Frequently Asked Questions

Here you find the answers to all questions regarding the Master’s program. If you need any additional information, please find the appropriate contact person under “contact”.

General Questions

Gibt es einen Informationstag für den Studiengang?

There is no particular information day for the Master’s program itself, but there is a general information day (Hochschulinformationstag - HIT). On this day prospective students can inform themselves about all study programs offered by the University. There you’ll also find contact persons who give special advice regarding all economics programs. Additionally, an information event is carried out for all new students of the Master’s program “Empirical Economics and Policy Advice” at the beginning of the course.

Werden für den Studiengang Gebühren erhoben?

No, there are no tuition fees. Students only have to pay the semester fee of Martin-Luther-University of currently 182,50 EUR. It includes 70.00 EUR Studentenwerksbeitrag (contribution to the Student Union), 7.50 EUR Studierendenschaftsbeitrag (contribution to the student body) and 105.00 EUR for the MDV-Semesterticket (public transport in Halle and the surroundings). After having studied 15 Semesters (including Bachelor and Master study time), a tuition fee of currently 500 Euros has to be paid for each additional semester.

Ist der Studiengang akkreditiert? 

Yes. The program has been accredited by the ACQUIN (Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute) and is valid until 2014. Reaccreditation is in progress.

Kann ich den Studiengang auch als Teilzeit-, berufsbegleitendes oder Fernstudium absolvieren? 

No. The Master’s degree course is designed as a full time program, to be completed within the standard study period of four semesters. Lectures usually take place on working days and the work load is designed as a full time study program, to be regularly completed in 4 semesters. Currently and in the near future, an extension of the regular study time in order to take the Master’s degree course part-time, or to study distance learning is not possible.

Application and Admission

Welche Bewerbungsfristen müssen beachtet werden? 

The application deadline for the spring semester is January 15 and for the fall semester July 15. Applications received after these deadlines will not be considered.

Sind Bewerbungen zum Sommer- und Wintersemester möglich?

Yes, the Master’s course can be started both in winter and in summer semester.

Mit welchen Abschlüssen kann ich mich bewerben?

The required knowledge for the Master's program is usually proved by a completed Bachelor's university degree or an equivalent credited examination in a scientific business-oriented program with the exam grade "good" (2.5) or better. Graduates from universities, technical colleges (“Fachhochschulen“), and other educational institutions counted as national colleges according to national law, may apply. Comparable qualifications (e.g. The French Licence) are regarded as equivalent to the Bachelor’s degree. The change from a diploma study program is possible.

Kann ich mich mit einem „fachfremden" Abschluss bewerben? 

In order to successfully complete the study program, profound knowledge in the field of economics is needed. These correspond to a bachelor's degree in economics or social sciences.

Gibt es einen Numerus Clausus? 

No, there is only an internal Numerus Clausus. However, the successful applicant needs to possess a Bachelor's university degree with the exam grade "good" (2.5) or better.

Was muss ich als ausländische/r Staatsangehörige/r beachten? 

Foreign nationals and stateless candidates have to demonstrate the required German language skills.

Durch welche Prüfungen kann die Beherrschung der deutschen Sprache nachgewiesen werden?

Applicants whose native language isn‘t German, can prove their German language skills by submitting:

  1. German language exam for university admission of foreign applicants (DSH), at least DSH-2-Level
  2. Bachelor’s degree at a university or college as defined in the Higher Education Framework Act (Hochschulrahmengesetz)
  3. Equivalent certification:
  • Test "German as a foreign language" (TestDaF) with a test result of at least TDN 4 in all four sections
  • Test part 'Deutsch' of the assessment test at a Studienkolleg (preparatory college)
  • The Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz Stufe I (DSD I)
  • German Language Diploma from the German Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs - Level II (DSD II)
  • the Central Advanced Tests at the Goethe-Institute (“Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung” - ZOP),
  • The Small German Language Diploma of the Goethe-Institute
  • The Big German Language Diploma of the Goethe-Institute
Kann ich mich bewerben, wenn zum Bewerbungsschluss noch kein Abschlusszeugnis vorliegt?

Yes. If at the end of the application period no Bachelor's Degree or equivalent diploma is available, the application must be accompanied by an officially certified document indicating all academic credits obtained so far. On this basis, an average grade must be calculable. With this evidence provisional admission is possible. The pending evidence must be submitted by enrolment.

Kann ich in einem höheren Fachsemester einsteigen?

No. You can only apply for the first semester, an entry in a higher semester is not possible.

Erhalte ich eine Eingangsbestätigung meiner Bewerbung?

Yes, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received.

Wann erhalte ich das Zulassungsschreiben? 

The admission letters will be sent within a few weeks after the application deadline.

Wie viele Studierende werden jedes Semester zugelassen?

The number of admitted student varies between 10 and 20 from year to year.

The course of studies

Wann beginnt das Studium? 

The summer semester begins in mid-April and the winter semester in mid-October. The exact dates can be found in the Studienjahresablauf.

Gibt es Orientierungs- und Informationsveranstaltungen zu Studienbeginn?

At the beginning of each semester, an information event on the Master “Empirical Economics and Policy Advice” is offered. The information session usually takes place during the first week of the semester. The exact date will be announced on the student’s online portal “StudIP” (

In welcher Sprache werden die Lehrveranstaltungen gehalten? 

The courses are usually held in German. In some cases, courses can be held in English.

Gibt es einen vorgegebenen Stundenplan bzw. Studienplan? 

It is the responsibility of the students to choose their modules and thus to design the curriculum. There are both compulsory modules and elective modules. When creating your schedule, please note that the courses are not offered every semester. An overview of the courses and suggestions on how to arrange your schedule can be found in the study and examination regulations, as well as in the module overview provided in the download area of this website.

Study abroad and internships

Kann ich während des Masterstudiums ein Semester im Ausland studieren? 

Yes, it is possible and recommended to study one semester at a foreign University. In the host country, students should attend study-related courses. It is strongly recommended to discuss the recognition of these courses with the foreign representative of the faculty prior to the stay abroad.

Wer organisiert das Auslandssemester? 

The Faculty of Law and Economics of Martin-Luther-University maintains partnerships with several universities abroad, which include student exchanges. Further information can be obtained from the foreign representative. Partnerships consist, among others, with universities in Spain, France, Italy, countries in Eastern Europe, the USA, India and South Korea. In addition, students can organize stays abroad on their own initiative.

Kann ich während des Studiums ein Praktikum absolvieren?    

An internship is not a compulsory part of the Master’s program and must be organized by the students. There is the opportunity to undertake the internship at the Halle Institute for Economic Research.