Institut für Kognitionswissenschaft

Institute of Cognitive Science

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Admission Regulations for the Master Program

Applicants must have a Bachelor degree in Cognitive Science (or a comparable degree) in order to study Cognitive Science in the Master Program at the University of Osnabrueck. Applicants with a Bachelor degree (or comparable degree) in Artificial Intelligence, Biology, Computer Science, (Computational) Linguistics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy or Psychology are eligible for admission to the Master Program.

Students are required to have a good command of English from the beginning of their studies in order to understand lectures, participate in discussions, and take examinations. Proficiency in English is to be verified through an IELTS test with a score of at least 5.0 or "Computer Based Testing" TOEFL score of at least 213 or a "Internet Based Testing" TOEFL score of at least 80 or a TOEFL score of at least 550 or by equivalent certificates of qualification. (Native speakers of English are exempt from this regulation.)

Information about these tests can be found here and at





A written confirmation of six years of school English with an average mark better than 3.0 according to the German marking system (or an equivalent mark) from the two final school years also suffices to meet the requirements.

For details see Regulations.

How to apply

Did you receive your Bachelor degree (or equivalent) from a German university or are you a German national?

YESThen apply at the Registrar's Office ("Studierendensekretariat") of the University of Osnabrück.
Please fill in the online application.
Applications must be sent in by July 15th (winter semester) or by January 15th (summer semester).
NO, neither of the above

Then apply at the service office ASSIST.
Please fill in the following application form: word-filepdf-file.
Applications must be sent in by June 15th (winter semester) or by December15th (summer semester).

Please send your application to the address given in the application form.

Students who do not have a Bachelor degree in Cognitive Science must include in their application materials a statement explaining why they wish to change their previous field of study and obtain a Master Degree in Cognitive Science. Please be as specific as possible.

It is not required and we do not encourage you to include a picture of yourself in the CV (which is a necessary document for the application).

The Master Program accepts students for the summer semester and for the winter semester. The application deadlines are listed above.
Concerning applications via ASSIST, we strongly recommend that you send your application as early as possible. Open questions can then be settled within the application period and before the deadline.

More information for international students

If you have questions about the application process itself contact the admissions office. Many international students have to apply via UniAssist, questions concerning their process need to be taken up with them. The status of your application can usually be reviewed online, in doubt contact the admissions office.