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European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)

ECTS is a standard calculation of credit points used by European universities to show the students’ workload. ECTS credit points are a quantitative means to describe the workload that the students have completed or need to complete during their study – whether it is in the form of learning activities or achievement of the expected learning outcomes. This system was developed by the Commission of the European Union to facilitate common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of academic achievement abroad.

1 ECTS is equal to 30-hours of study workload in Germany.

How do I know how many ECTS points I currently have?

After the application documents are reviewed and processed, students can request personal information about the number of ECTS points obtained from their previous bachelor's (or even master's) study, by sending an email to studentinfo@Steinbeis-IEC.de.

The formulas and/or charts which are used to convert students' original credit points into ECTS are sometimes provided on the website of the universities from which the students obtained their previous degree(s). Some universities provide the exact number of ECTS points that students acquired within the Transcript of Records (as a general template), while some others provide a Transcript Key which exactly defines the credit system applied. This Transcript Key can be incorporated within the Transcript of Records or issued separately and provided to the students only upon request.

How much ECTS points are required to enroll?

The core requirement to enroll in our master's program is a bachelor’s degree or others which are equivalent/comparable to it. According to Bologna Accord, to complete a bachelor's degree students have to acquire between 180-240 ECTS points. This depends on the study regulations of the university in which the corresponding degree program has been pursued.

Therefore, to be able to proceed with our master's degree course, students have to acquired at least 180 ECTS points.

How much ECTS points are required to graduate?

According to the Bologna Accord, 300 ECTS points are required to complete a master’s degree. This includes the number of ECTS points what the students will acquire from the master's program at the IEC.

Please note that the two issues of being admitted to the master's program and the need to earn 300 ECTS by the time students graduate must be logically differentiated. We should mention that the legal responsibility to make sure that the 300 ECTS points are acquired at the end of the master’s studies falls on the students.

What should I do if I do not have enough ECTS points to graduate?

You may make up for missing ECTS points by enrolling in additional courses at the IEC or other state-approved universities. These courses, however, must have some relation to the master’s program “Business and Organizational Psychology” and must be approved by the Examination Board.

The Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) programs offered by the IEC can provide the additional ECTS points that the students need. You are welcome to apply online or by email to studentinfo@Steinbeis-IEC.de.

If you decide to take the additional courses at other state-approved universities, we strongly recommend you to confirm these courses to us before paying for any external courses. While asking for the confirmation, please specify the name of the university, courses and attached the courses' syllabus in order to avoid any potential confusion or misunderstanding.


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