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Admissions Recognition of German degrees at Canadian grad schools

  1. Jun 29, 2017 #1
    Hi everyone!

    I've got a question about recognition chances of my German degrees at Canadian grad schools. Ideally there would be people out there who did their Bachelor+Master in Germany or in a country with a similar academic system (3+2 years, Master as a precondition to Ph.D. rather than an alternative) and applied for a doctoral program at a Canadian grad school...
    My situation is the following: I'm currently finishing my 1st year of my Master at Munich University, Germany, and I would like to apply for a Math Ph.D. program in Canada, ideally Toronto or Vancouver. Now the information from the UBC Vancouver website tell me that an applicant needs a 4-year Bachelor degree "or equivalent", plus a 2-year Master... And here is my problem. I did my Bachelor at Heidelberg University, so naturally it was a 3-year program with prescribed 180 ECTS points (30 ECTS points = workload for 1 semester). However, I completed my Bachelor within the 3 years with a margin of 60 ECTS points, therefore a workload equivalent to four years of study (I took every lecture that I was interested in, regardless of where or whether I would get credits for it). These modules are all listed on my Bachelor certificate, the grades I had on them influenced my final grade just like any other module, and I used none of them for my Master. In fact I would not be able to use them even if I wanted to. (I don't really know why I insisted to do this. Most students who have completed more modules than necessary take them for their Master, I'm certainly an exception in this regard. But now I've got some hope that it could turn out useful for something)
    Does anyone have experience with a situation similar to mine and could tell me what my admission chances would be?
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  3. Jun 29, 2017 #2


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    Typically the European 3+2 master's degree is taken on par with the Canadian 4 year plus masters when assessing PhD applicants from that background.

    I suspect the reason a 4 year degree is specified is because some Canadian schools offer 3 year degrees that are not generally intended to prepare the student for graduate school and tend to give a more "liberal arts with a concentration in ____" type of education.

    If you have any concerns, just contact the specific schools you're interested in. They will give you a definitive answer.
  4. Aug 16, 2017 #3
    I'm sorry, I just realized I forgot to thank you... I found your response very helpful, so thank you very much! ...a little late. :|
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