Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (master)

Master double degree program between SGH Warsaw School of Economics and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz – JGU (Mainz, Germany)

This double degree program is available to full-time master students of SGH and JGU ( Gutenberg School of Management and Economics) within the following study programs at SGH:

  • Zarządzanie (Management) [in Polish]
  • Finanse i Rachunkowość (Finance and Accounting) [in Polish; please note: Finance and Accounting ACCA degree is not a major included in the program]

as well as – at JGU:

  • International Economics and Public Policy – MIEPP [in English]
  • Accounting and Finance [in German]
  • Management [in German].
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the ten largest  (about 36,500 students from about 130 nations) and oldest (established in 1477) universities in Germany.

The University maintains very good relationships with Poland, regularly inviting professors from Polish universities for guest lectures and participating in a number of initiatives, research and teaching.

JGU is a long-time partner of the SGH both within Erasmus program and within Polish-German Academic Forum, created in our university, together with the Mercator School of Management, University of Duisburg-Essen.

Program structure
  • The intended period of study for the double degree program shall be two years (4 semesters). 
  • Double degree students will spend their first year at JGU, the second year at SGH. 
  • Full information should be provided to the host institution on the courses that the participants have taken at their home institution and vice versa. The grades of the different grading systems will be converted according to the table displayed in Annex I. 
  • In case of failure in an exam at JGU a second chance will be provided during the same semester. In case of failure in an exam for the second time, a third chance will be offered one year later.
  • Double degree students shall have access to courses and enjoy the same rights and privileges and (with the exception of the course requirements specific to the double degree program that are detailed in this agreement) be subject to the same rules and regulations as the regular graduate students in the corresponding Masters study track of the host institution. 
  • Students from JGU shall register at SGH only for the parts of the study program that will be carried out under the responsibility of SGH. 
  • Students from SGH will be registered as exchange students during their first year at JGU. At the beginning of the fourth (final) semester students from SGH will be enrolled as regular students at JGU to complete the program with a Master degree from SGH and JGU. 
  • In addition, Students admitted for the double degree program shall complete the modules offered at SGH and JGU following a scheme laid out in the annexes.
  • Any deviations from the study structure as stated in the agreement shall be approved jointly by the partner institutions by mutual written agreement on an individual case-by-case basis.
Study plan
Master thesis
  • In addition to the mandatory coursework at both institutions, as set forth in the agreement, the double degree student is required to write a Master’s Thesis. The Master’ Thesis is worth 20 ECTS at SGH. The Master’s Thesis combined with a Colloquium is worth 30 ECTS at JGU. The partner institutions assure the legal and organisational pre-conditions required for enabling the double degree students to start with the Master Thesis in their second study year.
  • The Master’s Thesis shall be supervised by one supervisor and graded by a reviewer. The double degree students shall choose one supervisor from either institution, the reviewer will be selected from the partner institution respectively. The language of the Master’s Thesis is English or German on request of the student.
  • Part of the completion of the Master’s Thesis is a defence of the thesis (at the JGU called: Research Colloquium). Members of the host institution are invited to attend the defence. In preparation of the defence the double degree student has to write a thesis summary in English. The defence will be conducted in English or in German on request of the student.
  • The management process of the preparation of the Master’s Thesis should meet all the legal and academic constraints of the institution at which a student writes and defends the Master’s Thesis.
  • The double degree shall only be awarded after the student has completed the program by fulfilling the following requirements:
    • DD students from JGU and SGH:
      • 1st year at JGU: the award of at least 60 ECTS credit points equivalent to the regulations constituted in this agreement,
      • 2nd year at SGH: the award of at least 42 ECTS for the courses in the Management field of study or 45 ECTS for the courses in the Finance and Accounting field of study, equivalent to the regulations constituted in this agreement and completion of Master Thesis (25 ECTS) and Colloquium (5 ECTS) at JGU or Master’s Thesis at SGH (20 ECTS) plus internship (only for all students of the “Management” field of study, 3 ECTS can only be credited at SGH)
  • The double degree student shall be awarded both the academic degree: of the home institution and the corresponding academic degree of the host institution. Upon completion of the double degree program requirements, the student shall receive:
    • diplomas of both universities,
    • two grade transcripts and,
    • two diploma supplements.
  • Each institution shall issue only one diploma and corresponding transcripts of grades for the part of the double degree it is accountable for. The diploma supplement shall provide detailed information on the nature, regulations, grades and credit transfer mechanisms of the double degree program.
  • Candidates for the double degree program will be selected by their home institution according to the selection criteria jointly defined and agreed upon by SGH and JGU. 
  • Due to the higher workload compared to the ordinary Masters’ study tracks at the partner institutions, only highly qualified students shall be selected for the double degree program. 
  • Each institution has the right to admit up to 5 students per year to the double degree program (balanced every three years) unless this number is varied by a mutual and written attachment to this agreement.
  • The double degree candidates must satisfy all admission requirements of the host institution, including language proficiency requirements and good knowledge on Bachelor level of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Statistics.
  • All double degree candidates must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of language proficiency according to the requirements of the Common European Framework (CEF):
    • students from SGH as their home institution, choosing the MIEPP program at JGU: English B2 as documented by:
      • English B2 (or higher) as documented by: 
        • a TOEFL test (with at least 227 CBT, 87 IBT, or 567 PBT), or
        • IELTS with a minimum of 5 points, or, alternatively,
        • acquiring the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) if English is not the first language or the bachelor-level degree has not been achieved in a program taught entirely in English.
      • For TOEFL, IELTS or FCE, the issuing date of the certificate should not be older than 22 months, relative to the beginning of the studies at JGU (1st of October)
    • students from SGH as their home institution, choosing Management or Accounting and Finance at JGU: German B2 and English B1. Students will have to prove German language skills at level C1 (DSH-2) within a year after starting their study at JGU Mainz. The students are therefore recommended to visit German language courses at JGU Mainz.
    • students from JGU as their home institution: English equivalent to B2 or a score of 87 points (or higher) in the Internet-based TOEFL test.
  • Each institution reserves the right to require double degree candidates to complete the standard enrolment documents and to provide the results of any required entrance examinations.
  • The host institution has the right to not accept a double degree candidate from the home institution for academic rationales or any other substantial reasons.
  • According to the Rules and Regulations of selection for international programs and exchanges at SGH, all students accepted for double diploma programs are not allowed to apply for any other exchange or program that involves mobility abroad in the given academic year. It especially refers to Erasmus, PIM and bilateral exchanges and international programs like CEMS MIM.
Selection and Application


Documents required from the SGH candidates to double degree program include (all documents should be prepared in English):

  • Motivation letter addressed to Selection Commission to double degree program between Johannes Gutenberg University  Mainz and SGH Warsaw School of Economics (in English, max. 1 page)
  • Official course transcript (issued by the Dean’s Office, EN version) with grades received incl. the courses not yet finished
  • Document certifying fluency in English (information on certificates recognised during the selection)
  • Copy of the BA diploma (if possible)
  • First draft of the study program (preferred field of study/study path, list of academic interests, electives etc.) in Word format [printout]

Application documents should be delivered to Ms. Agnieszka Kühnl-Kinel PhD by e-mail or sent by post to:

Agnieszka Kühnl-Kinel, PhD
Centrum Współpracy Międzynarodowej
Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie
Al. Niepodległości 162
02-554 Warszawa



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Contacts at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Gutenberg School of Management:

  • Ms. Leska SAHL (email: & Ms. Svenja TELGHEDER (email:
    Studienbüro Fachbereich Rechts- Und Wirtschaftswissenschaften
    Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU)
    455128 Mainz, Germany
    Tel.  +49(0)6131-39-27226