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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

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 must be proven at the time of application.
     
  • Specialist expertise in methodical 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 recognised, 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.
  • 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 in the University Gazette 18/2015 of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (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. You must then provide proof of your degree certificate by the end of the the application semester at the latest. If you do not provide proof within this period, your admission will expire and your application for enrolment will be conclusively rejected.

    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.
     
  • Special knowledge in methodical subjects

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

    Courses in these areas from the basic studies and/or the in-depth studies which primarily impart basic principles and methods and which do not focus on (thematic) application are recognised. This criterion is due to the quantitative-methodological orientation of the faculty.

    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 methodological examination results are not clearly recognizable on the certificate, attach an official overview of grades. On this overview, you can highlight the relevant modules. If the module title is not clear, or if you are unsure whether the course/module is one of the methodological subject areas, attach the corresponding description or module description so that the content can be evaluated.
  • English language proficiency

    Proof of English language proficiency must be provided at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (GER).

    A list with test to proof the required language level can be found in the subject-specific admission and admission rules for the Master's programme in Business Administration.
     
  • German language proficiency

    Proof of German language proficiency must be provided at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (GER).
     
    A list with test to proof the required language level can be found in the subject-specific admission and approval rules for the Master's programme in Economics.
     
  • Subject-specific admission and approval rules for the Master's programme in Economics

    Detailed subject-specific admission and approval rules for the Master's program in 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 brfore 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 in the University Gazette 18/2015 of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (only in German).

Selection critiria
MA Economics

  • Selection criterion I: Final grade

    51 % of the final grade of the previous course of study is taken into account.
     
  • Selection criterion II: Test result GRE or GMAT or substitute score

    A submitted test result (GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is considered at 49%. The submission of the test result is not mandatory.

    Institutionencode for GRE und TOEFL: 8167

    Programme Code GMAT: D1Z-41-44 

    Information on the GRE is available at http://www.ets.org/gre

    Information on the GMAT is available at http://www.mba.com 

    Information on the GMAT is available at http://www.mba.com If no test result is submitted, 49% will be claculated from the scope and quality of their previous academic achievements in the methodological fields of mathematics, statistics, econometrics and microeconomics.

    Should the GRE or GMAT test result be worse than the replacement score, the replacement score will be used for selection.
     
  • Subject-specific admission and approval rules for the Master's programme in Economics

    Detailed subject-specific admission and approval rules for the Master's program in 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. TYour 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?

    Students enrolled at Humboldt-Universität have the opportunity to take the DAAD English Language Test at the HU Language Centre. This test is subject to a fee and is usually offered twice a week. Early registration is recommended. Homepage Sprachenzentrum
     
  • I am already studying for a Master's degree and would like to move to the HU. What do I have to be aware of?

    If you are already studying in a Master's programme, you must also meet the admission requirements for the first semester and provide proof of this in your application. In addition, 30 ECTS credits per semester have to be proven in order to be placed in a higher semester. Further information on placement can be found on the website of the Examination Office.