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Applied Computer Science (M.Sc.)

A new class of IT applications emerged gaining immense attention and substantially changed the social perception of Computer Science significantly. In the same time, new challenges arose from this class of smart systems altering methods for design, development and operation of IT systems in a fundamental way.

The new challenges are deeply anchored with the main characteristics of these smart systems and applications:

  • Mobility: Mobile systems are moving while providing or consuming services. Generally mobile users take mobile devices with them in order to utilize wireless communication services. Mobile Applications exhibit specific behaviors and are constrained in ways that were unknown in traditional IT systems. They have to be developed for economic use of scarce resources and at the same time to adapt gracefully to context changes.
  • Distribution: Modern IT systems tend to be highly distributed. The adoption of mobile devices and wireless communication technology makes it possible to access services located globally. In consequence, the resulting complexity has to be met with adequate concepts, methods, and technologies.
  • Contextual dependence: Due to mobility and rapidly changing environments applications have to adapt themselves to situational changes quickly. Smart applications are expected to deliver meaningful and adapted variants of their services in different type of environment (context awareness).

At a glance

Study form Full time
Study duration 4 semester
Teaching language: English
Graduation Master of Science
ECTS 120
Study start

In winter term

Application period

January 15th – May 15th

  • An outstanding academic degree in the fields of informatics or related areas (Bachelor degree, German "Diplom"), or equivalent which should have in general a grade better than 2.5.
  • Proof of English language ability: TOEFL IBT 80 or better, or IELTS 6.5 or better. Medium of instruction during undergraduate studies is not sufficient for admission. English native speakers are exempt from this.

Please fill out the application form and print it out.

application form

Please send the following documents by May 15th (for winter semester) at the latest:

  • The printed version of your application form
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation that states the study interest and proves practical skills in the field of software development, advanced knowledge in an object-oriented programming language (e.g. Java) as well as the obvious interest in topical questions of modern software development (max. 1 page)
  • A copy of your birth certificate or a copy of your passport or identity card
  • A copy of the university entrance qualification (highest school leaving certificate)
  • Officially notarized copy (copies) of your university degree(s) and certified translation(s) into English or German
  • One passport photo
  • English language certificate as outlined above.
  • Application form - thoska with passport photo

Please note that applicants with degrees from India, Vietnam and China must also enclose a valid APS certificate with their application. Be sure to apply for your APS certificate in your home country in good time.

Please send your application to:

Hochschule Schmalkalden
Studierendenverwaltung - Team Master
98574 Schmalkalden


We are aware of restrictions due to the Corona crisis in several countries, and of the fact that many countries have interrupted their postal service. The university has considered alternative application procedures. Unfortunately, for legal reasons it is not possible to send your application to us via e-mail; please refrain from such enquiries. We hope for your understanding.

When shipping your application, it is important that you specify the shipment as “documents”, not as “items”. Otherwise they might not pass the customs check and consequently not reach us. Furthermore, it is imperative that all documents (including language certificates and university transcripts) reach us in one envelope. We cannot guarantee to be able to allocate individually shipped documents to your file, especially when they do not contain your application number. Thank you for your cooperation and good luck for your application!

  • Distributed and Mobile Systems. Central Topics include: Concepts and methods for the development of distributed and mobile systems, Software engineering, programming of mobile applications and communication technologies, Advanced concepts for the engineering of distributed systems as well as modern integration technologies and middleware platforms.
  • Knowledge Engineering and Data Science. For knowledge engineering and data science the autonomous interactions to several kinds of environments providing data is of basic importance. The courses provides build up a deep knowledge, from basic to advanced topics as well as practical abilities in data acquisition, digital signal processing with emphasis on time series processing and prediction, feature extraction methodologies and machine learning technologies.
  • Software Engineering. Central Topics include: Interdisciplinary and holistic techniques for the development of smart systems. This affects design, development, testing, and operation of these applications.
  • Communication Technologies and Security: Distributed and mobile systems are highly communication intensive. A solid knowledge of underlying communication technologies is a prerequisite for the development of these systems and their security.