Academic Reform and the Bologna Process
Beginning in the fall trimester of 2007, study at the University has been organized according to the standards laid down in the Bologna Process. Instead of the system that has traditionally been used at German universities, programs of study are now divided into bachelor’s and master’s programs. These newly structured programs were designed to accord with the standards established by the German Ministry of Education, the Accreditation Council, and they comply with the academic laws in Bavaria, home to the Universität der Bundeswehr München.
Each program of study (divided into modules) is subject to an accompanying examination system and has been assigned credit points on the basis of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Instead of being awarded a single degree at the end of their Magister studies, as was previously the case, students who complete a bachelor’s program can now choose to continue in a master’s program, thereby receiving a second diploma. Bachelor’s programs are undergraduate programs designed to provide students with a solid foundation that will prepare them either for a career or for a master’s (graduate) program afterwards.
At the Universität der Bundeswehr München, we have been able to alter and continue our intensive programs of study according to the standards set forth in the Bologna Process. The special framework of academic organization has played a crucial role in this area. Instead of accumulating the usual 60 ECTS points per academic year (as is the case at public universities throughout Germany), competitive students at the Universität der Bundeswehr München can be awarded up to 75 ECTS points per academic year, thus earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years.