Admission & Selection Criteria

Admission Criteria

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • A three-year bachelor’s degree or the recognized equivalent from an accredited institution in the humanities or social sciences, with a minimum of 15% global studies–relevant courses, e.g. courses in the field of History, Area Studies, Economics, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Political Science and Human Geography.
  • Excellent English skills: Proficiency in English needs to be proven with an official English certificate as listed below under “Application Documents”. Native English speakers must provide proof of knowledge of a language other than English at the A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Knowledge of another foreign language at the A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (to be proven by a high school certificate and/or an internationally recognized test, score certificates, or equivalent proof of participation in language courses)
  • The recognition of the respective documents and degrees is based on the requirements set by the German Central Office for Foreign Education. In some countries, another year of study in a master’s programme might be necessary in order to be eligible for admission. See also the Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen.

Selection Criteria

The decision on admission is made by the EMGS Study Purposes and Selection Committee and are based on the following criteria:

  • 50%: Academic excellence and quality/recognition of home institution that has awarded the first degree
  • 15%: Motivation and academic potential
  • 20%: Compatibility of previous degree(s) with the EMGS programme
  • 15%: Work experience/professional qualifications