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 Social and Economic Data Analysis only in the Winter Semester).

May I apply before having received my Bachelor 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)

Which 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: 6.5)
  • TOEFL (minimum grade: 92 Internet-based points)

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 Social and Economic Data Analysis?

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 and second semester?

For the first and second semester you will cover 24 ECTS in Foundation of Data Analysis depending on your focus areas in your bachelor degree. Please find the latest Module Handbook on this website.

Additionally you will cover 36 ECTS in the subject area Advanced Methods of Data Analysis consisting of 24 ECTS worth of lectures and two seminars.

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 websites:

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. 

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 Social and Economic Data Analysis 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:

In every case you have to forward a medical certificate immediatly to the respective addresses (see below) you can find it at this address.


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). 


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). 

For exams from the Department of Computer Science, you must inform Mrs Rellstab before the exam begins and forward a medical certificate form immediatly (i.e. on the same day) to Mrs Rellstab (PZ 807, tel.:07531882878, e-mail: pruefungsverwaltung.informatik@uni-konstanz.de).

For exams from the Department of Math and Statistic, you must inform Mrs Cassola before the exam begins and forward a medical certificate form as soon as possible to Mrs Cassola (F 439, tel.: 07531882559, e-mail: gisela.cassola@uni-konstanz.de).

For exams from the Department of Psychology, you only need to forward a medical certificate to Mrs Stepczynsky (D 530, tel.: 07531882147, e-mail: elke.stepczynski@uni-konstanz.de).

For exams from the Department of History and Soziology,  you must inform the lecturer by e-mail and Mrs Gommel before the exam begins  and forward a medical certificate form as soon as possible to Mrs Gommel (E 319, tel.: 07531882467, e-mail: sekretariat.gessoz@uni-konstanz.de).

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

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