Entrance Requirements

For the master program Distributed Software Systems

The entrance requirement for the master program Distributed Software Systems is a bachelor degree in the field of “Computer Science” at TU Darmstadt (reference study program) or a study program that essentially provides the same competences (comparable  study program).

Entrance Examination

For the admission to the master program Distributed Software Systems

Whether the completed study program is suitable for an admission (with or without imposed conditions) to the master program Distributed Software Systems at TU Darmstadt is determined on the basis of a multiple-stage entrance examination.

1. Stage: Subject-specific examination based on the submitted documents

At first, we will verify, based on the submitted documents, whether the complete study program differs essentially in quality, level, learning outcome, workload or profile from the above stated reference study program.

If the completed study program provides essentially the same competences, an applicant will be admitted to the master program Distributed Software Systems if the applicant fulfills also the formal requirements defined in Stage 3. The admission might be combined with imposed conditions that have to be met within the first academic year, enabling the applicant to compensate missing knowledge, abilities and skills. If the imposed conditions are not met within the first academic year, the admission will be withdrawn. If the imposed condition would exceed the total workload of 30 credit-points (ECTS), an admission to the master program is not possible.

If the absolved study program differs essentially from the reference study program, an admission to the master program is not possible.

If a final decision cannot be made based only on the submitted documents, the respective applicant will be invited to an entrance exam.

2. Stage: Entrance exam

The entrance exam is a written exam with a duration of 90 minutes that will take place at TU Darmstadt.

The exam consists of questions that cover entrance competences defined in the implementation terms for the master program Distributed Software Systems at TU Darmstadt.

Entrance exam for the winter term 2016

Exemplary book recommendations for the preparation

Short description of course contents relevant for the entrance exam to the summer term 2017 (only the courses addressed in the book recommendations will be covered in the exam)

The examination board of the department decides, based on the results of the exam, whether the applicant has the required competences for an admission to the study program.

The admission might be combined with imposed conditions that have to be met within the first academic year, enabling the applicants to compensate missing knowledge, abilities and skills. If the imposed conditions are not met within the first academic year, the admission will be withdrawn. If the imposed condition would exceed the total workload of 30 credit-points (ECTS), an admission to the master program is impossible.

The entrance exam can be taken only once within an application period.

It is possible to get exempted from the entrance exam by proving sufficient scores in the „GRE revised General Test“. To speed up the application process, we highly suggest that applicants directly submit scores of the GRE revised General Test (if available) together with the required documents for the application. The department is currently in the process of applying for an institutional code at GRE. Since this is not yet available for applications for the winter semester 2017/18, we exceptionally accept copies of the GRE statement. Applicants are required to show the original GRE statement during enrolment. If this is not provided, the admission will be withdrawn.

The examination board of the department has defined the scores required for an exemption from the entrance exam for the winter semester 2017/18 as follows:

Verbal Reasoning: at least 153 and
Quantitative Reasoning: at least 159 and
Analytic Writing: at least 3.0

An exemption is also possible if the applicant submits a "Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)" result for Computer Science of 860 points or higher.

3. Stage: Examination of the formal prerequisites

Besides the subject-specific suitability, some formal prerequisites have to be met for taking up the studies (e.g. a degree that is officially recognized in Germany, sufficient language skills). Only applicants fulfilling the formal prerequisites are allowed to take up their studies after passing the entrance examination.

A subject-specific admission is also valid for the following semesters.

Important Dates

Application Deadlines (limitation period):

  • 15. July for the following winter semester
  • 15. January for the following summer semester

If you submit your application later than the above stated deadlines, a participation in the entrance examination for the following semester is impossible.

Dates for the written entrance exam:

  • Mid-August for the following winter semester
  • Mid-February for the following summer semester

We highly recommend to submit the application and the required documents as soon as possible in order to allow for ample time for processing as well as visa and travel arrangements. Note that it is even possible to apply for an earlier deadline and defer enrolment to ensure ample time for visa and travel arrangements after admission.

Contact

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Tim Neubacher

S2|02 D115
Hochschulstraße 10
64289 Darmstadt

+49 6151 16-25518

+49 6151 16-25502

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