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Application for the first semester Master study programmes

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Commencing studies in the first semester in our Master study programmes is possible in both the winter and summer semesters. To find out which master study programmes you may apply for in the winter and summer semesters, please click here. An overview of the application process schedule can be found in our schedule for student applicants.


This information is relevant for student applicants with a German university entrance qualification only! Student applicants with an international entrance qualification must follow our application instructions for "International prospective students (degree students)".

In order to be granted access to a Master study programme a first university degree qualifying you for a profession or a degree awarded by a state or state-recognised vocational academy is to be verified. You may also submit your application if you are not yet in possession of your first degree, up until the point in time that the application deadline expires. We will then require an overview of grades with the projected average grade. Further subject-specific admission requirements are regulated by the study regulations of the respective Master study programme.

Submit your application quickly and easily using the online portal from 1 May onwards for a Master study programme starting in the winter semester WS (1 September) and from 1  December for a study programme starting in the summer semester SS (1 March). For the online application the

  • electronic entry of your application data and
  • the uploading of a passport photo is sufficient.

For this reason please always follow the steps exactly, enter your information truthfully using the online form and carefully check your entries. Incorrect or incomplete information can subsequently lead to your exclusion from the process. Once completed please send your application electronically by mouse click to the HTW Dresden.

In addition, a signed admission application and certain verifications must be submitted in single copy. We will inform you in detail during the online application as to which documentation we require. All application documentation required as necessary at a glance:

  • Application for admission
  • Certificate of the first university degree which qualifies for a profession
  • Attachment M - if you are about to complete your first studies which will qualify you for a profession.
  • Attachment for Master study programme (processing file)
  • Certificate of ex-matriculation
  • Overview of academic performance - If you have terminated a previous Master studies programme or are due to terminate one, please attach an overview of all study / examination grades stating the number of attempts, verified by the examination office of your previous university / universities; this shall also apply if you have not yet achieved any grades.
  • Module or subject descriptions for study programme assessments and examinations not passed on the final attempt

Please submit your application including the necessary documentation in time to our application address.

Please note that your application will be opened by machine. For this reason please do not use transparent pockets, folders, staples or paperclips. Your application will only be processed after its receipt by post. The processing status of your application can be followed at any time with both transparency and ease via your personal portal access.


Application deadlines

  • 1 May until 15 July for studies commencing from the winter semester
  • 1 December until 15 January for studies commencing from the summer semester

Prior applications: If you have previously applied to the HTW Dresden or were previously a student at our university, you will be unable to access previously submitted documentation in the new application process.

Studying at the HTW Dresden stipulates admission for every study programme, which is issued subsequent to a successful electronic application via the online portal.

Our Master study programmes are, however, limited in terms of admissions. In other words, there is only a limited number of places available. These places are allocated directly at the HTW Dresden as part of a selection process.

If the number of places per study programme is insufficient, selection limits are determined subsequent to the completion of the selection process, the so-called Numerus Clausus. An overview of the selection limits of the previous year can be found here.

Excepting a place: 
You must except your place within a deadline of two weeks after being awarded admission. To do so, go to your personal portal and print out the declaration of acceptance and submit this together with any necessary verifications as required.

Post-graduate fee: 
Pursuant to Section 12 Para 4 of the SächsHSFG tuition fees are charged if

  • the studies lead to an additional university degree and professional qualification, and are not a master study programme on the basis of a bachelor study programme and
  • the applicant already has a Master, Diploma or graduate degree, or a degree subsequent to successfully completing a state or ecclesiastical final examination
  • the total study duration of the study programme exceeds the standard study period of the studies to date by six semesters.

A fee is charged on the basis of a notification of charges and stands at €300.00 per semester. This can be waived if particularly challenging social and financial circumstances can be proven.

The student union The student union is available to students with regard to any financial, social and cultural matters, and is also your contact partner for these concerns:

  • The application for federal student financial aid (BAföG) (Bundesausbildungsförderung [BAföG]) - should be submitted in time, preferably two months before beginning your studies, using the official application form.
  • Should you require a place of student residence, you should contact the coordinator responsible for organising your place of student residence immediately after receiving your confirmation of admission.

Requests and requirements for student financial aid (BAföG) applications and places of residence should only be addressed to the student union for Dresden.

Last changed: 03.05.2019  |  Author: Department of Student Affairs