The English-language Master’s program in Econometrics is offered jointly by the UA Ruhr Universities: TU Dortmund University, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and the University of Duisburg-Essen (Essen campus). It combines the expertise of the three participating business departments in empirical economic research and economics with the methodologically oriented training in statistics and econometrics at Dortmund. This bundling of educational and research competences enables a specialized curriculum covering a wide range of topics in econometrics and economics.
Econometrics is a branch of economics and deals with the quantitative analysis of economic relationships using mathematical-statistical methods. These methods are used in many areas of economic research and are the basis for empirical applications in prominent disciplines such as labor and financial market economics. The application of econometric methods gains increasing significance as a key to decision support for corporations, governments, financial institutions, and other organizations.
Prerequisite for the Master’s degree program is proof of a Bachelor’s degree in statistics, economics, mathematics, or a comparable field with a total of at least 180 ECTS credits. The Bachelor’s degree must have been achieved with at least a final grade of “2.7”. In addition, at least 15 ECTS credits are required in the area of economics and at least 25 ECTS credits are required in the area of mathematics, statistics, econometrics and empirical economic research. Moreover, an average grade of at least 3.0 must have been achieved in the modules corresponding to the area of mathematics, statistics, econometrics and empirical economic research. The examination board can request stipulations for incomplete prerequisites.
Applicants must demonstrate English language skills of at least level B2 CEFR, for example through a German Abitur certificate or an internationally recognized language certificate.
Applicants must submit an academic curriculum vitae in electronic form with a maximum length of three pages. During the application period, applicants can fill in the questionnaire in our online form and download it as a PDF file to generate an academic CV. Moreover, every applicant has to complete a self-assessment. This assessment is not a test that can be failed: The aim is for the applicants to assess and reflect on their knowledge of statistics, economics, and econometrics. Based on the results, the applicants can decide whether the Master’s degree program Econometrics is right for them and if they should take specific preliminary courses.
Graduates are well prepared for careers in econometrics, empirical economic research, evidence-based policy consulting, or operations research. It is also possible to pursue a doctoral degree in econometrics or a related discipline. Students interested in research can prepare themselves optimally during the Master's degree by developing their theoretical-analytical skills with a focus on individually interesting economic research questions and applications.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.