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Admission procedure for graduates without a German university degree

A Bachelor's degree in Economics from a foreign university with high international reputation will be recognized if we reckon that the implied chances of succeeding in the demanding Master’s program are at least as high as those of a student with a BSc degree in Economics from the University of Bayreuth with a final grade of “gut” (2.5 or better in the German grading system). This necessitates that the completed curriculum is sufficiently similar and the obtained grades are sufficiently good. Whether the criteria for acceptance into the Master's program are met or not will be reviewed on an individual basis prior to the enrollment process.

A minimum requirement concerning the comparability of degrees from European universities is that the combined credits in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, statistics and math core courses are at least 35 in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). For applicants with degrees from universities outside the European Union and without a formal Partnership / Learning Agreement with the University of Bayreuth, we require similar credits in these core subjects and, in addition, individual GRE General Test Scores in the upper 75th percentiles.

In case you want to enroll in the Master's program in Economics but do not have a German university degree, it is necessary to apply with

1. completed Personal Information Sheet

and scans of the following documents:

2. CV

3. proof of previously obtained university degrees and study records (transcripts) which indicate all courses taken and grades obtained

4. proof of English language skills (CEFR Level B2, IELTS Band 7.0, TOEFL iBT 90, or TOEFL PBT 575; no CET) unless you have obtained a university degree in an English-language program in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, or USA

5. proof of GRE General Test Scores in the upper 75th percentile if your degree is from a university outside the European Union and without a formal Partnership / Learning Agreement with the University of Bayreuth

We additionally require proof of basic German language skills (CEFR Level A1). This requirement is waived if you have obtained a high school or university degree in a German language program in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. If you cannot provide proof now then you will have to provide it within one year after enrollment. So you may also apply without German language skills, but then you will need to learn some German in parallel to your studies in economics.

For any official document that is not already in German or English, we require not only a scan of the original but also of an official translation into German or English.

The complete set of documents, in the above order, is to be submitted as a single PDF file which is attached to an e-mail with subject line "Application for admission - MSc Economics" to the following e-mail address:


In case that your previous degree is recognized as a comparable one for the program’s purposes, you will receive a short e-mail notification. Moreover, an official Letter of Admission will be issued automatically and sent to your address of residence in May/November for the next winter/summer term. This can be used by non-EU citizens in order to apply for a visa. Originals of the submitted documents must be presented upon enrollment.

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