Required Application Documents


Which documents do I submit to the upload portal?

  • 1. Online application form: This is a summary of your entries in the application form, which you received via e-mail as a PDF document.

  • 2. Proof of credits earned during your studies

    Please note that we have to reject applications without a proof of achieved average grade certified by your examination office. Additional information about your grading system are helpful for your application (lowest (minimum) passing grade required as well as the maximum achievable grade (highest passing grade)).
    Please also note the admission requirements for the MSc in Development Economics.

    Case 1: Your bachelor's degree at the time of application is not yet available

    In this case, please send an official certificate from your university (such as a statement of courses or a transcript) of the courses you have taken (including ECTS points, which must total at least 150 ECTS) as well as your grade point average.

    Note: To verify your eligibility for the master's programme, we must be able to confirm that you have completed sufficient courses in the areas of economics, agricultural economics, mathematics, econometrics and statistics. If your bachelor's thesis is relevant (you must have also passed the thesis), you should also include this for consideration.

    Courses completed abroad:
    If your transcript is not in German or English, it must be translated to either German or English by an official translator that also notarizes the translation.


    Case 2: You have completed and bachelor's programme and have the certificate to show it

    Please submit your complete graduation certificate.
    If your graduation certificate does not include the course name and ECTS credits of your completed courses, please include a proof of all courses (modules) you took, i.e. diploma supplement or transcript of records (see Case 1). Please don't forget to also include information from your first semesters of study, which may not be included on your official certificate.

    Note: To verify your eligibility for the master's programme, we must be able to confirm that you have completed sufficient courses in the areas of economics, agricultural economics, mathematics, econometrics and statistics. If your bachelor's thesis is relevant (you must have also passed the thesis), you should also include this for consideration.

    Courses completed abroad:
    If your transcript is not in German or English, it must be translated to either German or English by an official translator that also notarizes the translation.

  • 3. Resume: Should be written in English and outline your academic and other relevant experience to date.

  • 4. Motivation letter: A written statement (length: max. 500 words/ 1 page), which outlines your motivation and interest in the development field and this master's programme in particular.

  • 5. Verification of sufficient English language knowledge.
    Applicants whose native language is not English must have sufficient knowledge of the English language. Sufficient knowledge of English must be demonstrated by minimum performance in an internationally recognised test or comparable performance.

    Accepted forms of language verification:

    • native speaker
    • an education comparable to the German entry qualification to an institute of higher education acquired at an English speaking school
    • successful completion of a degree programme taught entirely in English
    • study or work stay abroad of at least two years in length in an English-speaking country within the last five years prior to submitting your application
    • verification of a least one (business) language course at level C1 in the programme on which the application is based upon
    • at least 180 points on the Cambridge English Scale
    • at least a 7 in the test "International English Language Testing System" (IELTS Academic/IELTS Academic Online),
    • at least 95 points in "Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test" (TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Home Edition) ,
    • at least 76 points on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic/ PTE Academic online)
    • at least level III of the UNIcert certificate
    • NULTE certificates at C1 level: Acert (Poland), CertACLES (Spain), CLES (France), UNIcert®LUCE (Czech Republic and Slovakia), UNILANG (United Kingdom).



    Please note:
    Successful completion of one of the above tests may not be more than three years prior to receipt of the application for admission and admission to the Master's degree programme.



  • 6. APS certification for applicants from China, India, Mongolia and Vietnam.

  • 7. Official course descriptions: Documents that outline the content and expectations of courses you completed (for example excerpts from a course handbook) or a syllabus which can validate the relevance of your previous studies (see admissions requirements and selection process) plus, if applicable, your bachelor's thesis, if it is relevant to fulfill the admission criteria. You can translate the descriptions yourself, if not available in English or German.

    Only if your university does not provide any course descriptions, you can write them yourself. For each course relevant to meet the admission criteria, we need a short description of the content (what did you learn) and form of exam taken.

    Note: Students of the University of Göttingen do not need these documents (if applicable, the bachelor thesis should be uploaded)!



General note

  • Please do not include any evaluation letters from internships or letters of recommendations. They will not be considered.
  • If you apply for one of the double degree programmes (with Stellenbosch University, Florence University or with the University of Clermont Auvergne), please send in transcripts of records in English.
  • Before finally submitting your application, please make sure that you have fully completed your application. Incomplete applications or those that are not submitted by the deadline cannot be considered and will be rejected.


Can I simultaneously apply to several master's programmes?

You are welcome to apply to multiple programmes at the same time. Please ensure that you submit a separate and complete application for each programme: Use the login data sent to you for the specific course of study to upload your application documents. You will receive the login data after you have completed and digitally sent the application form for the respective degree programme. You have to upload a complete set of application documents for each programme separately.

How do I apply to start beyond the first semester of studies?

To apply to start in the programme at a higher semester level, please contact the Student Advisory Office.