How many college degrees should you get


When you decide on a course of study, you also determine which degree you will receive. You acquire your degree either on the basis of a university examination, a state examination or a church examination. Courses of study that are completed with a university examination are linked to the award of an academic degree. These include the bachelor's and master's degrees, the diploma degree and the master's degree.

"The University of Siegen assumes responsibility for people and society, supported by internationally comparable research and teaching. This is expressed in the guiding principle: Shaping the future humanely."

Prof. Dr. Holger Burckhart, Rector of the University of Siegen

"Theoretical specialist knowledge at a high level, practical skills and social competence in day-to-day business. That convinces our partner companies and the students."

Prof. Dr. Ludger Bölke, President of the Private University of Economics and Technology Vechta / Diepholz / Oldenburg

"As a small church university, we offer our students individual support with high artistic quality and strong practical relevance in a wonderful city with a rich cultural life."

Prof. Stephan Lennig, Rector of the College for Church Music of the Evangelical Lutheran Regional Church of Saxony

Bachelor degree

With the bachelor's degree - also called bakkalaureus at some universities - the first professional qualification or academic degree is acquired, which is awarded by the universities after successfully passing the examination. The standard period of study in the bachelor's degree programs is at least three and a maximum of four years. The most common Bachelor degrees are Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering.

Degree programs with a bachelor's degree

Degree programs with a bachelor's degree that qualify for a teaching post via a master's

Study interest test

The study interest test (SIT) helps schoolchildren to choose and orientate themselves towards studying. The SIT is free of charge, takes about 15 minutes, provides a detailed test evaluation and a list of relevant courses.


Master's degree

Courses leading to a master’s degree usually require a first professional qualification and are therefore often based on previous bachelor’s courses. After completing a master’s course, if you have successfully passed the exam, the university will award you a master’s degree - at some universities also a master’s degree. The master’s degree is another professional qualification. The standard period of study is a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years. The most common Masters degrees are Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Engineering.

Degree programs with a master’s degree

Degree programs with a master’s degree that qualify for teaching

Graduation diploma - diploma degree

The diploma degree is awarded on the basis of a university examination after completing a diploma course. The diploma degree is always given with an indication of the subject, e.g. diploma chemist, diploma physicist etc. The diploma degrees that are acquired at a university of applied sciences must be given with the addition (FH).

Most diploma courses are expiring. This means that you can no longer enroll in the first semester.

Diploma courses

Master's degree

As with the diploma courses, most nine-semester master’s courses are also expiring. The master’s degree associated with the master’s degree is offered and awarded by universities.

The master’s degree that you acquire after completing a postgraduate degree is equivalent to the master’s degree and should not be confused with the nine-semester master’s degree. The most widely awarded master's degree is the Magister Artium (M.A.).

Masters courses in the university compass

Further degrees

In addition to the degrees mentioned, you can also acquire other degrees in some courses. For example, you can complete an artistic course with an artistic final examination or a theological course with a church examination. A classic final exam is not provided for in a few courses.

Degree programs with artistic and ecclesiastical degrees