The programme should be completed, including examinations, within four semesters, provided that the student has a sufficient background in mathematics. It is designed according to the rules of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), a European standard set up to ensure the smooth transfer of credits earned at different participating colleges and universities throughout Europe.
In order to attain the Master's degree, students must earn a total of 120 credit points, which are subdivided into compulsory and specialisation modules in economics, management science and quantitative methods, complementary courses according to the student's choice, and the Master's thesis. One credit point is usually equivalent to a workload of 30 hours (at the school and at home; one SWS (weekly hour at the school) is usually equivalent to one and a half credit points). It is the responsibility of each individual student to choose courses in order to obtain the necessary number of credit points.
We offer our students the possibility to participate in the double degree with the Higher School of Economics (Moscow).
Study abroad unit(s)
Students can spend one or two semesters abroad over the duration of the programme. German participants in particular are strongly encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad. The School of Business and Economics and Humboldt-Universität have a wide variety of international exchange offers.
The School of Business and Economics also offers an annual summer school which takes place in Havana, Cuba in September every year. In close cooperation with the Universidad de La Habana, the Summer School offers a variety of business, economics, and German cultural courses, which run for a duration of two weeks.
Internships are not compulsory, but are encouraged, and the MEMS Office offers active support in finding internship positions.
Forms of assessment
Classes are offered in the form of lectures, seminars, and practice sessions on each topic. Assessments can take the form of written exams and individual and/or group presentations as well as submission of papers. At the end of each semester, there are two exam periods for the courses offered. Students may choose any selection of topics in any order, as long as they comply with the requirements of the programme structure and offer sufficient credit points.
MEMS is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and methods necessary for critical and successful future involvement in the world of economics and business, both in academia and in the business world. The international orientation of the programme in particular gives students the understanding necessary for engagement on an international level. In offering this programme, the School of Business and Economics draws on numerous international contacts and offers the valuable knowledge and expertise of the distinguished German and foreign academics who constitute the school's teaching staff.
A fast track option with the Berlin Doctoral Programme in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS) is possible: https://bdpems.wiwi.hu-berlin.de