Master of Arts Development Economics and International Studies
The “Master of Arts in Development Economics and International Studies” (DEIS) provides rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods. It is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of students planning to work in or seek leadership responsibilities in public, non-profit, and private sector organisations for international cooperation and development.
Each year, a group of about 50 students enrols in this selective programme. Both German and international candidates are considered for admission. In a typical intake, around 50%-70% of students come from abroad. The language of instruction is English. The Master’s thesis will be written in English.
The program is accredited within the system accreditation of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. This means that requirements for legal framework and quality control are fulfilled.
Contents of the program
Enrollment on the program
- Qualified degree (Bachelors, Diploma or equivalent) in Economics. Applicants should have 70 ECTS in economics/management including at least basic knowledge of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and statistics/econometrics.
- Grade point average of 2.5 or better (in the German marking system) in the undergraduate program.
- Sound knowledge of English with one of the following test scores (or equivalents):
- TOEFL–IBT: 95 or above / CBT: 240 or above / PBT: 587 or above / ITP: 627 or above;
- IELTS: C1 / 7.0 or above; minimum of 6.0 in each section
- UNIcert® III
- TOEIC: 945 or above
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) / Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher
- telc English C1
- CEFR: C1.
→ The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) is valid for 2 years after the test date. The Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg institution code for ordering your official TOEFL Test score from ETS is 8265. There is no department code, this can be left blank. Applicants can order their score reports through their test taker profile by indicating Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg institution code 8265. The Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg verifies the TOEFL results in the online verification system provided by ETS.
The Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date. Additional information about how to prepare for the test, where to find the next test centre and many other resources can be found at: www.toeflgoanywhere.org
→ Please mention your Test Report Form (TRF) number which is printed on the paper Test Report Form.
→ Please provide us with your unique Candidate’s ID number and your Candidate’s secret number. By sharing this information, the candidate gives the permission to verify the result.
The application is carried out via the University’s Online Application Portal for Master’s Degree Programs. Here, you may as well check the current stage of your application from time to time.
You have to submit the application form created by the application portal and all necessary documents as a hard copy to the Master Office; all documents must have reached the Master Office latest by the end of the application deadline.
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As soon as all your documents have been submitted in the required form, your application will be considered. If you have simply filled in the online application form and perhaps uploaded your documents without observing the above mentioned rules, your application will not be considered.
You may find further information about your application at the Master Office’s webpage.
Application deadline for the program starting in the respective winter term is normally July 15 of the same year.
We appreciate if you consult our page with frequently asked questions before contacting Dr. Christoph Weber.
Dr. Christoph Weber, DEIS program coordinator
Committee for the Master Program
The Committee for the Master program discusses questions concerning the structure and topics of the program, results of evaluations, feedback from students, and lectures and develops proposals for changes within the program. Its members are:
- Prof. Christine Binzel (Program Director)
- Dr. Christoph S. Weber (Program Coordinator and Coordinator of Exams)
- Prescott Morley (representatives for the class of 2016)
- Romasa Ali, Viktoriia Fedchenko, Yuliia Smereka (representatives for the class of 2017)
- Hoda Mahmoud, Anna Vasylchenko (representatives for the class of 2018)
Feel free to contact the members of the committee if you have any criticism, proposals or hints concerning the program (structure, topics, exams etc.).