Computer Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, German (book IELTS)
University rank #82 (WUR) ,
The Master of Science degree program in computer science is a two-year program is open to highly qualified foreign and German students with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science or similar discipline.


The curriculum includes a selection of courses of the department for computer science (theory of algorithms, computer architecture, software engineering, foundations of artificial intelligence, image processing and computer graphics, databases and information systems), a wide variety of advanced courses offered in computer science, numerical analysis and application modules of other disciplines (eg, mathematics, microsystems technology, psychology, medicine, economics, physics, bioinformatics, cognitive science) offered. Students specialize in one of three areas:

  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Cognitive Technical Systems
  • information Systems

Seminars, internships and an extensive master project complete the master's curriculum and promote the social and transferable skills of the students. The thesis covers a period of six months and their presentations, conducted in one of the working groups of the department for computer science.


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Programme Structure

The Master programme in Computer Science has a very flexible curriculum. There are few mandatory subjects and a lot of electives. At the same time the programme focusses on the foundations needed to develop cutting-edge applications. First of all, students have to choose one or two key courses. Key courses are courses which introduce the students to the research areas represented at the Department of Computer Science and lay the basis for the specialisation area to be chosen. The following key courses are offered:

  • Algorithm Theory (always in English)
  • Image Processing and Computer Graphics (always in English)
  • Databases and Information Systems (always in German)
  • Software Engineering (summer term 2015 in German, summer term 2016 in English)
  • Foundations of Artificial Intelligence (summer term 2015 in English, summter term 2016 in German)
  • Computer Architecture (summer term 2015 in German, summer term 2016 in English)

After that, students can specialise in one of the following three specialisation areas:

  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Cognitive Technical Systems

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS

    A very flexible curriculum and the large variety of elective courses offered give you the opportunity to shape your individual profile.

  • Languages
    • English
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

The academic and language requirements for the MSc. Computer Science programme are:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Informatics with a result of at least 80% or 3.0 out of 4
  • IELTS test

Our Master's programme aims at the development of both practical and theoretical skills. Mathematical analyses and proofs play an important part in the curriculum. Also, true mastery of the practical sides of computer science requires mastery of its theoretical foundations. Therefore a profound basic knowledge in theoretical computer science (formal languages, automata theory etc.) is an important pre-requisite for admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    290 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 145 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    290 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 145 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Freiburg

  • 790 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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