EPOS: Required application documents
Which documents do I have to submit?
- 1. Online application form printed, with your signature confirming 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 degree completion and credits earned during your studies (typically degree certificate + transcript of records)
These documents must include either
- an electronic verification key/code or
- a notarized copy of this documents with an official stamp and signature of the registrar's office (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 number of courses in the areas of economics - e.g. micro- and macroeconomics, development or agricultural economics, etc. - and quantitative methods - e.g. mathematics, econometrics and statistics. If your bachelor's thesis is relevant, 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.
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 course titles and ECTS credits of your completed courses, please include an official transcript or proof of credits from your registrar's office (if your university uses the credit system). Please don't forget to also include information from your first semesters of study, which may not be included on your official certificate.
- 3. Resume/CV: Should be written in English and outline your academic, professional, and other relevant experience to date (such as volunteering activities).
- 4. Letter of motivation: A written statement (max. 1 page), which outlines your motivation and interest in the development field and this master's programme in particular.
- 5. Verification of English language proficiency, 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.
Note: we are unable to accept any other certification that is not listed above and the language proficiency verification has to reach our offices by November 15.
- 6. APS certification for applicants from China and Vietnam.
- 7. Proof of employment history: Certicate(s) of employment that include the exact position and period of employment and letter(s) of reference from the employer(s), ideally guaranteeing re-employment after completion of the postgraduate course in Germany
- 8. Academic letter of reference: One letter of reference from a professor or any other faculty from your undergraduate program.
- 9. DAAD EPOS application form (downloadable from the DAAD website).
Note: Please do not include any other letters of reference beyond these. They will make your envelope bulkier and more costly to ship while we will not be able to consider them.
- Please do not staple all your documents together.
- Please note that all application documents will remain with the Faculty of Economic Sciences and cannot be sent back to you or picked up by you in person. Therefore, please make sure you do not send us your only original document.
Where should I send my application to?
Please mail your application materials by November 15 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 relevant):
Service-Center für Studierende
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
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
In some cases we can confirm receipt of your application. If you would like this option, please include a self-addressed and stamped (with German stamps of adequate value) post card in your application (loosely attach it to the very first page in your envelope!). Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to confirm the receipt of your application by email and we will also be unable to send out post cards that are not fully pre-paid (by attaching a Deutsche Post stamp).
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).
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 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.