• Start: either in the winter or in the summer semester.

Entrance Requirements

Subject-specific Requirements

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 the time of application:


You have less than 40 ECTS credit points in the field of economics?

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.

Knowledge of Languages

  • German

    To gain admission to the master's programme in Economics at the University of Münster, you need very good German language skills, usually at the DSH-2 level.The following certificates are accepted as proof of German language competence:

    • A DSH-2 certificate (or higher)
    • TestDaF Level 4 in all four skill areas (or higher)
    • Deutsches Sprachdiplom (German Language Diploma) of the Standing Conference of Education Ministers, Level II (C1 level in all sub-sections)
    • Goethe-Zertifikat C2
    • UNIcert certificate, Level III (or higher)
    • TELC C1 Hochschule (level "befriedigend" or "gut")
  • English

    To gain admission to the master's programme in Economics at the University of Münster, you need very good English language skills, usually at the B2 level (CEFR). The following certificates are accepted as proof of English language competence:

    • 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
    • College English Test (CET) certificate
      Applicants must have attained at least level 6 on the CET 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.

Further information can be found in the entrance and admission regulations.


Admission Criteria

Applicants who meet the subject-specific and language requirements are deemed eligible for selection. 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 (maximum number of points is 100). Each requirement is weighted differently. Points are distributed as follows:


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

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.


  • Deadlines

    There are two application deadlines for the Master of Economics at the University of Münster for the winter semester 2023/24.

    If you apply with your complete application documents by June 09, 2023, you will participate in the first application phase. Then you have the chance to receive an admission notice by the end of June 2023.

    You did not receive an admission by the end of June?

    Your application will then be reviewed in the second round. The second and final application deadline is July 15, 2023. If you apply for the Master of Economics by this deadline, you can expect to hear back in early August 2023.


    Further Information on certain deadlines can be found here.

  • Applications

    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.

    The currently valid regulations for the application procedure can be found on the page of the Student Secretariat (here).

    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).

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


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

  • Enrolment

    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.