Applications to the first semester of the program: 15th April - 31st May
Application to higher semesters (Summer): 1st January - 15th February
Applications to higher semesters (Winter): 1st Juli -15th August
For your successful application to our Master's in Public Finance, you must fulfill the general admissions requirements. The legal principls behind our selection criteria can be found in the following link:
General Admissions Requirements
If your Bachelor's is not in Economics, you need to have at least 30 ECTS in economics courses and 18 ECTS in quantitative methods (Mathematics, Statistics, or Econometrics). You must have a sum total of 72 ECTS in economic and quantitative methods. 6 of the 72 ECTS must be in theoretical Micoreconomics. These 72 ECTS must be acheived before your application to the program. They cannot be handed in after you apply or made up for during your studies.
This prerequisite can be fulfilled with a German Abiturzeugnis with at least 6 years of english. If you are an international student, you can fulfill the prerequisite by studying at an institution of higher education, where English was primary language of study. You may also provide an English Test Certificate. You can find more information in the link below:
You need to provide proof of your German language skills. This is not necessary if your Bachelor's was done at a German Institute of Higher Education. You can find more information on this requirement and how to fufill it in the link below:
Additional Requirements for Applications to the First Semester
The application for the first semester gives you the oppurtunity to transition from your Bachelor's directly into the Master's. Our Master's only begins at the start of each winter semester.
If you have not finished your Bacehlor's before the application deadline, you can still apply. You simply need to provide a Transcript, in which you have completed 2/3 of the total ECTS credits needed to finish your Bachelor's.
You application will then be accessed with the transcript provided. Your Bacehlor's will need to be coompleted at the latest by the end of the first semester of your Master's.
Additional Requirements for Applications to a Higher Semester
If you are currently in a Master's Program and wish to transfer, you can consider applying for entry to a higher semester. The begin of your studies is possible in the winter or summer semester.
If you fulfill the educational and language prerequistes, you will be included in the formal selection process. Your application will be accessed via a method of selection points described below.
A weighting of particular courses with a grade of at least 2.3 and 5 ECTS points is also done. This weighting is done for courses in:
Public Finance: Spending and or Revenue Policy, Game Theory, Econometrics, and Mathematics.
You can receive a maximum of 20 selection points from the course weighting system.
The selection criteria for high semesters of study are decided centrally by the admissions office of the Freie Universität Berlin. You can find more information in the link below:
Deviations from these rules can be achieved with discrimination quotes and wait listing.
Info about tuition
The Freie Universität Berlin has no tuition fees unless you are auditing or a furthering education student. There are however semester fees and premiums. You can find more information about these fees and premiums in the link below:
The Acceptance or Rejection Letter
You can find more information about the timeline of our decision process here.