If you are anxious to gain a place on a degree course you have to meet deadlines and submit documentary evidence to substantiate claims. Here you will find all the information you need if you wish to apply for a place in the master’s programme in economics. It makes no difference whether you come from Germany, an EU country, or a non-EU country. Nor does it matter whether you have set your sights on a first-semester place or a place reserved for students in a higher semester.

Entrance Requirements

Subject-specific Requirements

Students who wish to take a master’s degree course in economics can embark on their studies either in the winter or in the summer semester. The course is open to anyone who has successfully completed a six-semester university course in economics. In addition, the following requirements must be satisfied:

  • at least 40 credit points in economics
  • at least 10 credit points in mathematics, statistics and/or econometrics.

No more than 15 of the credit points awarded for economics can be replaced by extra credit points awarded for mathematics, statistics and/or econometrics. Further information can be found in the entrance and admission regulations.

Points are assigned to the aforementioned subjects with the aid of the transcript of records. What counts here is course content. If a course title is vague, you should briefly indicate the course content. It is not, however, necessary to provide a description of every module.

Knowledge of Languages

Applicants have to prove that they are sufficiently proficient in English and German.

However, they may be exempted from the German language requirement if they are native speakers of German or if they have passed the German matriculation examination (Abitur). The criteria for proving a sound grasp of German (DSH-2-level) can be found here.

In order to prove that they have a sound grasp of English, applicants need to possess at least one of the following certificates:

  • A German upper secondary school leaving certificate (Abiturzeugnis) showing
  • English Level B2 or
  • that the applicant has taken English courses for at least 7 years.
  • Language certificate
  • A TOEFL language proficiency certificate
    A maximum of 120 points can be awarded for the Internet-based TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Applicants must score at least 83 points.
  • A TOEIC language proficiency certificate
    A maximum of 990 points can be awarded for the TOEIC test (Test of English for International Communication). Applicants must score at least 550 points.
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate
    Applicants must have attained at least level 6 on the IELTS band scale
  • A Cambridge University certificate
    If the applicant has passed the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) examination, the mark awarded will automatically be deemed acceptable.
    If the applicant has passed the FCE (First Certificate in English) examination, the lowest acceptable mark is B.
  • An LCCI-Certificate (English for Business)
    Level 3
  • A Business English Certificate (BEC)
    Vantage Level
  • A UNIcert certificate
    Level III or IV
  • The European Language Certificates (TELC)
    Level B2 on the CEFR scale
  • The Admissions Committee will accept any other language proficiency certificate which shows that the holder has attained level B2 on the CEFR scale.
  • It will be assumed that applicants have a sufficiently firm grasp of English if they satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
    • The applicant has spent at least one year in an English-speaking country. A certificate must be submitted to prove that the applicant used English as a medium of expression during his/her journey abroad.
    • The applicant has successfully completed his/her university studies in English. Courses and examinations were held in English.
      A personalised certificate must be produced for each module.
    • The applicant is a native speaker of English.


The Procedure


Certain deadlines have to be met by students who wish to apply for a place on a degree course or a non-degree language course. It should be noted that there are special application deadlines for foreign students. Applications submitted after the closing date will be ignored. What counts is the date on which an application is received by the University.

Applicants from Germany and other EU countries:

Winter semester 2020/2021: here.
Summer semester 2021: tba.

Applicants from non-EU countries:

Winter semester 2020/2021: here.
Summer semester 2021: tba.

Applications for places reserved for students in their higher semesters:

Winter semester 2020/2021: here.
Summer semester 2021: tba.

The Application Procedure

The application procedure is initiated via the applications portal of the Student Affairs Office. In order to be able to communicate effectively with the University, applicants must enter their e-mail address, provide general personal data, and reply to questions about the course they wish to enrol for.

  1. Applicants need to have a German upper secondary school-leaving certificate or a foreign school-leaving certificate which is on a par with the German Abitur. They are also required to produce a BA certificate in which the ECTS points gained by the holder are clearly indicated. If the BA course has not yet been completed, an interim report can be submitted. Applicants must have earned at least 135 ECTS before they can apply for admission to the MA programme, and they cannot embark on the master’s programme until they have passed their BA examination. Non-German certificates have to be translated into German or English. Grades have to be converted to ECTS or their German equivalents. Students who fail to meet this requirement will find themselves at a disadvantage. General information on how to translate and convert grades and credit points can be found here.
  2. As there are still courses that are conducted in German, applicants need to be sufficiently proficient in German (DSH2-level). If their German is below par, they will do well to sign up for a German language course.
  3. It is essential that applicants use the applications portal as a channel of communication with the University. Each applicant receives an applicant number which facilitates the processing of enquiries relating to the application procedure. A copy of a printout of the online application will come in useful if the applicant applies for a visa.
  4. It is not necessary to post documents to the University. The application procedure is entirely online via the applications portal. Certified copies are not needed.
    The following documents should be uploaded:
    • A BA certificate
    • A transcript of records providing details of all the courses taken by the applicant (inclusive of module grades, credits and a preliminary average rating if the BA certificate is not yet available)
    • A complete CV
    • A certificate attesting that the applicant has a sufficiently sound grasp of German (DSH2-level)
    • A certificate attesting that the applicant has a sufficiently sound grasp of English (B2-level)

In certain cases, the applicant is required to provide succinct descriptions of individual modules. Such descriptions are necessary whenever the title of a module does not clearly indicate that the course content is relevant to the degree programme to which the applicant is seeking admission. Descriptions of modules should be attached to the file containing the transcript of records.

Applicants from non-EU countries

Special regulations apply to applicants from non-EU countries. These regulations can be found here. Despite the online application procedure, applicants are still required to send printouts of their application documents to the Student Affairs Office (Schlossplatz 2, 48149 Münster). Application documents may also be deposited in the overnight mailbox.

As application documents are not returned to senders, original documents should never be submitted with letters of application, and there is no point in enclosing postage stamps.

Applicants from the following countries have to fulfil additional application requirements:
- The People’s Republic of China
- Vietnam
- Mongolia
Before submitting an application, prospective students from these countries should check their credentials to make sure that they satisfy the additional application requirements

Admission Requirements

It is essential that admission requirements be met when the number of applications received exceeds the number of places available in the master’s programme in economics.

The Applications Committee examines the applications that have been received and awards points for each of the requirements. Each requirement is weighted differently. Points are distributed as follows:

Marks                            Required Level of Knowledge Weight Points
Final BA mark (ECTS)       50%   0-50
Marks awarded for economics attested in the BA certificate or the transcript of records a comparable BA degree in economics awarded by the University of Münster (100 credit points for economics)   
Marks awarded for mathematics, statistics and econometrics attested in the BA certificate or the transcript of records

a comparable BA degree in economics awarded by the University of Münster (30 credit points for economics)

 Total      Maximum


Points are awarded on the basis of the marks earned by the applicants. A detailed description of the distribution procedure can be found here.

Fewer points are awarded for knowledge which is below par, but this does not preclude admission to the master’s programme. What counts here is the total number of points. It is up to the Applications Committee to decide whether a lack of knowledge in one domain is compensated by above-average knowledge in another field. Applicants who lack knowledge in one of their subjects (e.g. econometrics) are not obliged to remedy this deficiency after embarking on the master’s degree course.

No points are awarded for the applicants’ knowledge of English and German, but a good knowledge of both languages is an essential requirement for admission to the master’s programme.

Reapplications are admissible since the programme is filled on a space-available basis.


The deadline for enrolment will be indicated in the confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS). You will not receive notification of acceptance by post. Instead, you will have to call up the CAS as a PDF file in the applications portal.

A written enrolment form is attached to the CAS. This form can also be used for change of course registration. You have to hand in your BA certificate to enrol for the master's programme.

Students who are enrolled at the University of Münster have to pay semester dues.

Further Information

For technical or organisational questions relating to enrolment or applications, please contact the  Student Affairs Office.

For foreign students and students, the International Office offers a wide range of services such as consulting and official support.

For questions relating to the content of the master’s programme in economics, please contact the programme leader Thomas Hagedorn.

The Examinations Office is responsible for legal questions relating to examinations.