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Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy

Application & Admission

Open to a select group of students from all over the world, this program combines academic excellence with practical and political relevance. The program is aimed at students with a diverse array of backgrounds who have a deep concern for the challenges arising from rapid environmental change, population dynamics, poverty and exclusion, and who are keen to find ways to enhance environmental sustainability and human well-being.

Admission Deadlines

ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS (third-country nationals)
We strongly advise third-country nationals to apply at the 1st priority deadline, which ends in October. Austrian visa procedures are complex and demanding. The visa process should therefore be started as early as possible.  Please note that the WU cannot assist students in obtaining their visas.

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the MSc in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy you must fulfill the minimum requirements for application and prove your aptitude for the program. Should any of the required proofs of aptitude be missing, your application will be rejected.

Minimum requirements for application

1. Relevant Bachelor's program:

Completion of or enrollment in a relevant Bachelor's program or other equivalent degree program at a recognized Austrian or foreign post-secondary institution. To be considered relevant, the completed program has to meet the following criteria:

  • Relevant Bachelor's program or other equivalent degree program (worth at least 180 ECTS credits). The Bachelor’s Program in Business, Economics, and Social Sciences at Vienna University of Economics and Business is considered relevant.    

  • If you apply with an equivalent degree program, examinations have to be documented in the following subjects

    • Economics, worth a minimum of 16 ECTS credits OR

    • Social sciences, worth a minimum of 16 ECTS credits OR

    • Mathematics / statistics / quantitative methods, worth a minimum of 16 ECTS credits

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Please note: It is not necessary to have completed this program at the time of application as proof of completion of your first-degree program is not required until actual enrolment. Nevertheless, the minimum requirements listed above must be documented within the uploaded documents.


2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English:

The proof of sufficient English proficiency has to be submitted at the time of application. If the proof of suffiecient proficiency is not uploaded in the online tool, your application will be rejected.  The following are acceptable proofs:

  • English as native language

  • Full Bachelor's program done in English (at least three years, university confirmation required)

  • Full Master's program done in English (at least two years, university confirmation required)

  • One of the following certificates: valid TOEFL 100, valid IELTS 7.0, valid TOEIC 800, Cambridge English: CAE, CPE or BEC Higher, UNIcert III

  • A certificate from a university language department confirming the applicant has achieved level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

  • Graduates of WU’s Bachelor´s program in Business Law and Bachelor´s program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences already fulfill this requirement

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3. Proof of aptitude (Selection criteria):

In addition to the minimum requirements, you need to prove your aptitude for the Master's program. The following documents must be submitted at the time of application:

  1. Academic transcript (or other official document) indicating the final cumulative grade point average

  2. Curriculum vitae in English

  3. Statement of Motivation in English (c. 400-600 words) addressing the following points:

    • Motivation for studying SEEP: Why did you choose to apply for SEEP instead of other (heterodox) economics programmes? What makes SEEP special for you?

    • Relevant academic and practical experience: How does your academic background and your practical (professional and voluntary) experience qualify you for studying SEEP?

    • Future career plans: What do you want to do after completing SEEP? How will SEEP help you achieve these goals?

  4. Two relevant academic essays or other writing samples in English (c. 2,000 words each).  Both samples must be entirely your own original work and include full references for any works cited.  Translations into English of pieces you have written in another language are acceptable as long as you do the translations yourself.  Excerpts of 2,000 words from longer pieces (e.g. undergraduate theses) are also acceptable.

  5. Applicants' communication skills, interpersonal competencies, and international orientation will be tested during the interview, so no extra documents need to be submitted in order to prove aptitude in these areas.

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