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Master of Science with a major in Economics

This programme provides a deepening education in the field of regional and international economics.


The programme aims to build students core competencies to work with urban, regional and international issues.

During the first year students learn theo­retical and quantitative analytical skills. Strengthening econometric competencies is at the core of first-year courses at various spatial levels; international, in­ter-regional, and local. In the second year the programme aims to further deepen the students’ competencies in the area of urban, regional and international econo­mics. This focus is highly relevant to both developed and developing countries.

The programme includes several method courses which give the students the tools and skills to analyse data and draw conclusions. Thus, this programme combines theoretical knowledge with useful practical skills. The thesis course is conducted in close connection to the research environment and faculty in the Economics discipline given the students useful insights and knowledge in how to conduct research.

All courses are given in English. The programme is open to students from around the world, and courses have a diverse international participation of students. This international atmosphere contributes to a broad perspective of the issues discussed in class.

Study abroad

Students have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of our many partner universities. The alternative to international exchange is to study elective courses at JIBS. Both alternatives allow you to create your own individualized profile.


Part of the elective semester can be devoted to an internship.


2 years, 120 credits. Master of Science with a major in Economics.

After graduation

The education prepares students for positions demanding specialised analytical and methodological skills in economics. The students will thus be well prepared for positions requiring practical and scientific knowledge and the use of this knowledge in new models and methods.


The applicant must hold the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (i.e the equivalent of 180 credits at an accredited university) with at least 60 credits in economics, or equivalent. Furthermore, a minimum of 15 credits in statistics/econometrics is required.

Proof of English proficiency is required. Read more about our English Requirements - http://ju.se/en/study-at-ju/admissions/language-requirements.html

The number of places is limited. Selection is made based on:

- Academic results from bachelor level studies
- Letter of motivation
- GRE (not required, but a good score may strengthen your application)

Read more about our Admissions Requirements - http://ju.se/en/study-at-ju/admissions/masters-admission-guide.html

Tuition fees:

SEK 120,000 per year

Tuition fees do NOT apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students

Preliminary syllabus PDF - http://kursinfoweb.hj.se/en/program_syllabuses/JAET2.pdf

Meet Shangqian Mao from China

Student in Urban, Regional and International Economics

"Studying here is totally different from what I thought it would be. The education is demanding and high-paced, which makes the studies challenging. The relationship between teachers and students is excellent, and when necessary, you can get advice and help from student counselors and faculty. It’s easy to make an appointment to discuss a certain course or issue.

I have gained a lot of knowledge studying at JU and the university’s practical approach has given me the opportunity to try out my newfound skills. Here I learn not only from the book but also from my teachers and my classmates. Apart from the education itself, the experience of working together with international individuals will help me tremendously when it comes to job hunting.
At the moment I have no clear picture of my future career, which I think is a quite common experience among us business school students. I guess, however, I will eventually focus on a specific area based on my course or project study, and then build from there until I find my place in the world of international business. I think the word that best describes Jönköping would be “cozy”. There’s a huge difference compared to my home city of Wuhan, China, where it’s crowded and high-paced. Here, there’s no overcrowded subway, no industrial-smelling air, and no fast-moving bread-in-mouth morning commuters. Every step in this city can be calm and happy. It’s an impressive experience and a feeling that I enjoy very much."





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