Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

How can I apply?

You can apply via the following website :

Please have all the documents from the checklist  ready. 

The application portal opens in spring each year.

When does the application period end?

The application deadline for admission in October is 30th April (Start of the Master's Programme in Political Economy only in the Winter Semester)

May I apply before I have received my Bachelors diploma?

Yes. Applications from students who have not yet graduated are welcome. Please submit your current academic transcript as pdf together with the supporting documents  (with an officially certified translation into English or German, if applicable)

What language skills will be required?

Evidence of a sufficient command of English from one of the following English language tests:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (minimum grade: C)
  • IELTS (minimum grade: 5.5)
  • TOEFL (minimum grade: 87 Internet-based points)
  • alternatively: 
  • evidence of 5 years continuous English classes at level German secondary school (minimum grade: "befriedigend)
  • completion of a minimum of four courses held in English in a previous relevant degree programme

Is there a minimum score for the GRE test?

No, we do not require a minimum score. However, please note that applicants with a good GRE score improve their chances of being selected.

Can I substitute GMAT scores for the GRE?

Results of the GRE test are desirable. If you cannot take the test, you can submit your GMAT Score with the application package.
However, please note that applicants with a good GRE score improve their chances of being selected. 

What's the structure of the MSc Political Economy?

Two study tracks are offered, allowing students the flexibility to customize their Master's studies in accordance with their own academic interests and career aspirations
  • Track A is the fast track to a PhD. Following the first year of the program, students with an outstanding performance record and a strong interest in academic research can be admitted to the Graduate School of Decision Sciences and take courses towards their doctorate during their Master's studies. Students submit a Master's thesis and attend two PhD seminars which serve as a preparation of the subsequent PhD studies.
  • Track B is for students aiming for a general postgraduate education in political economy. Students have to hand in a final Master's thesis.
For more information on the different tracks, please visit the following website

First-year Students

Which lectures do I have to attend in the first semester?

In the first semester you have cover the following subject areas:
  • Research Design I (9 ECTS)
  • Advanced Microeconomics OR Advanced Macroeconomics (10 ECTS)
  • International Relations and European Integration (7 ECTS)
  • Comparative Public Policy and Politics (7 ECTS).
Dates and rooms for the lectures are available in the Course catalogue for the Master’s Programme.

Do I have to register for the lectures?

No, you just have to register for the examinations and the seminars.

Where do I get a transcript of records?

You can obtain a transcript of records via Online Portal StudIS. If you need a sealed transcript of records, please apply for it in a written form with your personal signature at the Examination Office (Ms. Elvira Böhler).

Exam Procedures

Do I have to register for the examinations?

Yes, via Online Portal StudIS. The registration is only possible with valid PIN-/ TAN-number within the registration period. For information regarding the registration period, visit the following website (for information about exams in economics) or the following website (for information about exams in politics, only in German).

Is it possible to withdraw an examiniation registration?

Yes, within the registration period via the  Online Portal StudIS.
Important: It is not possible to withdraw from the examination after the registration period.

What happens if I fail an examination on the first try?

There is a resit-examination for each exam in April/October.  If you fail a seminar you might have to retake it in the next semester. Please talk to the respective lecturer.

What happens if I fail a resit-examination?

A second resit-examination is possible two times during the Master´s Programme. For more information, please contact the MSc Political Economy Programme Coordinator (Ms Alexandra Morris).

What shall I do if I am ill on the examination day?

If you cannot attend an examination due to illness, please proceed accordingly:
For exams from the Department of Economics, you must inform Mrs Böhler before the exam begins and forward a medical certificate form immediately (i.e. on the day of the exam) to Mrs Böhler (F 258, tel.: 07531 88 2314, e-mail: pruefungsverwaltung.wiwi@uni-konstanz.de). The form is available at this address.

For exams from the Department of Politics and Public Administration, you must inform Mrs Böhler before the exam begins and forward a medical certificate form immediately (i.e. on the day of the exam) to Mrs Dold (D 349, tel.: 07531 88 2341, e-mail: Christina.Dold@uni-konstanz.de). The form is available at this address.

What happens if I do not take an examination without excuse?

Unexcused absence is assessed with the grade 5,0 (fail)