FAQ - Frequently asked questions
In the following you find answers to frequently asked questions about
admission, application and structure of the economics master's
programmes Economics, Quantitative Economics, Quantitative Finance and
Environmental and Resource Economics.
Admission specific questions
What are the admission requirements?
For applying a bachelor’s degree in Economics or a comparable university degree with an ECTS-grade C or the grade 2.5 and certain language qualification are required. For detailed information on admission requirements click here.
How can I prove the required level of English?
Knowledge of English should be evidenced by one of the following conditions:
- Good reading skills (C1 in CEF) in English, evidenced by the school certificate (minimum of 4 years of English at least with grade “satisfactory” (07/15)).
- TOEFL-Test 550 (Paper-based Testing) or equivalent test result or
- Bachelor‘s Degree with English as language of instruction.
How is the grade “satisfactory” (07) calculated to prove the required knowledge of the English language?
To calculate the grade we use the average grade of the last four semesters evidenced by the school certificate.
Is either the GMAT or the GRE necessary for admission?
No, they are not necessary and not considered in the evaluation of admission requirements.
Are letters of motivation or recommendation necessary for application?
No, they are not necessary and not considered in the evaluation of admission requirements
How is my grade from a foreign university converted?
UNI-ASSIST uses a standard method for conversion. For more detailed information contact UNI-ASSIST directly.
How can I apply?
Can I ask for the Admission Requirement Check for several Master programs at the same time?
Yes, it is possible to ask for checking Admission Requirements for several Master Programs of our Institute at the same time..
I am a Kiel University student and fulfill the admission requirements:
Graduates or students of Kiel University who meet the admission requirements stated in the degree-specific examination regulations have to submit the request for a change of the degree programme, a copy of the Bachelor’s degree or a provisional transcript of records, a verification of proficiency in English language, a copy of the personal ID or passport and the Leporello for the following semester to the Student Service (postal address: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Studierendenservice, 24098 Kiel). Further information can be found on the homepage of the Student Service.
I am a Kiel University students who does not meet the admission requirements
Graduates and students of Kiel University with a final grade 3.0 or better can be accepted according to criteria stated in the degree-specific examination regulations. Additional to the documents necessary for admission stated above, students need to submit proof to the Student Service that they meet the eligibility criteria. This proof is obtained by contacting the responsible student guide and receiving a signed form from the exam office proving they meet the admission requirements. Please consider that student guides can only check eligibility if you hand in the request for examination of eligibility, a copy of your Bachelor’s degree or a provisional transcript of records and a verification of proficiency in English language. After obtaining the proof of eligibility from your student guide / exam office, admission procedure is the same as for students of Kiel University meeting the admission requirements. Further information can be found on the homepage of the Student Service.
I am a national students with a national Bachelor's degree
National graduates and students holding a national Bachelor’s degree have to provide proof that they meet the eligibility criteria. Therefore, they have to submit the request for examination of eligibility with all required documents to the examination office of the Department of Economics. Subsequently, students have to submit the approved request, a confirmation of registration from the online-registration service, a certified copy of their Bachelor’s degree or a provisional transcript of records, a verification of proficiency in English language, a copy of the personal ID and a copy of the school leaving certificate for higher education (e.g. Abitur), an insurance certificate, a confirmation of deregistration of the previous higher education institute and a stamped envelope to the Student Service (postal address: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Studierendenservice, 24098 Kiel). Please, register online for the summer term during the 15th of February and the 15th of March and for the winter term during the 1st until the 30th of September. For further information for national students click here.
I am a national students with an international Bachelor's degree
National graduates and students holding an international Bachelor’s degree should register directly with Student Service (postal address: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Studierendenservice, 24098 Kiel). There the same procedure applies as for national students with a national Bachelor’s degree. Before applying, please send all required documents stated above via e-mail to Veronika Langner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0431-8803718, to obtain the necessary proof of eligibility. Further information can be found on the homepage of the International Center: http://www.international.uni-kiel.de/en/application-admission/application-admission/master.
I am an international students with a national Bachelor's degree
International graduates and students holding a national Bachelor’s degree and are interested in a Master´s programme should apply directly with the Student Service of Kiel University. Same application procedure applies as for national students with a national Bachelor's degree. Please hand in all foreign academic certificates and their official translations. Please keep in mind that for registration a previous proof of eligibility is necessary that can be obtained from the examination office of the Department of Economics. Further information can be found on the homepage of the International Center.
I am an international students with an international Bachelor's degree
International students have to apply via UNI-ASSIST. However, online application only is not sufficient. Next to the online-application, the application documents still have to be sent via mail to the following address:
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
c/o UNI-ASSIST e.V.
D – 10829 Berlin
The application deadline is the 15th of January for the summer term or the 15th of July for the winter term, respectively. All applications received later will not be considered for the respective semester but for the upcoming one. Following documents have to be handed in:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copy of your passport
- Payment slip of the fee paid for the application
- School leaving certificate for higher education
- Certificate of an university entrance examination (if available)
- University transcripts
- Transcript of assessment test passed at a Preparatory College in Germany (if applicable)
- Verification of proficiency in English language
For further questions please contact UNI-ASSIST / International Center (Mail)
All documents have to be certified copies of all the originals written in original language and certified copies of the translations (in German or English). Note, that all documents will be destroyed afterwards. Thus, do not send original documents. Applications from China, Vietnam and Mongolia will only be accepted if an original certificate from the Academic Examination Board (APS) is enclosed (no copies!). At the time you receive our letter of admission, you may apply for your visa at the Academic Examination Board. This avoids asking for an appointment at the visa office. Further information for international students can be found here. Please take into account, that no binding preliminary examination can occur before the application process, especially not if grades from international degrees have not yet been converted.
When can I apply via UNI-ASSIST?
For the master programs Economics, Quantitative Finance, Quantitative Economics and Environmental and Resource Economics the application deadline is the 15th of January for the following summer semester and the 15th of July for the winter semester. All applications received later will not be considered for the respective semester but for the upcoming one.
What happens if UNI-ASSIST rejects my application?
We just accept applications that have been approved by UNI-ASSIST. Whether your university degree meets the requirements will be determined by UNI-ASSIST only. For further information and question please contact UNI-ASSIST directly.
Do I have to speak German?
No, for courses of the Economics and Statistics and Econometrics Department no knowledge of German is required. However, German classes might be helpful for daily life in Germany. Credits obtained from German classes cannot replace courses in the programm but they might be listed on your transcript of records. At Kiel University it is possible to do German courses on different levels at the "Lektorat German as a foreign language" ( for further information click here). Additionally, the International Center offers two summer courses each year. Further information can be found on the homepage of the International Center.
Who can I contact if I want to check my application status?
International students please contact Mrs. Koslowski (email@example.com). German students please contact the Student Service (firstname.lastname@example.org, 0431 / 880 - 4840).
Can I check eligibility in advance?
Your eligibility will be checked after the official submission of your application through UNI-ASSIST or the examination office. General information on admission requirements can be found in the study guide, the degree-specific examination regulations of the respective Master programme and on our homepage.
We ask for your understanding that no binding preliminary examination can occur before the application process, especially not if grades from international degrees have not been converted yet.
If finishing the Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Kiel University, can I apply for the Master programmes?
Yes, the Bachelor’s programme at Kiel University meets the admission requirements for our Master programmes. No examination of eligibility is necessary, but for successful registration an ECTS grade of 2.5 or better is necessary. Check general admission procedure for CAU student meeting/ not meeting admission requirements for further information.
Do I need a Bachelor’s degree in Economics to apply for the Master’s programme?
No, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics is not an absolute requirement. However, as stated in the degree-specific examination regulations, a certain amount of credits in economic and quantitative courses is necessary. Check degree-specific examination regulations and here. for more information on admission requirements. If you are not sure whether your courses meet the requirements please add detailed courses descriptions officially issued from your university.
Can I apply without yet having completed my Bachelor’s degree?
Yes, this is possible. Instead of a copy of Bachelor’s degree certificate students can submit a provisional transcript of records stating that they are missing less than 30 ECTS for completing their degree. However, the official degree certificate must be submitted no later than the 10th of December for the winter term and the 10th of June for the summer term.
Are there any tuition fees?
Currently there are no tuition fees at Kiel University. However, there is a semester fee of 120.0€ each semester. These contributions are subject to change.
Do I have to attend classes?
In most cases you are not obliged to attend lecture modules and the associated tutorial, although attendance is highly recommended. In the seminar modules, however, attendance is compulsory.
Do I have to write all exams at the end of the lecture period?
At Kiel University there are two examination periods for each semester. The first examination period takes place at the end of the respective semester; the re-examination takes place in the examination period before or shortly after the beginning of the following semester. Students having failed the first examination are not obliged to take the re-examination immediately. However, it is also possible to take a re-examination without having taken the examination at the end of the foregoing semester. Thus, you can split your examinations over the two examination periods.
Where do I find detailed information on the different courses?
Detailed information can be found in the module manual. Once the course has started most modules offer additional information and slides on OLAT once you have registered for the course. The Department for Statistics and Econometrics, however, publishes their information on their homepage.
How do I obtain my schedule for the semester?
There is no binding schedule provided by the Department of Economics. Students are asked to decide for themselves which courses to take in order to obtain the necessary amount of credits in the respective modules and sections to finish their Master’s programme. Short term information on modules with dates and time can be found on UnivIS. Although there is no binding order of courses, please consider that not all courses are offered in each semester and thus, checking the outlook on offered courses in the following semesters found on the homepage can be very helpful when creating your schedule.
Can course dates stated in UnivIS be changed?
Dates of different modules are mostly fixed. You might approach the respective lecturers and tutors before the first meeting starts or in the first meeting whether there is a possibility to change dates. However, rescheduling might be difficult considering the number of students involved and the schedule of the lecturer/tutor.
Where do I find lecture material?
Most economic courses will provide slides and other information in OLAT. You have to register for most courses to access all information. However, this registration does not imply that you have to take an exam in this course. The Department of Statistics and Econometrics will provide most of the information in the teaching section of their homepage. For accessing the material a password is needed which will be provided in the first lecture.
Where do I register for the exams?
You have to register for all examinations (seminar modules as well) in HisQis. For more information on how to register see the study guide for your Master’s programme.
Do I have to register for Seminars in advance?
There are no general regularities for seminars modules. But in most cases there is a preliminary meeting at the end of the current semester for seminar modules taking place in the following semester where you receive information on the topics and the procedure of the seminar module. The dates of these preliminary meetings will be communicated on UnivIS and / or on the homepage of the responsible chair. The official registration deadline for the seminars varies from chair to chair. Again, visit UnivIS and / or the related homepage to be sure that you register on time. Upon registration you will receive more information on the procedure of the seminar module, the topic and the deadline for submission. The actual date of the seminar can be weakly or just over several hours of one weekend and will again be communicated via UnivIS and / or the corresponding homepage. Further, you need to register officially for seminars on HisQis during the registration period (same procedure as for exams).
If I failed one exam, do I need to take the re-examination?
Not unless it is a mandatory lecture module. Otherwise you can change modules as long as you obtain sufficient credits from other courses.
What happens if I have not passed an exam for the third time?
A module examination is generally regarded as failed when the examination has not been passed for the third time. Starting winter semester 2014/2015 no hardship cases apply anymore. It is possible to use a wild card (Joker) for two exams which have not been passed for the third time. However, a further repetition after using the wild card is not possible and the module examination is regarded as failed.
If you failed a compulsory module for the third time (or the fourth when using the wild card), you necessarily fail your Master’s degree examination. If you failed an optional module for the third time (or the fourth time when using the wild card), this does not necessarily mean that you fail your Master’s degree examination. However, you will fail your Master’s degree examination if all eligible options were failed for the third time as well.
Can I change the module once I have passed some lectures or seminars in the module (this refers to the old system)?
Yes, you can change the module as long as you have not yet finished the module. As soon as you have finished the module the grades will be part of your final grade.
Which minors are taught in English?
Only the minors in Empirical Economics and Economics are taught in English.
What happens if I have obtained more than the necessary credits for the minor subject?
All obtained ECTS necessary for completing the minor subject will be granted. The grade of the minor will be calculated by ECTS-weighted grades of all lectures while the section contributes 10/120 to the overall grade in the new system and 14/120 in the old system. However, it is not possible to achieve additional ECTS to enhance your average grade.
Can I take one course of Economics and one of Empirical Economics for the minor?
No, this is not possible. You either need to choose courses in Economics or Empirical Economics.
Regarding the minor subject in Economics, which courses do I have to attend?
If studying according to the old system you need to choose one module and pass 2 lectures (one with 4 ECTS and one with 6 ECTS) as well as one seminar in the respective module. In the new system you have to pass two modules in Economics. Whether the module is a lecture or a seminar module is not of importance.
How are the total points of each module calculated?
The grades of the courses which complete the module first will be considered. So once there are enough credits to complete the module the grade will be calculated. It is not possible to pick the best grades. If, however, you obtain, as e.g. in the minor subject in Empirical Economics, more than the necessary 14 ECTS (old system) from the necessary courses the final grade will be calculated by ECTS-weighted grades of all lectures while the section contributes 14/120 to the overall grade in the old system.
Can I change into the other Master programmes?
Yes, after the re-registration period a change of programmes is possible until the end of the current semester (30th of September for the winter term and the 31st of March for the summer term). For changing programmes, the necessary request for a change of the degree programme, the Leporello, a copy of the school leaving certificate for higher education (e.g. Abitur), a transcript stating all passed lectures at Kiel University and a request for examination of eligibility have to be submitted to the student service or the international center (check admission procedure above for responsible institution). In order to check eligibility criteria please refer to your student guide with a printed version of the request for examination of eligibility and a transcript of records listing all passed lectures and seminar modules from your bachelor’s degree. Further information can be found at: http://www.international.uni-kiel.de/en/application-admission/student-services.
Where do I obtain the transcript of records?
You can obtain a transcript of records from the examination office. Please consider, that only one transcript of records is issued per semester.
Questions regarding an Exchange Semester
How do I apply for an exchange semester?
For information concerning an exchange semester, please check the international center (http://www.international.uni-kiel.de/en/studium-im-ausland) or the ERASMUS-office of the Department of Economics (http://www.erasmus-vwl.uni-kiel.de/en) for more information.
What steps have to be taken before the exchange semester?
For later recognition of course, please contact the professor responsible for the course whether the course and to which amount it will be recognized. For general questions on how credits abroad will be granted please contact Professor Wohltmann (email@example.com).
Can I participate in exams or seminars if I take a leave of absence (Urlaubssemester)?
No, you cannot write exams during the semester off. However, the re-examination of a failed exam is possible. General Information on leave of absence can be found on the homepage of the International Center.
What steps have to be taken after the exchange semester?
For recognition of courses passed on your studies abroad please contact the respective chairs at Kiel University and submit the transcript of records from the foreign university (including course title, workload, credits and grades), the name of the professor responsible, the content of the course, a list of literature and possibly other materials that offer information about the content and quality of the course. Recognition of foreign courses is only possible if the grade is based on an individual performance (e.g. exam, term paper). Finally, for official recognition, all documents have to be submitted to the examination office.
Questions concerning the Master’s thesis
How many credits are necessary to start the Master’s thesis?
The student may only start the Master’s thesis if the applicant has attained at least 60 ECTS from modules which have already been completed.
How do I apply for a Master’s thesis?
The registration for the Master’s thesis is possible consecutively in summer or winter terms. The form for the application for the admission to the Master’s thesis is accessible at the homepage of the examination office in the section “Formular Center”. Before registering to the Master’s thesis please agree upon the topic of your thesis with your chosen first examiner. Usually, the first examiner suggests the second examiner. Please inquire about topic proposals of the responsible chair and the available examiners. The agreed topic has to be registered with the following form: https://www.wiso.uni-kiel.de/en/studying/examination-office/form-center/files-form-center/assignment-of-a-masters-thesis. The completed and signed form has to be submitted to the examination office within a time limit of 3 weeks (starting at the date of signature by the first examiner). For the registration please come to the office hours of the examination office (room 15) in person.
The examination office checks the requirements for admission and determines the deadline which is noted on the application form. After the form has been signed by Professor Wohltmann, the Head of the Examination Board, you will receive a copy by mail.
Further information can be found on the homepage of the examination office.
When do I have to register for the Master thesis?
You have to register as soon as the topic has been issued. You are not allowed to work on the thesis without the official registration.
Is it possible for a professor outside Kiel University to supervise my Master’s thesis?
It might be possible that your second supervisor is not from Kiel. Officially, however, you will need a first supervisor from Kiel University. Although the Examination Procedure Regulations (§11,3) state that all assessors need to be members of the department, you are allowed to file an application to exempt one supervisor from this constraint. Mr. Wohltmann is in charge of this issue.
Do I have to defend my thesis?
No, this is not necessary.
Do I need to be in Kiel to write my Master’s thesis?
Not necessarily. However, contacting the examiner might be easier if in Kiel.