Department of Economics

Johannes Kepler University

MASTER ECONOMICS

In the Master's degree program in Economics (4 semesters, 120 ECTS) students are offered an advanced training in economic theory and research methods. The program is aimed at students who have the ambition to compete for jobs in a demanding environment at national and international institutions responsible for the conduct of economic policy and research. The program also provides an excellent preparation for a career in business and public administration as well as for a career in academia or similar research institutions.

Students receive a comprehensive education in modern methods of economic theory and empirical economic research. By choosing appropriate courses, students can specialize according to their interests in various fields of economics, such as international trade, labor economics, industrial economics, macroeconomics, or public finance. Courses in the program are offered in English.

Students with a Bachelor's degree in Economics can, in accordance with their desired career goals, broaden their economic knowledge by choosing Management courses. Master students who have not completed a Bachelor's degree in Economics can close potential gaps in their knowledge of economic theory and empirical research methods by attending courses from the module "Principles in Economics and Management."

THE PROGRAM (as of September 2014)

Principles in Economics and Management 18ECTS

Students who have already taken these courses can select other courses from the Bachelor (Business and Economics, WiWi) that they have not taken yet.

Economic Theory 12ECTS

Methods: 18ECTS

Advanced Topics 32ECTS

Select 8 from the following list (all 4ECTS), including at least 1 Seminar Advanced Topics:

  • Advanced Public Economics
  • Advanced Exchange Rate Theory
  • Advanced Trade Policy
  • Microeconometrics
  • Macroeconometrics
  • Monetary Economics: Theory and Policy
  • Regulation and Antitrust
  • The Multinational Firm in the Global Economy
  • Financial Economics and Risk
  • Microeconomics II IK and Welfare Economics IK
  • Seminar Advanced Topics I and Seminar Advanced Topics II                                                                             (Note: The instructors and contents of these seminars will vary from one semester to the next. Most of the topics are advanced and should not be chosen prior to the 2nd or 3rd semester of the Master program.)

Gender Economics 4ECTS

Free 12ECTS

You can select any course from JKU or even another university according to your personal interests.

We recommend the following courses:

  • Courses from General Management
  • Courses from Financial Mathematics

Master Thesis 24ECTS
In finding a topic and a supervisor for their Master Thesis, students can talk to the teachers of the various courses in the Master program. For this reason, the selection of courses in the Master program should be in line with the Master Thesis topic, taking into account that most courses are offered only once per year.

Curriculum Masterstudium Economics (in German)

Curriculum Master's Degree Program in Economics (English translation - not legally binding)

ADMISSION

Access to the Master's degree program in Economics requires the completion of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent).

Students with a Bachelor's degree (or "Diplom") in Business and Economics (WiWi) from JKU can enter the Master program without further conditions. Students with a Bachelor's degree from another university, college, or other domestic or foreign institutions of post-secondary education have to fulfill two requirements. First, the Bachelor's degree has to be from an accredited institute of higher education. Second, the Bachelor's degree has to contain enough ECTS in Economics. There are two routes to fulfilling the latter requirement:

1) Students with a Bachelor's degree can access the program if the completed program contains at least 40 ECTS of Business and Economics courses (of which at least 24 ECTS in Economics) and at least 6 ECTS of Mathematics and Statistics courses. Students can start the program if their Bachelor's degree program contained at least 23 ECTS of Business and Economics and Mathematics and Statistics courses. They can fulfill the requirement of 46 ECTS in total by taking courses from the Bachelor's degree program in Economics at JKU in the first year of their Master's degree program.

2) Students with a Bachelor's degree in Science, Mathematics, Statistics or equivalent can enter the Master's degree program, if their Bachelor's degree program contained at least 40 ECTS of Mathematics and Statistics courses. Upon entering the Master's degree program they must complete up to 40 ECTS of courses from the Bachelor's degree program in Economics at JKU in the first year of their Master's degree program.

Please direct any questions about admission or the content of this Master program to msc.economics@jku.at.

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