Get your master’s without a bachelor’s:
Your Master’s for Professionals

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Because years of experience count: Become an academic

Professionally, you have reached many milestones. Now you want to prove you can go even further! Our Master’s for Professionals is your chance to get a master’s degree without a bachelor’s as an experienced manager or expert. You get to choose from a selection of master’s and MBA programmes from seven subject areas – including health and social affairs, IT and technology or business and management. 

  • Admission without a bachelor’s degree

    Qualify for your preferred study programme – through long-standing professional experience and by passing our entrance exam. 

  • Combining work & studies

    Our study programme is easy to adapt to your busy lifestyle – thanks to maximum flexibility.  

  • State-approved

    We stand for innovative education – state-approved and accredited.  

Get ahead – with your Master’s for Professionals

Boost your career

You improve your career perspectives and get the chance to take on even bigger responsibilities. 

Get a raise

Your degree can help you when negotiating your salary in your old or new job*. 

Accept new challenges

You acquire new competences or qualify for new fields where your expertise is in high demand. 

Grow personally and professionally

You gain practical knowledge and also develop yourself personally.  

*Source: Graduates' survey 2021 

Admission requirements for your Master’s for Professionals

  • Standard admission requirements
    • A levels/ vocational diploma or 
      Completed vocational training of at least 2 years (DQR* level 4) relevant to your preferred study programme and 
    • Master craftsman’s certificate / advanced training relevant to your preferred study programme (at least DQR level 6) 
  • Professional experience

    At least 10 years of professional experience relevant to your preferred study programme, including at least 6 years in a leading or expert role (at least level DQR 6*)  

  • Master’s entrance exam

    The master’s entrance exam at IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) consists of two parts: 

    • Term paper (approx. 40 pages), allotted time: 12 weeks (full-time)  
    • Oral exam (30 minutes) 


*One-time fee for master’s entrance exam: 500€ (includes the course "Academic Work"). The entrance exam must be taken at IU. If you start your master’s programme at IU on the basis of this exam, you cannot change to another university to continue your programme. ;

5 Steps to start your Master’s for Professionals

Apply online

Apply online for your preferred study programme and upload your signed contract as well as all necessary documents.

Pass our eligibility check

We will review whether your qualifications match the admission requirements.  

Take your master’s entrance exam

If you fulfill the admission requirements, you are eligible for the master’s entrance exam and will be granted access to the course “Academic Work” on our online campus.  

Receive your admission letter 

If you pass your master’s entrance exam, your study contract becomes legally effective and you will receive your admission letter.  

Start your online studies

You will receive an E-Mail with the login details for the online campus as well as a tutorial on how to get started. You can start studying right away! 

Find your preferred study programme

Your Master’s for Professionals offers you a selection of 60, 90 or 120 ECTS programmes. Depending on your time model and programme, your tuition fees start at 306€ a month and your studies have a duration of 12 to 36 months. The following areas of study are available to you:  



Master’s for Professionals: Your questions answered

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We are moving

From 01st March the virtual campus of the part-time studies programme is part of the IU distance learning programme and then takes place in this new environment. Nothing else will change for you: You will also benefit from interactive courses via video chat, smart online teaching and the exchange with lecturers and students.

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