Admission requirements and application

General requirements

A Bachelor’s degree (BSc) with a grade “good” (German grading at least 2.5) or higher in agricultural science or equivalent academic and examination achievements in related disciplines with particular relevance to dairy science. The Bachelor’s degree will be the basis for your application to this Master’s degree program.

Language requirements

As all classes are held in English, a good level of English (written and spoken) is mandatory. Students must provide evidence of proficiency in English.

Accepted as proof for language proficiency are the following:

  • TOEFL® ITP (Paper-based test): 580 points (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • TOEFL® iBT (Internet-based test): 90 points
  • IELTS 6.5 points, no band less than 6.0 (International English Language Testing System)
  • Cambridge certificate in Advanced English
  • Equivalent certificate (i.e. CEFR – C1)
  • Two years of English classes at German Schools in “Sekundarstufe II”
  • A stay of six months in a country in which English is the native language              (Countries meeting this requirement are indicated in dark blue on the map in Wikipedia you find here:


Subject-specific entrance criteria

Additionally to the academic and language requirements, subject-specific entrance criteria assessed by the examination board must be met. When applying, you are required to describe and provide proof of the aspects stated below, and include information on relevant knowledge and training skills. Please ensure you respond to these aspects as completely as possible, including details of why you have applied to study this program, and details of how your experience and skills are relevant.

You need to consider the following aspects:

  • What are your professional aims after finishing the master's program and how will the master's program help you to achieve your professional aims?
  • Are there any academic achievements relevant to dairy science that are not reflected in your degree certificate, for example: scholarships, awards, scientific publications or research funds which you have raised?
  • Do you have any work experience relevant to dairy science? Please describe the employment as well as your responsibilities and indicate the respective period(s).
  • Have you done any voluntary work relevant to dairy science? Describe the activity as well as your responsibilities indicating the year and duration.
  • Do you have any experienve of working or studying abroad?

In the online application process you will have a maximum of 4.000 characters including spaces to answer these aspects.

For this program, relevant work experience is welcome but not required.


The application period for the academic year 2019/20 (start of the program October 2019) starts February 1, 2019 and closes April 30, 2019 (deadline for submission of the application is April 30, 2019; 23.59 CEST)

Applications will be processed in May.

In June you will receive a notification on your application success.

Please refrain from enquiries before mid June. Due to the high number of applications, we will not be able to reply to enquiries.

Applications must be submitted through our online application portal, available here.

Please do not send any application documents by post or email as they will not be processed!

Attachments you are going to be asked for:

  • Scan of passport
  • CV (curriculum vitae) - max. 2 pages!
  • University degree certificate
  • Official transcript of records listing all classes
  • Proof of English language proficiency (i.e. language certificate)
  • Proof of special achievements mentioned in your personal declarations (i.e. work experience, voluntary work, scholarships, etc.)
  • Letters of reference (not mandatory)
  • APS Certificate: applicants for China, Vietnam, Mongolia and Taiwan


All provided documents must be of high-quality and in the correct order (e.g. transcript of records). All incomplete applications and unreadable copies of certificates will be rejected. Accepted applicants will later have to provide the originals for enrolment at the University of Kiel.

Important note: For documents in languages other than English or German you need to provide officially certified translations!


German applicants who have not yet received their final BSc certificate please visit this webpage (only available in German):,


For further information please contact the program coordinator