How to Apply
Extraordinary situation derived from the Covid-19 Pandemic
We are aware of the cancellations of GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS appointments implemented in several countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please do not refrain of submitting your application if your appointments were cancelled, but proceed in the following way:
1. Explain your situation briefly in the application letter.
2. Attach proof of the cancelation of your GRE/GMAT or TOEFL/IELTS appointment, and the confirmation of the new one if you already have a new appointment.
3. Mention the elements of your previous education that according to your opinion have provided you with strongly enough mathematical skills to pursue a quantitative Ph.D. degree at the GSEFM.
4. Attach any documents that might substantiate the aforementioned claim.
Although under normal circumstances mathematical skills and language proficiency tests are central elements of the selection process, the admissions committee will consider your arguments and documents carefully, and assess your application within the exceptional context set by the Covid-19 emergency.
1. Application Package
Send the following items in two separate pdf files per e-mail to gsefm.exams[at]wiwi.uni-frankfurt[dot]de. The files must not exceed a combined size of five megabytes. Only applications complying with these guidelines will be accepted. Compressed archives or file formats other than pdf cannot be processed.
1. Compose a pdf dossier with the documents listed below in the same order than they appear.
a. A cover letter including a statement as to whether financial aid is being sought.
b. Answers to the following two essay questions:
Question #1 (limit your response to 2,000 words):
Describe how in your academic work to date you have demonstrated expertise in making use of mathematical/statistical methods and/or other areas of logical reasoning. Make sure to include a short description of the methods you have used, and briefly explain why you chose to use those methods rather than alternative methods.
Question #2 (limit your response to 2,000 words):
Choosing an area of research within the Ph.D. program [MSQ: within the track of the MSQ program] at GSEFM that you are applying for, outline the contents of a term paper that is supposed to (i) address a question that - within this area of research - is topical, (ii) review what conclusions can be reached on the basis of the current state of the literature, and (iii) make proposals how the literature may need to be extended so as to reach a sound conclusion.
c. Scans of all degree certificates and final transcripts from universities and diploma from secondary education. If a degree certificate is not yet available, please provide:
I. The most recent transcript listing all courses and
II. A confirmation from the university's office of academic records including:
- the full name of the study program
- whether the program is conducted full time or part time and on campus or distance
- the regular time required to graduate
- a confirmation that the program is or can be completed by September 30, 2019
- current CGPA
d. APS certificate (if applicable).
All documents must be written in English. Certificates issued in languages different than English or German must be accompannied by English translations extended by the issuing institutions or a certified translator.
2. Save the dossier using the following name format: Lastname_Firstname_Degree_Program_docu.pdf, where "Degree" is PhD or MSQ and "Program" is one of Economics, Finance, or Marketing.
3. Send it together with the application form as indicated above.
Should you encounter difficulties sending the pdf files, please contact the Office of Academic Records at , or by phone +49 69 798 33803.
2. Documents to be Submitted by Third Parties
The following documents should be submitted directly by third parties. Please take into account that they play a major role in the selection process, and your application will be processed only after they have been delivered to GSEFM.
Please remember that applicants to the programs in Finance or Marketing can substitute the GRE quantitative score for its equivalent GMAT score.
Scores shall be transferred directly to GSEFM by the institution administrating the examination. GSEFM's institution code for GRE is "7276". A department code is not needed. GSEFM's institution codes for GMAT are "7HK-9Q-90", "7HK-9Q-96", "7HK-9Q-92", "7HK-9Q-26", 7HK-9Q-23", "7HK-9Q-97", depending on the program. If the relevant test scores are not available at the time of the application, a statement as to when the tests will be taken must be provided.
Scores should be transferred directly to GSEFM by the institution administrating the examination. GSEFM's institution code for TOEFL is "7276". A department code is not needed. If the relevant test scores are not available at the time of the application, a statement as to when the tests will be taken must be provided.
The letters of evaluation consist of an evaluation form and a written statement. At least one of the evaluators shall be an active faculty member of a university. It is advisable to submit specific letters of evaluation for each program focusing on the candidate's particular strengths in the respective area.
The letters shall be sent by email by the evaluators to , or by mail in sealed envelopes by the evaluators or the candidate.
Although applications may be filed prior to the availability of GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS (as applicable) test scores, the admissions committee will not be able to reach a final decision on an application until the relevant tests scores have been made available. It is thus in candidates' own interest to file their test scores together with all other application documents by January 31 (stage one), March 31 (stage two) or May 31 (stage three). Scores cannot be accepted after May 31 under any circumstances.
3. Things to Note
I. GSEFM staff cannot perform preliminary assessments of potential applicants. Please submit your application directly as indicated above.
II. Please do not send application forms, dossiers or documents by post. Do not send originals. Documents submitted to GSEFM cannot be returned.
III. Due to the high number of applications, the GSEFM is not in a position to confirm reception of applications.
IV. All candidates will be duly informed about the results of their applications. Applicants who do not receive an offer in the first or second stage will be re-considered in the third stage. Unless facing an acceptance deadline from another university, please refrain from inquiries about the status of your application.
V. The GSEFM cannot offer feedback on the application dossiers of candidates who did not receive admission.
VI. Re-applications from candidates who had applied in a previous academic year are allowed. They must occur in the form of complete sets of application documents and cannot refer to any of the application documents sent in a previous academic year.