Entrance Examination for the Master Course Distributed Software Systems

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Important Dates

The application phase for the winter semester 2021/22 will start on June 1, 2021. Please carefully review the application information on the TU Darmstadt webpage on Application and Admission for International Degree-Seeking Students first.

If you submit your application later than the deadline stated on the webpage linked above, a participation in the entrance examination for the semester you applied for will be impossible.

The entrance exam for the winter semester 2021/22 takes place on September 8th 2021.

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.

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

For the admission to the master course Distributed Software Systems

Whether the completed study course is suitable for an admission (with or without imposed conditions) to the master course 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 course differs essentially in quality, level, learning outcome, workload or profile from the above stated reference study course.

If the completed study course provides essentially the same competences, an applicant will be admitted to the master course 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 If the imposed conditions are not met within the first academic year, the admission will be withdrawn.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 course is not possible.

If the absolved study course differs essentially from the reference study course, an admission to the master course 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 course Distributed Software Systems at TU Darmstadt.

  • Entrance exam (example)
  • Exemplary book recommendations for the preparation
  • Short description of course contents relevant for the entrance exam (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. Please always use the Institutional Code 2249 (Technical University Darmstadt) for the submission of your results. 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 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.