M.Sc. Geoinformatics


Program Description

Mission -- Master program MSc. Geoinformatics

Our goal is to train students in the most advanced techniques in geographic information processing. Building on a B.Sc. in Geoinformatics or a related discipline, the Masters Program will further develop the students‘ problem-solving skills, analytic abilities and teach progressive creative scientific research methods. As the Institute for Geoinformatics is among the leading places exploring new frontiers grounds in geospatial information science, Master students have the chance to get personally involved in research projects.

This opens opportunities to conduct Master theses on new and emerging technologies. Obtaining a Master‘s degree from the Institute for Geoinformatics will prepare for leading positions in industry and academics.

You should study Geoinformatics in Münster, because…

  • Your studies are concentrated on education in Geoinformatics and geographic information science instead of focusing on geographic information systems.
  • You will receive your education at one of the leading Geoinformatics institutes within Europe.
  • You will learn scientific methods in a practice-oriented way, due to the close link between education and research projects.
  • The Master's program is in English, creating an international learning environment for international students and teachers.
  • Münster is among the most liveable cities worldwide. (LivCom award 2004)
  • The University of Münster with its 40000 students studying in a wide range of about 120 disciplines offers a vivid and colorful environment. Examples are the university sports center and the international meeting point „Die Brücke“.
  • The number of students per semester is limited. This results in small courses and strong interaction with teachers and researchers at the institute.

Unique selling points of the Masters Program are

  • Performance in the English language
  • Basing on a Bachelors Program in Geoinformatics
  • Concentration on education in Geoinformatics and geospatial information science instead of focussing on geographic information systems.

Therefore, the graduates of the new study programs will continue in having a competitive advantage in the job market.

Application Procedure - Master Program in Geoinformatics

Applications in the English language are to be submitted

  • digitally and as
  • paper version of a signed cover letter

All official documents must be included as certified copies in English or German, AND in the original language. Deadlines:

  • from early December up to January 15th for the following summer semester
  • from early June up to July 15th for the following winter semester

Formal criteria for admission

All applicants applying to the Masters Program in Geoinformatics will be assessed against the following formal admission criteria:

-- A maximum of 32 students will be admitted each year (winter semester and summer semester together). The general entry requirements are defined by the respective national and state laws for Higher Education in Germany.

-- All applicants must have an adequate Bachelor degree based on six semesters full-time studies (= 180 ECTS credit points) or more, recognized in Germany for admission to graduate studies. The Examination board decides on the equivalence of other degrees.

-- All applicants who are not of English mother tongue have to present a TOEFL certificate with a minimum of 550 points (paper-based), or an equivalent qualification for English.

Applicants will have to comply with the admission procedure:

--Complete and correct personal information

-- Complete and certified supporting documents:

  • Bachelor diploma including a grade transcript of records in English or German copy
  • if applicable: Documentation of time spent abroad, working or other experience, certified (translated into English or German) copy
  • Motivation letter for the Master's degree program
  • European format CV
  • Reference letters (minimum of 2)
  • Proof of nationality (certified copy of passport)
  • Passport photo
  • List of reference names
  • Other (if applicable)

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The University of Münster (German Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, WWU) is a public university located in the city of Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. The WWU is part of the Deuts ... Read More

The University of Münster (German Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, WWU) is a public university located in the city of Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. The WWU is part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a society of Germany's leading research universities. The WWU has also been successful in the German "Excellence Initiative". The WWU is the leading university in Germany in terms of CEO alumni in Top500 companies The University Of Münster, Institute for Geoinformatics Geoinformatics is the science of modeling spatiotemporal processes computationally. The Institute of Geoinformatics Münster provides bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees in geoinformatics. Our research areas are spatiotemporal dynamic processes, semantic interoperability, spatial assistance systems, cognitive engineering and sensor networks. Vision The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) will consolidate its position among the world's leading institutions in geoinformatics research and education. A steadily growing number of high-quality graduates and publications will contribute to the field as well as to a better understanding of the human environment and better decisions about it. Mission We build on our proven strengths in research quality and productivity, student motivation, forward-looking teaching, and international networking to educate leaders and generate knowledge in geoinformatics. By integrating approaches from computational, physical and life sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences, we expand the role of geoinformation in science and society. At the University of Muenster and elsewhere, we reach out beyond the geosciences, offering our expertise in spatiotemporal analysis and geoinformatics technology to history, sociology, biology, epidemiology, economics, and empirical sciences. To connect to these fields, we offer broadly applied geoinformatics courses, apply for joint interdisciplinary research funding, and establish additional working groups at ifgi. Read less