Frequently Asked Questions

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 Social and Economic Data Science 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)

Can I hand documents after the application's deadline?

You have to fill out the online application and upload all the relevant documents before the end of the application 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?
  • What other professional/academic experiences does the candidate have?

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: 
  • completion of a minimum of 30 ECTS 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.

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 by the referees  to   seds.msc@uni-konstanz.de separately as PDF-files  in English or German.

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/

First-year Students

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 the 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 the 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?

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:

A doctor of your choice must exam your inability to take an examination. For this purpose, only the form of the Central Examination Office can be used.

Please note that the form must be filled in completely (particularly, the examination(s) affected, the date and your signature). Please ensure that the doctor signs the form, gives the correct period of the performance impairment and that the form includes the stamp of the doctor’s surgery.

The medical form must be issued on the day of the examination. In the case of prolonged illness, the medical form can be recognised if it is issued before the day of the examination. Medical forms, which have been issued at a later date, cannot be recognised.

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 attend an examination without excuse?

Unexcused

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