The Master¬ís degree as a further higher education qualification provides qualification for a profession. It can be obtained after a standard period of study (Regelstudienzeit) of two, three or four semesters at universities and equivalent institutions of higher education, colleges of art and music and at Fachhochschulen. As a rule, the entry requirement for a Master¬ís study course is a first higher education degree qualifying for a profession. Consecutive Master¬ís study courses are part of the graduation system of consecutive degrees which is to replace the traditional system of higher education qualifications (Diplom and Magister). Master¬ís study courses providing further education correspond to the requirements for consecutive Master¬ís study courses and lead to the same level of qualification and to the same rights. Master¬ís qualifications provide the same rights as Diplom and Magister qualifications of universities and equivalent institutions of higher education.
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