How to Apply

GSEFM does not charge application fees. If an applicant would like to apply for multiple GSEFM degree programs, it is, however, necessary to submit separate application packages and letters of evaluation for each of these applications. It is important to go carefully through the instructions regarding the application materials that need to be submitted (either by the applicant or by the external evaluators).

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1. Application Package

The following items need to be e-mailed in two separate PDF files to gsefm.applications[at]its.uni-frankfurt[dot]de. The files must not exceed a combined size of 5 MB. Only applications complying with these instructions can be accepted. Compressed archives or file formats other than PDF unfortunately cannot be processed.

1. Download and complete the application form using Adobe products, so as to assure compatibility with the GSEFM database.

2. Save the form using the "save as" button located at the end of the last page of the form. Please do not print a PDF or scan a print-out.

3. Name the file using the following format: Lastname_Firstname_Degree_Program_form.pdf, where "Degree" is Ph.D. or MSQ and "Program" is either Accounting, Economics, Finance or Marketing.

4. Send the file using the button located at the top right of the form, or manually attach the form to an e-mail to: gsefm.applications[at]its.uni-frankfurt[dot]de .

1. Compile a PDF dossier including the documents detailed below in the same order as listed.

a. Only if on the application form interest in a stipend from the Chair for Macroeconomics and Development, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability, Interdisciplinary Public Policy or the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE is specified: a cover letter on funding that for each of the institutions selected explains (within at most five sentences for each institution) the interest in being funded by that institution (please keep in mind that financial aid from GSEFM can only be sought for applications involving the Ph.D. programs also; see also the separate section on financial aid).

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. Curriculum Vitae

d. Scans of all degree certificates and final transcripts from universities and certificate of university entrance qualification. 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 degree program
- a statement as to whether the degree program is conducted on a full-time or part-time basis, and is offered on campus or remotely
- the regular time required to graduate from the degree program
- a confirmation that the degree program is or will be completed prior to October 1 of the year for which admission to GSEFM is being sought
- current grade point average.


e. APS certificate (only if applicable).

All documents must be in English language (except for the documents under d., which may also be in German language). Certificates issued in languages other than English or German must be accompanied by English language translations issued by the degree-granting institution or a certified translator.

2. Name the dossier using the following format: Lastname_Firstname_Degree_Program_Docu.pdf, where "Degree" is Ph.D. or MSQ and "Program" is either Accounting, Economics, Finance or Marketing.

3. Send the dossier together with the application form per e-mail to: gsefm.applications[at]its.uni-frankfurt[dot]de.

Should you encounter difficulties sending the PDF files, please contact gsefm.applications[at]its.uni-frankfurt[dot]de.


2. Documents to be Submitted by Third Parties

The following documents should be submitted directly by the third parties involved. Please take into account that these documents play a significant role in the admissions process.

Please keep in mind that only applicants to the programs/program tracks in Accounting, Finance or Marketing may submit the Quantitative Score of the GMAT in lieu of the Quantitative Reasoning Score of the GRE General Test.
Scores should be transferred directly to GSEFM by the institution administering the test. 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. Test scores cannot be accepted after May 31 under any circumstances.

Scores should be transferred directly to GSEFM by the institution administering 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. Test scores cannot be accepted after May 31 under any circumstances.

The letters of evaluation consist of an evaluation form and a written statement. 

The letters shall be submitted either by e-mail directly from the evaluator to gsefm.applications[at]its.uni-frankfurt[dot]de, or alternatively can also be sent by postal mail (but then need to be in a sealed envelope) by the evaluators or the applicant.

Although applications may be filed prior to the availability of GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS (as applicable) test scores, the admissions committee generally will not be able to reach a final decision on an application until the relevant tests scores have been made available. Test scores cannot be accepted after May 31 under any circumstances.

3. Things to Note

I. GSEFM faculty members and/or staff are not in a position to provide preliminary assessments of potential applicants and their applications. Please refrain from making such requests, and submit your application directly as indicated above.

II. Please do not send the application form, the dossier and/or any other documents by postal mail. Also, do not send originals, as documents submitted to GSEFM cannot be returned.

III. Due to the large number of applications, GSEFM unfortunately is not in a position to confirm receipt of applications.

IV. All candidates will be duly informed about the admissions decision. Applicants who do not receive an offer in the first or second stage will be re-considered in the third stage. If facing an acceptance deadline from another university, please feel free to get in touch with GSEFM as quickly as possible. Otherwise please do not send inquiries about the status of your application.

V. GSEFM faculty members and/or staff cannot offer feedback on the application dossiers of those applicants who could not be admitted.

VI. Re-applications from candidates who had applied in a prior academic year are allowed. These must occur in the form of complete sets of applications and must not refer to any of the application documents sent in a prior academic year.

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