Required application documents

Important: Please do not send original documents (only copies), as your application packet will not be sent back to you.


Which documents do I submit?

  • 1. Online application form printed, with your signature and confirmation (affidavit) that the application is correct, to the best of your knowledge.

    Note: Please note that the online application form that you print, must also be signed by hand. We will not be able to accept a scanned or digital copy of your signature.

  • 2. Proof of credits earned during your studies

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

    In this case, please have your registrar's office send an official certificate (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. This document must include either

    • an electronic verification key/code or
    • an official stamp and signature of the registrar's office (please send the original, or a notarized copy of this document. A copy without notarization is insufficient.)


    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 a notarized copy of your complete graduation certificate (including the diploma or supplementary materials/ Diploma Supplement).
    If your graduate certificate and diploma do not include the course name and ECTS credits of your completed courses, please include an official transcript or proof of credits from your registrar's office (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. 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, if the native language of the applicant is not English.

    Accepted language verification

    • a) Internet-based Test: "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (new internet based TOEFL): at least 95 points
    • b) Paper-based Test: "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL PBT): at least 577 points
    • c) IELTS Academic ("International English Language Testing System"): at least volume 7 with no section below 6
    • d) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: at least grade "A"
    • e) Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: at least grade "C"
    • f) CEF ("Common European Framework"): at least proof of “C1” (comparable to "Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)" level 4)
    • g) UNIcert: at least level III
    • h) At least two years of study or work abroad in an English-speaking country during the last three years before receipt of admission application
    • i) Successful completion of a programme of study held entirely in the English language


    Language proficiency certificates must be presented at the moment of application and successful completion of the tests (a-g) may not be older than three years at the moment of application. The codes of the department for the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" are: 84 for "Economics" and 82 for "Business and Commerce". The code for the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is 4468.


  • 6. APS certification for applicants from China and Vietnam.




General note

  • Please do not use a portfolio/'Bewerbungsmappe' and do not staple all your documents together.
  • Please do not include any evaluation letters from internships or letters of recommendations.
  • If you apply for one of the double degree programmes (with Stellenbosch University or with Florence University), please send in transcripts of records in English.



Where should I send my application to?

Please mail your application materials by 15 November (for the summer semester), or 15 May (for the winter semester) by post to the address below. To meet the deadline, your documents have to physically reach our offices by said deadline (the posting date is not sufficient):

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Service-Center für Studierende
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Studienberatung
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
37073 Göttingen
GERMANY


You are also welcome to hand deliver your application package during our office hours or by putting it in the mailbox of the Oeconomicum building.


Confirmation of receipt

Due to the high volume of applications, we are unfortunately unable to confirm the receipt of your application.

Before submitting your application, please confirm that your application materials are complete. Incomplete applications or those that are not received by the deadline cannot be considered and will be rejected. (However, if your undergraduate programme does not follow any credit point system, feel free to leave out information on credits, we will perform all conversions ourselves).

Applications that are received will remain at the university. We are not able to return your application materials to you.


Can I simultaneously apply to several master's programmes?

You are welcome to apply to multiple programmes at the same time, but please ensure that you submit a separate and complete application for each programme. If you are submitting multiple applications in one envelope, please make sure that they are properly grouped, so they can be easily distinguished from one another.


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.


How to deal with notarized copies?
When sending copies of original documents, the copies must be notarized. Notarization provides proof of the authenticity of the document, e.g. a copy of a certificate. Sending a copy of a document that is not notarized leads to the rejection of your application. Please ensure that the notarization is made by a proper and official person authorized to notarize documents.

Copies of notarized documents, regardless of whether they are electronic or hard copies are considered copies, and not notarized documents. A copy is only considered notarized when it contains the actual physical notary stamp. If you make a copy of a notarized document, the copy alone is not sufficient. In order to ensure that it is valid, you would need the copied document to also be notarized.