Application Master's Program

It’s easy to apply for the Master’s program in “IT Systems Engineering“ at Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), regardless of whether you are a German or a foreign prospective student.

Please apply between 1 November and 15 January (for the summer semester) or between 1 April and 15 July (for the winter semester) using the appropriate online portal from uni-assist e.V. Afterwards, please also submit the necessary application documents to uni-assist.

Foreign Applicants additionally need to contact the International Students Office (Akademische Auslandsamt) at the University of Potsdam. Here you can also get advice on how to provide proof of German language proficiency.

Uni-assist first checks your application and then forwards it to the corresponding commission at HPI for a final review and to implement  the admission procedure.

Application Documents

The application documents include:

  • the signed application for admission
  • a certified copy of the first university degree

If you do not yet have a degree, you can still apply by means of a performance record as a certificate substitute. This may be done on the condition that at the time of the application proof can be provided of at least the following credits:

  • 140 credits in Bachelor’s degree programs with 180 total credits
  • 170 credits in Bachelor’s degree programs with 210 total credits
  • 200 credits in Bachelor’s degree programs with 240 total credits

A preliminary final grade, as determined by your educational institution, must be reported.  

  • Curriculum Vitae in German or English 
  • a letter of motivation in which you give your reasons for the intended Master’s study at HPI and your goals associated with it

If applicable, you are welcome to include the following additional information with your application documents: 

  • up to two letters of recommendation from university instructors who are not HPI Bachelor graduates
  • proof of study and research abroad as well as internships and professional working experience
  • proof of professional activities carried out after completion of your first professional certification 
  • proof of awards or honors for outstanding achievements in teaching and research
  • proof of other relevant qualifications 

Applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of German language proficiency for university entry or submit its equivalent.


An admissions commission reviews the applications that were submitted in a complete and timely manner and then makes a decision. A total of 60 places for a Master’s study are awarded each year – to the best applicants.

Even if you do not completely fulfill all of the requirements, you still have a chance to be admitted to the program. The Commission might decide that you need to attend certain HPI classes in the Bachelor’s program.

For more details on the admission procedure, please refer to Admission Regulations for the Master's Program (.pdf).

Application Assistance


For questions regarding the academic programs please contact:

Prof. Dr. Mathias Weske
Coordinator for the Master's Program
E-Mail: mathias.weske(at)hpi.de

For questions regarding the application process:

Ilona Pamperin
Administration office, Hasso-Plattner-Institut
E-Mail: studienreferat(at)hpi.uni-potsdam.de