Urban Management

Application, Admission and Tuition Fees

In the following you will find important information about the application process - from the admission requirements and documents to be submitted to the tuition fees and scholarship opportunities. Please read the information carefully. If you still have questions, the coordination team will be happy to advise you.

We look forward to your application!

Entrance Requirements

Academic Requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in:

  • Geography
  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Urban Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Law
  • Political and Social Science
  • Business and Administration
  • Economics
  • International Development

Professional Background

At least 2 years of practical experience in a field related to urban management.

English Language Skills

For non-native speakers, the following English requirements apply:

TOEFL - minimum score

  • Internet-based: 79 (DI-Code: 8804)
  • Paper-based: 550
  • Computer-based: 213


IELTS: Grade 6 (Academic Module)

Only applicants from native English-speaking countries or who have studied in a native English-speaking country are exempt from providing an English proficiency test result. Applicants from countries where English is not the native language, but the official language or the language of instruction, still need to provide an English proficiency test.

Tuition Fees and Costs

Tuition Fees

Being a post-graduate degree, fees apply for the Program. The fee for the Urban Management Master Course amounts to € 11,000  for three semesters. It covers teaching lessons and materials and the use of TU Berlin services such as library facilities.

Tuition fees have to be paid in three installments. The first installment (€ 4,000 ) is due by July 31st before the start of the first semester, the second installment (€ 4,000) one month before the start of the second semester and the third installment (€ 3,000) one month before the start of the third semester. 

Tuition fees do not include the TU Berlin semester/student fee, which has to be paid extra each semester. Currently, the fee is around € 310  and includes public transport in Berlin. The fees do not include such expenses as books, the compulsory German language course (approx. € 100 per semester), stationery, meals, healthcare insurance, visa and accommodation. In case that a field trip should be taking place during the second semester, this will require an own share of a maximum € 200 per student.

Living costs

Students should have at least € 1,200 per month at their disposal to cover the costs of living in Berlin (room and board, healthcare insurance, books and supplies, etc.).

Please be aware that our program is a full-time course. The teaching hours are irregular and may vary from week to week. Therefore, we advise you not to plan on financing your studies by working part-time.

How to apply

Application Documents

The Urban Management Program application must include:

  • Urban Management Application Form (hand-signed)
  • Curriculum Vitae (hand-signed)
  • Motivation Letter (hand-signed)
  • Copies of your Degree Certificate and Academic Records, including an explanation of the grading system (Certificates and Academic Records in English or German do not need to be translated; those in other languages must be translated into English or German)
  • TOEFL or IELTS document
  • Two letters of reference (hand-signed). The reference letters should be written on paper with an official letterhead or bear an official stamp.
  • Proof of at least two years of work experience (on your employer(s) letterhead paper and certified by your employer(s))
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Advice for applicants from P.R. of China, India, and Vietnam: Applicants for admission from the P.R. of China, India, and Vietnam to any German university must present a certificate (with a digital signature!) in order to be eligible for admission. This certificate is issued by Akademische Prüfstelle at the German embassy of your country, after review of the necessary documents.  Please also see: https://www.tu.berlin/go3032/"

Our TOEFL code is: 8804.

Please only send the requested documentation. Only complete applications with all the supporting documents mentioned above can be accepted. Documents that require a signature by hand (hand-signed) will not be accepted without a signature.

Deadlines and Forms

The Master Course starts each year in October. The application period is from January 1st till April 30th. The application has to be sent to: urbanmanagement[at}contact.tu-berlin.de

The Urban Management application formis available as an interactive PDF document.
Please note: first download the form, then open and complete it with Acrobat Reader.

Attention: Please note that the application deadline for DAAD-EPOS grants differs. Further information can be found under Funding and Scholarships.

Once admitted to the Urban Management Program you will be requested to submit certified copies of your academic degree and transcripts. Enrollment requires payment of the first installment of the tuition fees.

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Funding and Scholarships

DAAD Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a very limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants from developing countries. The current call for applications and necessary application documents for the scholarship for an EPOS study program can be found on the DAAD's website. As this scholarship program is highly competitive, students are therefore encouraged to obtain financial support from their employing agencies or through outside fellowships and private sources before seeking aid.


Formal Criteria

  •   a complete set of documents including a ticked off and originally signed version of EPOS Checklist (DAAD)

  •   a completed DAAD EPOS Application Form. All information provided on the DAAD application form must match the information in your letter of motivation, in your CV, in applications to other degree programmes and in applications to other scholarship programmes.

  •   your degree completed with above-average grades (upper third). If your official degree certificate is not available yet, please provide confirmation from your university.

  •   a minimum of two years of relevant work experience at the time of the application and after completion of your first university degree.

  •   Candidates applying for master ́s courses and who already hold a master’s degree must make a well-argued case as to why they should be funded for another postgraduate degree. Please explain why you would like to study for this particular further master’s course and how it expands on the one you hold already.

  •   The candidate's last university degree should normally be no more than six years old.

  •   Candidates who have been in Germany for more than the past 15 months at the closing date for applications are not eligible.


Important documents: Please make sure to download and read them thoroughly


Application form (Urban Management)

DAAD EPOS Application Form

EPOS Checklist (DAAD) 

Application Guidelines

Also visit: Important information for DAAD scholarship applicants


The application period for DAAD scholarships is June 15th until August 31st of the year BEFORE you intend to start the UM course!


You do NOT need an admission letter from TU Berlin to apply for the DAAD development-related postgraduate courses program.

Please note that the EUROPASS format  & EPOS Checklist (DAAD) are mandatory! 

Scholarships from other German foundations

German political foundations offering scholarships to foreign students:

Deutschlandstipendium (at TU Berlin: Deutschlandstipendien)

International Scholarships