Vietnam is currently entering a new phase of development of its financial markets and of its economic policy framework, particularly also its monetary policy framework. We are looking forward to welcoming ambitious candidates wishing to acquire the quantitative skills and academic concepts necessary to qualify for a successful career in finance and economics.
Candidates with an undergraduate degree (that is, Bachelor or equivalent) in business or economics, or another quantitatively oriented degree program involving at least 180 credit points (CP) based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) are eligible for admission.
In case the final Bachelor degree certificate is not yet available when applying for the M.Sc. in Global Finance and Economics program, a candidate's application can alternatively be assessed based on a proof of enrollment and on an interim certificate. This interim certificate must
- certify that at least 80% of the CP required for graduation with the Bachelor’s degree have been earned,
- contain a current average grade (GPA) calculated on the basis of the completed CP in accordance with the regulations of the degree program in question, and
- have been issued by the same office that is responsible for issuing the degree certificate at the university offering the Bachelor’s degree program in question.
As long as the overall grade for the Bachelor’s degree is not submitted prior to the conclusion of the admissions process, the admissions decision will be based on the current grade point average specified in the interim certificate. An admission based on the interim certificate is provisional and conditional on the examination certificate for the Bachelor’s degree being submitted latest by the end of the first semester of studies in the M.Sc. in Global Finance and Economics program. If the examination certificate is not submitted by this deadline, then the admission is withdrawn and the enrolment is to be rescinded.
In case of doubt, applicants are encouraged to contact the program’s Academic Coordinator, Dr. Le Van Ha, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice on interim certificates.
Applicants are required to submit a proof of English language proficiency at the B2-level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The program will accept results of the following tests, taken no longer than four years prior to the date of submission:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS), minimum score of 5.5
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT® and TOEFL iBT® Home Edition, minimum score of 46 to 59
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, minimum score of 160 to 165
- English Language Level Test (ELLT) – Oxford International Digital Institute
Applicants may apply for a waiver from submitting one of the above proofs of proficiency in English in case one of the following conditions applies:
- The applicant is a native speaker of English;
- The applicant has completed undergraduate or master-level studies in a degree program taught entirely in English;
- The applicant has worked in an English-speaking country in a position involving the use of professional English for at least one year.
In case of doubt, applicants are encouraged to contact the program’s Academic Coordinator, Dr. Le Van Ha, at email@example.com for further advice on demonstrating English proficiency.
Quantitative proficiency will be assessed based on the Quantitative Reasoning Score of the GRE General Test or the Quantitative Score of the GMAT. In either case, the test must have been taken no more than four years prior to the date of submission.
The program’s admissions committee may also accept alternative proofs of adequate mathematical / quantitative skills (such as a qualified university degree in the field of mathematics or successful completion of an entrance examination held at VGU).
In case of doubt, applicants are encouraged to contact the program’s Academic Coordinator, Dr. Le Van Ha, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice on demonstrating quantitative proficiency.
Ready to apply? You may submit your documents to the VGU Office of Admissions via the VGU online Application Portal. Only applicants whose complete application documents have been received by the VGU Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline can be considered for the admissions process.
Please check if you meet the admissions requirements specified above. In case of doubt, contact the program’s Academic Coordinator, Dr. Le Van Ha, at email@example.com for further advice. The program team will be happy to answer all of your questions about the program, or offer an assessment of your resume with feedback on your profile and eligibility – completely non-binding.
A complete application package includes the following documents:
>> Copies of all certificates since and including the university entrance qualification
Certificates and transcripts must indicate individual grades or, if applicable, transcripts must contain all grades available at the time of application. If these documents are not in English, an English-language translation must be enclosed. In case the final degree certificate for the Bachelor-level studies is not yet available at the time of application, the application may be based on a proof of enrolment and an interim certificate listing the current GPA (see above in the section on the first university degree).
>> Evidence of adequate mathematical / quantitative knowledge.
The Quantitative Reasoning Score of the GRE General Test or the Quantitative Score of the GMAT will be accepted as possible evidence. In either case, the test must have been taken no more than four years prior to the date of submission. Alternative evidence of good mathematical/quantitative knowledge may be accepted (see above in the section on quantitative proficiency).
>> An essay in English documenting substantive interest in the program’s subject areas (2,000 words maximum)
Applicants are to respond to the following question: "For one of the subject areas of the Master Program in Global Finance and Economics, outline the contents of a term paper that is supposed to (i) address a question that within this subject area is topical, (ii) review what quantitative conclusions can be reached on the basis of the current state of the literature, and (iii) make proposals for further analysis so as to reach extended quantitative conclusions."
>> A letter of evaluation in English
The letter of evaluation is to be written by a professor or another qualified person. The letter of evaluation should indicate the extent to which the evaluator believes the applicant can meet the requirements of the M.Sc. in Global Finance and Economics program. Letters of evaluation are only accepted in the form available for download here.
>> Goethe University Frankfurt supplementary information
Goethe University Frankfurt requires supplementary information to be submitted with every application. This information is only accepted in the form available for download here.
In order to complete the online application form via the VGU Online Application Portal, you need to first register for an account in the VGU system, following the VGU application guidelines. If you have technical problems with the online application, please contact VGU via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the phone hotline, +84 (0) 988 54 52 54.
Once you have submitted your application documents via the VGU Online Application Portal, your application documents will be reviewed by the admissions committee.
Applicants can typically expect to be informed about the admissions decision within four weeks of the complete application having been received.
Admitted applicants are typically expected to respond to an offer of admission within ten working days of receiving the offer.