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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - School of Business and Economics

Applying for the master's degree programmes in Business Administration and Economics

Changed application deadlines for the winter semester 2020/21: June 02, 2020 to July 15, 2020 (cut-off deadline!)

Derogation for the recognition of the C1 English Language Certificate:

Exceptionally, the "IELTS-Indicator Test" and the "TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition Test" are also recognised for the C1 English Language Certificate.

Exception for applications for the winter semester 2020/21 if the first professional qualification is still outstanding:

Due to the current Corona crisis and the resulting limitations at the universities in the summer semester 2020 you can apply for the winter semester 2020/21 exceptionally with up to 60 credit points missing to finish your bachelor's degree (e.g. at least 120 credit points for a degree amounting to a total of 180 credit points). The official information is available on "Information on master’s degree applications to HU".

Further exceptions for applications for the winter semester 2020/21:

Please note that due to the Corona crisis the selection criterion II (GRE or GMAT test results or substitute grade) won’t be applied in the upcoming application period. Therefore the submission of GRE or GMAT scores is no longer necessary or beneficial.  Exceptionally, 90 % of the applicants will be selected on the basis of their overall grade or preliminary overall grade (selection criterion I), see General Annex 1.2.3. of the ZSP-HU. 10 % of the applicants are qualified outside of university studies (practical professional experience of 900 hours within the last 3 years) (selection criterion II), see General Annex 1.2.4. of the ZSP-HU. The ranking of the applicants is determined by the result of the combination of selection criteria I and II according to § 35 paragraph 2 ZSP-HU.


 

This page is for information purposes and is not legally binding. Only the Fächerübergreifenden Satzung zur Regelung von Zulassung, Studium und Prüfung der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (ZSP-HU) is legally binding.

When applying for the master's degree programme in Economics or Business Administration, the following admission requirements must be cumulatively fulfilled, and proof must be provided before the application deadline:

Admission requirements
MA Business Administration

 
  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Business Administration or in a related subject

    Professional qualification from a university degree programme in Business Administration or a related degree with at least 120 ECTS credits in economic subjects (including methodological subject areas and economically relevant areas of law).

    If the degree is still outstanding at the time of application, proof must be provided that no more than 30 ECTS credits have yet to be acquired.

    However, the 120 ECTS credits in economic subjects (including methodological subject areas) must be proven at the time of application.
  • Specialist expertise in methodological fields

    At least 24 ECTS credits must be proven in the methodological fields in mathematics, statistics, econometrics, and microeconomics.

    Courses in these fields from basic and/or in-depth studies shall be considered, provided they primarily teach basic principles and methods and do not focus on (thematic) application. This criterion is due to the Faculty's quantitative and methodological focus.

    The field of econometrics primarily involves interpreting and estimating parameters as well as conducting hypothesis tests according to the multiple linear model (while also taking into account possible  deviations from the standard assumptions).

    In particular, microeconomics as a methodological field contains fundamental economic theoretical approaches thet analyze the theory of preferences, budget and corporate theory as well as the theory of market equilibrium with the help of mathematical methods.

    Macroeconomics is not included in this field.

    If the results of methodological examinations are not clearly stated on the certificate, enclose an official grade overview. You can mark the corresponding modules on this overview. If modules are not clearly titled, or if you are unsure whether the course/module counts as a methodological subject, attach the corresponding content/module description so that a substantive evaluation can be carried out.
  • English language skills

    Proof of English language skills to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

    Please consult the subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme Business Administration to find out the minimum achievements required to demonstrate the requisite language skills.

    Time limits on the validity of language tests (e.g. TOEFL / IELTS: two years) are not taken into account.
  • German language skills

    Proof of German language skills to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
     
    Please consult the subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme Business Administration to find out the minimum achievements required to demonstrate the requisite language skills.
     
  • Subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme Business Administration

    The detailed, subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme Business Administration are published here (only in German).

 

Admission requirements
MA Economics

 
  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Economics or in a related subjects

    Professional qualification from a university degree programme in Economics or a related degree with at least 60 ECTS credits in economic subjects (excluding methodological subject areas of mathematics, statistics, econometrics or final theses).

    If the degree is still outstanding at the time of application, proof must be provided that no more than 30 ECTS credits have yet to be acquired.

    However, the 60 ECTS credits in economic subjects and at least 24 ECTS in methodological subject areas must be proven at the time of application.
     
  • Specialist expertise in methodological fields

    At least 24 ECTS credits must be proven in the methodological fields in mathematics, statistics and econometrics.

    Courses in these fields from basic and/or in-depth studies shall be considered, provided they primarily teach basic principles and methods and do not focus on (thematic) application. This criterion is due to the Faculty's quantitative and methodological focus.

    The field of econometrics includes especially the interpretation and estimation of parameters as well as hypothesis tests in the multiple linear model (also considering possible deviations from the standard assumptions).

    If the results of methodological examinations are not clearly stated on the certificate, enclose an official grade overview. You can mark the corresponding modules on this overview. If modules are not clearly titled, or if you are unsure whether the course/module counts as a methodological subject, attach the corresponding content/module description so that a substantive evaluation can be carried out.
  • English language skills

    Proof of English language skills to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

    Please consult the subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme in Economics to find out the minimum achievements required to demonstrate the requisite language skills.

    Time limits on the validity of language tests (e.g. TOEFL / IELTS: two years) are not taken into account.
  • German language skills

    Proof of German language skills to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
     
    Please consult the subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme Economics to find out the minimum achievements required to demonstrate the requisite language skills.
     
  • Subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme Economics

    The detailed, subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme Economics are published here (only in German).

If you can prove that you meet these entry requirements and you have submitted all the requested application documents before the deadline and in prescribed form, you will be included in the selection process.

 

Selection critiria
MA Business Administration

  • Selection criterion I: Final grade

    The final grade of the previous study is weighted at 51 %.
     
  • Selection criterion II: GRE or GMAT test results or substitute grade

    Submitted GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) results are weighted at 49%. The submission of the test results is not mandatory.

    Institution code for GRE and TOEFL: 8167

    GMAT programme code: D1Z-41-44 

    Information on the GRE can be found at http://www.ets.org/gre

    Information on the GMAT can be found at http://www.mba.com 

    If no test result is submitted, a substitude grade will be included in the selection process weighted at 49% and awarded on the basis of the extent and quality of achievements in the methodological subjects of mathematics, statistics, econometrics and microeconomics.

    If the GRE or GMAT test result is worse than the substitute grade, the substitute grade will be used for the  selection.
     
  • Subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme Business Administration

    The detailed, subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme Business Administration are published here (only in German).

Selection critiria
MA Economics

  • Selection criterion I: Final grade

    The final grade of the previous study is weighted at 51 %.
     
  • Selection criterion II: GRE or GMAT test results or substitute grade

    Submitted GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) results are weighted at 49%. The submission of the test results is not mandatory.

    Institutionencode for GRE und TOEFL: 8167

    Programme Code GMAT: D1Z-41-44 

    Information on the GRE can be found at http://www.ets.org/gre

    Information on the GMAT can be found at http://www.mba.com 

    If no test result is submitted, a substitude grade will be included in the selection process weighted at 49% and awarded on the basis of the extent and quality of achievements in the methodological subjects of mathematics, statistics and econometrics.

    If the GRE or GMAT test result is worse than the substitute grade, the substitute grade will be used for the  selection.
     
  • Subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme in Economics

    The detailed, subject-specific entry and admission regulations for the master's degree programme Economics are published here (only in German).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  • Can I apply to multiple master's degree programmes?

    No, you can only apply to one master's degree programme at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
     
  • Can I submit documents at a later stage?

    That is not possible. The application documents must be received in full before the application deadline. Subsequent submissions will not be acepted.
     
  • I don't yet have my degree diploma. Can I still apply?

    Your application will be considered if no more than 30 ECTS credits are missing and the entry requirements are fully met and substantiated. If you are conditionally admitted, your enrolment shall be limited to one semester. Your degree certificate must then be produced by the end of the first semester at the latest. If proof is not provided on time, your admission shall be terminated and the application for enrolment definitively rejected.
     
  • Where can I take the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) language test?

    For students enrolled at Humboldt-Universität, it is possible to complete the DAAD English language test at the university's Language Centre. This test is subject to a fee and is usually offered twice a week. We recommend that you register in good time. Language Centre hompage Homepage
     
  • I'am already a master's student and would like to transfer to the Humboldt-Universität. What do I need to be aware of?

    Even if you are already enrolled in a master's degree programme, you must meet the admission requirements of the first semester of study and provide evidence of this in your application. In addition to this, 30 ECTS credits of exam achievements, which are eligible for recognition, must be proven per semester in order to be placed in a higher semester of study. Further information about placement can be found on the website of the Examination Office.