General information about the grade-based selection process
Mind and Brain is a competitive master’s program with 300 to 400 applicants for 30-40 places each year. Admission is almost exclusively based on the grade point average (GPA) of the applicant’s bachelor’s degree.
Please read about an option for a minor grade improvement here:
Although there is no minimum passing grade (numerus clausus) for an application, previous application rounds have shown that successful applicants for the Brain Track needed a GPA of 1.3 (German grade) or better. Equivalent grades to 1.3 in other grading systems are First class (British grading system) or 3.8 (American or any other grading system with 4.0 as best and 2.0 as lowest passing grade).
Successful applicants for the Mind Track needed a GPA of 1.5 (German grade) or better. Equivalent grades to 1.5 in other grading systems are First class (British grading system) or 3.6 (American or any other grading system with 4.0 as best and 2.0 as lowest passing grade).
The cut-offs for a successful application vary slightly from year to year. But for applicants with a GPA of less than 1.8 (German grade) the chances of getting accepted are close to zero. Equivalent grades to 1.8 in other grading systems are First class (British grading system) or 3.4 (American or any other grading system with 4.0 as best and 2.0 as lowest passing grade).
How to convert the grade point average (GPA) of an international degree
To estimate the chances of an application it is imperative that foreign applicants determine the equivalent of their GPA in the German grading system. For the calculation of the equivalent of their GPA in the German grading system, applicants must use the “Modified Bavarian Formula” explained below! Applicants should not use any kind of grade converter! Most grade converters are designed to convert single class grades and are not made for the conversion of the overall grade point average of a degree!
“Modified Bavarian Formula”:
The result is the equivalent of the applicant's GPA in the German grading system.
How to convert a foreign GPA by using the Modified Bavarian Formula
Applicants substract their GPA (Nd) from the maximum possible score (Nmax) and divide the result by the difference of maximum possible score (Nmax) and lowest passing grade (Nmin) at their home university. The result (quotient) will have to multiplied by 3 and to the result 1 has to be added.
Applicants need to know what is the maximum possible score in their university’s grading system (Nmax) and what is the lowest passing grade (Nmin). They neeed to check back with their registrar’s office regarding Nmax and Nmin at their university!
Applicants have to make clear to their registrar that the Nmax and Nmin information has to apply to the Grade Point Average (GPA). Sometimes, Nmax and Nmin information can be found on transcripts which apply to single class grades only that cannot be used for the GPA conversion!
Information about the “Modified Bavarian Formula”:
Applicants who had to deal with setbacks during their studies, for example because of serious illness, can put together a so-called request for hardship provision.
You can find detailed information about requests for hardship provision here: