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Dear prospective students,

thank you very much for your interest in the Master's program in Econometrics of the Statistics Department of TU Dortmund University, and the Economics Departments of TU Dortmund University, Ruhr-University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen. On this page you will find information regarding the application and enrolment process. Also, have a look our FAQs and at our course website.

Step 0

Inform yourself about the contents of our study program.

Keep in mind that our study program is based on the theoretical (mathematical) fundamentals of statistics to derive advanced methods of Econometrics. Therefore, consider whether this really is the right program for you. We would be pleased if you finally decide to study at our universities.

An online self-assessment test is available for you to assess and reflect your knowledge of statistics, economics, and econometrics so that you can form an opinion on whether the program is right for you. The processing of the test prior to your application is obligatory, please process it carefully. The self-assessment can be downloaded here.

Step 1

Please note that you may only apply for winter intake.

Check that you meet the following criteria for admission to our Econometrics program:

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  1. A suitable Bachelor’s degree. There are two possibilities:

    1. You have completed a first Bachelor's degree in Statistics, Economics or Mathematics at TU Dortmund University, Ruhr-University Bochum, or University of Duisburg-Essen.

    2. You have obtained a Bachelor’s degree at another German university or from other countries' university. In this case, admission is possible if your studies are assessed by us as being economics/statistical/mathematical oriented.

    A student who applies for the degree program must have earned a solid basic knowledge in the following areas, represented by course work worth at least 15 credit points, for both:

    • Economics
    • Mathematics and/or Statistics
  2. The final grade of the Bachelor's degree previously reviewed for application must be at least “good” (2.7) in the German system. No exception can be made from this rule. If you have completed your degree abroad, our International Office will calculate your final grade, which may differ from your GPA.

  3. Sufficient knowledge of English (at least B2 level). Here, we accept the following proofs:

    1. a German certificate of general qualification for university entrance (English from 5th or 7th grade up to the Abitur),

    2. an internationally recognised language certificate,

    3. a diploma from an English-speaking school or an English-speaking course of study,

    4. comparable evidence.

Proof of German language skills is NOT required. The entire program can be completed without knowledge of the German language.

Owing to legal regulations, other criteria such as Master's degrees, professional experience, and certificates from further (professional) education according to legal regulations cannot be used for the assessment. All three criteria must be fulfilled for admission. If you do not meet criterion 1) or 2), you cannot change this by additionally completing further courses.

The course of studies is NOT admission restricted. If you meet the criteria above, you are guaranteed a place at our universities.

Step 2

Application and registration. This process varies depending on where you obtained your relevant degree. Your citizenship is explicitly not relevant.

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  1. Within Germany and you are already enrolled at TU Dortmund University

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    1. Procedure: Fill out the application for change of study program and submit it to the Student Secretariat.

    2. Deadline: Friday before the start of the winter lecture period.

    3. Required documents: the completed application form, your (preliminary) degree certificate, proof of your English language skills, the proof of the online self-assessment, and a maximum of three pages showing your previous academic career. Please use this online form to generate your Academic CV in PDF format. You find the self-assessment here. At the end of the self-assessment submission you will receive the Certificate of Attendance, which (the Certificate, not your results) you need to attach to your application.

    4. Procedure: the Student Secretariat forwards your application to us (usually within a few days) for examination of the criteria in step 1. If this is given, you will be enrolled automatically. We recommend an early application a few weeks before the start of the winter semester.

    5. Contact person for formal problems: here we can NOT help you. Contact the Student Secretariat instead.

  2. Within Germany and you are not enrolled at the TU Dortmund University

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    1. Procedure: apply online at the Student Secretariat.

    2. Deadline: Friday before the winter lecture period (we recommend an early application a few weeks before the start of the semester).

    3. Required documents: the completed application form, your (preliminary) degree certificate, proof of your English language skills, a maximum of three pages presentation of your previous academic career, proof of a German health insurance, the proof of the online self-assessment, and a certified copy of your university entrance qualification. Please use this online form to generate your Academic CV in PDF format. You find the self-assessment here. At the end of the self-assessment submission you will receive the Certificate of Attendance, which (the Certificate, not your results) you need to attach to your application.

    4. Procedure: the Student Secretariat forwards your application to us (usually within a few days) for examination of the criteria in step 1. If this is given, you will be enrolled automatically. We recommend an early application a few weeks before the start of the winter semester.

    5. Contact person for formal problems: here we can NOT help you. Contact the Student Secretariat instead.

  3. Within the EU

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    1. Procedure: apply at the International Office

    2. Deadline: Friday before the start of the winter lecture period

    3. Required documents: a list of the documents required can be found on the website of the International Office linked above. Further required documents for the Master in Econometrics are: English language certificate, the proof of the online self-assessment, and a maximum of three pages presentation of your previous academic career. Please use this online form to generate your Academic CV in PDF format. You find the self-assessment here. At the end of the self-assessment submission you will receive the Certificate of Attendance, which (the Certificate, not your results) you need to attach to your application.

    4. Procedure: you first submit your application online to the International Office. They will forward your application to us for examination. As there are a lot of international applicants, this can take several weeks or even months. You will then receive the admission decision from the International Office and may enroll in our degree program. You can find all information on enrollment here.

    5. Contact person for formal problems: here we can NOT help you. Contact the International Office instead.

      Important information: We are NOT informed about the current status of your application.

  4. Outside the EU

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    1. Procedure: apply at the International Office

    2. Deadline: March 15 to July 15 (application for the winter semester). We recommend an early application, as we need a few weeks to process your application and you may have to take care of a visa and an apartment in Germany afterwards.

    3. Required documents: a list of the required documents can be found on the website of the International Office linked above. Further required documents for the Master in Econometrics are: English language certificate, the proof of the online self-assessment, and a maximum of three pages presentation of your previous academic career. Please use this online form to generate your Academic CV in PDF format. You find the self-assessment here. At the end of the self-assessment submission you will receive the Certificate of Attendance, which (the Certificate, not your results) you need to attach to your application.

    4. Procedure: you first apply online to the International Office. There is no need to send documents by post. Your application will be forwarded to us for examination. As there are a lot of international applicants, this can take several weeks or even months. You will then receive the admission decision from the International Office and may enroll in our degree program. You can find all information on enrollment here.

    5. Contact person for formal problems: here we can NOT help you. Contact the International Office instead.

      Important information: we are NOT informed about the current status of your application.

Step 3

Organisation of the study programme: Congratulations, you have made it and are enrolled for our Master in Econometrics. The following information might be relevant for the start of your studies:

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  1. Extra Requirements: if you have not completed a Bachelor in Statistics/Economics/Mathematics at TU Dortmund University, Ruhr-University Bochum or, University of Duisburg-Essen, you have probably been admitted under conditions. These extra requirements have to be fulfilled after enrolment and before attending the course Case Studies. Please note that in the case of extra requirements your studies may take longer than two years.

  2. Study organization: there will be orientation events at the beginning of your studies. These will take place at the beginning of October for winter intake together with the newcomers in the Bachelor's programs of our department. Participation is highly recommended as you will receive a lot of userful information regarding your studies and can get to know your fellow students and the campus. Also join our Moodle room, where you can find a lot of useful information bundled together and ask questions at any time.

  3. Precourses: Before the start of the lectures you should check out our precourses which will help you to prepare for your upcoming master and to refresh your memories of all the important stuff from your bachelor courses. There will be 3 different precourses.

    The first one is a statistics precourse in German language which covers especially the most important content of the statistics bachelor. It takes place 3 weeks live on campus or via zoom (due to the corona virus). It is recommended if you prepare for the statistics master.

    The second and third precourses are online courses on the learning platform moodle in English language. They have no fixed timetable. So, you can do them where and whenever you want.

    One of them is a online statistics course. It mostly covers the same content as the first precourse and is recommended for both master's programmes Data Science and Econometrics. The other one is a data science course and is highly recommended for all data science students.

    For more information click here

  4. You can find a lot of information for foreign students on the website of the International Office.