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Course content

The Master’s Programme in Economics offers an extensive economic education. The studies focus on the theoretical and empirical analysis of economic relationships and convey the academic knowledge required for analysing economic problems and evaluating economic policy strategies. A flexible curriculum offers a great deal of leeway to shape your studies in line with your own talents, interests and goals. A solid understanding of the fundamentals and appealing specialisations provide the basis for a wide range of professional fields and a successful start to your career.


You will have to acquire 90 ECTS for your MEcon degree. The course takes three semesters (1.5 years). Education in economics largely follows international standards, both in terms of subject matter and with regard to the standards that are aimed at. Compulsory subjects focus on core issues of economics, thus allowing you to select a large part of the core subjects and two thirds of the Master’s programme according to your own interests and skills.

Compulsory subjects:
• Advanced Microeconomics I / II / III
• Advanced Macroeconomics I / II / III
• Econometrics I
• Mathematics

Core elective and elective courses are enriched by the various research interests of the faculty members involved. Depending on individual interests, students can attend courses from other Master’s programmes, primarily from Banking and Finance, International Affairs and Governance, and Law and Economics, and thus create their own optional specialisations:
• International Economy
• Government and the Economy
• Work, Population and Health
• Finance and Capital Markets
• Enterprises and Markets

During your studies, you will have to write a Master’s thesis, which deals with an economic topic and is thus related to your core studies. In Contextual Studies, you will have to attend courses in Leadership Skills, Critical Thinking and Cultural Awareness and thus develop transdisciplinary competencies.

Exchange and double degrees

MEcon students can apply for a double degree programme. This will provide you with the possibility of obtaining an additional full-scale Master’s degree from SSE Stockholm, CBS Copenhagen, ESADE Barcelona, Groupe HEC Paris, Erasmus University in Rotterdam or Bocconi in Milan after 2–2.5 years of successful studies. The double degree programmes with SSE and CBS are offered exclusively for our students. You can also apply for the CEMS MIM – Master’s in International Management double degree. In the context of the exchange programme of the University of St.Gallen, you are also able to spend an exchange semester at one of the approx. 200 partner universities worldwide.

Career perspectives

A MEcon degree provides the foundations in economic theory and empirical tools that are required to understand and Analyse economic relationships and processes and to develop solutions to policy problems. Application-oriented empirical tools Support your capacity in strategic decision- making processes. With such abilities, you enjoy substantial advantages with regard to starting a career with a wide range of possibilities. Not only public and international institutions, but also private firms, banks and insurance companies are interested in MEcon graduates. Reputable consulting firms regularly employ well-trained economists too.

Fast-track Pd.D.

If you attain the necessary grade average and fulfil the requirements, the programme will provide you with access to the Ph.D. Programme in Economics and Finance (PEF). You will already be able to earn credits for the PEF during the Master’s programme and thus complete your doctoral studies in fast-track mode.


The MEcon is taught both in English and in German. Central basic courses are offered in English jointly with the MiQE/F (Master in Quantitative Economics and Finance). This guarantees consistent mutual openness of electives and enables students to select courses according to their specializations and interests.

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





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