Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To apply for a Master's programme in Economics and Business Administration, you need a relevant Bachelor's degree. You can apply if you hold one of the following degrees:

  • BSc in Economics and Business Administration from University of Southern Denmark
  • BSc in Economics (Business Economics) from University of Southern Denmark.

You can also apply if you hold a similar Bachelor's degree including a minimum of 75 ECTS within the field of Economics and Business Administration, comprising at least 5 ECTS within each of the following subjects:

  • Microeconomics or Managerial Economics
  • Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organizational theory
  • Statistics
  • Methods for collection and analysis of data (statistics or other qualitative or quantitative methods, including mathematics or operations research/operations management. Data collection may be included to a minor extend)
  • Theory of Science and Scientific Methodology and Methods - this only applies if your degree is not from a university

If your degree does not fulfil the entry requirements, the study board will decide whether you can follow one or more supplementary courses. Below you can find more information about supplementing your degree.


Supplementing your degree
New rules concerning supplementary courses

Starting from the intake for study start September 1, 2018, it is required that four or more of the seven specific subject areas are included in your bachelor's degree. As a consequence you cannot take supplementary courses amounting to more than 15 ECTS.

Furtheremore the possibility of following supplementary courses during the first semester of the master's programme will be limited to 5 ECTS. In addition it is required that any supplementary course in Finance or Microeconomy is passed before study start.

If your Bachelor's degree includes 75 ECTS within the field of Economics and Business Administration, but you lack one or more of the required subjects, you may be able to supplement your degree. There are two ways to do this: 

Supplementing while doing your bachelor's
You can sign up for supplementary courses, either at University of Southern Denmark or at another institution, while doing your Bachelor's degree. When you apply for your Master's, it is important that you attach documentation regarding your supplementary courses - otherwise they will not be taken into account.

As a consequence of the Study Progress Reform, the university cannot take courses into account that are passed later than your Bachelor's degree. In other words, supplementing between your Bachelor's and your Master's is not possible. If you pass any courses after finishing your degree, these will not be considered in the assessment of your application.

Supplementing while doing your master's
In return, the university has the possibility of admitting you under the condition that you pass one or more supplementary courses while doing your Master's degree. When you apply for admission, the study board will assess whether supplementing is possible, and to what extent. In the Economics and Business Administration programme you are allowed to supplement within two subject areas, and you must pass the courses within six months from study start. This also means that supplementing your degree is only an option if the lacking courses are offered at University of Southern Denmark, or if you are able to register for relevant courses at another university. If you wish to supplement at another university, you must submit documentation for your registration once you apply for the Master’s programme.

Click here for an overview of the offered supplementary courses

Please be aware of the following conditions:

  • For supplementary courses you must pay a tuition fee
  • You have two attempts to pass all tests relating to a supplementary course
  • Normally a supplementary course extends to 5 ECTS, though some courses are weighted 10 ECTS
  • If the relevant course is offered on the campus where you are enrolled, you must follow the course on the same campus.
  • Supplementary courses are courses form the Bachelor's programme. Scheduled classes may overlap with classes from the Master's programme
  • The courses offered on each campus may differ as may the language of instruction.
  • All subject areas are not necessarily covered each semester.  If you need to supplement within a subject area, but relevant courses are not offered, you will have to apply for the next intake, unless you are able to register for relevant courses at another university prior to applying. In that context, please be aware that:
    • More courses are offered in relation to the September intake.
    • Due to the limited amount of study places, admission is not guaranteed.

Further questions?
If you have questions regarding supplementing your degree, please contact:

Kirsten Høg
Coordinating Secretary of the Study Board
6550 1406

Language requirements

The programme is taught in English. Therefore, you need a proficiency in English equivalent to level B in a Danish high school. Please note that the deadline for submitting language test results or other documentation of your proficiency is May 15 for the September intake and December 1 for the February intake.

English language tests
You can prove your English proficiency by passing a language test. We accept the following tests if the test is no more than two years old:

  • TOEFL IBT test with a minimum score of 88. For validation, we need to receive a score report directly from the test center. To select University of Southern Denmark as recipient, use the code 7969. Please choose "other - department not listed". If you have already taken the test, you can still make a request for the test center to forward the report. Please inform us once you have made such a request. 
  • IELTS academic test with a minimum overall band score of 6.5
  • CAE with a minimum result of C (only accepted from a Cambridge Network). For verification of your results, please make sure to give us your ID number (e.g.  EPA123456) and your secret number (4 digits)
  • CPE from University of Michigan

High school English
If you hold a secondary school diploma from a country within EU/EEA, a Nordic country or from Switzerland, you may be able to prove your English proficiency by way of your secondary school diploma (high school). Along with your diploma, you have to upload a document from your school stating the number of English lessons you attended during the last three years of high school. The letter must be in English. Based on the provided material, we will assess whether your high school English is equivalent to a Danish level B. We encourage you to send us your papers in advance via
SPOC for a pre-assessment.

If your entire bachelor’s degree was taken in the USA, Canada (English speaking part), Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland, further documentation is not required.  This only applies if the entire degree was taken in one of these countries. Furthermore, distance-learning programmes do not qualify for an exemption.

If you hold a Professional Bachelor's degree from Denmark taught in English, you are also exempted. However, we need a confirmation from the issuing institution that the programme was taught in English.

Legal claim

When you finish a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration from University of Southern Denmark you have a legal claim for admission to a Master's programme in Economics and Business Administration if you apply in immediate continuation of the completed Bachelor's degree. Please be aware that your claim for admission is only valid if you apply before the deadline - find information on deadlines below.

Selection criteria

There is a limited number of study places in the programme.

If there are more qualified applicants than study places, the following score system is used for selection of applicants without a legal claim:

  • 2 points for meeting the entry requirements in advance
  • 1 point for having passed 10 ECTS in marketing/consumer behaviour

Applicants are ranked based on their scores. If more applicants achieve the same score, a simple grade point average will be used for selection.

How to apply

To apply, you have to submit an application via the application portal.

 Unless you have a legal claim for admission (see above), it is important that you submit the following enclosures for evaluation:

  • You graduate diploma, including a transcript of records.
  • If you have not yet passed your degree: Your newest official transcript of passed as well as registered courses. If you use the data exchange function in the application portal, please be aware that only passed courses are included in the generated file. Therefore, if you are registered for courses with specific relevance to the entry requirements, you have to upload a separate transcript of your course registration.
  • Proof of any supplementary courses you might have passed.
  • Proof of your English proficiency
  • Course description for each of course on your bachelor diploma/transcript.

Read more about the general requirements for submitted enclosures.

Application deadlines

The application deadlines for study start September 1st are:

  • February 1st for non EU/EEA citizens
  • March 1st for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens and applicants holding a Danish residence permit

The application deadlines for study start February 1st are:

  • September 1st for non EU/EEA citizens
  • October 15th for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens and applicants holding a Danish residence permit
Application potal - DANS

Apply for study start September 1st - the form opens on January 1st


Application potal - DANS

Apply for study start February 1st - the form opens on July 1st


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