The profile evaluation is the customary question in all the discussion groups and forums related to Germany’s study opportunities. While it is natural that one could be anxious about their chances of getting an admission, these are generally considered annoying questions. This is because there is no ‘exact’ procedure for analysis of one’s profile. However, no one can accurately tell how your profile will fare against all the other ones in your specific domain and the university. Here is some useful information about Profile Evaluation for Masters in Germany.
Although this is the most challenging process to generalise, we have presented a brief overview for each criterion and attempted to establish a general assessment process. We assume this would help anyone who wants a rough estimation of their chances of being accepted.
Bachelors degree percentage or GPA
This is without a doubt the most critical criterion for entry. Universities (including Technische Universität) are more affected than Fachhochschulen. Fachhochschulen, in general, values related job experience, but in the case of TUs, the GPA of your Bachelors degree is highly appreciated.
Suppose you have job experience that is important to your path. Not only can it help you get into university, but it will also make pursuing part-time work and even jobs after your Masters degree much more accessible. (However, students with a Bachelors degree have some other advantages!)
Statement of Purpose (SOP)
It is the only document that tells the admissions committee your personal story. Moreover, this document includes information about your motivation, desires, thoughts, and plans, among other items. However, a strong SOP will place you ahead of your competitors. This is the third most relevant document in your application, in our view.
Letter of Recommendations
LORs are highly respected and given significant consideration in Europe at large and more so in Germany. If possible, get your LORs from people in higher positions in your organisation. They matter a lot to your profile and image.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Although your CV is just a display of all your academic and professional achievements, it is essential to crafting it well. This is the only document that’s scanned through in the first phase of the selection process. So it does play a critical role in your application.
IELTS / TOEFL
Contrary to popular belief, these tests are not as necessary in most cases. These are tests to check your English language proficiency. Besides, this is just an eligibility criterion for a Masters course in any foreign university. If your IELTS band is more than 6.5, you’re eligible. It does not have a significant influence on your profile evaluation for a technical course.
Only a handful of German universities will require you to produce your GRE scorecard. If GRE is a mandatory requirement for the course, then it is an essential criterion for admission. In such a case, the focus is given more to your Quant score, which indicates your expertise in math.
If GRE is listed as a non-mandatory requirement, it still carries a good value. However, if GRE is not listed as an admission requirement, it will NOT be given any consideration.
Internships, Workshops and Extracurricular Activities
Something important to your course will add to the strength of your profile. Internships will improve the perspective. They are excellent fillers for educational voids and summer vacations. You are a proactive student if you engage in seminars and extracurricular events. Add all of the essential and appropriate interactions to your application because they will be respected.
Research Papers, Patents
If you have published a journal or a conference paper, it will add much credibility to your profile, especially for a TU. The same is true with Fachhochschulen if you own or filed a patent. Further, these are significant indicators of your ability to perform or handle serious tasks.
Class X, Class XII grades
Your SSC and HSC scores, combined with your current GPA, give information about how consistent are you with your academic performance. If it shows an increasing trend and consistency, it is a positive thing.
You can get away without any German language certificates for most of the English taught courses. However, if the program is wholly or partially taught in German, you are expected to complete at least level B1 before applying. This is an eligibility criterion, just like IELTS/TOFEL.
Although you can admit, it is not a good idea to travel to Germany without German knowledge. You will find almost everything (official documents, signboards, place names etc.) in German, and it can be overwhelming and frustrating if you don’t have a basic understanding. Complete at least A1 level while in India.
If students have backlogs, they are more likely to have a low GPA, preventing them from being admitted. If, on the other hand, you have a good GPA but a few backlogs, you will have the opportunity to explain them in your SOP. Make use of this and have ample justifications.
If your overall profile has a positive impression, backlogs might be ignored since retaking the exams is common in German universities.
We have given in the table below the criteria and their relative importance.
|Criterion||Relative Importance (%)|
|Bachelors GPA (min. 60%)||50|
|Work Experience (2-4 years)||10|
|Class X, XII GRE IELTS GATE German language||10|
|Internships, Workshops, Research papers, Extracurricular activities||10|
We have answered some questions for your ease.
Q1. Why is a Bachelors grade so important?
Ans. Your Bachelors GPA is so essential mainly because of the high number of multinational applicants and a variety of grading systems. It would be a painful job for the admission committee to find common ground to compare the students.
Q2. What can I do to improve my chances if my Bachelors grade is less?
Ans. Here are few things that can offset the effect of a low GPA and put you in a slightly better position to receive an admit.
- Collect strong recommendation letters
- Score well on admissions tests, interviews (if any)
- Take up relevant Internships
- Do relevant online courses and get certifications
- Attend workshops, conferences
Thus, this was our complete guide on profile evaluation for a Masters degree in Germany. We truly hope we were able to further resolve any queries you might have had about Profile Evaluation for Masters in Germany.