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Application and Admission

Step 1: Get informed

Inform yourself about the Master's programme, e.g., by browsing through this webpage. Seriously consider your goals and then decide whether this Master's programme can help you reach them.

Step 2: Submit your application

Submit a formal online application within the deadline applicable to a specific term. Applications must be submitted online via uni-assist (start the application here). This is the ONLY acceptable way to submit an application. Applications are processed by uni-assist, an external service provider. The clearing may take up four weeks.

Applicants who submit their complete application no later than 5 November / 10 May are eligible for accommodation in one of the University’s residence halls.

Note that applications will be considered by the selection committee only if they are complete and include all necessary and requested documents. The online application system is available for an extended time period. Submitting your application material as early as possible is recommended for international students who require a visa for Germany. 

Step 3: Pre-screening

Once uni-assist has validated your application documents and asserted that you meet all formal requirements, your suitability for admission will be determined by a selection process. Suitability will be determined by three criteria, with a maximum of 8 ‘suitability points’ to be gained:

  • Your success in earning your previous degree(s), as reflected by your marks (up to 4 points)
  • Your knowledge about economics as demonstrated by advanced and final modules (up to 3 points)
  • Your motivation for applying and fit to the programme, as reflected in the motivation letter as well as additional criteria (up to 1 point)

Step 4: Telephone interview

If your application makes it through the pre-screening process (i.e., you earned at least 5 points in Step 3), you will be contacted by email. You will be invited to a telephone interview by a member of the selection committee, usually an economics professor. The interview typically includes questions about the candidate’s knowledge of economics and institutions, as well as the candidate’s reasons for applying for the programme (up to 2 points can be earned through the interview).

An applicant is considered suitable for the programme if he or she collects a total of at least 7 points in Steps 3 and 4. Shortly after the interview, final admission decisions will be announced.

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