Master programme in Philosophy and Economics

Your steps in the admission procedure depend on whether you have completed your previous degree programme at the University of Vienna or another post-secondary educational institution. 

In the study profile of the master programme in Philosophy and Economics you can find out which previous degree programmes are eligible. 

 Degree programme with selection procedure

A selection procedure is conducted for admission to this master programme.

  • You can only submit your application for admission to the degree programme once per year, within the application period.  
  • The admission letter is only valid for the winter semester you have applied for and the following summer semester. 
  • 30 study places are available per academic year. The allocation of available study places ensues during the selection procedure. 

Application period academic year 2023/24: from 1 March to 17 April 2023

 Degree programme instructed in English

The language of instruction in this degree programme is English. A proof of German language proficiency is not required.

Additional requirements

English language proficiency at level B2

To be admitted to an English or multilingual master programme at the University of Vienna, you have to provide a proof of English language proficiency. 

To apply for admission to this degree programme, you require a proof of English language proficiency at level B2

English curriculum vitae (CV)

Upload your English curriculum vitae in u:space at "Further documents and proofs" as document type "CV". Please do not include a photo on your CV. 

English letter of motivation

Upload your letter of motivation in u:space at "Further documents and proofs" as document type "Letter of motivation". Do not forget to merge it and your qualitative admission requirements into one PDF file before uploading. 

The document must be written in English and has to have a length of one A4 page. Please structure your letter of motivation according to the following questions. Preferably use the provided form (Microsoft Word file will be downloaded). 

Answer the following questions:

  • What do you expect to learn from the MA Philosophy and Economics, and what role does the course play in your further academic, personal, and professional development? Please address the philosophy, economics, and interdisciplinary aspects of the curriculum.
  • Which of the three subject areas of the curriculum - "Philosophy, History, and Methodology of Economics", "Rationality and Decision Making", and "Ethics, Welfare, and Justice" - interests you most? What, in particular, interests you about it?
  • In which ways will your prior experiences, qualifications, and skills support your studies in this new programme?
  • Optional: Is there any further information that we should be aware of, such as personal circumstances that may have negatively affected some of your academic performance to date?

If you have any questions regarding the letter of motivation, please contact

You can find detailed information regarding the structure, the course contents and any potential info events of the master programme on the Studies Service Center Philosophy's website.

Qualitative admission requirements

The qualitative admission requirements (in short QZB for "qualitative Zulassungsbedingungen") are binding and determine which knowledge and competencies from the two disciplines you must have to be admitted.

You require at least:

  • 15 ECTS of knowledge in Philosophy and
  • 15 ECTS of knowledge in Economics

If you study a bachelor programme at the University of Vienna, you can proof the required knowledge in Philosophy by completing the extension curriculum "Philosophicum" (only available in German) or "Ethik" (only available in German). The required knowledge in Economics can be proven by completing the extension curriculum "Grundlagen der Volkswirtschaftslehre" (only available in German).

Please state all knowledge with which you fulfil the qualitative admission requirements in the provided form. Save the form, complete it and merge it into one PDF file with your letter of motivation. Upload this document that contains your letter of motivation as well as the qualitative admission requirements at "Further documents and proofs" as document type "Letter of motivation" when you apply for admission in u:space. 


Further info QZB: Philosophy
Further info QZB: Economics