Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding the application and enrolment for the masters degree programmes at SIC

These FAQ concern the application process and the enrolment for our computer-science-related master degree programmes at SIC. Please find general information about the application process in the individual application guides of those programmes:

The application process for the following degree programmes is handled by other parties. Please find more information about these programmes and the application process on their pages.


For how many programmes can I apply?

You can apply for two programmes at the same time. However, you can either apply for a MSc or a PhD.


I made an error during pre-registration in OAS. What now?

Please pay attention when entering your basic details in our application system. The name you have entered in OAS should match the name printed in your passport or national id.

After you have pre-registered in OAS, you cannot edit your personal or referees’ data anymore. If some data needs to be changed, please do not register twice, but instead contact us via email at


I don’t have a final diploma yet; can I still apply?

You can apply without your final diploma if you are in your final semester. Please upload a transcript showing your current study progress. If your application is successful, you will be asked to provide the official diploma during your first term at UdS.


Do I need an APS certificate?

Applicants who have obtained their university degree in China, India and Vietnam are required to submit the original APS Certificate issued by the Academic Evaluation Center (Akademische Prüfstelle) in the corresponding country. Please check with your local German Embassy if a certificate is needed if you are unsure. The APS Certificate has to be submitted together with application documents by the application deadline. The deadline for the submission of the APS Certificate cannot be extended.


Do my documents need to be notarized?

The documents for the application do not need to be certified by an embassy or a notary. We do not need or accept hard copies for the application. When you apply online with us, you can just upload your scanned, legible documents in PDF format.


How can I check if my application in OAS is complete?

Once you and your referees have uploaded all required documents the application will be submitted automatically. At that time, you will receive an email confirmation. Furthermore, if you try to login into OAS, you will receive a message that your application is complete and cannot be edited anymore.


What happens if I do not submit my application before the deadline? Do I need to reapply for the next iteration?

Applications which are completed after the deadline will automatically be considered for the next application period.


What is the status of my application?

In OAS you cannot see the status of your application other than that it has been submitted. The evaluation process by the admissions board process normally starts after the official deadline. As soon as a decision has been made about your application, you will receive an email with either a rejection or admission with further information. Please refrain from mailing us about the status of your application as no other information can be given.


When can I expect a decision from the application board?

The evaluation process normally starts after the official deadline. Results can usually be expected between the middle of December until the beginning of January for application for the summer semester and between mid-June and beginning of July for application for the winter semester.


I applied for a master’s program and have been rejected. Why?

On our website the minimal application requirements are given. However, satisfying these minimal standards does not guarantee admission. Our master commission consisting of several professors reviews each application of all its strengths and weaknesses and accepts only the very best students out of hundreds of applicants for our highly challenging master’s programs.

Please understand that due to the high number of applicants we cannot give individual reasoning to why an application has been rejected.


When can I expect an answer to my email requests?

Please expect response times of several days before the application deadline because of the high volume of requests during that time. We expect you to read the information given in the application guide and in this FAQ carefully before contacting us.

Please be aware of German national holidays. Furthermore, the university is closed over the winter holidays.