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The Master’s programme in Economics (MEcon) offers a comprehensive education in economics. It provides in-depth theoretical and empirical knowledge in order to analyse the social and economic challenges of our time. Data analysis has become a central component of developed economies due to the advance of digitalisation. Hence, over recent years processing and analysing Big Data has become increasingly important. MEcon provides you with the necessary tools to analyse economic policy problems using state-of-the-art methods and to develop successful strategies.


MEcon is a full-time programme and designed for a standard study period of three semesters. You will earn 90 ECTS credits. The core studies consist of compulsory subjects and a wide range of core elective and elective courses.

In the compulsory subjects you deepen your knowledge in the core areas of economics and acquire advanced methodological skills.

  • Advanced Macroeconomics I: Growth and Innovation
  • Advanced Microeconomics I: Consumer, Firms, Markets
  • Advanced Macroeconomics II: Asset Prices, Fluctuations and Unemployment
  • Advanced Microeconomics II: Incentive Theory
  • Mathematics
  • Data Analytics I: Predictive Econometrics
  • Data Analytics II: Causal Econometrics

Based on this solid knowledge, you then choose your core elective and elective courses. The core electives include courses for advanced applications and problem solving. From a wide range of courses, you chose according to your interests and strengths. With your choice of electives, you develop your own study profile. MEcon offers the following specialisation areas:

  •  Global Economy
  •  Public Policy
  •  Managerial Economics
  •  Financial Economics
  •  Digitisation and Data Analytics

The programme includes a Master’s thesis. When writing your thesis, you will be applying the skills you have acquired to explore a special research topic.

Contextual Studies are an opportunity to acquire leadership skills and develop intellectually and culturally beyond the scope of core studies. You are free to choose from Contextual Studies irrespective of your particular Master’s programme.

Up to date information on the current curriculum and specific courses can be found on our homepage:

Exchange and double degrees

As a MEcon student, you have the opportunity to apply for the double degree programme with Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), allowing you to supplement your HSG Master’s degree with a second Master’s degree from SSE within two years.

You may also apply for a double degree programme (DM2) with ESADE Barcelona, HEC Paris, RSM Rotterdam and Bocconi University in Milan. The CEMS Master’s in International Management is also open to you.

In addition, the HSG offers exchange programmes with more than 200 partner universities worldwide.

Career perspectives

MEcon provides the knowledge and skills needed to understand and analyse economic processes and to develop solutions to economic problems. This expertise opens up varied career paths in a wide range of professional fields. MEcon graduates are in demand for responsible positions in the public sector, international organisations, consultancy firms, as well as in banks and insurance companies. If you are striving for an academic career, the academic education in MEcon also provides an excellent preparation for Ph.D. programmes.


The MEcon is taught both in English and in German. Corecourses are offered in English.

Admission and Application

A recognised Degree with at least 180 ECTS credit points, of which at least 60 ECTS credit points must have been awarded in economic subjects required. More detailed information:

Application Deadline: March 30

Visit the M.A. HSG in Economics (MEcon) page on the University of St Gallen website for more details!






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