Applications for a Master’s degree programme At a glance

The following shows you how to apply for a master’s degree programme. Places are limited, and admissions are awarded according to qualification. Please follow these steps to complete your application:

1. Check the requirements

The requirements for master’s degree programmes vary according to the subject.
Select the programme you are interested in to see more detailed information:

Master’s degree programmes: overview and information

Applied Computer Science (AIM) WiSe/SoSe15.07./15.01.Esslingen Hill Top
Applied Surface und Material SciencesWiSe/SoSe15.07./15.01.Esslingen City Centre
Applied Socio-Educational Research SoSe15.01.Esslingen Hill Top
Automotive Systems WiSe31.03.Esslingen City Centre
Biotechnology (part-time)WiSe/SoSe15.07./15.01.external
Design and Development in Automotive and Mechanical EngineeringWiSe31.03.Esslingen City Centre
Energy Systems and Energy Management  WiSe/SoSe15.07./15.01.Esslingen City Centre
Automotive Engineering  SoSe15.01.Esslingen City Centre
Innovation Management WiSe/SoSe15.07./15.01.Esslingen Hill Top
International Industrial Management (MBA) WiSe31.03.Esslingen Hill Top
Mechatronics/Systems Engineering WiSe/SoSe15.07./15.01.Göppingen (etc.)
Resource Efficiency in Mechanical Engineering SoSe15.01.Esslingen City Centre
Smart Factory WiSe/SoSe15.07./15.01.Göppingen
Environmental Protection  WiSe/SoSe15.07./15.01.Esslingen City Centre

Enrol directly for the following Master's programmes

2. Applications

This is an overview of the online application platforms and requirements for each master's programme:


Online portal for applications to a Master’s degree programme

3. Sending your application portfolio by post

Check that you have all the necessary documentation.

Checklist for master’s degree programmes

Send your application portfolio by post by the relevant deadline (the date of arrival at the University counts, not the date of the postmark) to:

Hochschule Esslingen – Esslingen University of Applied Sciences
-Zulassungsamt- Admissions Office -
Kanalstraße 33
73728 Esslingen am Neckar

4. Finished! Now wait for your admission

After you have submitted your complete application portfolio, your application will be processed and you will be informed of the result as soon as possible.
Tip: The earlier you send us your portfolio, the sooner we can process it and ask you to send any missing documents in time.


Further information about your Master’s application

I obtained my first degree abroad. Can I apply for a master’s programme in Esslingen with my bachelor’s degree / diploma?

Yes, but you have to get your foreign qualification accredited and possibly provide proof of German language knowledge.

1. Getting your foreign qualifications recognised in germany

Please apply for accreditation in time, as the accreditation certificate has to be included in your application portfolio.

  • German applicants with a foreign bachelor’s degree certificate / diploma should inquire at the  Admissions Office for details.
  • Foreign applicants with a foreign bachelor’s degree certificate / diploma have to get their certificates accredited by the University of Constance (Studienkolleg Konstanz). The University checks to see whether your qualifications are comparable to German university entrance qualifications and calculates a grade according to the German grading system. 

To the Studienkolleg Konstanz (foreign applicants)


Our courses are taught mainly in German. Foreign nationals with foreign certificates must therefore provide proof of having passed a German language test, at the latest when they enrol at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. We accept the following certificates:

What documentation should I submit?

In the checklist, you will find a list of all the documents that you need for your application.

Checklist for your application

All information about the certificates and other documents you will need to submit is listed on the programme webpages (see above).

Can I apply for the winter and summer semester?

Not all master’s degree programmes start in both semesters. Please see the table above for details.

I will complete my first degree after the deadline. Can I still apply?

You can apply with your current transcript, and then bring your final transcripts and diploma when you register.

Administration fees and Student Union contributions

The following fees are generally compulsory at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and must be paid on time every semester:

  • Student Union fee
  • Student body fee
  • Administration fees

You will receive further details with your registration papers.

Exemption from payment of Student Union fees

Students with severe disabilities can be partially exempted from paying Student Union fees.

If, due to your severe disability, you are entitled to free use of public transport, you can apply for reimbursement of the amount that is paid for the StudiTicket. When you register, please pay the full Student Union fee and apply for reimbursement to the Student Union (Studierendenwerk) Stuttgart, Rosenbergstr. 18, 70174 Stuttgart with a copy of your disabled person’s pass (no form required).

Tuition Fees

No tuition fees

In Baden-Württemberg, the following groups are not required to pay tuition fees:

  • German students
  • students who are nationals of a member state of the European Union or another signatory state to the Agreement on the European Economic Area
  • international students who have a German university entrance qualification

Applicants for a Second Degree

Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or a master’s degree have to pay tuition fees of 650 euros per semester.

Tuition fees for advanced Master’s degree courses in collaboration with external institutions

The following fees apply to certain master’s degree courses:

Information about fees for master’s programmes that are offered in collaboration with an external institution should be obtained from the relevant institution.

International students

Students who are not nationals of a member state of the European Union or another signatory state of the Agreement on the European Economic Area are fundamentally required to pay tuition fees. The fees for international students are 1,500 euros per semester. The law provides for a few exceptions, however, whereby international students are exempt from tuition fees. If you fulfil these criteria and provide us with the appropriate documentation to prove this in due time before you enrol, you will not have to pay the tuition fees for international students.

Application form for exemption from payment of tuition fees

Form for exemption from payment of tuition fees

Please submit the German form and relevant documentation together with your application portfolio. These must arrive before the application deadline. 

Note on tuition fees

It may be possible to be exempted from the payment of tuition fees during a sabbatical semester, a compulsory practical semester or if you have disabilities. Further exemptions may be made in certain exceptional circumstances for international students. Further information can be found under the Ministry for Science, Research and Art (Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst).

Data privacy information for students

How Esslingen University of Applied Sciences deals with your data, and your rights

We herewith wish to inform you how Esslingen University of Applied Sciences processes your personal data, also about your rights under the data protection provisions (Art. 13, 14 and 21 EU-GDPR).

Data privacy information


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