Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Application for the Master's Program

Thank you for your interest in studying a master's program at Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI). The application for a master's program takes place in the first step via the University of Potsdam. An overview of the required documents and the steps to be accomplished can be found on the page below.

1. Online Application

The application for our master degree programs is done via the University of Potsdam's application portal. Register for the uni-assist portal and answer the basic questions. Please note that you must enter a current address for the postal delivery of decision notices to you! 

Your application materials will be reviewed preliminarily by uni-assist e.V. and then forwarded for the next stages – the application review and the admissions processes – to the relevant Examining Boards at the University of Potsdam. The University of Potsdam is responsible for conducting the admissions procedure.

Application for an advanced semester of study

If you are or have already been enrolled in the same or a similar master's degree program at the HPI, the University of Potsdam or another degree-granting institution, then you must first submit an Application for Recognition of Previous Academic Credentials to the relevant examining board. If you are placed in the first semester, then apply as described above through uni-assist e.V.

International Applicants

The same application procedure applies to international applicants.

Application Periods

Summer semester: November1st - December1st (for German language programs only)
Winter semester: April1st - June1st


Application via uni-assist e.V.


Please note:

  • The application for a master's degree is only possible within the application deadlines!

  • Application for the summer semester only for the IT Systems Engineering, Cybersecurity and Data Engineering program possible.
  • The application deadlines are limitation periods and mandatory. Your application must be received by uni-assist in the required form by the application deadline (by the end of the application deadline 11:59 PM CET/CEST). The date and  and timestamp of submission of your online application form is determinative.

  • After the deadline has passed, it is no longer possible to submit an application or to submit additional documents.

2. General Application Materials

When you apply for a first semester, the following documents must be submitted as pdf or scan via your online application form or via your personal documents folder of your uni-assist account:

1. Proof of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent first degree from a higher education institution

For an application without a formally completed degree, the following minimum number of credit points must be documented at the time of application with a current transcript of records or confirmation issued by the institution of higher education regarding the current total number of credit points achieved up to that point:        

  • at least 140 credit points for bachelor’s degree programs with a total of 180 credit points
  • at least 170 credit points for bachelor’s degree programs with a total of 210 credit points
  • at least 200 credit points for bachelor’s degree programs with a total of 240 credit points

2. Proof of the content and structure of your academic training. This can be provided in the form of a Diploma Supplement, module catalogues, or study and examination regulations. If your academic achievements were completed at an institution of higher education other than the University of Potsdam, then your document must contain information on credit points as well as information regarding the form, content, and examination modalities.

3. If applicable, translations by a sworn translator. If your academic transcripts were issued in a language other than German or English, a translation of these documents by a sworn translator must also be uploaded via the admission and enrollment portal.

4. If applicable, a placement notification for the first semester. In order to learn more about the placement notification and under what circumstances it is necessary we recommend you read the section Application Documents and Transfer to the University of Potsdam and Change of Degree Program of our Frequently Asked Questions page. Application for admission to an advanced semester with a respective placement notice must be submitted directly to the Chair of the Examining Board of the master's degree program.

5. Additional program-specific documentation for each master’s degree program (see lists below).

Attention: Important information for the winter semester 2023/24

  • You must upload the online application and your application documents to the uni-assist e.V. application portal. You submit your online application by submitting your online application form electronically to uni-assist. No documents need to be submitted to uni-assist e.V. by mail. Please do not send application documents by mail or e-mail directly to the University of Potsdam.

3. Additional Documents for the Individual Degree Programs

Please refer to the overview below to find out which additional documents you need to upload for your chosen degree program in the application portal of uni-assist e.V.

Master Cybersecurity

Master Data Engineering

Master Digital Health

Master IT Systems Engineering

Master Software Systems Engineering

4. Admission

Following timely receipt and completeness, an admissions committee reviews all applications submitted.

 HPI offers each academic year 2023/24 a total of:   

    Helpful Materials

    General Regulations

    Entry and Admissions Regulations

    For the deadlines for admission, only § 6 para. 3 of the General Admission Regulations applies.

    Study Regulations


    Contact Persons

    For specific questions concerning the degree programs or application requirements please contact the contact persons in charge below: 

    Prof. Dr. Dörr

    Master's program Cybersecurity

    Prof. Dr. Christian Dörr
    Tel.: +49-(0)331 5509-4950
    E-Mail: studinfo-ma-cybersec(at)hpi.de


    Master's program Data Engineering

    Prof. Dr. Felix Naumann
    Tel.: +49-(0)331 5509-280
    E-Mail: felix.naumann(at)hpi.de

    Master's program Digital Health

    Prof. Dr. Bert Arnrich
    Tel.: +49-(0)331 5509-167
    E-Mail: studinfo_digitalhealth(at)hpi.de 

    Holger Giese

    Master's program IT Systems Engineering

    Prof. Dr. Prof. Giese
    Tel.: +49-(0)331 5509-4808
    E-Mail: studinfo(at)hpi.de


    Prof. Dr. Gerard de Melo

    Master's program Software Systems Engineering

    Prof. Dr. Gerard de Melo
    Tel.: +49-(0)331 5509-4906
    E-Mail: studinfo(at)hpi.de


    Consultant for Studies and Teaching

    For questions regarding the application process please contact:

    Johanna Schulz
    Tel.: +49 (0)331 5509-4808
    E-Mail: studinfo(at)hpi.de