FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

On this site, you can find frequently asked questions regarding the application and selection for the Master of Science in Business Administration (Betriebswirtschaftslehre). The questions are categorized as follows:

  • Questions regarding the application process
  • Questions regarding foreign degrees
  • Questions regarding quantitative modules
  • Questions regarding German proficiency
  • Questions regarding English proficiency
Questions regarding the application process

Question:

Do you consider internships, apprenticeships, studies abroad or social engagement (volunteering) in the admission process?

Answer:

No, internships, apprenticeships, studies abroad, social engagement (volunteering) etc. will not be considered.

Question:

I sent my documents to uni assist but why is the status of my application not updated yet?

Answer:

Uni assist does not give you any feedback whether your documents are complete. After uni assist received your application documents (in case of applicants with a foreign bachelor's degree your documents in hard copy), it takes at least three weeks until your application is processed. When uni assist has completed the evaluation of your documents, your application is forwarded to Goethe University.

Please note that due to the high number of applications, we cannot answer questions regarding the application status.

Question:

When can I expect to receive an admission letter?

Answer:

Admission letters will be sent out around end of June. Rejection letters will be sent in October when the whole admission procedure is completed (including a potential clearing or lottery).

Question:

Is there a clearing procedure in which vacant places are filled?

Answer:

A clearing procedure will only be carried out if there are still vacant places after the main process in June. In this case a lower admission threshold score will be determined and further applicants will be admitted. This process would take place around mid-July.

Question:

When does the admission lottery start? How can I take place?

Answer:

The lottery will be carried out if there a still vacant places after the clearing process. The registrar's office is responsible for the drawing of lots. Therefore applicants have to register online to a new deadline. After the deadline has passed the lot will decide about the admission. If all formal requirements for the Master`s program are fulfilled the place will be given to the one who drew the lot. Further information may be found here (in German).

Certification

Question:

Do the submitted documents for the application to the Master’s program (Abitur-/university report) have to be certified?

Answer:

At the time of the online application it is not necessary to submit certified documents if you apply with a national (German) bachelor’s degree. If you apply with a foreign degree you have to send the documents per post to uni assist. In this case it is necessary to enclose certified and translated copies of the degree certificate and a transcript of records.

Please consult the uni-assist website for further information on the required certification.

Question:

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, e.g. cultural economics, health/hospital management etc. Can I apply for your Master’s program?

Answer:

According to our study regulations, a degree from a German university/University of Applied Sciences or an at least an equivalent foreign degree in the same or a related subject with a standard period of study of at least six semesters is required. Degrees in related subjects might be considered if they include at least 90 ECTS in modules with economical content and quantitative methods. In this case, the selection committee decides after the end of the application deadline whether your degree meets these standards.

Please note that the number of your quantitative modules completed in your Bachelor studies is an important evaluation criterion which accounts for 39% of your total evaluation score (see here).

Question:

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, e.g. engineering. Can I apply for your Master’s program?

Answer:

According to our study regulations, a degree from a German university/University of Applied Sciences or an at least an equivalent foreign degree in the same or a related subject with a standard period of study of at least six semesters is required. Degrees in related subjects might be considered if they include at least 90 ECTS in modules with economical content and quantitative methods. In this case, the selection committee decides after the end of the application deadline whether your degree meets these standards.

Question:

Are there any tuition fees for the master's program?

Answer:

No, there are no tuition fees for master's students (both EU and non-EU).

However, there is a semester fee which amounts to approximately 360 € per semester. This fee includes unlimited use of public transport in Frankfurt and the whole Federal State of Hessen and access to subsidized meals in the university cafeterias. Please visit the website of the General Students' Committee for more information.

Scholarships

Question:

Do you offer any scholarships?

Answer:

In general, German institutions of higher education do not award scholarships themselves. There are, however, several scholarship-awarding organizations.

The most extensive scholarship program is that offered by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Advanced students may apply for DAAD scholarships, or depending on their country of origin and subject, in some cases only graduates may apply.

Other scholarship-awarding institutions have varying conditions, for example, regarding country of origin, subject, previous study achievements, duration of support, etc. A very quick and efficient way of finding out about the appropriate scholarship is through using the scholarship database of DAAD.

Questions regarding foreign degrees

Question:

Will my international undergraduate degree be recognized at Goethe University?

Answer:

The verification of the foreign undergraduate degrees will be assessed by uni-assist after the application will have been received. If you would like to know more about the acceptance of your degree please contact the International Office of Goethe University. 

You can take a first independent look at the online database Anabin from the German ministry of Education concerning international degrees in Germany.

Question:

How will my final grade be converted?

Answer:

Foreign undergraduate grades will be converted by uni-assist after submission of your application. If you would like to know more about the conversion of your grade please contact the International Office of Goethe University.

Question:

Do I need a certified translation of my bachelor degree/transcript? Which languages do you accept for translations?

Answer:

Yes, a certified translation of your documents is necessary if they are not in English. We accept translations into German and English.

Questions regarding quantitative methods modules

Question:

Are additionally completed quantitative modules recongnized if they are not listed on my bachelor transcript?

Answer:

Only the modules that are part of the bachelor’s degree relevant for the application to the Master’s degree will be assessed. The modules have to appear in the transcript of records. Other quantitative modules outside your bachelor's degree cannot be recognized in the selection process.

Question:

Is it useful to register e.g. for a bachelor’s degree program in mathematics and to attend some modules there?

Answer:

We only recognize modules which are completed within the required bachelor's degree (e.g. business administration). We do not consider modules from a second, not completed program.

Question:

I am taking quantitative methods modules during the summer semester which will not be completed by the end of the application deadline. Will they be considered?

Answer:

No, we only consider passed modules.

Question:

How do you consider ungraded modules?

Answer:

We recognize ungraded quantitative methods modules for which you have received ECTS / credit points when we count the ECTS of your quantitative methods modules. However, we do not consider these modules for the average grade of your quantitative methods modules.

Questions regarding German language skills

Question:

I am an international applicant with German knowledge at the A1/A2 level according to the European Common Framework of Reference. Can I apply for the MSc in Business Administration?

Antwort:

Unfortunately application with proof of German at the A1/A2 level cannot be accepted.

Applicants are required to have reached at least the B1/B2 level in order to participate in a preparatory German course leading up to the DSH-2 exam. Applicants that already acquired German knowledge at the C1 level can apply directly for the master's program but need to hand in the DSH-2 certificate before starting the program.

Question:

I am an international applicant and I hold a German language certificate at the B1/B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Can I apply for the MSc in Business Administration?

Answer:

Unfortunately you cannot apply for immediate entry into the master's program. Instead you would have to attend a language course to reach the competency level required. Goethe University offers German courses which will prepare you for the DSH-2 examination required for entry into a master's program.

If you would like to participate in the preparatory course please do apply for the MSc in Business Administration via uni assist. When filling in the application, please indicate that you would like to participate in the preparatory German course. You will then be invited to take an assessment of your German language skills. After having passed the DSH-2 examination you would have to re-apply for the MSc in Business Administration.

Information on the preparatory courses can be found here.

Question:

I am an international applicant and hold a German language certificate at the C1 level. Is this sufficient for the application?

Answer:

You can apply for the MSc in Business Administration. If you are admitted to the program, you need to hand in a DSH-2 certificate (or an equivalent certificate). During the application process you will be invited to take the DSH-2 examination at Goethe University. This invitation is no admission to the master's program.

International students will be exempt from DSH-2 if they present one of the following language certificates upon application/matriculation:

  • TestDaF with 4 TDN in all test components
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C2
  • KMK-Prüfung: Deutsches Sprachdiplom Stufe II (DSD II), Level C1 in all test components
  • DSH of other universities with a DSH-2 result (Please notice: DSH-certificates that are issued after 1 January 2013 will only be accepted if they are registered by the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) according to the new Rahmenordnung Deutsch)
  • ZOP (Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung)
  • KDS und GDS (Kleines/Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom)
  • a german school leaving certificate (e.g. Realschulabschluss)
Questions regarding English language skills

Question:

Is a verification of English language skills learned in High School sufficient?

Answer:

Yes, English language skills learned in High School are sufficient if your high school diploma explicitly states the level B2. Furthermore, your language certificate has to be not older than 5 years at the end of the application deadline (May 15).

Question:

Is a proof of my English proficiency obligatory?

Answer:

Yes, a proof of your English proficiency is obligatory. More information regarding different kinds of English certificates can be found in these FAQ and on the selection process website.

Question:

Is the TOEFL test obligatory?

Answer:

The TOEFL is not necessarily obligatory. You can also send in other verification of your English language skills (except for verification of High School English language skills, see above). However, it is important that you can verify knowledge of the English language at the B2 level of the European Reference Score for Languages.

If the applicant holds a Bachelor degree that has been taught in English completely, no extra proof of English language skills has to be submitted. In addition, the verification of single modules completely taught in English is sufficient (see below).

Question:

Is it possible to use the GMAT/GRE as a proof of language skills?

Answer:

The GMAT is not a proof of language skills. The knowledge of English has to be proven separately by standardized test, a language course in the university (B2 level) or through your high school diploma (explicitly stating the B2 level).

Question:

I have spent a semester abroad and have completed modules in English during my stay. Does this serve as a proof of my English proficiency?

Answer:

No, this is not sufficient.

Question:

Is my internship or employment in an English speaking country sufficient to proof my English proficiency?

Answer:

No, unfortunately we cannot accept this as a proof of your English proficiency.

Question:

During my bachelor studies I have completed a couple of module which were taught in English. Is this sufficient as a proof of my English proficiency? Which documents do I need to submit in this case?

Antwort:

The successful completion of bachelor modules which have been taught in English is not sufficient to proof your Enlish proficiency. In case you have completed a language course as part of your studies, you need a document explicitly stating the level B2.

Question:

For how long does my proof of English proficiency remain valid?

Answer:

We accept language certificates which are up to five years old on the day of the application deadline (May 15). Language certificates which are older than 5 years on May 15 cannot be considered in the application process.

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