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Informational Flyer: Everything you need to know about the new SBWL Decision Sciences

If you have any questions please direct them to: 

Why is it not currently possible for me to enroll in all courses I want to attend this semester?

We have two enrollment phases:

Phase 1 for courses I, II and III is from 16 February to 19 February 2023 (for summer 2022/23):

  • Game Theory I

  • Psychology I

  • Empirical Data Analysis

These courses are mandatory.

Phase 2 for courses IV and Vis (for winter 2022):

  • Project Course (18 November to 23 November 2022)

  • Psychology II (14 November to 17 November 2022)

  • Game Theory II (24 November to 28 November 2022)

Please be aware that you have to be registered for course I to III in order to register for course IV and V.

What do I have to do in order to apply for the SBWL?

If you fit the criteria explained here, you first have to register for 5352 ET Access to Specialization: Decision Sciences: Game Theory, Psychology, and Data Analysis in LPIS from January 26th 14:00 to January 29th, 2023.

Then you have to apply via LEARN from January 26th to February 3rd, 2023 by completing the application form and uploading your CV, your performance record and your motivational letter.

The titles of your documentshave to beas follows:

  • lastname_firstname_studentIDnumber_CV

  • lastname_firstname_studentIDnumber_performancerecord

  • lastname_firstname_studentIDnumber_motivationalletter

When can I apply for the summer term 2023?

The application period starts on January 26th and ends on January 29th, 2023.

Where can I apply for the summer term 2023?

Please register for the course 5352 ET Access to Specialization: Decision Sciences: Game Theory, Psychology, and Data Analysis via LPIS and then apply via LEARN.

You can find all application details here.

What does the motivational letter have to be about?

We will ask you to describe how you would use strategic thinking (game theory), psychology, and data analysis to solve a specific problem.

When will I find out if I am accepted for the SBWL?

For the summer term 2023 you will be informed by February 13th, 2023 at the latest.

When will the Kick-off Event for the winter term 2022/23 take place?

The mandatory Kick-off Event will take place on October 3rd, 2022 from 12pm to 3pm at D5.0.002.

This is three hour event which will give you a chance to learn more about the contents of the courses, get to know the lecturers as well as the other students and ask questions if you have any.

What are the preconditions for non BBE- Students?

  • STEOP: Intro BWL, Intro VWL, Math

  • CBK: Stats

  • or equivalent

What are the preconditions for BBE students?

  • Business and Society

  • Foundations in Microeconomics

  • Quantitative Methods 1+2

  • or equivalent Introductory Phase

Can I finish the previous SBWL Strategy and Data?

Students who are currently in the SBWL Strategy and Data will have time until the end of Winter Term 2022/23 to complete the SBWL.

How is the new SBWL Decision Sciences structured?

3 mandatory courses: Game theory I (Course I), Psychology I (Course II), Empirical Data Analysis (Course III)

3 courses from which 2 have to be chosen: Game theory II (Course IV or V), Psychology II (Course IV or V), Project/Advanced Course (Course V)

(We expect students will typically choose either Game theory II+Project/Advanced or Psychology II+Project/Advanced.)

What are possible course combinations?

  • If you plan to take the Project Course (always course V) you must complete Course I, Course II AND Course III first, then as course IV you can choose between Game Theory II and Psychology II

  • If you plan to not take the Project Course, you can choose to Game Theory II as your Course IV and Psychology II as Course V OR the other way around

    • Please note before you can enroll in the Project Course, you have to complete Course I, Course II AND Course III

    • Therefore it is not possible to both take Game Theory I and Game Theory II AND Psychology I and Psychology II in the same semester without also taking Empirical Data Analysis

What happens if I decline the offer to take the SBWL?

If we accept you for the SBWL and you decide not to take part in the upcoming semester, but you would like to take part in the following year, please note that you have to go through the entire application process again.

How many students apply for spots in the SBWL?

We currently admit 50 students each semester. Application numbers vary each semester, but on average we receive about three times as many applications, i.e. 150+.

How many spots do we offer in our SWBL?

We currently admit 50 students each semester.

What do I have to purchase for the SBWL lectures?

We don't require you to buy a textbook, but we strongly recommend you install R (which is free).

How long does it take to finish the SBWL?

Of those students who completed the SBWL Strategy and Data, about 40% completed it within one semester, 40% within 2 semesters, and 15% within 3 semesters. Only 5% need 4 or more semesters