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Admission requirements

Application deadlines

For all applicants: 

  • The application deadline is 1 April (Please note! This is for the 2017 intake. In 2018 the application deadline is 1 March)

You will be notified:

  • as EU/EAA applicant by 15 June 
  • as non-EU/EAA applicant by 1 June. 
All applicants can apply from 1 February.

General requirements

Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree or a professional bachelor’s degree. If you hold another degree (e.g. an international degree) which is comparable with a university bachelor’s degree or a professional bachelor’s degree, the IT University will make an individual evaluation of the programme in question.

Furthermore, applicants to all master's programmes must have English corresponding to B-level.



For you who will apply in 2018:

For applicants to MSc in Digital Design & Communication (admission in 2018)

For applicants to MSc in Digital Innovation & Management (admission in 2018)

For applicants to MSc in Games (admission in 2018)


Specific requirements

MSc in Digital Design and Communication

You need to have Danish on an A-level.

MSc in Games

If applying to Game Technology track, your educational background must be in computer science or corresponding.

MSc in Software Development

To apply for the Software Development's Design track, you must have a degree from a non-software area. If you have had programming courses – and especially if you have had more than two, then you must have a strong argument (in your cover letter) why you wish to enroll on this track and how you can combine that with your bachelor.

To apply for the Software Development's Advanced Computing track, you must have a degree related to software development with substantial programming content. Additionally, applicants must have learned, during their bachelor studies, about Programming, Foundations and Software Engineering (corresponding to the mandatory modules of the Design track). This should be thoroughly described in the cover letter.

If you need help or have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Student Affairs and Programmes at sap@itu.dk


Your application

When you apply, you must upload the following documentation:

  • A copy of your bachelor diploma including a transcript of grades. If your qualifying education is not yet completed you must upload a confirmation from your home university stating the expected time of completion and your latest transcript of records. If you are graduating from a Danish institution, we only need your latest transcript of records.
  • A cover letter in English (expand the paragraph to find guidelines)
  • Documentation of passed exams from higher education programmes. If you have been enrolled in a higher education programme without finishing it (in Denmark or elsewhere), you must also upload documentation of passed exams from that programme.
  • Documentation of completed degree in Denmark. If you have already completed a higher education programme in Denmark at the same or higher level as the programme you apply for, you have to submit a copy of your diploma.
  • Documentation for English B level in the Danish secondary educational system or a language test. For elaboration on how you can document your English level, please see next column.
  • Any other documentation for qualifications on which the application is relying.

If you are admitted with a non-Danish degree, you must also bring and show us your original diploma when you start your studies at the IT University.

Certificate of your qualifying exams

If your diploma is not in English or in one of the Nordic languages, you must make sure that the copies of your qualifying exams are translated by an official authority.

Have you already completed a higher education programme in Denmark?

If you have already completed a fully government-funded Danish master's programme or another Danish higher education programme at the same or higher level structured as a full-time study, you cannot apply for a new master’s programme structured as a full-time study. We can grant exemption from this rule under the following special circumstances: 

  • If at least six years have passed between the completion of your education and the start of the new education
  • If we assess that you due to health problems cannot use your completed degree on the labor market
  • If we assess that your completed education has changed significantly or does no longer exist

How to document English skills

You can document your English skills in one of the following ways:

  • English at B-level either on your Danish secondary diploma or by supplementing.
  • Documentation that you have a high school diploma or a bachelor's degree completed in English in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or USA.
  • Documentation that you have a high school diploma or a bachelor's degree completed in English in an EU / EEA country
  • A qualifying bachelor degree completed at a Danish university (academic university and not university college) 
  • Documentation that you have taken/or will take one of the following English test with a certain score. The test result cannot be more than two years old:  
    TOEFL paper-based test result of at least 550,
    TOEFL iBT test result of at least 80,
    IELTS (academic) test result of at least 6.0
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English passed, or 
    Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English passed

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken your English language test/supplemented and obtained the required result. Instead you must submit documentation that you have signed up for a test/supplementing when you apply. You will have to upload the results in the application portal one month before study start at the latest (If you don’t meet the deadline or your test score is too low, we will cancel your admittance). 

However, if you are a citizen outside EU/EEA and are considered as a fee paying student, you have to upload the test result 3 weeks after the application deadline, at the latest. 

The university code for TOEFL tests is 9015. There is no university code for IELTS tests. 

The cover letter

If you apply to a MSc Programme that you have the right to be admitted to, you do not need to write a cover letter. This guide is meant as a resource when writing your cover letter in applying for admission to the IT University’s MSc, Master or Diploma programmes. This is only a guideline, not a guarantee for admission. It might be helpful to consider our advice. Please note that your cover letter must not exceed one A4 sheet. Read the guide in pdf

It is always a good idea to contact the student advisors if you have any questions regarding the application process.

Evaluation of your application

All applications containing documentation that the applicant meets the admission requirements are put through an evaluation. The evaluation is based upon:

The average mark from the qualifying education (weight 60%)

Where possible, the IT University will calculate the grade point average of your qualifying degree. Each grade will carry the same weight in the calculation as the exam has in relation to the degree. This also applies if your qualifying degree is a combination of two or more programmes.

If you have not passed your qualifying degree at the time of application, but expect to do so before the start of the programme, the IT University will calculate your grade point average, based on the grades from the exams that you have already passed.

If it is not possible to calculate a grade point average, grades will not be a part of the assessment of your application.

If your qualifying degree is from non-Danish university and has grades, the IT University will convert the grades to the Danish grading scale based on the grading scale from the country in question.

The applicants relevant background in general and cover letter (weight 40%). This includes:

  • Your personal motivation for choosing the programme in question.
    Motivation may include personal, independent motivation for your choice. The relationship between the programme in question and qualifying education as well as the connection to your general/personal goals.
  • Your possibility of completing the programme in question with a good result.
    Your previous academic record is used as the basis for this evaluation but you are welcome to clarify in your personal motivation. The academic record may include the time taken to complete the programme relative to the prescribed time, suitability for participating in project work and whether the qualifying examination is within the programme in question. Remember to point out if there is particular circumstances that have affected your previous academic record e.g. maternity leave, long term illness, start of own business or the like.
  • The general impression of you as an applicant
    Areas not covered by the above, including: your applications general attitude and seriousness, e.g. attachments and use of language. Furthermore, your knowledge, for instance within mathematics, analysis, IT systems (including construction and programming), social and political science, business and design/aesthetics may be a part of the general assessment. That also applies for publications, patents, software, art/design and other documented relevant output.
  • If you apply for the master or diploma programme your relevant work experience will also be a part of the assessment. Does not apply for applicants to the master of science programme.

Programme specific criteria

Software Development & Technology: 

  • Applicants that can clearly state their goal and motivation; the depth of that motivation, the maturity of reflection and a suitable career plan.  We do prioritize students that in our opinion want to take important role in society (within what SDT educates for)
  • The applicant’s ability to communicate clearly (preferably in English)
  • The applicant’s understanding of SDT's objectives, goals and contents, with respect to personal goals
  • We take into account any explanations of anomalies in the applicant's record, especially long study time.

Digital Innovation & Management:

  • The applicant’s line of reasoning for choosing Digital Innovation and Management in the motivation letter
  • The applicant’s argument for the present and future relevance of the programme and obtaining the degree
  • The applicant’s demonstrated insight – both through previous academic studies and in the motivation letter – of the academic field of DIM and his/her socio-technical, social, political, managerial or organisational awareness.


  • The applicant must demonstrate insight into and understanding of academic methodology and skills and be motivated to use research based knowledge in the approach towards video games
  • The applicant must have creative and technical skills as well as an interest in the production of video gaming
  • The applicant must have interest in the cultural, aesthetic and technological aspects of the study and the development of games and other playful media.


How to apply

How to apply

You apply for the Master of Science programme online. You must also upload all your documentation in the online application system.

It is your responsibility that you enter the system correctly and send your application before the deadline.

You will receive a confirmation that the IT University has received your application. Learn more about what happens after you have applied for admission.


It's important that you read the guide to login before you start your application. It holds important information on how to login correctly and thoroughly guides you through the application process step-by-step.

We urge you to consult the login-guide, if you experience any problems during your online application before you contact the IT University for help.


OPEN THE APPLICATION SYSTEM HERE. You can now start your application to the MSc Programmes at the IT University of Copenhagen.


Which students are NOT charged tuition fees?

The following groups of students are not charged any tuition fees at the IT University of Copenhagen:

  • Students from countries within the EU/EEA 
  • Students on bilateral exchange programmes (e.g. Erasmus. Check with the international office at your own university) 
  • US students with a Fulbright scholarship
  • Students, who started studying at the IT University January 2006 or earlier

Which students are charged tuition fees?

Students from countries outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) are charged tuition fees.

How much is the tuition fee?

The tuition fee for a two years full study pr. 1 January 2012 is 200,000 DKK. The tuition fees are payable by biannual instalments in advance of each term, i.e. DKK 50,000 per term.

If you start your MSc programme after 2012 the price of a full two years of study may have changed. Keep an eye on this website - we update our information on tuition fees every January.

Note that the IT University grants a scholarship to three or four exceptionally talented MSc applicants from non- EU/EEA countries. See more under Scholarships below.

Demonstration of funds

The Danish Immigration Service will ask students from outside the Nordic countries and EU/EEA countries to demonstrate funds before issuing a residence permit.

Please find further information about residence permit.

Exemptions from paying tuition fee

You may be exempted from paying a tuition fee if you have one of the following two residence permits in Denmark:

  • Permanent residence permit ("Permanent opholdstilladelse")
  • Temporary residence permit with the possibility of achieving a permanent residence permit ("Midlertidig opholdstilladelse m.m.f. varigt ophold")

However, having a student visa does NOT under any circumstances exempt you from paying a tuition fee. Please contact the Study Administration for further information. 

If you have one of the above residence permits, it is very important that you submit documentation for this to the Study Administration. We accept the following documentation:

  • A certified copy of your residence permit letter from the Danish Immigration Service
  • A certified copy of your residence permit card
  • A certified copy of the page in your passport showing your residence permit.

Based on the documentation submitted, the Study Administration will grant or deny exemption. If you are exempted from paying a tuition fee, you must meet the deadlines applicable to EU/EEA applicants.


The IT University of Copenhagen offers state scholarships to three or four exceptionally talented MSc applicants (full-degree students) from outside EU and EEA every year. The scholarships will be offered to the applicants who achieve the best scores according to the criteria in our admission rules. The state scholarships consist of free tuition and partly covering of living expenses.

Applicants cannot apply for the scholarships. The IT University considers all admitted MSc students for the scholarships and informs the students chosen for the scholarships in their letter of admission.

Please note that if you receive a scholarship, you will have to follow and pass full time studies.

To see information about living and accommodation in Denmark, see here.