Required application documents


Which documents do I submit to the upload portal?

  • 1. Online application form: This is a summary of your entries in the application form, which you received via e-mail as a PDF document.

  • 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 send an official certificate from your university (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.

    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 your complete graduation certificate.
    If your graduation certificate do not include the course name and ECTS credits of your completed courses, please include a proof of all courses (modules) yout took, i.e. diploma supplement or transcript of records (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


    The 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: PTE-Academic: Score 67
    Applies only to winter semester 2020/21 application procedure (due to the corona pandemic):
    You can also hand in „TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition“ and „IELTS Indicator“ language certificate until 30 November 2020. The above-mentioned minimum requirements of the "TOEFL iBT" and "IELTS" certificates must be met.


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

  • 7. Official course descriptions: Documents that outline the content and expectations of courses you completed (for example excerpts from a course handbook) or a syllabus which can validate the relevance of your previous studies (see admissions requirements and selection process) plus, if applicable, your bachelor's thesis, if it is relevant to fulfill the admission criteria.

    Note: Students of the University of Göttingen do not need these documents (if applicable, the bachelor thesis should be uploaded)!



General note

  • Please do not include any evaluation letters from internships or letters of recommendations. They will not be considered.
  • 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.
  • Before finally submitting your application, please make sure that you have fully completed your application. Incomplete applications or those that are not submitted by the deadline cannot be considered and will be rejected.


Can I simultaneously apply to several master's programmes?

You are welcome to apply to multiple programmes at the same time. Please ensure that you submit a separate and complete application for each programme: Use the login data sent to you for the specific course of study to upload your application documents. You will receive the login data after you have completed and digitally sent the application form for the respective degree programme. You have to upload a complete set of application documents for each programme separately.

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.