Admissions Process

Your Qualifications

  • first university degree - at least a Bachelor's degree (180 CP) or equivalent
  • minimum of one year post-graduate work experience in an applicable finance-related field
  • good to very good quantitative skills
  • very good oral and written English skills

Applying from outside the EU?

If you are an applicant coming from a country outside the European Union, please note that you will need to apply for a student visa to study in Germany. The German authorities will however not issue a student visa for part-time programs in Germany. Therefore, if you are able to relocate to Germany on a different type of visa other than a student visa, then it should be possible to study.  

If you wish to obtain a student visa, you will have to look into full-time programs in Germany. A good starting point may be the following website of the German Academic Exchange Service:

Admissions Process in Three Steps

You would like to apply? Via our Online Application Portal you can submit your documents directly to the GBS Office of Admissions. 

Only applicants whose complete application documents have been received by the GBS Office of Admissions before the application deadline will be considered for the admissions process and the respective Early Bird Discount.

In case of a missing English language certificate, applicants need to prove that they have registred for a language test. The certificate of the successfull completion of the language test needs to be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to the subsequent application Deadline. This entitles applicants to receive the initial Early Bird Discount. Certificates delivered after February 28, will not be considered. 

Get in touch with our Office of Admissions well in advance and before submitting your documents to clarify possible questions in good time!

A complete application package includes the following documents:

  • Completed application form (only for email delivery)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Professional Recommendation Form (completed by employer)
  • Evidence of a minimum of one year post-graduate work experience in an applicable finance-related field (e.g. employment certificate, job description of the employer)
  • Letter of motivation (in English)
  • Proof of English-language proficiency at (CEFR) B2-level (min. TOEFL-iBT score is 72; min. IELTS is 5.0)
  • Proof of quantitative skills
  • Official diploma, university transcript and diploma supplement (if available) - Only notarized copies will be accepted and must be submitted personally or via registered mail to: 

Goethe Business School
Office of Admissions
Eschersheimer Landstraße 121
60322 Frankfurt am Main

The receipt of your application documents will be confirmed via email.

Your application documents will be reviewed by the GBS. In addition to the fulfillment of the formal admission requirements, additional individual competencies and qualifications are also assessed. Suitable candidates will receive an invitation to a personal interview. The interview will be held in English and will take place on Campus Westend of Goethe University. 

The appointment confirmation for the interview will include a test that will allow you to review your prior mathematical knowledge. The test should be done before the interview. "Mathematics Test Yourself" deals with mathematics skills at the level of the last year of secondary education (analysis, algebra and financial mathematics). The purpose of this test is to give you a self-assessment as to whether you are sufficiently prepared for the quantitative requirements of the program. The results of the test will not be made available to GBS and will not be included in the approval process. However, the interview will discuss your overall experience with the test or underlying mathematical requirements.

Following the interview, the GBS admissions committee decides on admission to the study program on the basis of the submitted application documents and the results of the personal interview. Applicants will be informed about the admission decision of the committee within four weeks.

Accepted applicants will then have the opportunity to accept or reject their study offer, or defer their admission to a later date, within seven working days of receiving their offer.


At GBS, the process of admissions does not need to be complicated! Our approach at the Office of Admissions is to provide a high level of personal support to qualified, motivated and well-prepared applicants. In this process, we get to know our successful applicants and work together to ensure a successful start to the academic journey ahead.

Elisabeth TakkenbergSenior Manager Recruiting & Admissions, Goethe Business School
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