How to Apply

Application and admission

We look forward to welcoming you as a student of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Applicants for the Master of Science in International Information Systems must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree preferably with a focus on business or IT. Applicants with other academic backgrounds may also be considered. This section of the website guides you through the application process.

Before applying, please read carefully the information about the program here. It will help you decide whether the Master IIS is the right program for you.

Please note that you cannot apply to start in the summer term. The program only starts in the winter term.

The application for the WS 2019/20 will open on April 8th 2019.

Step 1: Submit online application

Complete the application form at our Online Application Portal for Master’s Degree Programs: >>> Online Application: “Campo FAU Portal” <<< 

Step 2: Submit offline application

Your application must contain the following documents:

    • Completed online application form (output of step 1)
    • Certified copy of your undergraduate degree or recent statement of grades from the examination office together with an official translation (either English or German).
      • Applicants from Germany: you need to have a minimum of 135 ECTS from your bachelor degree when applying. A printout from the transcript of records from your university online system is sufficient.
      • International applicants: you need to have your final bachelor degrees when applying. If you are expected to graduate after the application deadline, but before coming to Germany, then you need an academic confirmation from your university with the following information.
    • Certified copy of your secondary studies (High school degree and transcript) plus an official translation (either English or German).
      • Please note: Copies of German high school and university degrees do not have to be certified. Regular copies are accepted.
    • Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English in tabular form (i.e. not as a free text).
    • Cover letter in English explaining your motivation to study IIS and why you are a good fit for the program, your expectations etc. Please keep it short – up to one page!
    • A 1000 word academic essay in English on the following topic: “Blockchain and cryptocurrencies: just a mayfly or here to last? – A personal perspective”. Guidelines for the essay can be downloaded here. Please use academic references or reputable online sources as references.
    • Proof of practical experience if available (copy of contract or letter of recommendation). Please do not send us academic recommendations.
    • Proof of your English language skills if your education has been conducted in a language other than English (a regular copy or original certificate). Exceptions only apply to students who have a degree from the following English-speaking countries: USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. All other students do need to provide a certificate. Below are the minimum scores required for the English exams:
      • TOEFL – minimum 95 (iBT), minimum 240 (CBT), minimum 587 (PBT).
      • IELTS – minimum 7.0
      • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) – grade C1
      • UniCert Level III certificate (the Unicert III exam and not the courses in your bachelor transcript which are pre-requisite to take the exam)

Important note: At the time of the application, you need to provide proof that you have a minimum of B2 level of English. Without this, your application will be automatically rejected. More information on what is accepted as proof, you can find here.

    • Proof of your German language skills – A2 level minimum according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), if your education has been conducted in a language other than German (original certificate or regular copy).
      • A minimum of A1 level is required at the time of your application. Without this your application will be automatically rejected.
      • An A2 level certificate can be sent after the application period expires and up to one year of the start of your studies.
    • Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia will have to include APS certification. Please take care of this early on if you are planning to apply because it can take a while until you get the certification. Without this, your application won’t reach the admission board.

2.2) Send your application to:

Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Referat L 4 – Masterbüro
Schloßplatz 4, D-91054 Erlangen,

The documents should reach the Masterbüro until May 31, 2019.

2.3) Further information:

      • Before sending an email with your question, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
      • We can not consider applications via e-mail!
      • We can not consider incomplete applications in the application process!
      • In case of doubts please contact us directly via e-mail: 

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3) Receive our response to your application via e-mail

Please be patient while we process your application and refrain from sending inquiries about the outcome of the application. It takes between 3 to 6 weeks, after the application period is closed before you hear from us.