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How to Apply

  • Application Period

    ● 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 2024/25 will start on the 1st of April 2024 and will end on 15th of July 2024.

    ● Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Admission Requirements

    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.

  • Application Documents

    The application documents must be submitted online via the uni-assist website. Visit uni-assist for more information about document certification.

    The following documents and proofs must be submitted:

    ● 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 CEFR level as per university language requirements.

  • Submission of Application Documents

    To submit your application online via the uni-assist website, please follow this application guide and watch our video tutorial.  

    Online submission

    ● Create an account for the uni-assist portal ("Registration"):
    ● Login and search for the Economics of the Middle East programme: Make sure to select the correct semester.
    ● Click on "Economics of the Middle East" to start an application.
    ● In the top right corner, you can now fill in the online forms and upload the required documents.
    ● You can save your application at the bottom of the page and continue at any later time.
    ● Before submitting your application, please verify that all information is correct and that all required documents are uploaded.
    ● Please submit your application at the earliest possible time to decrease processing times.

    Postal submission is no longer required.

  • Selection Process

    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.

  • Admission Decision

    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.

  • Advice 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.