Admission and Requirements

The minimum prerequisite for admission is a bachelor's degree. Candidates with a master's degree are obviously also welcome to apply. An undergraduate or graduate specialization in economics or business is preferred, but candidates with strong analytical skills from related fields will also be considered.

Applications have to be submitted onlineThe application system for Winter Semester 2017/18 is now closed. 

The following items are required for a complete application:

  • Completed online application
  • Degree certificates/diplomas as well as an official transcript of course grades (with official translations into English or German, if needed). Scanned copies are used for the application process. Originals or certified copies need to be submitted prior to enrollment. If you do not yet have a degree, note that you must have completed it by September 30, 2017. In this case, you need to submit the degree certificate by January 15, 2018.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test; you should send your individual score report directly to us by indicating our program after taking the test. The institution code for the GRE is 3553 (Goethe U MSc International Economics). The GRE score has to be submitted at the time of application. The minimum requirement regarding the GRE test is that you have to be at least in the 50th percentile of the Quantitative Reasoning section of the test. Scoring higher will obviously increase your chances of being admitted to the program.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who do not hold a university degree from an institution with English as the sole language of instruction are required to submit scores of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) tests. We do not accept Cambridge ESOL or other certificates to prove English proficiency. Knowledge of German is not required for admission to or for the completion of the program as it is exclusively taught in English.
    The institution code for the TOEFL test is 5349. The minimum TOEFL score is 100 for the iBT or 600 for the PBT. An IELTS score of 7.0 is considered comparable. The test score has to be submitted at the time of application. 
  • At least one letter of evaluation from an university faculty member who has taught the applicant. Evaluations should be filled in by the respective referee and given to the applicant in a sealed and signed envelope. This envelope should be part of the documents that you are required to send to uni-assist after you completed the online application. The form can be downloaded here.
  • A brief letter of motivation (in English and not more than 750 words).
  • Applicants with a bachelor's degree from China, Vietnam or Mongolia have to provide an APS certificate at the time of their application.

Please see our checklist of applicants for more information on the required documents and the FAQ as well.

Application Deadlines
Prospective students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

First round deadline:      May 1         prior to the winter semester of intended enrollment.

Final deadline:                July 15       prior to the winter semester of intended enrollment.