Joint MSc Program of the UA Ruhr Universities TU Dortmund University, Ruhr University Bochum, University of Duisburg-Essen
Each fall term
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
The University of Duisburg-Essen has been system accredited in September 2016. A (re)certification upon successful completion of the internal quality assurance process corresponds with the external accreditation granted by an Accreditation Agency.
Econometrics is a two-year master’s program jointly offered by the TU Dortmund University, Ruhr University of Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen. The program is aimed at quantitatively oriented students who hold a BSc in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics or related disciplines. Econometric methods are increasingly gaining importance in research, business and the public sector. Students of Econometrics are capable of using mathematical models to quantitatively describe and analyze problems that arise in companies, research, government, financial institutions and other organizations. They have an extensive understanding of statistical methods and an in-depth knowledge of central economic causal relationships and the resulting econometric questions.
The program comprises five core and four elective modules, including a six-month Master thesis. Most modules consist of multiple courses which may be chosen according to the individual interests of the students. Core courses teach key concepts in Statistical Theory, Econometrics and Time Series Analysis. The core curriculum also conveys skills in project management, consulting and applied research. A large pool of electives and specialized seminars enables the students to deepen their knowledge in selected fields of econometric theory and applied economic research, e.g., health economics or financial econometrics.
Studienverlauf und Modul-Inhalte
The four-semester master’s program in econometrics is devided into compulsory modules, elective courses and closes with the master thesis. In four compulsory modules (ME1 - ME4) with a total amount of 43 credit points, you acquire a sound knowledge in statistics, econometrics and time series analysis. The core curriculum also conveys skills in applied research, statistical programming, research project management and statistical consulting.
Elective modules (ME5 - ME6) train students in economic theory (ME5) provide further specialization in applied (ME6) and theoretical econometrics (ME7). In ME6 and ME7, students focus on a specific field of research according to their individual preferences. This results in a flexible number of credits to be acquired by electives, which must, however, amount to a minimum of 11 and a maximum of 25 credit points in each of the elective module areas.
Student’s performance will be assessed and awarded in line with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Zugang zum Studium
The program is aimed at graduates which hold a BSc or equivalent degree in Economics, Mathematics, Statistics or a related discipline. At least 15 ECTS in both Economics and Mathematics/Statistics are required.
For applicants who have obtained their last relevant educational qualification in Germany (educational residents), the enrollment for the master program is accessible until the last Friday prior to the lecture period of the winter term.
All documents supporting your admission listed below have to be submitted to the faculty for inspection then. An early submission is recommended.
Applicants with a last relevant educational qualification from countries outside the European Union should note the further regulations and terms concerning the authentication of diploma certificates and the enrollment at German universities. In particular, the application term is limited to July 15th. For applicants with a qualification from a member state of the European Union, the application term is the same as for educational residents. In each case the International Office is responsible.
Which documents are requested to be prepared?
1. A certificate of a degree from a study program in statistics, economics or mathematics at Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University or at the University of Duisburg-Essen or a certificate of a comparable degree in related fields, including a transcript of records, according to the requirements of the examination regulations:
- The study program must have included an amount of work of at least 180 credit points (ECTS) in statistics, economics or mathematics. At least 15 points according to the ECTS have to be certified in the field of economics and also in the field of mathematics/statistics. The acceptance will be decided by the examining board.
- A certificate of a comparable degree from another German university or or from another country will be accepted, according to national regulations. If their originals are neither in English nor German, an offical transcript to German or English language, furnished by an official translator, has to be included. In this case, an explanation of the grading system is also required.
- The transcript of records must include the grades as well as the credit points collected. Each topic should be clearly identified. The required degree has to be completed with a final grade of "good" (2.5) or better according to the German grade system or an equivalent final grade in case of a degree from another country.
- Application prior to concession of the graduation certificate is generally possible, provided that the fulfillment of all requirements is proved by other university documents.
2. A certificate documenting an English language proficiency on at least the level of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. One of the following is sufficient:
- The school diploma qualifying a student for university from a school within the purview of German Basic Law ("Abitur")
- An internationally recognized language certificate
- A graduation certificate of a general school or university where the major teaching language is English
- Comparable supporting documents
3. An essay of at most two pages on the academic background in view of the pursued master program on Econometrics.
4. The general school graduation certificate relevant for university enrollment.
5. After the planned establishment of an online self-assessment, the certificate of its completion will be required in future.
Please apply at TU Dortmund University.
While core modules and many electices are taught in English, students have the opportunity to attend selected German-language courses.
Graduates are well-equipped for a career in econometrics, empirical economic research, evidence-based political consulting or a subsequent PhD in econometrics or neighbouring disciplines.