Software Engineering and Management (MSEM)

Entry Requirements

The following-mentioned admission requirements comply with the statutes of the Master's programme Software Engineering and Management which can be downloaded here.

Diploma or Bachelor Degree

The Master in Software Engineering and Management is feasible for you, if:

  • you own a Diploma or Bachelor's degree in computer science or a closely-related field, or
  • you own a Diploma or Bachelor's degree in another field, and can submit proof of academic and/or vocational experience in computer science gained over a period of at least three years.


Applicants should have an excellent or good European first degree (a German average grade of 2.5 or better). But finally we need your certificate of the "Studienkolleg - Center for International Students" to check it.

Applicants with a first degree from a non-German institute must prove, before applying to Heilbronn University, that their Bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a German first degree. This means they have to apply twice – once at the Studienkolleg Konstanz and once at our university. In order to have the qualifications validated, please contact the Studienkolleg – Center for International Students in Konstanz.

The Center for International Students will assess their Bachelor's degree and decide if it meets the requirements for entering a Master's degree programme in Germany.

All relevant information you may find on the website of the Center for International Students.

Postal address:
Center for International Students
Brauneggerstr. 55
78462 Konstanz

The Center for International Students will confirm recognition with a paper of validation which must be sent together with the appropriate application to the university.

Please note the differing application deadlines of the Center for International Students in Konstanz:

  • 1st June for the winter semester

Your application can only be considered if all required documents (including the certification of the Studienkolleg Konstanz) reached Heilbronn University on the due date (January 15 for the summer semester and July 15 for the winter semester). Please note that theses are cut-off periods.

Applicants from China, Vietnam or Mongolia have to submit the certificate of APS ("Akademische Prüfstelle") as well.

ECTS Equivalence

We require a first degree of 210 ETCS credits. Applicants with a first degree in computer science who have achieved a minimum of 180 ECTS credits may also apply; they will be requested to obtain an extra 30 ECTS credits in appropriate Bachelor programmes at Heilbronn University (e.g. in the Bachelor's programme Software Engineering).

If your first degree is equivalent to more than 210 ECTS credits in relevant contents, we may accept some of your courses beforehand. Therefore, you can apply after getting admission in the Master´s programme Software Engineering and Management.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Experience

Your first degree or other educational/vocational experience should prove the following prerequisites:

  • Good programming skills in at least one modern programming language
  • Sound knowledge of mathematics
  • Ability of abstract logical thinking
  • Some experience in and with software development projects

Language Skills

As the Master´s programme is entirely delivered in English, it is particularly suitable for applicants from the EU and overseas who are eligible for postgraduate studies in Germany. You have to prove your English skills by

  • Provide evidence of your high level of proficiency in English (not older than two years at date of enrollment) equivalent to at least:
    • TOEFL paper-based version 550, or
    • TOEFL computer-based version 213, or
    • TOEFL internet-based version 79 (TOEFL code for Heilbronn University 2751), or
    • IELTS minimum 6.0, or
    • Cambridge Certificate CAE minimum C, or
    • AACSB English B2 Ability Test minimum approved.