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Application Procedure

Applications for positions starting in October 2017 will start in December 2016.

The application procedure takes place via an online application tool. Before starting your application, please take your time to review the following information about this tool and the required documents for the application procedure. 

You will first need to generate an individual account. Once this is done, you can log into the system with your personal login and password. Within this system, you will be asked to enter your personal data, your educational background, your work experience and provide the names and contact details of two academic references that agree to write a letter of recommendation for you.

Furthermore, you will be asked to upload the following documents (in Pdf-format):

  • Curriculum vitae    
  • Letter of motivation: Please provide a statement explaining your current goals, career plans and reasons for being interested in the graduate program in Evidence Based Economics. Discuss your study plans and your fields of interest. Your statement should be in English and not exceed 500 words.
  • Certificate of secondary education (e.g. German Abitur), if available
  • Bachelor's diploma and transcript of records
  • Master's diploma and transcript of records

Note: If you have not yet finished your current degree, please attach a preliminary grade report

  • Proof of sufficient command of English via a copy of a valid TOEFL or IELTS certificate unless:
  1. you are a native speaker of English or
  2. you have studied at least six months at an English-speaking school or university or
  3. you can prove your proficiency in another way
  • GRE/GMAT test score (unless you graduated from a US or EU University) For details please see

The system allows you to modify your application as often as you want, but you must submit your application at the latest on March 31, 2015. After submission no further modifications are possible.

In addition, you will need to provide the names and contact details of two academic referees who agree to write a letter of recommendation for you. These letters must have an official letter head from the university and be signed by the referee personally. In order to guarantee confidentiality, the referees have to upload their recommendations as a pdf file into our application system.

Do not ask more than two professors to write a recommendation letter. The letters of recommendation should be uploaded by the referee as soon as possible (until March 31, 2015 the latest).

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure please consult the FAQ site or contact the program coordinator at

Further information:

All documents have to be either in English or German. A translation is required for documents in any other language.

GRE or GMAT is advised for all applicants unless you graduated from a US or EU University. The application will however not be considered incomplete without the test results.

Chinese applicants can only be considered if their Master's degree has been approved by the APS (Akademische Prüfstelle) in Beijing. For more information see

Please make sure to provide all necessary documents and to submit your application before the deadline ends. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The following links take you to:

  • The online application tool