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 career in finance and economics.
Candidates with an undergraduate degree (i.e., bachelor or equivalent) of 180 credit points (CP) based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) are eligible for admission.
In case the final bachelor certificate is not yet available when applying for the master program, a candidate's application can alternatively be assessed based on a proof of matriculation and on an interim certificate. This interim certificate must
- certify examination achievements amounting to at least 80% of the CP required for the 180 CP bachelor,
- contain a preliminary average grade (GPA) calculated on the basis of these examination achievements in accordance with the respective regulations, and
- have been issued by the office responsible for issuing the certificate at the previous university.
The admission process is based on the preliminary GPA until the final bachelor grade is proven. Admission on the basis of such an interim certificate is subject to the condition that the bachelor certificate is submitted without delay, at the latest by the end of the first semester of enrolment in the Global Finance and Economics Master program. If such a final bachelor certificate is not provided in due time, the conditional admission expires and the enrolment is to be withdrawn.
Make sure not to forget any important information to be considered for the interim certificate and contact the Academic Coordinator Dr. Le Van Ha at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
Applicants are required to submit a recent proof of English language proficiency at the B2-level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The Office of Admissions will accept test results of the following tests, taken no longer than four years ago upon the date of submission:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS), min. score of 5.5
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT® and TOEFL iBT® Home Edition, min. score of 46 - 59
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, min. score of 160 - 165
- English Language Level Test (ELLT) – Oxford International Digital Institute
Applicants may request for a waiver of proof 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 program taught entirely in English;
- The applicant has lived in an English-speaking country for at least one year.
Quantitative proficiency will be assessed based 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 ago.
Alternative proof of good mathematical / quantitative skills (such as a qualified university degree in the field of mathematics or per entrance examination held at VGU) will be decided by the Admissions Committee.
Ready to apply? Via the VGU Online Application Portal you can submit your documents directly to the VGU Office of Admissions. Only applicants whose complete application documents have been received by the Office of Admissions before the application deadline will be considered for the admissions process.
First thing for you to do is to check if you meet the admissions requirements above. For general questions about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office well in advance under:
Hotline: +84 (0) 9184.108.40.206
VGU-Info Office: +84 (0)28 3825 6340
We’re happy to answer all of your questions about the program, or offer an assessment of your CV 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 enrollment and an interim certificate listing the current GPA. Make sure not to forget any important information to be considered for the interim certificate and the Academic Coordinator Dr. Le Van Ha at email@example.com for further advice.
>> Evidence of good 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 ago. Alternative evidence of good mathematical/quantitative knowledge (such as a qualified university degree in mathematics) may be accepted. Applicants may also be asked to take an entrance examination held at VGU to prove their quantitative aptitude.
>> An essay in English (2,000 words max)
Applicants are requested 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 should 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 create a registration account in the VGU system following our application guideline. If you have problems with the online application, please contact us immediately via email firstname.lastname@example.org or hotline at +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 Officers. Following the review by the Admissions Officers, the Admissions Committee decides on admission to the study program on the basis of the submitted application documents and any additional individual competencies and qualifications presented. 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.