The Hasso Plattner Institute offers degree programs in “IT Systems Engineering” that are unique Germany-wide. It is a practical form of computer science study that places special emphasis on the conception and development of complex software systems. The education at Hasso Plattner Institute is tuition free.
Research in HPI’s topic areas is carried out in Potsdam and internationally at the Hasso Plattner Institute Research School. It is distinguished by its high scientific standard, practical approach and close cooperation with industry. The primary focus of HPI’s research is on highly complex IT systems.
The Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam is unique on the German university landscape. Besides offering a one-of-a- kind study program in IT Systems Engineering, it is the first privately financed university institute.
The Hasso Plattner Institute has educational programs for both high school students and working professionals. It operates its own IT learning platform - openHPI - which provides free online courses. The Youth Academy organizes computer science camps and events for high school students. Professionals can take advantage of educational opportunities in the field of Design Thinking at the HPI Academy.
If you already hold a Bachelor´s Degree in the field of IT Systems Engineering or in a similar equivalent field of studies, and if you have achieved excellent grades as part of that degree and are interested in our study goals and content, we look forward to receiving your application.
Our capacity is limited due to the fact that we guarantee our Master´s students small study groups and the support of an individual professor. 60 students are accepted into the Master´s Program each year. Enrollment is possible in summer and winter semester. The application deadline is January 15 for summer semester and July 15 for winter semester. Submitted applications are evaluated by the Master´s Program Admissions Board at our institute.
Goal of the Master´s Program - Preparation for Leadership Positions
Graduates from the Master´s Program are given the academic and practical tools needed to take up leading industry positions such as system architects and project managers.
The study content of the Master's Program is predominantly process-oriented. The processes of development, distribution and use of software systems play a great role in the program. The prerequisite for entry into the Master's program is the completion of product-oriented academic training.
In addition to specializations in IT engineering, students also acquire so-called "soft skills" which form a major part of successful project management in software project development.
For Specialization 1 and 2 you can choose from the following groups:
Business Process & Enterprise Technologies
Human Computer Interaction & Computer Graphics Technology
Internet & Security Technology
Operating Systems & Information Systems Technology
Software Architecture & Modeling Technology
There are no prescribed core courses in the Master´s program. The course offerings are designed to offer a variety of choices.
Scope of the Master´s Program
Timeframe: 4 contact hours (ch) each
A student must have achieved a minimum of 75 graded credit points to receive a Master´s Degree:
24 credit points in Software Engineering, of which a least 18 must be graded
18 credit points in Soft Skills, of which a least 12 must be graded
33 credit points in two selected specializations with at least 15 credit points each, of which at least 12 must be graded.
Closing date for applications: July 15 (winter term) or January 15 (summer term)
Since the academic year 2011-12, HPI offers a Master's program which is designed to lead up to a Ph.D. degree. The "Ph.D. Track" allows top candidates to enroll directly from a completed Bachelor's degree into HPI's Ph.D. program. The program which addresses outstanding students is open to both, HPI students and external applicants from Germany and abroad.
Application deadline for the Master's Program at HPI ist July 15 for the winter term and January 15 for the summer term.