How to apply

Application Periods and Deadlines

The application for the ASC Elite Master’s Study Programme is only possible for the winter term. The time frames for submitting your online application are:
  • February 15 – March 15 (applies to international students who have to apply for a visa)
  • February 15 – July 15 (for students who do not have to apply for a visa)
Please note that Admission may only be granted if you have applied in due time, with all necessary documents. This also applies to FAU students.
Only applicants with an outstanding Bachelor’s degree will be considererd (at least 80% or 2.0 in the German grading system). Please find out about all necessary prerequisites.



  • Outstanding Bachelor’s degree: at least 80% or 2.0 in the German grading system. Please refer to the GermanGradeCalculator.
  • English proficiency: TOEFL score report (minimum score IBT 80, PBT 547, CBT 210), IELTS 5.5, level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, Medium of Instruction Certificate or equivalent. The programme is exclusively taught in English. German language knowledge is not required.
  • Engineering math: linear algebra, complex analysis, linear differential equations, Fourier transform, Laplace transform, z-transform
  • Signals and Systems (textbook, e.g., Oppenheim/Willsky, Signals and Systems)
  • Communications (textbook, e.g., Haykin, Communication Systems)
  • Stochastic Signals (textbook, e.g., Pillai/Papoulis: Probability, Random Variables, and Stochastic Processes)
  • Minimum knowledge in Digital Signal Processing: A.V. Oppenheim and R. Schafer, Discrete-Time Signal Processing, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall,  2013.
  • Software: MATLAB or Python

Example Questions

  • What is the rank and trace of a matrix? What are eigenvalues and eigenvectors?
  • How can one determine the maximum or minimum of a differentiable function?
  • What is a gradient? What is the idea behind gradient descent?
  • What is an LTI system, and how can it be characterized in the time and frequency domains?
  • What does the Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem say?
  • How does the Fast Fourier Transform work? What is its runtime?
  • How are the discrete-time Fourier transform (DTFT) and the discrete Fourier transform (DFT) connected to each other?
  • What is the essential property of white noise?
  • How are the concepts of stationarity and ergodicity of a stochastic process defined?
  • Which digital modulation scheme would you select for the transmission of 4 bit per modulation interval?
  • What are the most commonly used pulse shaping filters in digital modulation?
  • Which tasks have to be performed in a digital communications receiver?
  • What is the objective of source coding and channel coding, respectively?
  • Give some examples for source and channel coding schemes.
  • Which kind of information do entropy and channel capacity, respectively, provide?
  • What are the main channel impairments in wireless communications?

Application Process

Step 1 Find out which documents to prepare on the Checklists for your application. Additional documents, which are required by ASC are:

1) Application form completed in English: Download Application Form.

2) English proficiency: proof of level B2 CEFR or equivalent

Step 2 Create your IdM account and upload all relevant documents here: campo.fau. Please note, that the Campo Portal will open for applications on 15th February. Video: How to apply on Campo
Step 3 Selected applicants will be invited for a personal or video interview. The interview takes approximately 30 minutes and serves to assess the background for a successful completion of the ASC programme.