Software Engineering and Management (MSEM)

Entry Requirements

The following-mentioned admission requirements comply with the statutes of the Master's programme Software Engineering and Management which can be downloaded here.

Diploma or Bachelor Degree

The Master in Software Engineering and Management is feasible for you, if:

  • you own a Diploma or Bachelor's degree in computer science or a closely-related field, or
  • you own a Diploma or Bachelor's degree in another field, and can submit proof of academic and/or vocational experience in computer science gained over a period of at least three years.


Applicants should have an excellent or good European first degree (a German average grade of 2.5 or better) or an equivalent international qualification (as a rule, awarded with distinction, but finally we need your uni-assist certificateto check it).

ECTS Equivalence

We require a first degree of 210 ETCS credits. Applicants with a first degree in computer science who have achieved a minimum of 180 ECTS credits may also apply; they will be requested to obtain an extra 30 ECTS credits in appropriate Bachelor programmes at Heilbronn University (e.g. in the Bachelor's programme Software Engineering).

If your first degree is equivalent to more than 210 ECTS credits in relevant contents, we may accept some of your courses beforehand. Therefore, you can apply after getting admission in the Master´s programme Software Engineering and Management.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Experience

Your first degree or other educational/vocational experience should prove the following prerequisites:

  • Good programming skills in at least one modern programming language
  • Sound knowledge of mathematics
  • Ability of abstract logical thinking
  • Some experience in and with software development projects

Language Skills*

As the Master´s programme is entirely delivered in English, it is particularly suitable for applicants from the EU and overseas who are eligible for postgraduate studies in Germany. You have to prove your English skills by

  • Provide evidence of your high level of proficiency in English (not older than two years at date of enrollment) equivalent to at least:
    • TOEFL paper-based version 550, or
    • TOEFL computer-based version 213, or
    • TOEFL internet-based version 79 (TOEFL code for Heilbronn University 2751), or
    • IELTS minimum 6.0, or
    • Cambridge Certificate CAE minimum C, or
    • AACSB English B2 Ability Test minimum approved.
* Only native speakers of English are exempt from this requirement. A native speaker is considered to be someone who was raised in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, USA.