Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Evolution, Ecology and Systematics

M.Sc. (Master of Science)
Subjects: Biology, Ecology, Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
English only
Winter semester: 31 May
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Winter semester)
Tuition Fees (per semester)
Winter semester
directly at the University
Study mode:
On campus


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent).

Minimum standard period of study: 6 semesters.
Required ECTS credits: 180.

GPA (German System) 2.50
GPA Comment

The bachelor's final grade (CGPA) must be GOOD or higher (2.5 German and US systems).

Applicants from a different field of study and applicants whose final overall grade is less than 2.5 (according to the German grading system) but who meet all other admission requirements may be admitted to the study program if their application illustrates particular aptitude for the master’s program Evolution, Ecology, and Systematics. To prove particular aptitude, a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, proof of previous practical experiences, and the practical orientation of the training must be admitted with the application, and professional and personal commitment must be shown.

Additional Qualification

Students should fulfill some minimum requirements for a successful application:

  1. Basic training in zoology, botany, and ecology.
  2. Basic knowledge of concepts in evolution, biodiversity, and genetics.
  3. Experience with taxonomic species determination of animals and/or plants.
  4. Experience with statistical data analysis, preferably with R.

Language Requirements

Additional information:
For this program, very good English language proficiency is recommended, although you do not need to provide a language certificate.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:April 01 (German)April 01 (EU)April 01 (Non EU)

Application Procedure & Selection

Admission Test/Interview:
directly at the University
Application Fee:


Application Documents

  1. Registration form: Applications for Master’s programs at Friedrich Schiller University Jena are only possible via the university's application portal called Friedolin 2.0. Applications are free of charge. (see more info about the Master's application process)
  2. CV: Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.
  3. Motivation letter: A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:
    1. Why do you desire to take up this specific course of study?
    2. What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
    3. Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
    4. Why Jena?
  4. University entrance qualification certificate: Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at a university or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that the university does not need any university diploma but a high school diploma.
  5. Previous university degrees earned: All previous university degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your university degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/transcript based on which you apply for the master's program.
  6. Corresponding transcripts: Detailed transcript of records/mark sheet of your first, subject-specific university degree, with which you apply for the master's program (minimum requirement is the transcript/mark sheet up to the semester before the last). This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark. You need at least 120 credits (ECTS) by the time you apply.
  7. Proof of relevant work experience: Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application.
  8. Proof of subject-specific practical experience: Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application.

Additional application documents for international students:

  1. Translation of foreign/external application documents: Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/sworn translators or translation offices.
  2. Proof of grading system: External/foreign degree certificates/transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system used at the respective university.
  3. Certificate APS: Applicants with degrees from Mongolia, Vietnam, or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.
  4. University entrance exam: Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:
    1. Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year).
    2. Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test).
    3. People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao").


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