Application and Admission
The Graduate Center welcomes applications from highly qualified and motivated postgraduate students from around the world.
The deadline for applications is March 31, 2014.
Applicant must hold a master’s degree or diploma in economics. Degrees from other related fields (such as civil engineering, statistics or quantitative social sciences) may also fulfill requirements for the program if the applicant has a sufficient background in economics.
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency unless they hold a degree from a university in an English-speaking country, studied at least one semester at an English speaking university (with credentials), or can prove that the majority of courses during their master's studies were taught in English. Sufficient evidence for a good command of English is a high score on the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL).
The application for admission to the Graduate Center must include:
- the completed online application form (link below);
- the completed application form (see sidebar Downloads);
- the applicant’s statement of objectives;
The statement of objectives should state the applicant's motivation for participating in the program and give a short outline of his/her major research interests. The statement should be no longer than 2 pages.
- a detailed curriculum vitae (without photograph);
- a recent photograph
- copies of academic transcripts and other certificates;
- two academic letters of recommendation (see downloads);
- a TOEFL-test if required (see requirements above);
- a GRE-test if required;
Applicants who did not graduate from an European or North American university must take the GRE test, which will indicate whether the candidate is sufficiently qualified;
Please submit your application in English language.
Applications are only accepted online.
There are two stages in the selection procedure: a paper-based pre-selection of candidates, and personal interviews at DIW Berlin. Decisions regarding admission are taken by the Recruiting and Evaluation Committee of the Graduate Center, which bases its assessment on the quality of applications submitted and on the research objectives stated.
Application deadline:31 March 2014
Invitations to interviews: Second half of April 2014
Interviews: During first half of May 2014
Acceptance letters: Mid-May 2014
Rejection letters: Early June 2014