Master's Degree in Economics


Program Description

Master's Degree in Economics

The Master’s degree program in Economics offers an advanced academic education in the field of Economics. Graduates of the program are educated for academically oriented professions and can also qualify for admission to the Ph.D. in Economics program.

The Master’s degree program is aimed at applicants who wish to pursue challenging professions at national and international institutions in economic policy and economic research, work at private companies, work in public administration, or pursue a career in academia and research.

Students will learn advanced modern methods of economic theory and empirical economic research. Students can select courses in accordance with their interests and specialize in a variety of economic topics including international trade and commerce, job market and labor economics, industrial economics or economics in the public sector. Courses will be held mainly in English and will enable students to acquire active and passive language skills on a professional and multidisciplinary level.

Students who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program in Business with a major in Economics can pursue their intended career and broaden their knowledge of economics by selecting specialized courses from other fields of business studies. First-year students in the Master’s degree program in Economics who did not specialized in Economics during their undergraduate studies in business must enroll in the course "Principles in Economics and Management" to cover base knowledge in methods of economic theory and empiricism in the Master’s degree program.

Graduates of the Master’s degree program in Economics:

  • have an excellent command in the field of economics and develop the ability to quickly adapt to new tasks and work independently.
  • can professionally apply acquired knowledge to solve problems in a particular subject area.
  • are capable of successfully implementing acquired methods of research and analyze critically as well as further develop these methods.
  • have acquired professional and social skills aimed at pursuing positions at a management level.

Potential Career Opportunities

  • employment at analytical departments within financial institutions and international conglomerates
  • conduct scientific analysis for EU, OECD, UNO committees and/or other similar organizations
  • conduct research for the Austrian National Bank or the European Central Bank
  • conduct economic research at institutes of higher learning, the Austrian Institute of Economic Research or other similar institutions
  • pursue a career in academia at a university or university of applied sciences
  • politico-economic consultant (budget, environmental policy, etc.)
  • consultant at state and federal administrative offices (city planning, finance, etc.)

Academic Degree Program: Master’s Degree in Economics

Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MSc oder MSc (JKU))

Program Length: 4 semesters

Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The JKU is an impulse center for science and the community and prides itself on a very distinguished international reputation. The university is the largest academic institution in the federal state o ... Read More

The JKU is an impulse center for science and the community and prides itself on a very distinguished international reputation. The university is the largest academic institution in the federal state of Upper Austria. The university’s core areas include the Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Law as well as Engineering and Natural Sciences. The Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences (SoWi) is the only faculty of its kind in Austria to offer an extensive range of academic programs in the areas of Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration. The SoWi Faculty has developed its study programs in accordance with national and international guidelines and quality standards. The expanse of operations at the Faculty of Law (RE) extends beyond the national level. The program of excellence includes public, private and international corporate law. Due to a continual international exchange of law professors and students, the faculty’s expertise in addressing and solving legal problems is broadened by an added international focus. The various academic programs and courses offered at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (TNF) is distinguished by a wide range of international research and development collaborations and close cooperation with industry and business. The individual institutes focus on base-knowledge and application-oriented research as well as hands-on, practical experience along with progressive education. Welcome to the JKU and feel free to explore! Read less