Frequently Asked Questions of Applicants:
- I have a degree in XYZ. Am I eligible to apply for the master program?
For a successful application the label of your previous degree is not very important. It is more important that you have a sound pre-education in mathematics, statistics, and economics as described in the application requirements.
- I will receive my diploma (or other documents) after the application deadline. Can I apply?
Yes. You apply with the documents which are available, and you submit the missing documents later, as soon as possible, even after the deadline. The submitted material, however, should be sufficient for the admission commission to make a decision.
In case of a positive decision you will receive a conditional admission. The condition is that you have to submit the missing documents, and that you then still meet the requirements.
- Can I send you my documents for a pre-check whether I am eligible for the master program?
We have no capacities to make pre-checks of documents of potential applicants!
Moreover, the result of such a pre-check wouldn't be binding for the admission commission.
With the information given on this website you are able to check by yourself whether or not it is likely that your application will be successful.
- In the application requirements it is mentioned that I need certain ECTS in mathematics, statistics, and economics. What does ECTS mean?
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is explained here. Approximately you can calculate that a course with a workload of 90 hours (30 contact hours in the classroom + 60 hours self-study) with a successful examination gives 3 ECTS. If you apply, we will translate your credits into the ECTS system.
- In the application requirements it is mentioned that I need a total grade of 2,5 or better. How can I translate my national grade into the German grade system?
The translation of grades will be done by the Master Service Center, please don't do this by your own. As an orientation you can interprete a grade 2,5 as "good (-)".
- In the application requirements it is mentioned that I need an English proficiency certificate like TOEFL. My previous study was completely given in English and/or the working language at my professional job is English. Do I nevertheless need such a certificate?
It is mandatory to show an internationally accepted English proficiency certificate on the Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (or IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 80 IBT etc.). Only native speakers of English, viz. from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and the United States are exempt from English proficiency proof.
New in 2014: If your university certifies that your previous study program has been completely absolved in English language then you are also exempted from these proficiency tests.
- I need a decision on my application before the application deadline (e.g. because of required visa). What can I do?
More than 90% of the applicants are from non-EU countries and need visa - and therefore an early decision. The workflow is as follows: After having uploaded the documents to the application platform, the Master Service Center checks the documents, translates the grtades in our grading system etc. The finalized database entry is then accessible to the admission commission. The commission decides quickly about the "evident" casses. About 30% of the cases, however, have to be discussed more intensively in meetings of the commission which take place occasionally. Afterwards, the Master Service Center is informed about the decision, and it then sends the letters of acceptance or rejection. There is no room for accelerating the process for individual applications. It is already as fast as possible.
- Do I need a GRE test?
- Do I have to pay study fees?
There is no tuition for regular courses. Each student pays semester contributions for financial support of the
Student Social Servives (2012: Euro 166,40 per semester).
- What are the cost of living in Jena?
The living expenditures are about 550-600 Euro per month, inclduing semester contributions (see above). Since the faculty does not have any scholarships, and the number of student jobs is very limited, you should care in advance about the financial funding of your study! Note that job opportunities outside the university are also limited, and that in many cases German proficiency is needed.
- I need financial support. Are there scholarships I can apply for?
Please look here for a survey provided by the FSU. Other scholarship databases can be found in the internet. e.g.
- Does the university provide accomodation? What can I do?
To be honest, it is not easy to find accomodation in Jena. For short-time accomodation there might be places in the hoastal of the university. A comprehensive list of useful links regarding accomodation can be obtained
- Is there a limited number of places?
No. But of course there are some limits of our teaching and room capacities. In case of a large discrepancy between the number of applications and our capacity, the admission commission is allowed to apply stricter criteria.
- Is there a quota for European applicants?