. You can read about other possible admission requirements in the study program finder for the individual study programs.


You can follow up your first professional university degree (e.g. bachelor’s degree, state examination) with a master’s degree if you would like to expand or specialize your knowledge. A master’s degree at LMU usually takes two years and comprises 120 ECTS credits. In addition to the first university degree, further qualification requirements may be necessary, which are regulated in the respective examination regulations. There are consecutive Master’s programs that deepen knowledge from previous studies in the same subject. In other master’s programs, the prerequisites can be fulfilled with degrees that differ from subject to subject, because they require certain fundamentals that are not assigned to a single subject area. Master’s programs offering further education also require relevant professional experience. As a rule, such master’s programs are associated with additional tuition fees. Further information can be found in the information sheet on master’s programs (PDF, 133 KB). Information on the individual programs can be found in the program finder.

Postgraduate programs

In addition to Master’s programs, there are other forms of advanced study: postgraduate programs / postgraduate studies also require a first degree. For example, if you have passed the first law examination (state examination), you can follow a postgraduate law course of two semesters (LL.M.Eur.pgrad).

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Certificate programs

Certificate programs are programs of one to two semesters in length that can be chosen in addition to a primary degree program in which one is enrolled.

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Theological Degrees

There are several degrees available in the theologies at LMU: The Catholic Theology offers a modularized single-subject master’s degree program with 300 ECTS credits at the undergraduate level. With a postgraduate degree, you can obtain either the licentiate of theology (Lic.theol.) or of canon law (Lic.iur.can.). At the Faculty of Protestant Theology you can earn either an ecclesiastical degree (Magister theologiae) or an academic degree (Magister Artium) in two master’s degree programs. The study of Orthodox Theology takes place within the framework of a diploma program. Building on these undergraduate courses, you can take up doctoral studies in all theological subjects. You will find information on the admission requirements and detailed information on the individual courses of study in the course finder under the individual subjects of study.


After a master’s degree, state examination, diploma or master’s degree, you can earn a doctorate with a doctorate. Admission requirements are usually above-average academic success in the previous degree program. The doctoral regulations of the respective subject regulate which requirements have to be fulfilled in detail for admission to a doctoral program and which achievements have to be made within the framework of the doctorate. The focus of a doctoral program is the independent preparation of a comprehensive scientific research paper (dissertation), which must be published. At the end of the doctoral program, which takes about three years, you take a comprehensive final examination, the Rigorosum, or present the doctoral thesis in a specialist discussion (Disputation). LMU offers a wide range of structured doctoral programs, which vary in structure depending on the department. For example, at the Faculty of Business Administration, the postgraduate Master of Business Research (MBR) is an integral part of a doctorate. Alternatively, in many subjects you can also pursue a so-called individual doctorate, during which you are primarily supervised by your doctoral supervisor.

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