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Frequently Asked Questions

    1. General

  • Where can I find the program content?

    For information about the programs we offer and their content, please visit our Program page. Click on any of the program names to find out more.

  • How much are the tuition fees?

    Tuition fees for international students: From the fall semester 2017 onwards, the Land of Baden-Württemberg will charge international students, who come to Germany specifically to study, €1,500 per semester for tuition. This does not apply to students from the EU or the EEA, refugees, or international students who obtained their Abitur or equivalent in Germany. Furthermore, students with strong ties to Germany are also exempt from paying the fees.

     A semester fee is also due each semester (currently €156.70).

  • What are the costs of living in Mannheim?

    The International Office provides detailed information on all of the financial aspects of studying in Mannheim (tuition fees, cost of living, scholarships etc.) on their website.

  • Do you offer any scholarships?

    An overview of the available scholarships can be found on the Fees and Scholarships page.

  • Which specializations do you offer?

    After the introductory phase students can choose to follow one of three study tracks. Students of the Economics track can freely choose their specialization(s) from a wide range of modules, including courses from other departments such as Business Mathematics, Political Science, and Sociology. Students can make an appointment with a member of the Department at the beginning of the specialization phase to discuss their choices. In the Competition and Regulation Economics track electives are complemented by specialized mandatory courses in the fields of competition policy and regulation economics. Furthermore opportunities for internships, field trips, and other forms of collaboration with our partners are offered. The third track - Economic Research - gives a number of outstanding students the opportunity to enter into a fast-track program for acquiring a doctorate.

  • What can I do with a master’s degree in Economics?

    Depending on your field of study (Economics, Competition and Regulation Economics, or Economic Research) and your chosen specialization(s), our program will prepare you for a top position in management or administration (e.g. in consulting, in the manufacturing or service industry, in banks, public administration, international organizations or non-profit organizations) or in research.

  • Is the program taught entirely in English? Do I need German language skills to study this program?

    The master’s program is taught entirely in English - German language proficiency is therefore not required.

  • Is the program accredited?

    Yes, the program is accredited by evalag, the evaluation agency of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. A list of programs accredited by evalag can be found on their website.

  • When does the program start? When are the lecture periods, examination periods and semester breaks?

    All important dates in the academic year can be found in the University of Mannheim’s academic calendar.

    2. Admission

  • I have a degree in Business Administration/Engineering/Mathematics/Political Science/Sociology etc.; am I eligible for the master's program in Economics?

    Our program is a consecutive master's program. Therefore, applicants have to hold a bachelor's degree in Economics or an equivalent qualification. Applications from neighboring fields (such as Business Administration) are welcome. Students of other Social Sciences (such as Political Science, Sociology etc.), quantitative fields (such as Mathematics or Engineering) and the Humanities may also apply if they selected Economics as a minor. However, a definite decision on your eligibility can only be made during the admissions procedure, where all of your documents will be assessed in detail.

  • How many spots are available on the program? What are the chances of being admitted?

    We currently offer around 65 spots in our program each year. Your chances of being admitted depend highly on your qualifications and the overall number of applicants. Please do not hesitate to apply if you have the necessary qualifications.

  • What does selective admission mean?

    Selective admission means that admission to the program is restricted and application is necessary. Spots on selective master's programs at the University of Mannheim are allocated to applicants following a selection process. There are 65 spots available in the master's program in Economics each year and online application for the program is compulsory. The selection process and criteria are outlined, in detail, in the program’s selection statutes.

    3. Application Procedure

  • How can I apply for the master's program?

    The University of Mannheim has a two-step application procedure. First of all, you have to apply online. Then, you have to print out your application form and send it, and all required supporting documents, to the Admissions Office. Please visit the Admissions Office’s website for further information on the application procedure.

  • Do I have to prove my German language proficiency?

    No. As the language of administration and instruction is English, applicants do not have to prove they are proficient in German. However, they are required to prove their proficiency in English. Acceptable forms of proof are stated in the admission requirements.

  • When is the application period/deadline?

    The annual application period runs from March 15 to April 30 for the upcoming fall semester. It is not possible to begin the program in the spring semester. Please note that the application form and all required supporting documents must have arrived at the Admissions Office by April 30 – the date on the postmark is irrelevant. If you apply early, the Admissions Office has time to check whether your application is complete and can request missing documents per e-mail if necessary.

  • How do I submit the required letters of recommendation?

    Two letters of recommendation are required from university teachers who are able to assess your ability and potential for studying in a master's program in Economics. The recommendations have to be submitted online and by the teachers directly. Once you have provided your core personal data in the online application portal and have indicated that you are applying for the master’s program in Economics, you can request the letters of recommendation.
    The portal contains a contact form where you can enter the names of the university teachers you want to ask for a recommendation and their contact details. Once their data has been entered and you click on the email icon, an email with further instructions concerning the recommendation will automatically be sent to the respective person.
    A completed recommendation is indicated by a green check mark next to the 'recommendation' field in the “Application Management” section of the portal. An orange circle indicates that an email has automatically been sent but the recommendation is not yet available. A red cross means that an email has not yet been sent to your teacher. This may also mean that the contact details supplied are incomplete.
    If you are missing a green check mark and the application period ends in a few days, please contact the respective teacher again and ask for their recommendation. You must ensure that all required information is available by April 30.

  • How can I check whether my application is complete? How do I know if my letters of recommendation have arrived at the Admissions Office?

    After you have sent in your application form and the supporting documents by post, you can log in to the application portal to check whether your documents are complete.

  • Which English language certificates do we accept?

    We accept TOEFL, IELTS and the GRE verbal score. For more information, please check our admission requirements.