Application - Requirements
General Information - Please read carefully and check the FAQ before writing E-Mails!
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An overview of all documents necessary for the whole application process is available here.
Please make sure you read it carefully and that you prepare all required documents thoroughly.
ONLINE application by March 1st: All applicants have to apply to the M.Sc. Psychology: Learning Sciences office (more details under point 1 below)
The Office reviews applications in terms of the suitability and fit to the Program.
- HARDCOPY Application by May 15 (Recommended: end of March): International applicants have to additionally apply to the LMU International Office (IO; more details under point 2 below) via the Master's Program Office
The International Office conducts a legal review of the documents.
- If your final Bachelor certificate is still pending, send the latest version of your transcript of records and an
official document from your university, which confirms that your graduation will occur in the summer before your intended program start.
- Any questions? Check our FAQ (please check the general and specific FAQ)!
1. ONLINE Application to the M.Sc. Psychology: Learning Sciences Program
(Mandatory for all applicants) by March 1st
Document submission occurs exclusively online via the Online Application Tool (available Mid January - March 01, 11:59pm (UTC+1) ). If documents are issued in a language other than German or English, a certified translation of the document is required.
The following application documents are required in PDF format:
- Curriculum vitae with up-to-date information
- A copy of the bachelor’s certificate (or equivalent).
Applicants who have not yet finished their bachelor’s studies are required to upload a letter from their university, confirming the expected date of graduation instead.
- Transcript of records from the bachelor’s program, which includes all completed courses and obtained grades. By the time of application, students must have completed the majority of the courses specified in their program curriculum.
- A Prior Knowledge Table (for template see bottom of this page) which indicates your prior knowledge and experience in the following domains. It does not matter from which degree/courses/experiences this prior knowledge comes from. Plese state ALL courses that addressed one or more of the three domains mentioned below.
These domains encompass:
- Learning Sciences: Theoretical background, methods, and empirical findings concerning different aspects of learning and teaching in different educational contexts. These aspects encompass e.g. cognition, emotion, development, instruction, training, excellence, achievement, transfer, counseling, education, didactics, neuro-cognitive and clinical perspectives.
In this field you need to prove at least 20 ECTS (1 ECTS credit equals 30 hours of work - including preparation, in-class time, homework, and examination); 30 or more ECTS credits are recommended for good chances of acceptance
- Scientific Research Methods and Statistics: You should be familiar with elements, key terms and processes of research designs and strategies as well as statistics (descriptive and inferential) and preferably statistical software (e.g. SPSS). Concepts which refer to Descriptive Statistics include Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion, Frequency Distribution, Z-Scores among others. Key Terms which refer to inferential statistics are Hypotheses-testing, One- and Two-Tailed Tests, Bivariate Correlation and Regression, Method of Ordinary Least Squares (OLS), One-Way Independent ANOVA and Factorial ANOVA, t-test and t-distribution and Chi-Square Tests among others.
Again, you must prove at least 20 ECTS in this field; 30 or more ECTS credits are recommended for good chances of acceptance
- Academic Skills: Academic skills refer to the skills necessary to find, process, understand, interpret, evaluate, discuss and present research.
These skills might have been taught in courses explicitly, or might have been obtained in other classes implicitly. Either way, you need to prove at least 10 ECTS in this field; 20 or more ECTS credits are recommended for good chances of acceptance
If you do not reach the minimally required number of ECTS credits in any of the above mentioned three domains, unfortunately your application will result in a rejection!
- Essay (ca. 500 words) in English. It should address which specific skills, qualifications, and interests qualify you as an applicant to study in the Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences.
- An elaborate analysis of a specific article from a scientific journal in accordance with an assessment sheet issued by the Department of Psychology. The task of this analysis is to answer questions regarding the article available on the application tool
Further information on the analysis and access to the specific article is available only on the Online Application Tool (Tab: Scientific Understanding). The tool opens in Mid January, you will not get access to it earlier!
Proof of English proficiency of at least Upper B2 Level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for non-native English language speakers.
Note: German proficiency is no requirement, as our program is exclusively taught and assessed in English. Different information on the International Office's website can be ignored (they apply to German programs exclusively).
Correspondence table for upper B2 level of English proficiency
The minimum required score is reported for each language test or higher-education examination.
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This list is not exhaustive and any other proof of English proficiency will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis by the selection committee. Usually previous studies conducted in English are sufficient, but ONLY if you do provide some form of proof for it during the online application! Additionally, your English skills will be validated during the interview.
2. Application to the International Office via the Master's Program by May 15
(Mandatory for all international applicants not holding a German citizenship and/or a German university entry qualification certificate)
- Check if you are considered an international student here: https://www.lmu.de/en/study/degree-students/applications-for-admission/where-do-i-apply/index.html
- Please send all necessary documents to the Master's Program Office via post preferably by end of March (May 15 the latest):
- Postal address:
Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences
Department für Paedagogik und Psychologie
- Please check the "Application - FAQ and docs" site and especially the documents "Overview of all necessary documents" and "FAQ- General Application Information" for information on the necessary documents, tipps and tricks
- Please include ONLY the relevant documents! This means, do not include unnecessary documents such as: elementary school certificates, print-out of the online application, TOEFL test results, recommendation letters, work or internship confirmations, ...
- Please make sure to send your documents for the International Office solely to the Master Program’s office. If you are accepted, we will finalize your documents and forward them to the International Office directly! This ensures fast communication and the possibility to send your acceptance letters via e-mail. Do not send your documents to both offices either!
- If you are not able to have all necessary documents ready by May 15 (deadline), please contact the Program Coordinator to arrange further steps. If your hardcopies still arrive in time, you may wait for results from the review phase/the interview before sending them.
For all applicants who were accepted to the Program, we will check the documents for completeness, add the Program's acceptance letter to the package and hand it over to the International Office well before their deadline (July 15).
Sending the documents to the Program ensures that your documents definitely arrived at the LMU and are processed according to their priority (especially important for applicants, who need a visa).
If you do not send your documents to the Program's Office but directly to the IO, we will not be able to help you with the application process in the International Office, if any problems occur.
- Since the Psychology Master’s Program in the Learning Sciences is offered in English, there is no need for proof of German language fluency.
- If you want to double-check our information on the necessary documents, information about the required documents can be found on the International Office official webpage: https://www.lmu.de/en/study/degree-students/applications-for-admission/index.html
Downloads of all documents necessary for the application process
- Documents relevant for all applicants:
- FAQ for applicants (please check before writing e-mails)
Overview of all necessary documents
Prior Knowledge Table - Template to fill in
Prior Knowledge Table - Example How it should look like if your university has a credit system
Prior Knowledge Table - Example How it should look like if your university has no credit system
- Additionally necessary documents for International Students
Application form (pre-filled from our Program) for the request for admission in the International Office