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Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSc in Economics is determined by a selection procedure that assesses a student’s suitability for the program. We review individually whether applicants are able to fulfill the requirements for participation in the program. (see below). 

In additon, from winter term 2015/16 on there will be restricted admission according to grade (“Numerus clausus”). Based on the average grade (at a bachelor level), the best applicants will be selected for participation in the program.

Requirements for admission 

  • A bachelor’s degree in economics or a related discipline 
  • with a regular period of at least six semesters (180 ECTS credit points) and
  • with completed coursework of at least 40 ECTS in economics and 15 ECTS in statistics/econometrics and mathematics. 
  • Good command of the English language, as the program is taught entirely in English. Applicants need to have English language skills according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Level B2. The following proof of English proficiency will be accepted: 
  • TOEFL* (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum total score of 87 points (internet-based)
  • IELTS** (International English Language Testing System): Minimum Overall band score 6.5
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)***
  • Proof of a bachelor's degree with English being  the medium of instruction (Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university, both need to be officially signed and sealed.)
  • Certified copy of the German “Abitur”-certificate
  • Native speakers from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand,  and the United States are exempt

English proficiency tests other than the ones listed above, and test scores older than two years from the date of application are not accepted.




* ETS can submit your TOEFL scores directly to the Master Coordination Office. The TOEFL-code for the MSc in Economics is 3296 (Institution Name: “Ruhr-Universität Bochum, MSc in Economics”). Simple photocopies of TOEFL reports are not accepted! We only accept TOEFL reports directly send to us by ETS. 

** A simple photocopy of your IELTS Test Report Form is accepted, as we can verify your test results online through IELTS’s verification service by using your Test Report Form Number. 

*** A simple photocopy of your FCE or CAE certificates is accepted, if you also send us your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number (printed on your Statement of Entry). With these we can use CambridgeESOL’s online verification service to check your certificate’s authenticity.