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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

MEMS Online Application


Apply Online

We understand that the application process can be an anxious time. Please read the information in this section carefully and follow the instructions given; this will help to ensure that everything runs quickly and smoothly.


The next application for intake 2021/22 has already begun and it ends on 31st March 2021.

The home testing for the TOEFL iBT® test and GRE® General Test, officially offered by ETS, is also acceptable for the application of MEMS program.


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You will need to create an account online using your email address and you should use this address for your application and any enquiries to us. You do not need to complete the form at one sitting; you can return to your partially completed application by logging in to the system using the email address and password you create at the start of the process.

You should also upload your supporting documents with your online application. You can scan and upload transcripts and request references to be submitted online. The online application allows you to submit your complete application securely and quickly. You may submit your application before your referees submit their letters; we will match the references to your application.

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact us at: mems@wiwi.hu-berlin.de

Be aware that HU does not use education agents. You should, by no means, pay any money to a third party for your place at the university - you should always deal directly with us!


List of Documents required for Application

  1. Degree Certificate and Transcript of Records
  2. GRE revised General Test
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Motivation Letter
  6. English Language Test
  7. APS (only for certain groups)


All documents can be submitted in German or English. Translations are not required for English documents.

MEMS encourages students from all study tracts to apply for the program. A sufficient academic background consists of a strong knowledge of advanced mathematics. When allocating places, particular weight will be given to your aptitude for quantitatively-oriented economic analysis.

The main difference between our program and an MBA is our emphasis on quantitative methods. it prepares you for an academic or professional career in economics or international management.


Degree Certificate and Transcripts

The Degree Certificate and Transcripts of Records should be submitted in either English or German, issued by your previous university and, where applicable, with a certified translation of the original.

For the application purposes, the upload of a scanned version is sufficient. Should you get acceptance to the MEMS program, you should bring the original documents to the enrollement office in September for verification. Please do not send the originals via post.

If your Degree Certificate is not available at the time of application, you may only hand in the transcripts. It should be evident on the transcript that you will be able to graduate from your previous program until October.


GRE General Test (GRE)

The GRE Revised General Test is one of the most widely accepted admission tests worldwide. It designed to measure abilities to undertake graduate studies, therefore helps to assess applicants in a standardized way. GRE Test consists of verbal, quantitative and analytical writing parts and is usually held at the special test centers.

  • GRE Institution Code: 8167
  • GRE Department Code: 1801 (if not working, type in "Economics")

All applicants are required to take the GRE test - the GMAT is not a substitute. The score must not be older than five years before the application deadline. Scanned copies of the GRE report or the "Examinee Score Report" (pdf version downloadable at the ETS webpage) are acceptable upon the application deadline. Should you receive an official acceptance, you will still need to submit the original score reports.

As a benchmark to compare your own results, you may refer to the past data of accepted applicants of the MEMS program during the past years.

Particular weight was given to students' quantitative abilities. The average student accepted to MEMS program scored in the 81st percentile of the quantitative section of GRE out of all students who took the test. It should be noted, however, that the GRE is only one tool we use for assessing the quality of applications.

Average GRE General Test scores:

Year of Intake

Quantitative (stdev)

Analytical (stdev)

        2019         164 (4,6)         3,80 (0,6)
        2018         164 (3,8)         3,92 (0,6)


162 (5,3)

3,93 (0,5)


162 (4,5)

3,72 (0,7)


163 (4,3)

3,73 (0,6)


162 (4,4)

3,75 (0,5)


163 (4,5)

3,64 (0,6)





Two Letters of Recommendation

Once you are registered in the online system and the respective sections are completed, you will receive a special form, via email, that should be passed on to your recommenders.

Recommendation letters are expected to be written by professors from your previous university. Only for exceptional cases, we may accept recommendation letters from employers.

The letters should be sent directly by the professor to the MEMS Office - they are confidentional and the applicant is not allowed to read them. If the professors send them via e-mail, they are prompted to use their official email address. If they send the letters via post, they should use a signed and sealed envelope.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your letters of recommendation are submited on time. Once you submitted your application, you will be able to see wheter we received the letters.


Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The CV should provide an overview of your experience and other qualifications.


Motivation Letter

A Letter of Motivation should indicate your intentions and specific reasons for your interest in the MEMS Program. It should be written in English or in German.


English Language Test

All applicants must provide proof that their English is at a C1-level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or higher. The score must not be older than two years before the application deadline. 

For the application purposes, the upload of a scanned version is sufficient. Should you get acceptance to the MEMS program, you should will need to submit the original score reports.

We accept the following tests with the respective minimum score/grade:

  • TOEFL (institution code: 8167, department code: 02): min. 95 points
  • IELTS (Academic): min. 7,0
  • DAAD-Sprachzeugnis: Ø min B, no result < C
  • BULATS: min. 75 Punkte
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE: A-C
  • Certificate in Advanced English CAE:  A-C
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English FCE: A
  • Business Higher BEC:  A-C
  • International Certificate in Financial English ICFE: C1 (Pass with merits)
  • International Legal English Certificate ILEC: C1 (Pass with merits)
  • London Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI Business English: Level 3 with distinction or higher
  • UNIcert II: min. 1,3
  • UNIcert III: min. 3.0
  • Native speakers are exempt from taking an English language test, but should hand in a copy of passport as a confirmation (only citizens from English speaking countries like USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Bahamas and others).
  • Students who have completed a previous university program entirely in English in a country where English is an official language, should submit an official confirmation from their university. If English is not an official langauge of the country where you did you Bachelor, we are unfortunately not allowed to accept your Bachelor's Degree as a proof of English.
  • If applicable, another option is to hand in a copy of the "Abiturzeugnis" with certain detailed requirements. Details can be found in the "Fächerübergreifende Satzung zur Regelung von Zulassung, Studium und Prüfung der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin" (see below on this page).


APS (Akademische Prüfstelle)

Students, that received their undergraduate degree from P.R. China or Vietnam and who want to apply for the MEMS Program need to obtain an APS Certificate: www.aps.org.cn


Important Remarks

infoIncomplete applications, especially without GRE and English Language Test results, will not be processed.

Should it not be possible to submit an online application, we will make a small number of exceptions to accommodate your application submission in paper form. For a paper application, you will require special permission from the MEMS office. If you do not receive special permission in advance, your application will not be processed.

This page is just a summary of the official rules and we cannot guarantee that the contents provided are correct, complete and up to- date. For the official rules, see the "Zulassungsordnung" - especially "Anlage 2 -  Zugangs- und Zulassungsregeln für den Masterstudiengang: Economics and Management Science (MEMS)" (in German)

Updated versions will be uploaded on https://www.amb.hu-berlin.de. Please enter the following text in the search field: "Fächerübergreifende Satzung zur Regelung von Zulassung, Studium und Prüfung der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (ZSP-HU)" and look for the newest version.