Is GRE mandatory for pursuing MS in Germany?

No, GRE is not necessary for MS in Germany. Many colleges in Germany simply consider IELTS or TOEFL score, just to check your competence in English. English skills are checked only if the course is to be taught in English at a particular university. But having a good GRE score can improve your profile. It will also make you eligible to apply for universities which have made it mandatory to give GRE for MS admissions. Target a score of 310+ in GRE for a better chance of getting into top German Universities.

What is GRE?

The GRE Exam (Graduate Record Examination) is a standardized online exam which is compulsory to apply for a Master’s Degree or PHD in any field overseas. You can take the GRE exam any time during a year by selecting a slot for the exam 45 days prior. ETS (Educational Testing Service) is responsible for conducting the exam.

The GRE is conducted in multiple stages, In this test, the difficulty of next section depends upon your performance in previous section. The difficulty level of questions within a section does not change. If you do well in the first verbal section, the difficulty level of second verbal section will automatically increase. The scores for Verbal and Quant sections are between 130 to 170 in one point increments. Analytical writing is scored on a scale of 0 to 6, in 0.5 increments.  

GRE Syllabus

The GRE syllabus basically consists of 3 subjects namely: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Time duration of GRE test is 3 hours and 45 minutes. There are total 6 sections: two sections each on verbal and quantitative reasoning, one section on analytical writing. The sixth section is redundant as it has no role to play in calculation of final score. Math related questions are relatively easy as compared to the English language related questions asked in the exam.

Some colleges in Germany apart from GRE score also require you to score at least a 6.5 band in IELTS, where they teach the course in English. Here is the list of top MS colleges in Germany that accept GRE score:

Top Colleges in Germany accepting GRE scores for MS:

University IELTS band
1 Dresden University of Technology 6
2 University of Kiel
3 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 6.5
4 FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences 6.5
5 Albert Ludwig’s University of Freiburg 7
6 University of Rostock 6
7 University of Gottingen
8 EBS University of Business and Law
9 University of Paderborn 7
10 University of Augsburg 6.5
11 University of Regensburg
12 University of Konstanz 6


Step-Wise Admission Process for MS in Germany

After the US and the UK, Germany is the most popular destination for those planning to pursue their higher studies overseas. Germany is a developed country and spends a huge sum of money in the fields of research and education. Germany provides excellent opportunities for aspiring international graduate students. Here is why you should consider Germany as the destination to pursue your MS:

Cost of living – The overall cost of living in Germany is less in comparison to other popular destinations of learning. For most programmes, they charge very little or even no tuition fees.

Top-notch Universities – There are more top-ranked Universities in Germany than any other country except for the USA and the UK.

World-class Innovation – Germany has a great history in developing new technologies. Therefore, German universities offer an excellent research environment for graduate students, to prosper in the company of innovators.

Step 1: Select a course

Germany is famous for the specialized courses it provides in Mechatronics, Automobile & Automotive courses, Computer Sciences and Energy Studies. Do some research on which is the best university for the course you want to do!


There is a lot of competition for admission in German universities. Expertise on a subject is required along with a strong academic background. Candidates who have done research work are given more preference for admissions. That’s why students with a good GRE score tend to have an additional advantage over students without a GRE/GATE score. Target a 310+ score to increase your chances of getting an admission significantly.

Step 3: Choose a University

After you have your GRE score in hand, narrow down on the universities based on:

  1. Research interest
  2. Budget
  3. Profile

Step 4: Get in touch with Professors

Talk to the professors in the university, who work in the department of your interest. Especially those, who back your ideas for research.  

Step 5: Transcript Attestation

Some German Universities require you to get your undergraduate transcripts attested by the German Embassy. Depending on the state you have studied in, the number of days required to attest your college transcripts may vary.

Step #6: Letter Of Intent

Some German Universities require you to submit a Letter of Intent, telling them why you are passionate about the course and qualified to pursue a Master’s degree.

Step #7:  Learn German

Improve your German Language proficiency. Take a crash course and aim for A-1 grade.

Step #8: Resume

Prepare a Resume that outlines your qualifications and achievements.

GRE Exam 2018 Fees Structure

The application fee for GRE General Test is $205 worldwide, which almost translates to INR 14500. .

Also, candidates have to pay for special handling requests like:

  • Late registration fee: $25
  • Standby testing: $25
  • Rescheduling fee: $50   
  • Changing the test centre: $50

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