Frequently Asked Questions

How often do you accept students into program?

We accept students each year for winter semester only. For further details, please also visit GSEFM Application page (


How many application stages are there?

We have three stages of application process. First stage ends on January 31, second stage ends on March 31, and third stage ends on May 31. Please visit the Application section on the GSEFM website:


Is the education at GSEFM for free?

Yes, there is no tuition fee for students enrolled at GSEFM. There is only a registration fee approximately 360 Euros per semester which also entitles transportation in the Frankfurt-Mainz-Darmstadt region. For further details, please also visit GSEFM Tuition and Financial Aid page (


What is the difference between MSQ and Ph.D. Program?

MSQ is a quantitative master degree program, Ph.D., on the other hand, is doctoral program which also covers same disciplines with MSQ during first two years. For further details, please also visit GSEFM Degree Program Structure page (


What is the advantage of this program for high-performance bachelor students?

Excellent bachelor students can join the program of GSEFM. They earn a master degree after their first two years of studies in the MSQ program. As their courses are similar to the courses in the Ph.D. program, they can then switch to the Ph.D. if they successfully passed the qualifying exam after the first year of their studies.

We recommend you to apply for Ph.D. program and obtain master and Ph.D. degree within short period of time.


If my background is engineering or mathematics, can I pursue a Ph.D. degree at the GSEFM?

We strongly encourage you to apply and obtain Ph.D. degree. After graduation, there are high demand for researchers with a very strong quantitative background. Yet, you might want to broaden your knowledge in subjects related to the field in which you will to pursue your degree by taking some additional courses.


Are there any exams to decide whether to continue Ph.D.?

Yes, at the end of the first year, students should pass qualifying exams (at least with a grade of 2.3 on average), which is required to continue as a Ph.D. student.


If I enrolled to master program, can I also pursue Ph.D.?

Yes, you can. You need to pass qualifying exams at the end of the first year.


If I enrolled to Ph.D. program, do I have to pass qualifying exams?

Yes, no matter which level of studies you enrolled, you need to pass qualifying exams at the end of first year to continue to Ph.D. degree.


Can I apply without finishing my current degree?

Yes, you can apply and get a place, but you have to finish your studies and show certificates usually during the first month at the beginning of the program.


Do I need to submit two different application forms for Master and Ph.D. degrees in Marketing?

No, a single application can cover both degrees.


Can I gain financial aid at the first year?

We have a few scholarships for outstanding students. We recommend to apply as early as possible for these scholarships.


Can I gain financial aid after passing qualifying exams?

After passing qualifying exams, from following sources you can get financial aid:

a) Research assistant positions

b) Scholarships

c) Research grants


As an international student am I eligible for this program?

Considering high cultural diversity of students at GSEFM, international students are very welcome.


How important is it to speak German?

All courses at GSEFM are taught in English and all conversations between students and professors are usually in English. So there is little need to speak German throughout the first and probably also the second year. However, a position as a research assistant might require some knowledge in German because most conversation with bachelor students is still in German. In addition, living in Germany is easier if you speak some German. Thus, Ph.D. students are well advised to improve their German during their first two years of their studies.