How to apply for the Political Economy Master's programme

Start: winter semester; application deadline: April 30th

Quick Facts

  • Programme start: Winter Semester (lectures/prep courses start in October)
  • Application deadline: 30th April
  • Language of instruction: English
  • No tuition fees for  EU/EEA Citizens (tuition fees for students from outside the EU/EEA countries)
  • Online application system (ZEuS) will open on  March 25th, 2019
  • You’re welcome to apply in your last year of your undergraduate degree already

Our Master’s programme is for you if

  • you have an above-average Bachelor’s degree in economics or political science or are in your last year of your undergraduate degree,
  • you have a keen interest in quantitative theoretical and empirical methods and their application in various policy fields, and
  • you have strong analytical and quantitative skills.
Online application tool

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree

An above average Bachelor’s degree, at least corresponding to the German grade 2,5 (good) in

  • Economics, or
  • Political Science

You are welcome to apply in your final year of your Bachelor’s programme. Please submit your current academic transcript as PDF (with an officially certified translation into English or German, if applicable).

Relevant prior-knowledge

Evidence of knowledge in mathematics, statistics, economics, or political science during your undergraduate degree.

CV and motivation letter

Please include a curriculum vitae in English as well as a one-page statement of purpose written in English showing your suitability and motivation for pursuing the Master's programme.

English language skills

Proof of sufficient English language skills by one of the following means:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency: minimum grade C
  • IELTS: minimum grade: 5.5
  • TOEFL: minimum grade 87 Internet based points
  • Evidence of five years continuous English classes at the level of a German secondary school with the minimum grade “befriedigend”
  • Completion of at least four classes held in English in a previous relevant degree programme

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from university teachers who are able to comment on your suitability and motivation for participating in the Master's programme.

GRE score

Although not mandatory, results of the GRE test are desirable if you did not complete your undergraduate degree in Germany.

Frequently asked questions regarding the admissions procedure:

Prospective Students

How can I apply?

You can apply via the following website :

The application portal opens on the 25th of March. 

Please have all the documents from the checklist (below) ready.

When does the application period end?

The application deadline for admission in October is April, 30th  (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)

When are the results of the application procedure made public?

Usually, the admissions committee needs about six weeks to process the applications and to take a decision, starting from the application's deadline.

What are the criteria on which the applicant selection is based?

According to the admission rules, a series of soft and hard criteria decide on the admission of a candidate. The following critera do play a role for the admission committee:

  • What is the candidate's former study programme?
  • At which institution did he/she study before?
  • What grades were achieved?
  • Who has written the reference letters and how emphatetic is the recommendation given?
  • Is the motivation letter substantial?

Who should write my letter of recommendation?

Ideally the two letters of recommendation should be written by lecturers at your institution who are able to comment on your suitability and motivation for participating in the Master's programme. However, if that is not possible we are keen to accept letters by your employer

Letters of recommendation on letter-head paper and signed must be sent to  polecon.msc@uni-konstanz.de  separately as PDF-files by the referees in English or German.

Can I hand documents after the application's deadline?

You have to fill out the online application and to hand in all the relevant documents by mail before the end of the application deadline. The application needs to arrive at the admissions office by the 30th of April. The post-mark cannot be taken into account and late applications will not be accepted.

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

Can I apply if I am not proficient in German?

Yes - all core courses of the programme are offered in English. There are some elective courses that are offered in German. We recommend all international students to learn German during their stay in Konstanz and e.g. take part in the GoKonstanz-programme, a one-month intensive language course offered in September by the international office.

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.

Tuition Fees

All students: 160 EUR /semester (administrative fee). Additionally:

For EU/EEA citizens: no tuition fees.
Non EU/EEA Citizens: 1500 EUR /semester.

For a list of scholarships please follow the link:
www.wiwi.uni-konstanz.de/en/study/study-in-konstanz/fees/

Application Checklist

To submit your online application you are required to upload the following supporting documents as PDF-files:

  • Scanned PDF academic transcript outlining your grades obtained in mathematics, statistics, economics, or political science. Please specifically mark these modules. You may add official course descriptions. If the original document is not in English or German, provide an officially certified translation
  • Degree certificate(s) (scanned PDF of originals and officially certified translations into English or German only)
  • Scanned test sheet proving English proficiency as outlined above
  • Full CV in English
  • One-page statement of purpose in English
  • Letters of recommendation from two lecturers at your institution, on letter-head paper and signed, polecon.msc@uni-konstanz.de  separately as PDF-files by the referees in English or German
  • If applicable, scanned PDF of original GRE score sheet
  • Applicants from China, Mongolia and Vietnam: please attach the scanned original certificate by the Academic Evaluation Centre (Akademische Prüfstelle - APS) of the respective embassies in Beijing, Ulan Bator or Hanoi

Important:

You don't need to send any documents or application forms by post (even though the ZEuS Application Tool says you should send a hard copy by post). The online application is all you need. 

The application deadline for admission in October is 30th of April at 23:59 CET.  

Admitted MSc Political Economy applicants will be required to submit all documents in original or as officially certified copies upon registration at the University of Konstanz.

Officially certified copies and translations

Where specified, officially certified scanned copies must be provided. If the documents are not in English or German, officially certified translations must be provided additionally. If the document/translation comprises more than one page, every page must be certified. A copy of an officially certified copy or a translation must be certified anew. Official certifications of copies can be issued in Germany by the following authorities: offices of the mayor or chief magistrate, civic authorities, police authorities, courts, notaries. Schools and universities may only certify their own certificates. In foreign countries, the following offices are authorised to issue certifications: the diplomatic missions of the Federal Republic of Germany or the authorities in the respective countries which are authorised to issue certifications. Certifications must be in German, English or French.

Correspondence address

We will send information during the application and admission process to your correspondence address. Please inform us immediately of any changes to your address, telephone number or email.