Beratung Master

Heading for a master’s degree

The next milestone!
Consultation at the master service centre
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Are you already been studying in an advanced semester of your bachelor’s programme and would like to look for a suitable master’s programme? Even towards the end of their studies, many students still do not know exactly what they are about to do afterwards which is rather normal. Having said that, however, you should get to grips with this issue early on as you should apply for master’s programmes by specific deadlines, too.

Similar to your transition from school to university, there are also some steps to take:

  • Collect information.
  • Bear deadlines in mind.
  • Clear up your preferences, skills, interests, and your plans for the future.

Helpful questions

Determining the location of your studies — Where do you come from and where do you want to go? Show content

Ideally, you already dealt with this question before having chosen your undergraduate programme. Now, it is time to take stock (again):

  • Do you enjoy academic work and are excited about the prospect of spending the next one and a half to two years specializing in my field of study?
  • Do you already have professional goals for which a master’s degree is essential? (motivation to study)
  • What are you interested in?
  • Which problems would you like to solve?
  • What do you do in your free time?
  • What do you enjoy reading?
  • What types of films do you enjoy watching?
  • What kind of information do you look for on the Internet?
  • Which areas, lectures, seminars of your studies did you enjoy the most?
  • What did you miss in your previous study programme(s)? (interests)
  • What are you particularly good at?
  • What can you do easily?
  • What do you manage well?
  • What methods in my studies do you find most important for you? (skills)
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 or 20 years?
  • Which professional and private goals, and values play a role in your life?
  • How much would you like to earn one day?
  • What is important in your life? (values and goals)
  • What would be your dream job?
  • What do you know about the study and career paths as well as current opportunities on the labour market?  (level of knowledge/gaps in knowledge)

With regard to these questions, it is not easy to get to the point at all. Take enough time to consider your answers. Discuss it with different people from your private environment. Would you like to discuss your ideas with someone other than your parents, teachers, siblings or friends? We would be glad to help you in a personal consultation at the Central Academic Advisory Service.

We use different methods to help you finding the ideal master’s programme. To prepare for the consultation, you might have a look of these worksheets which we use during our consultation:

Book of Life
Values and motivations [pdf 719KB] [pdf 105KB]
Career map [pdf 751KB] [pdf 159KB]

Which study programme suits best? Show content

Once you have become aware of who you are and where you want to go, the questions can become more specific.

Have you already answered these questions?

  • Do you want to remain in the town/city where you are currently living or would you like to move elsewhere?
  • Which master’s programmes do you already know that suit your interests?
  • Which master’s programmes do the professors know whose seminars and lectures are you interested in?
  • Which master’s programmes are available at your university?
  • Which subjects or careers do other people think of?
Where can I receive reliable information? Show content

If you are still looking for a sound overview of information on studying, you can also visit these websites…

...or can read this information sheet [pdf 306KB][pdf 306KB]. It includes reliable Internet sources, databases, and tests which we recommend you to use. 

Specific information is, of course, also available on the websites of the particular institutions of higher education, in our Study Programme Database or at education fairs. In addition to their websites, every German institution of higher education also has a central student advisory service where general or specific questions can be clear up in person. Their teams can also provide you general support during the orientation process. 

If you want to have a look at the labour market, you can find reliable information about careers and the German labour market on these websites:

Checklist for applications and admission requirements Show content

Before submitting any application, we recommend you to draw up a checklist first. Below, there are some key points you can use as a guidance:

  • Which admission requirements must you meet?
  • What is the application procedure like?
  • What are the deadlines, are there any other formalities?
  • Can you apply online or must you submit all application documents in paper form?
  • Must the supporting documents be certified?
  • Which criteria are taken into account in the selection at the selected university/study programme? (These may be, for example, average grade in the first undergraduate programme, aptitude test, specific study contents, language skills, practical experience.)
  • For how long is an aptitude test passed valid?
  • How should a motivation letter look like?
How do I come to a decision? Show content

Often it transpires that you are not just looking for the one perfect study programme. There are often many good options with various advantages and disadvantages you can choose from. Don’t let it drive you mad and if you are having doubts, listen to your gut instinct. At some point, it is no longer about gathering and assessing yet more information about yourself or the range of courses on offer or career options, it is time to make a decision. If you are having difficulties with this, why not take a look at our Decision-making aids page.

While searching for the study programme, it often turns out that there is no perfect programme, but a whole range of good options with advantages and disadvantages. Do not let this conclusion drive you crazy. If in doubts, trust your instincts. At some point, it is no longer about gathering and assessing information about yourself, study programmes, or career options. Ultimately, you should decide. If you experience any troubles while reaching a decision, you may use one of these methods.

Central Student Advisory Service
University Main Building / SSZ
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Opening hours:
The Central Student Advisory Service does not offer personal services at the moment.

Consultations can also take place via phone.

Please write us an e-mail and request a call back (German phone numbers only).
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