How to Apply
● Admission is only possible for Winter Semester (starting in October of the same year). We do not offer admission for Summer Semester.● The application period for admissions to winter semester 2020 will start on the 1st of April 2020 and will end on 20th of August 2020 (extended from 15th of July 2020 due to Corona situation).
● Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered.
● Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in business or theoretical economics
(Students currently studying a Bachelor's degree can also apply if they can submit proof of completing at least 80% of the credit hours of their Bachelor's Programme).
● 72 ECTS must cover business and theoretical economics
(From the mentioned 72 ECTS, at least 18 ECTS must cover theoretical economics and 12 ECTS must cover related method courses).
● English language proficiency of level C1 CEFR is required.
The application must be submitted in German or English language or certified English translation.
Please submit certified copies of your official documents because your submitted documents will not be returned to you. Visit uni-assist for more information about document certification.
The following documents and proofs must be submitted:
● Completed and signed application form (this form is available after the online submission of your application in uni assist).
● Proof of undergraduate degree (i.e. graduation certificate).
● Transcript of records.
● Official explanation of the grading system at your university.
● Curriculum Vitae in tabular form (1 DIN-A4 page maximum length).
● A letter of motivation in English language explaining why you would like to study in the EMEA programme (2 DIN-A4 pages maximum length).
● Proof of English language proficiency at C1 level CEFR as per university language requirements.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Submission of Application DocumentsSubmission of Application Documents
1. Online submission (obligatory for all applicants!)
○ Create an account for the uni-assist portal ("Registration") or see this video on How-To-Apply:
○ Login and search for the EMEA programme: Select the correct semester.
○ Search free text "economics of the middle east".
○ Click on "Economics of the Middle East" to start an application.
○ You can fill in the online forms now and upload the required documents.
○ You can save your application at the bottom of the page and continue at a later time.
○ In a final step, please verify that all information is correct and that all required documents are uploaded before submitting the online application.
○ After the online submission, you will be able to print the application form, which needs to be signed and submitted together with your certified documents by post to uni assist (see below).
○ Please submit your application at the earliest possible time. Thereby, you will contribute significantly to speeding up the application review process.
2. Postal submission (Additional to the Online Submission for applicants with a foreign (non-German) master entrance qualification (bachelor degree or equivalent))
○ Applicants who possess a master entrance qualification (bachelor or equivalent) from abroad are required to submit the signed application form and certified copies of their application documents to uni assist.
○ It is advisable to provide these documents as soon as possible to avoid time problems with your visa in case of an admission.
○ The application must reach uni-assist no later than the 15th of July. Please note that the post entry date - not post stamp date - applies.
○ Applicants with a German master entrance qualification are not required to send documents by post.
○ A data upload to the uni-assist portal is sufficient.
○ Address of uni-assist for postal submission:
c/o uni-assist e.V.
Admission to the Master's Programme requires a total of 7 points (out of a maximum of 10). These can be obtained as follows:
○ Your performance in your previous degree(s) as reflected by your grades (up to 4 points) using the following conversion scheme.
Grade Points 13.0 to 15.0 (Decimal Grade 1.3 to 0.7) = 4 Points
Grade Points 10.9 to 12.9 (Decimal Grade 2.0 to 1.4) = 3 Points
Grade Points 8.6 to 10.8 (Decimal Grade 2.8 to 2.1) = 2 Points
Grade Points 7.0 to 8.5 (Decimal Grade 3.3 to 2.9) = 1 Point
Grade Points 5.0 to 6.9 (Decimal Grade 4.0 to 3.4) = 0 Points
Please note that converting your grades from your previous degrees (in case these are not from EU countries) is decided entirely by uni-assist and not the Philipps-Universität Marburg.
○ Your expertise in theoretical and business economics (up to 1.5 points) as well as methods proven by the completion of suitable modules (up to 1.5 points).
○ Your motivation and fit for joining the EMEA programme as presented in the motivation letter and CV (up to 1 point).
Candidates that already obtain 7 points at this stage may be admitted to the Programme without a phone interview.
Candidates with at least 5 points, but less than 7 points will be invited for a telephone interview. These candidates should be prepared to attend interview appointments that are given on short notice. The interview will take approximately 20 minutes. During the interview, there will be questions about the candidate's motivation as well as knowledge in (micro and/or macro-) economics as well as econometric methods (up to 2 points). There will be time to answer questions from the applicant about the admission procedure, EMEA studies, or student life in Marburg.
Candidates that reach 7 points or more at this stage will be admitted to the Programme.
Candidates will receive informal feedback regarding their application within two weeks after the phone interview (if one was required). A formal admission or rejection letter will be issued within a few weeks after the interview (if one was required).
Candidates that did not require a phone interview for Admission will be informed by the end of July.
Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Advice for international students who require a student visaAdvice for international students who require a student visa
Please apply as early as possible! Admitted candidates are advised to book an appointment at the German Embassy as soon as possible to ensure that the visa is issued in time for the start of the programme in October. The EMEA staff is not able to provide any assistance in obtaining appointments.
Please note that the earlier you submit your application, the earlier we can get back to you! If you wait until the deadline to finish your application, you may have trouble obtaining a visa appointment in time since visa appointments and procedures have been known to require up to 2 months in some cases.