International Programmes 2020/2021

Master of Science in International Economics and Public Policy Master of Science in International Economics and Public Policy

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz • Mainz

Master of Science in International Economics and Public Policy
Teaching language
  • English

The programme is taught and conducted entirely in English. Students may chose elective modules offered by related disciplines (Management, Political Science, Mathematics, and Psychology) taught in German.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
More information on beginning of studies
An extensive programme introduction and a maths review course are offered prior to the start of lectures in mid-April and mid-October.
Application deadline

From 1 April through 15 May for the following winter semester
From 1 October through 15 November for the following summer semester

(Note that these deadlines may be subject to changes. Please consult the programme homepage or find more information here.)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

This two-year Master's programme in International Economics and Public Policy (MIEPP) is designed for students who aim to understand both the opportunities and the challenges faced by private and public decision-makers in an integrated world economy. It offers a sound training in economic theory and econometric techniques, enables students to discuss modern academic literature critically, and encourages them to apply their knowledge to relevant issues in business and economic policy.

The Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz looks back on a rich tradition of research and teaching in international economics and public policy. Its academic faculty is well-anchored in the scientific community, visibly participates in both academic and public discussions, and is committed to conveying up-to-date economic knowledge to its students. The university campus offers excellent facilities (library, computer labs, Internet access, etc.), and the structure of the programme encourages a close interaction between faculty members and students.

Course organisation

The Master's programme in International Economics and Public Policy (MIEPP) consists of three major components: core modules, elective modules, and the Master's thesis, combined with a research colloquium.

Students commencing studies in the winter semester start by attending mandatory courses that review and deepen basic concepts and methods in international trade, development economics, public economics, and macroeconomics. During the second and third semesters, they specialise in either International Economics or Public Policy, selecting from a broad menu of courses that range from international macroeconomics and finance to labour economics, applied microeconomics, behavioural economics, as well as statistics and econometrics. Students commencing studies in the summer semester start by attending elective modules in their first semester and attend the mandatory core modules in their second semester.

All courses have a strong focus on policy issues and empirical applications. The last semester is reserved for a Master's thesis, in which students document their ability to competently analyse a topical research question.

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Types of assessment

Student performance is typically assessed based on written exams, presentations and term papers.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Description of other international elements

Students have the opportunity to take part in the Master's double degree programme in cooperation with our partner university Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), Poland’s leading university in the field of economics and management. In the spirit of prolific international relations and academic cooperation, this programme provides the unique chance to graduate from both institutions following one study course. Only a limited number of places for this additional double degree option are available and will be given to students on a competitive basis. More detailed information is available here.

Integrated internships

An internship is not a mandatory part of the programme, but students are encouraged to do an internship and are supported in their search for intern positions in private companies and public institutions.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Video learning
  • Online seminar
  • Chats with lecturers
  • Internet platforms
Description of e-learning elements

Various Internet platforms (ILIAS, Reader) are used for an interaction between faculty members and course participants.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz charges an administrative fee of approx. 300 EUR per semester. This includes a ticket for public transport, allowing you to use buses, trams, and the underground for free in Mainz and the surrounding area such as Frankfurt or Wiesbaden. More details can be found at:
Costs of living
Costs for student housing vary between 300 EUR and 400 EUR (check for more details on accommodation). The price for a lunch on campus is around 2 to 3 EUR. The German Academic Exchange Service also offers information on the cost of living in Germany. Please check for further information.
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

Academic admission requirements include a Bachelor's degree (or comparable) in economics, business, or a related discipline. For detailed information on how and where to apply, please consult the homepage of our programme. More details are available here.

Language requirements

Language requirements can be fulfilled by a completed "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) with at least 227 points (computer based test, CBT), 87 points (Internet-based test, iBT), 567 points (paper-based test, PBT), IELTS with at least 5.0 points, or "Cambridge First Certificate" (FCE) if the Bachelor's degree has not been achieved in a programme taught entirely in English. The issuing date of the certificates should not be older than three years, relative to the application deadline. It is possible to apply for admission to the MIEPP programme before taking the TOEFL/ IELTS/ FCE. In this case, the results of the TOEFL/ IELTS/ FCE have to be submitted by the student at the end of the semester in which she/he started her/his studies. If this proof is not provided on time, the admission will be rescinded.

Note that passing the TOEFL ITP test does not satisfy the admission requirements. As far as the IELTS is concerned, applicants are recommended to pass the IELTS Academic test.

Application deadline

From 1 April through 15 May for the following winter semester
From 1 October through 15 November for the following summer semester

(Note that these deadlines may be subject to changes. Please consult the programme homepage or find more information here.)

Submit application to

Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
Stabsstelle Zulassung International
55099 Mainz

Possibility of finding part-time employment

The Rhine-Main area offers a rich array of job opportunities both in the private sector and in public institutions. Particularly successful students may also qualify for part-time jobs as research assistants or tutors.


Numerous shared houses or apartments as well as rooms in student housing make life affordable and allow getting in touch with other students. More information is available here.

Career advisory service

The career service centre at Johannes Gutenberg University supports students and graduates in choosing a career, planning their professional future, and acquiring interdisciplinary skills. The centre offers a variety of services, such as counselling, workshops, and recruiting events. More information is available here.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
Support programmes for international students
The International Study and Language Center (ISSK) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz offers free German language courses at all levels from A1 to C2 to international students.

In addition, our mentoring programme assigns a faculty member as an academic contact to each new student. In their first semester, students are invited to a personal meeting to get in touch with their academic contact and fellow mentees. Students may turn to their academic contact for advice and support during the course of their studies.

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

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With approx. 33,000 students from more than 130 nations, the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz ranks among Germany's largest universities and is the scientific and academic centre of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Its 4,150 academics, including 540 professors, teach and conduct research at more than 150 institutes and clinics.

Solid placements in rankings of higher education institutions, numerous awards and a large number of projects supported by outside funds testify to the outstanding research achievements of the university's scientists.

Students have a wide range of subject options, covering almost the entire spectrum of university specialities: from the study of law and economics to the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences and from medicine and dentistry to the integration of music, fine arts, and sports. The Department of Translation, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies trains translators and interpreters in numerous European and non-European languages. This multiplicity of fields enables and promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz was originally founded in 1477, and it still strives to emulate the innovative spirit of its namesake, Johannes Gutenberg. The promotion and introduction of new ideas, the use of knowledge to improve people’s lives and encourage them to overcome the many boundaries they encounter daily – these are the underlying ambitions of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

33,000 Total number of students
12% International students

University location

In its everyday life, Mainz, as the state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, proves that tradition and progress can mingle successfully. Looking back on a history spanning 2,000 years, Romans, electors, and personalities such as Barbarossa and Gutenberg have left their mark on the modern city of Mainz. Today, Mainz stands for cosmopolitanism and conviviality. Located on the River Rhine and in one of Germany's most picturesque regions, the city of Mainz provides a pleasant background for student life, while the proximity of Frankfurt facilitates contacts with renowned public institutions and private firms.

Mainz always has an "open ear" for culture, and not only because the well-known Whitsun festival with theatre, music, and cabaret bears this name. State theatres, small stages, and other cultural centres provide a lively and varied array of offerings for all tastes. New and experimental forms of theatre are presented at the "studio theatre" (Kammerspiele), while the historic Moller building in the centre of the city presents opera, theatre, and ballet.

The state capital is furthermore a vital location for business, including many media companies such as the German Television ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), which promotes the image of its home town across Europe on a daily basis. Extensive wine-growing areas on the edge of the city are enticing places for a relaxing walk in the vineyards. Other delightful surrounding areas offer a wealth of opportunities for day trips: the charming Rheingau region with its famous monasteries such as Eberbach situated in the hills, a romantic boat trip on the Rhine, or a short tour through the splendid landscapes of the Hunsrück, Odenwald, and Taunus ranges of hills.