Entry requirements

You need a relevant Bachelor’s degree

To be admitted to a Master’s programme, you must have a relevant Bachelor’s degree, professional Bachelor’s degree or another degree on the same level. You can read about the specific requirements on the pages of each programme.

When you apply for admission to a Master’s, only your Bachelor’s degree will be taken into account. If you have passed other degrees or courses after you completed your Bachelor’s, these will not be included in the assessment of whether you fulfill the entry requirements.

If you do not fulfill the entry requirements, you may be able to take supplementary courses.

Non-EU/EEA citizens:

Please note that if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen without a Danish residence permit (valid until at least June 31/December 31) we must have proof of your completed Bachelor's degree no later than May 15 (September intake) and November 25 (February intake). If we do not receive the documentation we will not be able to offer you a place in our programme despite your qualifications.

You can submit your official Bachelor's diploma or a confirmation of completion in English from your university as proof.

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration will not look at applications for residence permits if the applicant has not passed their Bachelor's degree. The process for handling an application for a residence permit takes approximately 60 days from the day the Agency has all the necessary information - including confirmation of a completed Bachelor's degree.

Language requirements

When applying, you may have to prove your proficiency in either English or Danish, depending on the language of instruction used in the applied programme. You can read about the requirements here.

Fulfilling the requirements is no guarantee for admission

There are a limited number of study places in the programmes at University of Southern Denmark. This means that you aren’t guaranteed a study place just because you fulfill the entry requirements. If there are more qualified applicants than study places, we select the applicants with the highest level of qualification. You will find the selection criteria listed on the pages of each programme.

Already have a Master’s degree?

If you already have a master’s degree from Denmark, it might not be possible for you to enroll in another master's programme. As a general rule you cannot be admitted to a new master's if your old degree is less than six years old and fully state financed.


There are a number of cases that qualify for an exemption. You can apply for an exemption if you:

  1. can prove that a health condition makes it impossible for you to use your degree in the job market
  2. have an obsoleted degree. A degree is understood to be obsoleted if the degree has not been in use in the labour market during at least 5 years, or if the degree has been significantly changed or discontinued.

Furthermore you are automatically exempted if the applied degree is identified as fulfilling a particularly high demand in the labour market. At University of Southern Denmark this applies to the following programmes in 2019 and 2020:

  • BEng in Electrical Energy Technology
  • Computer Science (bachelor)
  • Computer Science (master)
  • Mathematics (bachelor)
  • Mathematics (master)
  • Mathematics-Economics (bachelor)
  • Mathematics-Economics (master)
  • Accounting (cand.merc.aud.)
  • Physiotherapy (master)

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