Helmut-Schmidt-Programme: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

My last degree is older than 6 years prior to the application. Am I still eligible for the scholarship?

No. This is a criterion set by the DAAD. However, you can still consider applying for the MPM program with personal funds or a scholarship other than DAAD (please note that the University cannot support you in your search for a scholarship). Please find detailed information here.

I am currently enrolled as a student and my degree certificate will not be issued before the application deadline. Am I still eligible for the scholarship?

Sadly no.

If your degree will be issued after the application deadline for the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme you might want to consider applying for the self-funded MPM program. Please find detailed information here.

Can I be exempted from submitting an English language proficiency certificate?

Only students who are citizens of countries where English is the official language or have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a majority English speaking country can be exempted from submitting an English language proficiency certificate.

I have studied in English in a country that is not considered a majority English speaking country. Can I still be exempted from submitting an English language proficiency certificate?

No. 

Are there any requirements regarding the age of my English language proficiency certificate?

Yes. English language proficiency certificates may not exceed an age of two years (counting from the day your application is received by us).

Certificates older than two years will not be accepted.

Can I submit my English language proficiency certificate after the application deadline?

If you have submitted all other necessary documents prior to the application deadline you may submit your English language proficiency certificate until August 31 the latest.
In this case you will need to submit proof of registration for a test date for an English language proficiency certificate together with the rest of your application documents. Please indicate your test date and the expected date of providing the results in the English language proficiency section of the MPM application form, too.

Do I need German language skills for the application as well?

No.

The program is entirely taught in English.

I have less than 2-3 years of relevant work experience, can you still consider me for the MPM program?

Unfortunately not as the MPM is an executive program and previous work experience is essential.

How do I submit the letters of recommendation?

There are two ways to do so:

1) If the letters of recommendation carry a letterhead and are stamped and signed by your referee you may attach them to your application documents. Word-Files will generally not be accepted.

2) Alternatively your referees can send the reference letters directly to us. In that case they will have to be sent from an official institution mail address. References sent from the private e-mail address of the referee will not be accepted. 

Can I submit my application as a hardcopy as well?

You have the option to send your application via terrestrial mail. Due to the short application period, the delay of international terrestrial mail delivery and the environmental burden we highly advise you to submit your application via email. If your application arrives after the application deadline we cannot consider your application.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

The DAAD staff will inform you about the outcome of your application around January. Please refrain from inquiries on your status, as we cannot provide any status updates.

My undergraduate degree is not in social sciences, economics or business management, do I still qualify for entry?

If you have extensive relevant work experience, DAAD will consider your application.

What are my chances of getting accepted into the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme?

Admissions into the Helmut-Schmidt-Programme are highly competitive. The program receives several hundred applications per year and we provide around 7 to 8 places on the program.